A Mixed Bag: Pantone's Fashion Colors Spring 2013


A Mixed Bag: Pantone’s Fashion Colors Spring 2013

I think that Pantone’s Spring 2013 Fashion color report hit some high notes, but overall I wasn’t enthused by the 10 color spectrum. Below is my take.

My fashion 2013 color favorites: Monaco Blue (Pantone 19-39644) is regal,sophisticated, tailored;  Nectarine (Pantone 16-1360) is the perfect shade of orange – not spicy, not fiery, not pastel-infused – just young, fresh and quite pretty; and Poppy Red (Pantone 17-1664) is daring, bright, sophisticated, bold and strong.

Feeling a bit meh, and bored with Linen (Pantone 12-1008) – too pinky beige- I prefer a bit more brown implicit in nude neutrals; and Tender Shoots (Pantone  14-0446) is an unattractive and unfortunate shade of green- I’m definitely not a fan. Having said that, I think it can be tolerable in small doses. I’m interested to see how “Tender Shoots” is implemented on the runways. Even more so, how it translates to the home. I’m just not feeling that color.

The remaining colors: Emerald (Pantone 17-5641), Dusk Blue (Pantone 16-4120), Grayed Jade (Pantone 14-6011) and African Violet (Pantone 16-3520) are grayed out versions of their signature parent color. I like them, but they don’t get me excited. Seems like the color message of fresh,bold, clear optimism seen in Nectarine and Poppy Red, and to some degree, Lemon Zest (Pantone 13-0756) is over-ridden by the more pessimistic (and I’d venture to add somber) color palette, imbued with gray tones, of Emerald, Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, and African Violet.

Based on the last 12 months of home design shows I’ve attended, (London Design Week, High Point Market, Design Miami/,Paris Design Week/Maison et Objet, Architectural Digest Home Design Show, International Contemporary Furniture Fair and Tendence) I can confidently say that the trending or emerging colors at the shows strongly mirrored the red and blue shades from the Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion report.

View the report at Pantone.

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