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Global warming: Pantone's colour trends for spring 19

Global trend forecaster and colour consultancy the Pantone Color Institute has named the 12 top colour trends for spring 19.

A warmer palette is set to dominate the upcoming spring 19 season, reflecting shoppers’ desire for a confident, more optimistic future, the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report Spring/Summer 19 suggests. Energetic shades more traditionally associated with autumn – such as orange-red Fiesta, deeper Jester Red and vivid orange Turmeric – are set to fill collections and consumer’s wardrobes.

“This new mindset underscores a desire for joyful juxtaposition of colour that transcends seasonality and joins together high fashion and street style,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute tells Drapers. “Dynamic and vibrant, without being overpowering, these highlighted shades for both men’s and women’s fashion illustrate our desire for authentic colour expression.”

The season’s warmer tones will be offset by splashes of zesty green, sunny yellow and more traditional spring pinks.

Other keys shades include yellow-green Pepper Stem, golden yellow Mango Mojito and Toffee.

The one cool tone identified in the report, Princess Blue, has been inspired by the international spotlight on the British royal family following the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, adds Eiseman.

“There’s a couple of reasons behind the deep, majestic blue we will see for spring 19,” she says. “When the palette has this much heat in it, you need something to cool it down, particularly for spring.

“Last season, the warmer colours were coming up later [in the palette], whereas this season they will be leading the way. And although Princess Blue is not just a colour we think about in terms of royalty, the preoccupation with the royal family is an underlying factor. The entire world is looking to them.”

The report also identified four neutral staple shades to sit alongside the statement hues: cream shades Soybean and Sweet Corn, deep navy Eclipse, and Brown Granite.

Colour insight with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Why will warm colours dominate for spring 19?

There is a real acknowledgement of the need for something more joyful. We know the world is a scary place – or it has felt that way for the past couple of seasons. What is happening is that consumers are seeking out colours that lift their spirits and lift them up when they need to be lifted. Joyful colours remind us of childhood. The preponderance of warm colours reaches out and pulls you in, as warm colours do – they are very nurturing.

Is it part of a broader trend?

What is also very apparent to us – this started a couple of seasons ago but is only getting stronger – is that colours are transcending seasons. That hindrance of what colours are “appropriate” for spring is no longer there. There’s no sense of “Oh, I can’t wear orange, because that’s an autumnal colour”. We don’t traditionally think of red as a spring colour, for example, but spring 19’s Fiesta is very elegant.

What other key colour trends has Pantone noted?

The other thing for this season is the juxtaposition of colours that go with reds and oranges. We will see warm yellow-green shades, as opposed to cool greens, that really make those shades sing and give them intensity.

When we look at the remaining colours, Toffee is also an interesting one. Again, it’s not a colour we associate with spring, but this shade of brown – which reminds us of chocolate and coffee, all those delicious things – is pushing out the dove grey we often see for the season. Putting brown, instead of black, with warmer tones is refreshing and a different way for customers to wear the look.


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