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Warm tones dominate Pantone's autumn 19 colour trends

”Sophisticated and strong” colours will dominate the runways at the autumn 19 edition of London Fashion Week, according to global trend forecaster and colour consultancy the Pantone Color Institute.

Rich red shades, including Cranberry, Merlot, Summer Fig and Crabapple, are among the top 12 colour trends Pantone has identified in its Fashion Color Trend Report for the upcoming autumn season. Other key hues include yellow-based green Antique Moss, golden yellow Butterscotch, muted mauve Grapeade and forest green Forest Biome.

The report identified four neutral staple shades to sit alongside the statement hues: beige Rutabaga, olive Green Olive, deep blue Evening Blue and Frost Gray.

Womenswear shoppers are still turning to warmer colours in their wardrobes to help instil a sense of confidence and power, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, told Drapers.

“Designers now are less apt to use only the ’traditional’ colours of the season and although there has been some movement in the autumn from the colour trends we saw in the spring, they are still broadly in the same parameter of colours. Red is still so strong, and warmth is a story that is continuing on. Designers are using colours that have a certain depth.”

The three blue shades present in the report – Bluestone, Galaxy Blue and Evening Blue – counterbalance the vibrant, warmer shades, Eiseman added.

“These are not bright, electric blues. They are more thoughtful, a little deeper and a little greyer. They add balance and are an important addition to the palette when compared with the confidence and power exuded in the red family.”

Designers and consumers alike are continuing to experiment with different colour combinations and becoming braver in their choices, she concluded.

“The colour combinations we’re seeing coming down the runway over recent seasons are fabulous and unexpected, they get the creative juices flowing. Consumers are mixing colours that their mothers might have said don’t pair well together – like red and mauve, for example. And people are still thoughtful about what they’re buying and spending. Different colour combinations allow them to wear older items in a new way.” 

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