PANTONE UNVEILS AUTUMN AND WINTER 2018 PALETTE

On the heels of this year’s New York Fashion Week, Pantone has announced 10 fresh “seasonal” hues and five “classic” colors the institute predicts will shape fashion, home décor, and interior design palettes for the fall/winter 2018 season.

Composed of autumnal hues that were selected to evoke the feeling of leaves on a forest floor, the shades can be mixed up and paired together, or add a colorful statement to any space on their own.

The 10 new seasonal shades (from left to right, clockwise) include: Red Pear, a “deliciously deep red”; Valiant Poppy, “an outgoing red”; Nebulas Blue, a “thoughtful, starry-eyed blue”; Ceylon Yellow, a “savory, spicy yellow that adds an exotic touch”; Martini Olive, a “smooth, sophisticated and urbane green”; Russet Orange, a “warm and earthy forest floor orange”; Ultra Violet, the company’s purple pick for Color of the Year; Crocus Petal, a “light, airy and refined hue”; Limelight, a “pungent yellow-green” that’s “animated and effervescent”; and Quetzal Green, a “deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage.”

“The fall/winter 2018 palette continues to show designers expressing the need for individuality, ingenuity and creativity though fashion,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“As designers and consumers alike continue to transition away from cyclical trends, and instead focus on self-expressive colors that evade antiquated seasonal structure, we are seeing very notable non-traditional choices, such as Pantone Limelight and Pantone Crocus Petal showing up in the fall/winter palette. Exploring nuances within color families and building off of them with new combinations and materials freshens and reinvents the color story,” Eiseman says.

The bold seasonal shades are complemented by five new classics that set the structure and foundation of the year’s palettes.

“We increased the number of core colors from four to five due to the ease in which they can be implemented and their ability to cross the seasons. These shades are more crucial than ever, serving as the critical building block as ‘trends’ stay relevant longer, and consumers look to add variety through new textures, fabrics and beautiful combinations,” says Eiseman.

The classic colors include (from left to right): Sargasso Sea, which is described as a “boundless blue”; Tofu, which is billed as a creamy white staple; Almond Buff, a natural hue with understated appeal; a soft Quiet Gray; and Meerket, a toasty, burnished brown which was created to be “highly adaptable”.

The company has partnered with Adobe Stock to curate a collection of images that reflect the trend report’s selections. View them here.

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