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Pantone Releases Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report

Posted: February 8, 2013

Pantone announced its Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2013, a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming collections. Released on the first day of New York Fashion Week, the Pantone Fashion Color Report features the top 10 colors for women’s and men’s fashion for fall 2013, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots.

“Just as the leaves change in autumn, the consumer will enjoy the ability to change their ‘look’ and try a new approach to their wardrobe for brisk days ahead,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “The fall 2013 palette allows for that versatility and experimentation.”

The top colors for women’s fashion for fall 2013 are: Emerald (Pantone 17-5641), Mykonos Blue (Pantone 18-4434), Linden Green (Pantone 15-0533), Acai (Pantone 19-3628), Samba (Pantone 19-1662), Koi (Pantone 17-1452), Deep Lichen Green (Pantone 18-0312), Vivacious (Pantone 19-2045), Turbulence (Pantone 19-4215), and Carafe (Pantone 19-1116).

The top colors for men’s fashion for fall 2013 are: Emerald (Pantone 17-5641), Mykonos Blue (Pantone 18-4434), Linden Green (Pantone 15-0533), Acai (Pantone 19-3628), Samba (Pantone 19-1662), Koi, (Pantone 17-1452), Deep Lichen Green (Pantone 18-0312), Beaujolais (Pantone 18/2027), Turbulence (Pantone 19-4215), and Carafe (Pantone 19-1116).

For the women’s color palette this season, designers express the many moods of fall with skillfully arranged collections that will enhance and enliven customers’ outlooks as the colder months set in. Similarly, colors come together to create moods that range from sophisticated and structured to lively and vivid, encapsulating our inherent need for wardrobe variety to reflect emotions that run from thoughtfully introspective to irrepressibly elated.

With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall. Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look.

Exotic Acai adds mystery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colors to create a number of powerful fall combinations. Pair the elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look. Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement color that serves as a pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette.

Pair Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, for a dynamic juxtaposition that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Rounding out this season’s cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair gracefully with more expressive colors within the palette, such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious.

For the men’s color palette this season, more than ever, there is a shift towards a unisex color palette. Similar to the women’s palette, the versatility of the men’s colors for fall allows for more experimentation as the weather cools.

Luxurious Emerald, a sophisticated and vivid green, should be paired with Mykonos Blue or Linden Green for a clean and classic look. Acai adds exotic mystery when paired with bold statement colors like Samba, while Koi remains decorative and dynamic, adding a pop of orange to a neutral wardrobe. Deep Lichen Green acts as the cornerstone color for the men’s palette as well; however, pair the shaded mossy green with Beaujolais, a full-bodied red, for an elegantly masculine, quintessential fall look.

Unpredictable Turbulence and warm, rich Carafe, also play vital roles in men’s fashion trends, serving as strong staple hues for outerwear throughout the cooler months. Create a well-balanced look by combining either neutral with Beaujolais or Koi.

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