Saturday, 3 January 2009

Spring 2009 Fashion Colours

Pantone have released their Colour Report for Spring 2009 and after the rise of blues and purples in the Autumn they have appeared again for the Spring:

“Bright colours return to the top 10 list for spring ’09, as designers incorporate vibrant pops into their collections, yet temper the vibrancy with deeper, translucent or neutral tones.

“New York’s fashion designers encourage hopeful attitudes with lively colours, while sophisticated, grounded hues address the need for stability in times of economic uncertainty,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Palace Blue, a favourite among designers this season, takes a steadfast, classic, spring navy-like tone and makes it sparkle. Paired with just about any colour in the report, it offers many intriguing spring combinations.


Taking purple in a lighter direction, Lavender presents a softer, more summery hue, extending the mystical aspects of purple available last fall.



As yellow continues to make its mark on the world of fashion, tangy Super Lemon brings a fun, optimistic outlook to the palette. Its luminosity is determined to evoke a smile and attract the roving consumer’s eyes.

Taking a cue from its lemony neighbour, friendly and approachable Salmon Rose also conveys an optimistic outlook. The subtlest of oranges, Salmon Rose is flattering to most complexions and is beautiful with a summer glow.

Think sensual and seductive Fuchsia Red for clothing, as well as lipstick and nail polish selections, this spring. With its blue undertones, this cool red is a real show-stopper, adding a sense of elegance to the palette.


Stabilizing neutrals provide practicality in a changing economic landscape. Not your average beige, Rose Dust breaks away from the typical neutrals associated with spring by adding dimension with subtle rose undertones.

And with its bluish-green undertones, cool Slate Gray is a nuanced neutral that can be paired with any of the other nine colours in the report.


Three greens, each with their own distinct personality, round out the colour palette for spring ‘09, perpetuating the idea of freshness and renewal. Vibrant Green, the quintessential spring hue, brings a true verdancy to the palette in a time of revitalization.

Dark Citron, a citrus-inspired green, is calmer and more serious than most, offering an element of sophistication to the mix.



Reflective Lucite Green, a clean, clear subtle hue, adds a slight shimmer.

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