THE SECOND HALF Pantone Color Chart for Spring offers a number of rich, unusual neutrals, and also follows through with a number of strong vibrant colors. An interesting point with these tones is how well they work with the colors listed in Pantone’s Men’s Fashion Chart for spring. In fact, several of the colors are duplicated exactly! For example, Amparo Blue, Turquoise, and Dried Herb come in at Third, Seventh, and Tenth place on the Men’s Chart, indicating their color strength for both sexes and suggesting that they will be on the listing for some time.
Here are the remaining five top color contenders for spring fashion and accessories:
- TUSCANY. This is a lovely light brown, with definite gray undertones. Eiseman calls it a strong color for consumers’ wardrobes, and refers to the brown tones that have become so much more popular in the last few seasons. Be careful not to think of this as a full brown, however. It is more a variant of brown, a light soft version for spring.
- AMPARO BLUE. It is rare to get this far along in a fashion color chart before we reach a real blue! But here it is, a gorgeous blue with rich purple undertones. It is a warm blue, with a great deal of appeal, and will probably move up the chart rapidly in the next few seasons. Designer Adrienne Vittadini chose this as one of her colors, saying her inspiration was “the crystal blue waters of Capri.” Designer Tommy Hilfiger is also working with Amparo Blue, and says his inspiration was the “California coastline.”
THE MOST POPULAR COLOR THERE IS, YEAR AFTER YEAR, BLUE SHOWS UP ON OUR SPECIALIZED FASHION CHART WITH REAL VIBRANCY AND CHARM. HERE, IT SHARES ITS MAGIC WITH SOME TERRIFIC PIECES:
- Superb shell inlay earrings in blue, green, and red.
- Multicolor crystal earrings in deep blues and reds.
- PINK CHAMPAGNE: Just as its name suggests, this is very delicate, airy, light-as-a feather color. It relates well to textures, Eiseman says, and can work especially well in the new, filmy, romantic spring dresses, skirts, and scarves. It has little undertones of pink that spark up its appearance, giving it more body. This is a color that is unusually versatile. It has a lot of personality despite its intense gossamer impression.
- DRIED HERB: A very sophisticated neutral version of green, Eiseman thinks this color will be accepted even by “people who hesitate to purchase the color green, itself.” Combining it with Violet or Aurora “would urge consumers to buy it even more,” she says. Designer Carmen Marc Valvo uses a version of Dried Herb which he calls “Warm Khaki” as his signature color. He juxtaposes it with metallic gold for a really dynamic look.
- EUCALYPTUS: A practical, neutral gray, this color combines beautifully with
any of the colors in the rest of the chart. It goes especially well with the more
vibrant colors in the chart, and works wonders as a balancing color. Eiseman
predicts that many consumers will look for accessories in this color.
FINDING A NEUTRAL COLOR THAT WILL STILL EXCITE ISN’T EASY, BUT THIS SEASON’S CHART HAS SEVERAL. HERE ARE SOME NEUTRAL JEWELRY PIECES THAT ARE EQUALLY EASY TO COORDINATE WITH A WARDROBE:
- Fossil bead high fashion necklace. A wonderful neutral that can accessorize almost anything!