Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Trend Casting Spring 2014

Pantone has officially announced the color palette for spring 2014! These hues come straight out of New York Fashion Week and reflect the seasons most prominent color trends.  This season designers are taking a modern approach to a traditional spring palette.  Typically in spring we see soft flowing pastels, but this year designers are pairing traditional shades with bold vibrant colors.

"This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations."
Leatrice Eiseman 
Executive Director, 
Pantone Color Institute®
On one side of the palette are three airy pastels, Placid Blue, Violet Tulip and Hemlock.  Placid Blue stole the show in men's fashion, 17% of designers at Fashion Week used the sky blue hue.  Violet Tulip is a romantic color, a spring hallmark that evokes a calm, wistful sensation.  Hemlock is labeled as an unexpected shade of green, verging on neutral.  Designer, Emerson has this to say on Hemlock in spring fashion, "Green has been so popular and ever present that I don't think it will disappear. Designers know how to reinvent some colors." That seems to be exactly what they did, jumping from the bold Emerald that was Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year to subtle Hemlock for 2014.
The go-to neutrals for spring 2014 are Paloma and Sand. These hues work well for any occasion and can be paired across the board.  Although these colors are inspired by New York Fashion Week, the 2014 spring palette applies to all areas of design. Say goodbye to boring neutrals, these sophisticated colors pair anything and keep your style up-to-date. 
Some vibrant additions to this springs palette are Cayenne, Freesia, and Celosia Orange.  Cayenne adds some heat to traditional spring colors.  Freesia, a vibrant yellow, adds a dash of excitement to any tired wardrobe.  For a hint of spontaneity take on Celosia Orange.  These vibrant colors add a burst of life to this springs color palette. Try pairing vibrant colors with pastels for spring for a sunset inspired look.
On the opposite side of the color palette is Dazzling Blue and Radiant Orchid.  These colors are bold counterparts to Placid Blue and Violet Tulip. Although the two power house hues make a statement on their own, they also pair well throughout the palette.  They can add a creative spark to pastels or add confidence when paired with other bold colors.

Check out how Harper's Bazaar is using the new spring palette here. To view the entire Pantone Fashion Color Report click here. 


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