Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fall colors

Yeah, I know. We're knee-deep in spring (or pollen anyway) and I'm talking about autumnal colors? Not exactly. I'm giving you the down-low on Pantone's Fashion Color Report for Fall 2012. Pantone writes:

From love potions and the magical hour of sunset to witches and warlocks, fantasy and illusion are inspiring designers this fall season. With an unexpected mix of darks, brights and neutrals, they cleverly manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life.
Hmmm. Sounds a little overblown to me, but here is Pantone's color outlook for women:

The only color I'm not crazy about is Tangerine Tango but that's mostly because I can't wear it. Dark-haired, pasty-white, northern Europe descendants just can't rock tangerine and chartreuse. My blonde GFs will love it though.

So what's up for men this autumn? Can't see them wearing tangerine and chartreuse, can you? Well, according to Pantone, we're wrong. Men will be finding lots of neon orange and lime clothes at the mall, too.

No man I know will buy those bright colors, but Tom would like the Olympian Blue. After 16 years as a self-employed graphic designer, I know that almost every man's favorite color is blue. They all want blue logos, every single one. And blue shirts, too.

My favorite palette is as follows. Don't know about you, but I'd rather have that pretty Rhubarb over the Pink Flambe any day. My colors look like variations on the same theme, but they appeal to me.

What appeals to you?


  1. I'm with you....pasty white and dark haired. I love the color combos you chose...either way...the colors are fun!

    Erin demey, pa

  2. In other words . . . more of the same. I have dark brown hair, and I'm brown-skinned, I don't do pastel colors very well. I'm waiting for the day when they bring back jewel colors.

  3. Lola, I was thinking the same thing. Where's red? Navy? Seems like they've been gone for ages.

  4. Being a pasty, brunette New Englander, I agree with you. I love the color palette that you chose, all colors that I love and wear on a regular basis.

  5. I agree with the colors you chose, but I'd also add in the green and the blue, which are the basis for a lot of my wardrobe already. I'm particularly fond of them.

  6. I always seem to like the men's colour better. I don't know what that's about.

  7. Hmmm...I tend to think in color combinations, so I actually like all of them...womens an mens...selections. BUT I don't usually pay any attention to what fashion or whomever decides about what color is in for the year. If the yarn isn't on the shelf in the color(s) I want...well, the dye pot will come out. :)

  8. 1- you are not pasty white you are a lovely rose-y pink shade and that Rhapsody lavender color is actually a good fit for you...LOL
    2- it's about time I got some colors that look good on me...LOL ... the ultramarine green and the olympian blue are right up my alley, not to mention that honey gold... woo-hoo!!! guess I'll be shopping this fall...
    3- I don't know anyone who can wear that tangerine tango, unless deeper skin tones and that would be fabulous, but you'd have to OWN it to make it work, but i have seen some more coral-y variations that are really nice


    1. Most African American women look GREAT in tangerine, olive, and gold. In other words, all those colors I cannot wear!

      And yes, the honey gold is YOUUUU