Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall 2010 trendy colors? Blech.

Pantone, the world's leading color authority, always likes to hear itself talk. Here's what it's saying about the 2011 fall color forecast:
Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 – pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette.”

Let's get real. I don't think there's a single masterpiece in these colors. At least not for this dark-haired, dark-eyed, pale-as-can-be girl.
The Bamboo, Afterglow, Cedar, Liqueur, Nougat? OUT. Not for me. I'll look as yellow as a jaundiced baby.

Pink is usually my color, but personally, I'm sick to death of Honeysuckle. Pantone declared it the color of the year this spring, calling it "Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it."
Excuse me while I upchuck. As I said, Pantone loves to hear itself talk.
I guess I can wear Phlox and Deep Teal, but they remind me of the 80s and 90s when Lane Bryant made everything in purple and teal. If you dig in the bottom of my sock drawer, you'll find matching relics. Just add some linebacker shoulder pads to teal and it's back to the future.
Orchid Hush? First off, what a nauseating name! Do you mean lavender? Whatever it is, it looks like a color from a Bohus sweater, even if it's not.

I guess I like Quarry the best. As a Winter in Color Me Beautiful parlance, I'm supposed to be able to wear icy colors. But CMB also said I could wear taupe and boy, were they WRONG.
But taupe is closer to my personal nomination for color of the year. Considering our gloomy economy - is it the Great Recession or Lesser Depression? - the nail polish industry has it right. The color of the year is GRAY.


  1. I like 'Sensible and Spirited' but not in those colors which don't make a bit of sense!
    We've had the awful 70's color revival for a while now, please PLEASE don't bring back the 80's!!!
    When it comes to the bottom line, there's really nothing 'new' in color, so why pretend. Who believes this crap anyhow???
    Gray fingernails, anyone? It's almost Halloween!

  2. I found it so odd that reading their description of the palette gave me no clue as to what the colors would be. ALmost like it was written independently of the actual color choices.

  3. Hey, I think I HAD that jacket! And I miss shoulder pads. I'm not sure what that says about me...

  4. I've often wondered what one gets paid to make up color names... Doesn't seem like a real job, but if it generates a paycheck, why not. But I say "pooh" to whatever then next season's colors are supposed to be. I'll pick what I like. And if I can't find what I like, well, that's what the dyepot is for. The one thing I find interesting about the color card, is that the colors seem to have similar 'values' I think is the word; most of them look like they'd be easy to combine into stripes or color work.

  5. I guess I'm cynical, but the whole color forecast thing seems really bogus to me. I try my best to wear the colors I like, the ones that make me feel good. Sometimes they look good on me, sometimes they probably don't. I do find it frustrating to look for clothes but only find three or four colors available in the stores. (What is it with the market thinking amples only like to wear deeply saturated colors like teal/purple/fushia and black, btw?) I've been looking for a worsted weight yarn in a nice maroon/burgundy (hopefully tweed) to make a Weasley sweater for my 11 yo son which is also affordable and can withstand the rigors of being worn by an 11 year old--and I'm not seeing much. Must be Pantone's fault!

  6. I live in purple shades, and I'm trying to branch out too. And I have the same problem....pale brunette so all the same color nixes apply.

    Oh, and Lane Bryant STILL loves teals and purples. I seem to come home mostly with those colors whenever I go there!

  7. To hell with someone else's choice of color. I love fuchsia, menopause purple - who's kidding?? I love any loud shade of hot pink through dusty purple with a side order of turquoise & blued red. No tomato, no greens, browns, yellows, oranges or white - Hot Summer colors for ME!! And I wear em year round with or without my grey sweat pants!!!