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Pantone has selected 16 colours ranging from a spicy red to an extroverted pink and a thoughtful blue hue for autumn/winter 2019 that New York Fashion Week designers will be highlighting in their new collections.
The colours it has selected “reflect an emergence of confidence; bold and strong, a visceral palette of colours that are relatable yet display some clever tweaks for the winter season,” said Pantone in a statement. While the colour combinations suggest a “thirst for liberation and a desire to realise our own individualised unique identities,” primed for the Instagrammable age.
For autumn/winter 2019, Pantone states the its 12 stand-out colours coupled with the four seasonal core natural shades creates a “versatile palette” not only for fashion designers but also across all areas of design.
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said: “Colours for autumn/winter 2019-2020 range from easy and sophisticated to strikingly different and unique. This palette of versatile hues builds a sense of empowerment and confidence, enabling the wearer to choose the colours that best reflect his or her mood and persona.”
Leading the pack are confidence-building shades - ‘Chili Pepper’, a spicy red that adds "drama and excitement as it stimulates the senses” and a deeper adventurous red, ‘Biking Red’ that is “strong and powerful”.
While two pink hues add complexion-flattering to the mix, with embracing light peach ‘Crème de Pêche’ offering “softness and ease” and ‘Peach Pink’ imparts a “healthy glow” with its warm and flattering hue.
Pantone unveils “confidence-building” colours for autumn/winter 2019
Next up is ‘Rocky Road’, an earthy and grounded solid brown, followed by the extroverted pink ‘Fruit Dove’ hue that Pantone states “creates a presence that can’t be ignored,” while ‘Sugar Almond’ adds a sweetened shade of brown, and ‘Dark Cheddar’ is a bold and daring sharp blend of yellow and orange to add a pop of colour.
The final four top colours for autumn/winter 2019 are ‘Galaxy Blue’ a “thoughtful” blue hue, which sits alongside ‘Bluestone’ a blue colour that offers a “quiet resolve” to any colour palette, while ‘Orange Tiger’ imparts a “fearless energy” and ‘Eden’, a forest green hue adds tradition.
Pantone has also added four classic core shades, which it says are “strong enough to stand alone or work equally well as a foundation for distinguishing colour contrasts” - ‘Vanilla Custard’, ‘Evening Blue’, ‘Paloma’ and ‘Guacamole’.
‘Vanilla Custard’ is an understated, smooth and creamy white, while ‘Evening Blue’ is a confident and classic deep blue, ‘Paloma’ is a “unpretentious elegant” grey, and ‘Guacamole’ establishes a “refreshing foundation” with its tasteful, nutrient-enriched green.
Images: via Pantone website
Main photo: Tom Ford AW19, Catwalkpictures.com