Anticipated colors for this fall and winter. Image from material at www.Pantone.com.
Once upon a time in the early days of this blog, I looked forward to writing about Pantone’s seasonal colors on the equinox, the first day of their respective season. My enjoyment came partly because you guys often had such lively opinions about the chosen colors, partly because I liked the challenge of planning a project in a “seasonal” color, and partly because I found it fun to see whether or not the colors really did end up being featured in ready-to-wear clothing lines.
But, you’ll notice that I stopped posting about Pantone’s seasonal colors with the arrival of my daughter. I’ll be honest — I completely forgot all about Pantone and their seasonal colors in the fog that was new mommyhood. It wasn’t until a week or two ago that I stumbled upon them again. And, while my forgetting entirely about the existence of these colors would suggest that they really aren’t all that important to me, I still figured I’d go ahead and post this season’s colors for old time’s sake. We’re only just past the equinox after all, so I’m even almost on time. Plus, I’m dying to hear your opinions again. And, coincidence would have it that I’ll be posting something in “Cashmere Rose” (aka pink – haha!) later this week.
Pantone calls Fall 2015 “an evolving color landscape.” They describe the ten top seasonal colors (shown above) as “earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements”, which they say together “reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy, and all things natural.” I almost feel like I’m at a wine tasting with a wannabe sommelier! Hmmm… Maybe that’s just the “Marsala” talking?!
As for suggested color combinations, Pantone says to “combine Desert Sage, Stormy Weather, and Oak Buff for a look inspired by the flora and fauna of Fall.” Or, “both men and women can weave Cadmium Orange and Cashmere Rose with Desert Sage for a bold mix of bright, earthy inspiration.”
Speaking of both men and women, I like that Pantone has not distinguished between female and male colors this season. All of the seasons I’d previously written about had a few color substitutions for men. Perhaps those substitutions really were reflective of the season, but it often felt like they were less about the color and more about the color’s name. It was as if they were saying that men shouldn’t wear “Silver Cloud” when a nearly identical “Flint Gray” was available. Anyway, I’m glad to see that they’ve stuck with one set of colors this time around.
Okay, so my big question is — what do you think of these colors? I’ll admit that I’m curious to try them. I tend to gravitate to brighter colors, but I’m starting to think softer colors like these are better for me. If you like them, will you be sewing any of these colors this fall and winter? If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s just starting to be spring, do you pay attention to these colors?