As you may know, fashion and interior designers, along with those who set the tone for clothing and accessories on the Runways, generally follow the Pantone color forecasts. For example, in early 2015 we saw the 2016 color of the year (Green) on runways. No that reference isn’t a mistake. Fashion houses are well over a year ahead (sometimes two) of what mainstream fashion designers create for the mass market There is this “gray” area when we have to transition into each new season. We carry the previous color palette into the new season but on a more low-key scale.
Even though we are barely into June, I have to start looking for styles that will work for Fall/Winter 2017/2018. I enlist the help of my fashion bloggers that are always watching the trends for guidance. We all look at the thousands and thousands of accessories from which to choose. I admit, sometimes I over-buy and am left with items that don’t sell. However, there are also times where even though a piece of jewelry does not appeal to me, I take their advice and wow they fly off the shelves!
Regardless of what you see on the Catwalks in New York, London or Milan, you will not immediately see these colors in fashion or accessories at your local retailer. It is a trickle-down process.
The Catwalk styles and colors transcend into the High Street fashions which are still quite far from the mainstream. You may enjoy watching fashion shows but let’s admit we won’t be wearing the likes of those designs. Keep in mind that their lines are really just and expression of each designer who is showcasing their personal taste, taking the “shock and awe approach” to what their models wear. See New York Fashion Week review. Do we really see people walking the streets in our country wearing any of the most outlandish outfits depicted each season? Of course not. But we can get inspired and figure out how to interpret these styles into our own everyday wardrobes.
So, with that said, Pantone green will still hold strong through the end of 2017. You will start to notice geometric shapes in jewelry and bright rich jewel tones in clothing and accessories. The bigger the better for jewelry and accessories. This fall we will see rich deep reds and greens. The transition from the green of 2017 to the green of 2018 will be gradual. We will also see “bright” reds and “over the top” jewelry. Asymmetrical earrings, single earrings, Large pendant necklaces; Basically anything “over the top.” Leopard is still and and zebra will be introduced again after a brief hiatus. Parrot and other animals as well as fruit will make its way into mainstream stores as well.
Here’s an excerpt taken from a true trendsetter and forecasting expert:
Resourceful: This palette is made up of complementary blue and orange colors. “This is quite an interesting color combination,” said Eiseman. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at it.”
Verdure: Vegetable colors like Celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette.
Playful: Think “Minions.” Bright yellow, lime popsicle, and all other things fun come together for this color scheme. “People need to stop and smile,” said Eiseman.
Discretion: Playful’s alter ego. Subtle hues such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose offer a new sense of strength. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” said Eiseman.
Far-fetched: With warm, earthy hues such as Cornsilk Yellow blending with rosy tones, this palette “reaches out and embraces many different cultures,” said Eiseman.
Intricacy: A palette of neutral metallics (aka, the “new neutrals”) with accents of dramatic Holly Berry Red and yellow Sulfur.
Intensity: This is an eclectic mix of colors that evokes a sense of strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold.
TECH-nique: Bright turquoise, pink, turquoise and purple colors anchored with Brilliant White and deep turquoise. This palette is all about hues “that seem to shine from within,” said Eiseman.
My personal favorites are the combination of turquoise and sunny yellow, followed closely by the deep reds. We will take our cue from nature. Think reds, yellows and greens from “vegetables.”
I’m actively searching for my fall collection to be release in late July. I am looking forward to sharing a sneak peek in the coming weeks.
What are your favorite color combinations? How will you incorporate this new palette into your existing wardrobe?