Pantone Unleashes Their Spring Fashion Colors 2011

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Mar 092011



In addition to designer contributions, the report features commentary from fashion insiders and leading retailers discussing the geographic locations currently influencing fashion and design. Industry gurus highlighted in the report include: Cate Adair, costume designer for “Desperate Housewives”; India Hicks, creative partner at Crabtree & Evelyn; Simone Legno, chief creative officer at Tokidoki; Lanie List, chief merchandising officer at Iconix Brand Group, Inc.; Collier Strong, celebrity make-up artist; and Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. Contributors from Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s also weigh in.Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for spring 2011, designers continue to satisfy consumers’ need to escape everyday challenges with intriguing color combinations that transport them to foreign lands.  Flirtatious Honeysuckle is a feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness to this season’s palette. This vibrant pinkish-red for both apparel and cosmetics makes consumers feel alive, and is a perfect post-winter pick-me-up. Spicy, gregarious and persuasive describe Coral Rose, a sophisticated orange that, much like Beeswax, a warm, honeyed yellow, conjures up feelings of faraway lands and locales. Pair either of these piquant hues with a cool, refreshing color-wheel opposite like Regatta for a vibrant color combination that will add zest to any wardrobe. Romantic, fanciful Lavender implies sensuality with its subtle hint of red undertone. Combine it with Beeswax or Coral Rose for a unique counterpoint. Alluring Blue Curacao evokes thoughts of tropical destinations and pays homage to the 2010 Color of the Year, Turquoise. Practical consumers can continue to incorporate enticing Caribbean blues into spring by pairing Blue Curacao with warm, complementary colors like Honeysuckle or Coral Rose. Peapod, a fresh yellow-green, brings an organic element to the palette and is reminiscent of the green shoots that signify change and new beginnings traditionally found in spring. Trans-seasonal neutrals ground this season’s palette and provide a stable backdrop for all of the other colors. The so-called “nude hues” are represented in the range of ethereal Silver Peony to dramatically deep Russet. Another dependable background color, Silver Cloud, is the quintessential neutral that consumers can rely on to coordinate with everything in their closet.

The top 10 Spring 2011 colors for women are:

Honeysuckle CMYK 4-75-24-0 GOE 26-2-4 PLUS 205


CMYK 44-67-76-9 GOE 21-4-3 PLUS 876

Coral Rose CMYK 0-63-86-0 GOE 19-1-4 PLUS 1645
Regatta CMYK 73-28-0-0 GOE 83-1-3 PLUS 660
Peapod CMYK 56-0-51-0 GOE 124-1-2 PLUS 7723
Blue Curacao CMYK 63-0-22-0 GOE 98-1-3 PLUS 3115
Beeswax CMYK 0-30-78-0 GOE 9-1-3 PLUS 157
Lavender CMYK 33-32-0-0 GOE 56-1-2 PLUS 522
Silver Peony CMYK 3-13-15-0 GOE 13-4-1 PLUS 7604
Silver Cloud CMYK 25-19-23-0 GOE 158-1-1 PLUS warm gray 3




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