Thursday, 7 August 2008

Fashion Colours for Autumn 2008

Red wine shades in all their crimson and purple glory are always fashionable. Purple is being hailed as the “in” colour this Autumn and Pantone have released their top ten colours chosen by designers for the season.

"Fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colours, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright, exciting undertones," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. "Conventional tones such as warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel greys are also among the fall colour choices. Blue and purple tones have become staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top 10 colours chosen by designers this season, and Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2008."

Dramatic Royal Lilac brings purple to the forefront of fashion and generates a bit of heat with its exciting red undertones.

Reds are a steadfast favourite for fall and Aurora Red is no exception. Versatile and universally appealing, this true red adds a splash of energy to the palette.

Soft, dusky Withered Rose, with its pinkish qualities and brown undertones, is a versatile hue that blends with every shade.

Blue Iris, a beautifully balanced blue with an undertone of purple, is a favourite among designers, as it combines the calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple.

Ochre, a beautifully mellow yellow with a hint of mustard, adds a touch of lightness and spice.

The complex yet modest Shitake is an intriguingly understated shade, especially when teamed with the robust colours of fall '08.

Serene, sophisticated Caribbean Sea is another popular hue this fall, especially in jewellery and accessories, but it can also add a colourful intensity wherever it is used in the wardrobe.

Orange has had a long run, and now, more than ever, consumers are gravitating toward intense shades like Burnt Orange, bringing this once steady background colour to the foreground.

Twilight Blue, a twist on a classic navy, shows the transitional aspect of spring merging into fall.

Shady Glade delivers a natural elegance to the fall palette. Taking green in an interesting direction with its true green characteristics, this hue is a departure from greens of seasons past, which have had distinctively yellow undertones.

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