WWD predicted the top-10 Pantone colors for the upcoming spring 2011 collections, so far after the New York fashion week and the present London fashion week, their prediction has been very accurate… See more details below
1 HONEYSUCKLE PANTONE 18-2120
Percentage of designers who used this color: 15.56 percent
“People are looking for something that gives them a lift. Everyone has been feeling a bit lethargic from the economy, the mood or whatever this is. Honeysuckle is a feel-good color,” Eiseman said. “It’s flirtatious and has more of a playful attitude.”
2 REGATTA PANTONE 18-4039
Percentage of designers who used this color: 14.81 percent
Blues have been gaining momentum with the fashion flock. As a cooling tone, regatta has a calming appeal. “And I mean, who doesn’t like blue?” Eiseman asked, as proven by its number-two ranking for women and number one for men.
3 CORAL ROSE PANTONE 16-1349
Percentage of designers who used this color: 14.07 percent
“This fits right into the whole idea of exotic colors because oranges have been around for several seasons. Coral rose is very springlike,” Eiseman said. “It is a bright and eye-opening orange.”
4 BEESWAX PANTONE 14-0941
Percentage of designers who used this color: 13.33 percent
Yellows have been gaining ground in recent seasons and the popularity of beeswax is an extension of that. Eiseman said, “Beeswax makes you think of honey — it is not acidic,” Eiseman said. It is also a reminder of far-off lands, she said.
5 PEAPOD PANTONE 14-6324
Percentage of designers who used this color: 10.37 percent
Many people have learned that green works well as a neutral and are more inclined to wear it on a more regular basis. “Green plays to two things — new beginnings and a sign of spring,” Eiseman said.
6 BLUE CURACAO PANTONE 15-4825
Percentage of designers who used this color: 8.15 percent
Carmen Marc Valvo and Nary Manivong are fans of this one. Blue Curacao’s strong showing taps into the interest in turquoise, which was Pantone’s 2010 color of the year. “It really is an interesting color. It is a next-door neighbor to turquoise,” Eiseman said. “Blue Curacao is a color people respond well to.”
7 RUSSET PANTONE 18-1235
Percentage of designers who used this color: 7.41 percent
Russet, like silver peony, has a slightly peachy tone. Both shades represent a wide range of nude tones. Eiseman said, “Designers have to bear in mind how there are a lot of different skin tones in this country. This is a wonderful opportunity to get two colors that really speak to that.”
8 SILVER PEONY PANTONE 12-1206
Percentage of designers who used this color: 6.67 percent
Ethereal and peachy, silver peony appeals to many women. “Silver peony really has a romantic attachment to it,” Eiseman said.
9 LAVENDER PANTONE 15-3817
Percentage of designers who used this color: 5.19 percent
The purple family has come on strong in the past few years. “Purple is the most creative color,” Eiseman said. “Lavender is very popular with people in fashion. It comes from a marriage of blue and red, which are absolute opposites. Artistic and creative people get that.”
10 SILVER CLOUD PANTONE 15-4502
Percentage of designers who used this color: 4.44 percent
Ports 1961 and Ella Moss are a few that looked skyward. “Silver cloud is a quintessential classic neutral that is practical, dependable and can always be used as a background color,” she said. “Designers understand if consumers are going to buy a bigger-ticket item, all of these things help sell it.”