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Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Report

Global colour specialist and trend forecasting agency Pantone LLC has unveiled its Fashion Colour Report Spring 2013, a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of colour in their upcoming collections. Soothing neutrals and energising brights create the perfect balance for Spring as fashion finds the midway point between light and bright, classic and new.

The top colours for women’s fashion for spring 2013 are:
PANTONE 14-0446 Tender Shoots
PANTONE 14-6011 Grayed Jade
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (top)
PANTONE 16-3520 African Violet
PANTONE 17-1664 Poppy Red
PANTONE 16-1360 Nectarine
PANTONE 13-0756 Lemon Zest
PANTONE 16-4120 Dusk Blue
PANTONE 12-1008 Linen (right)
PANTONE 19-3964 Monaco Blue

The women’s palette colour direction for spring mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance, which allows for unique combinations that offer practicality and versatility, but at the same time, demand attention and earn an appreciative glance.

Green is prevalent. Similar to the many shades in our natural surroundings, this season’s greens offer a stunning foreground or the perfect backdrop for all other hues. Like the first signs of spring, Tender Shoots, a vibrant yellow-green, is invigorating, active and cheerful, while Grayed Jade, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. Sophisticated Emerald, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being. From one extreme to the other, combining all three greens presents an intriguing choice much like Mother Nature intended.

Exotic African Violet is a statement colour that brings a touch of intrigue to the palette, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Try pairing it with exuberant Poppy Red, a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. Whether it’s a knockout dress or a kiss on the lips, every woman’s wardrobe and beauty essentials should include this spirited, true red.

Nectarine, a bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, provides a tangy burst of flavor while cheerful Lemon Zest brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing, spritely greenish cast.

Signifying the time of day when everything starts to wind down, Dusk Blue offers a calming sense of serenity akin to its green counterpart, Grayed Jade. Both of these colours act as the season’s newest neutrals. For an unexpected mix, pair Dusk Blue with the intensity of Nectarine. A warm neutral, Linen is light and airy, providing a nude-like basic that is a must have for spring. Try pairing Linen with Grayed Jade or Dusk Blue. Anchoring Monaco Blue is a classic shade that offers both stability and depth to the entire palette. Combine Monaco Blue with Poppy Red and Linen, or Monaco Blue and Emerald for a fresh collegiate look.

The top colours for men’s fashion for spring 2013 are:

PANTONE 14-0210 Tidal Foam
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald
PANTONE 14-6011 Grayed Jade
PANTONE 16-4120 Dusk Blue
PANTONE 19-3964 Monaco Blue
PANTONE 16-3915 Alloy
PANTONE 12-1008 Linen
PANTONE 17-1664 Poppy Red
PANTONE 16-1364 Vibrant Orange
PANTONE 16-1054 Sunflower

Similar to the women’s palette, the menswear colours for spring emphasise the need for balance with soothing neutrals accented by an array of energising brights. As the name implies, Tidal Foam is reminiscent of the sea washing onto the shore, driven by the force of the waves. With its slight hint of green, it’s this spring’s answer to khaki as the perfect neutral. Emerald remains a powerful and brilliant jewel tone, perfect for men’s accessories and sportswear. Grayed Jade, a subtle, hushed green, as well as Dusk Blue, reminiscent of the calming tones of an evening sky, both act as staple, yet novel neutrals.

Anchoring Monaco Blue naturally has an air of masculinity, providing stability and depth to the palette. Pair it with Grayed Jade and Emerald for a strong, classic mixture. Alloy, a reliable mid-tone gray, is a necessity for spring. An easy, lightweight alternative to Black for the warmer months, Alloy makes a strong statement without the weight. Linen, an off-white, complexion-flattering hue, pairs well with many colours. Look for it combined with Grayed Jade, Alloy or Monaco Blue for classic combinations that balance light, mid and deep tones.

Dynamic and exciting Poppy Red plays a vital role in men’s fashion trends for spring and summer. Vibrant Orange, an animated, striking hue, provides vigor and enthusiasm. The robust yellow found in Sunflower offers an earthy, Dijon-like flavor, that when combined with Emerald and Monaco Blue, creates a sophisticated update to a familiar combination.

The colours featured in the Pantone Fashion Colour Report are culled from Pantone Fashion and Home, the most widely used and recognised colour standards system in the world.  Colours featured are available as cotton swatch card sets featuring 4” x 4” loose-format swatch cards of all 10 colours in each palette. Each 10 card set is available for GBP £80.00 at www.pantone.com/womenspring2013 for the women’s palette set and www.pantone.com/menspring2013 for the men’s palette set.

The complete report is available for free download at www.pantone.com/spring2013.