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Fashion: Pantone’s Fall 2012 Color Report

Posted by Cecilia Walker on

Pantone is the global authority on color and outlines the top 10 most prominent hues in fashion each season in their Color Reports.  We already know that Tangerine Tango is Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, and here is how it transfers from Spring to Fall.


Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, had described the Spring palette to be mood-altering — bringing “renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day” — where Tangerine Tango sits amongst soft pastels, maritime blues and natural neutrals:  Sweet Lilac, Driftwood, Starfish.  For Fall 2012, the palette shifts to vibrant brights, introducing colors — like Bright Chartreuse, Pink Flambé, Ultramarine Green and Olympian Blue — that all pair nicely with Tangerine Tango as well as the deep neutrals, French Roast and Titanium.  Eiseman continues with her uplifting-mantra and claims that these colors “boost consumers’ confidence with bold, spirited hues,” and that the “versatile neutrals” balance out the palette, offering “something for everyone.”  I agree.  This color grouping is very wearable, whether you prefer cool tones or warm tones.

Three pairings I’m loving:

Chartreuse and Grey – both great together in fashion and interiors as I posted about back here.

Pink & Ultramarine – Complimentary colors that feel more sophisticated-preppy in these deeper hues.  And again, Aquamarine is HUGE right now.

Tangerine and Blue – Is Tangerine Tango more orange or red?  Either way NYFW runways were hot on both these colors.




The Men’s Fall 2012 Colors are similar to the Women’s, swapping out pretty Pink and Rhapsody (purple) for Rhubarb.


My favorite color for Fall 2012?  I’m a sucker for pink.  It’s always been one of my favorite colors, but next season I think THE pop color we’ll see everywhere is Olympian Blue.  It is, after all, the year of the Summer Olympic games in London.

 images:  Pantone

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