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December 29, 2009

Pantone Fashion Color Report Winter 2010

The Fall 2009 fashion season kicked off an onslaught of hot styles and exciting colors journeying from the runway to the real world.  Subtle contrasts make up the diverse palette continuing through Winter of 2010, and this season designers will play with a broad spectrum of color resulting in distinct  yet cohesive combination’s. Like a painter’s palette, Winter offers choice and diversity in an unexpected integration of colors.

As typical with any economic turn down, note the incorporation of neutrals and muted yet eye popping tones. While summer incorporated bright pinks, reds and the like, these colors have been toned down for winter. “Designers recognize the desire for fundamental basics that speak to current economic conditions, but also understand the need to incorporate vibrant color to grab the consumers’ eyes and entice them to buy.” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute.

American Beauty is a wonderfully balanced true red which speaks to the need for cohesiveness and is perfect for all skin tones.  Purple Heart connotes a sense of refinement and sensuality, adding an air of creativity and excitement to the top 10. A warmer, more subdued Honey Yellow carries the 2009 color of the year (PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa) through to fall and current winter with its golden tones. Strong yet understated Iron serves as the “new black,” making traditional basics much more interesting. Crème Brûlée, a grayed-down beige, and Nomad, which bridges the gap between beige and light gray, also speak to the need for timeless neutrals. Fall would not be complete without seasonal favorite yet versatile Burnt Sienna, a deepened, earthy shade of orange, reminiscent of an autumn sunset. Adding spark to the fall palette, Rapture Rose artfully captures the vibrancy of fuchsia and the softness of pink. Underscored by nurturing and feminine tones, Rapture Rose enlivens the more traditionally subdued fall hues. Look for it in cosmetics as well as clothing and accessories. Like the olive in a martini, Warm Olive, a rich yellow-green, adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to fall. Majolica Blue, a deep, mysterious teal blue with more vibrancy than the usual navy. Bringing  an exotic flair to the group,

Pairing Purple Heart and American add an unusual but exciting twist and Honey Yellow with its color wheel opposite, Purple Heart add a surprising flair. For a more typical fall combination group Honey Yellow with Burnt Sienna and Iron- Neither gray nor brown, Iron is a grounding color that coordinates well with all colors in the palette. Iron, CB and nomad are three classics that can stand alone or serve as anchors when paired with other colors. Pairing Burnt Sienna with Nomad and Rapture Rose creates a different twist. Olive is an intriguing hue which makes all other colors come alive, but particularly so when combined with Majolica. Try combining Majolica with Burnt Sienna or Purple Heart. You will see all of these color combos on the Fall runways and like I always suggest, the budgeted fashionista should try incorporating these hues through tights and experimenting.

American Beauty, Purple Heart, Honey Yellow, Iron, Burnt Sienna, Nomad, Rapture Rose, Warm Olive, Majolica Blue and Crème Brulee.


The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standard in the world. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report and serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

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