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Pantone Announces Fall 2016 Colors
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Pantone Announces Fall 2016 Colors.

Inspired by consumers’ continued search for reassurance and stability, designers seek to answer a common call for calm through a Fall 2016 color palette recently announced by Pantone that captures strength and dependability while remaining uplifting, complex and sophisticated.

Satisfying a universal desire for tranquility, strength and optimism, color directions continue to evolve toward an antidote to modern stresses.

For Fall 2016, designers were inspired by fine art—particularly abstract art, landscapes and graphic geometrics—yielding a 10-color palette that is led by the Blue family, conveying a message of calm and constancy. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout, representing this season’s take on graphical elements and geometric shapes across the collections.

Some designers are using clean lines and shapes against more fluid, abstract patterns for fall, while others have done the reverse. Both of these trends can be likened to the unexpectedly vivacious colors in the Fall 2016 palette, which act as playful but structured departures from the more typical fall shades.

If you look at this season’s entire palette, the idea of comforting Blues coming to the top of the list again shows that people are still searching for that reassurance. The color Blue is fundamentally important to the human eye as a stable icon of the balance in our universe. Even in an uncertain world where cultural, economical and social tensions can cause us anxiety, we remember that the Blue skies represent constancy—they have never fallen.

The Grays give a feeling of stability and represent rock solid colors that you can go back to and use with everything in your wardrobe. The Red tones invite confidence and warmth while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic, rounding out a palette that is stable and grounded but also bold and complex.

The unilateral approach to color and trend toward gender neutrality also continues. Enthusiastically responding to a public that is more comfortable with color as expression and less concerned with stereotypical ideas about gender, you see a breadth of color choices that transcend sexual identity, preference or bias.


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