Spree Style with Erin Habes: Paint with color

A few of Pantone's colors for fall

After a beautiful Western New York summer, we invite the fall season with open arms. Crisp morning air gives way to the saturated hues popping up in this season’s fashion trends.

Do you ever wonder what directs a season’s color selection? Consumers tend to react to economic, political, and social indicators. Tumultuous times engender a need for stability and safe haven. In the fashion world, wardrobe neutrals provide a sense of security. This season, warm colors like coffee liqueur and nougat are a welcome alternative to chilly black.

Bright jewel tones offer the perfect complement to this neutral palette. Rich tweeds, plaids, and knit textures come alive with colors like bamboo, emberglow, honeysuckle, and purple phlox.

According to the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®, Leatrice Eiseman, “Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art. Much like a painter’s masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season’s palette.”

Keeping your warm, neutral colors close, be spirited with artful color by adding some zest with autumnal tones. Who wouldn’t want an adventure with ‘orchid hush’ and ‘quarry’ in one’s wardrobe this fall?

Check out a few of Pantone's hues for fall 2011 above, or download the pdf containing all the details and a full catalog of hot colors here.

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