If you’re wondering what the upcoming color trends are, look no further. We’ve prepared a list of inspirational color chips and resources with expert advise from the fashion world and Pantone Color Institute:

Color Report for Fall 2010 Pantone Fashion

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2010 features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for fall 2010, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots.

Designers continue to exhibit a degree of caution for fall 2010, yet offer a palette of beauty and excitement with a blending of colors, some with similar undertones, in surprising and intriguing combinations.

“Mindful of consumers’ need for practicality, plus their desire for newness, designers offer many options for women to extend and embellish their wardrobes this fall,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Building on the color palette from spring, this season’s offerings include innovative takes on fundamental basics, as well as transporting, lively colors that conjure images of travel and adventure, whether real or aspirational.”

In addition to designer contributions, the report features commentary from fashion insiders and leading retailers regarding current fashion trends and new color rules for 2010.

CIFF Trends Spring/Summer 2010



Alternatively chic and more wild

A woman-child with a retro look set in a Twin-Peaks universe. She looks like Mom and he looks like Granddad. A playful, girly mood juggling vintage patterns and faded 60’s and 70’s Americans colors creates a mundane atmosphere with a twisted angel.

A cheerful, yet slightly faded range evoking 70’s colors, which seem to have been softened in the washing machine. Muffled tones: pale blue, faded beige, soft khaki. A range completed by more intense hues of yellow or violet with stronger accents of red or sky blue.

A blend of retro elegance à la Jackie O reworked more romantically with fitted, high-waisted, slim-bust jackets and tops with jewel-like embroidery worn with mid-knee length, slim pencil skirts or Capri pants … and the campus inspiration of worn denim mini blousons and high school tops paired with tulle tutus.

70’s style, composed of bell bottoms trousers, floral shirts and fitted jackets. A rock vintage spirit with military jackets and boot-cut jeans. Retro campus style with a polyamide blouson worn with a baseball T-shirt and bleached snow-colored jeans.

They cultivate a vintage mood with cottons and wool being worked to seem used, faded, softer and suppler. In a 70’s, sporty mood, a range of relaxed fabrics: supple denims, thick canvases, casual fleece, washed out, checked yarn-dyes. A more sophisticated, Halston style of chiffons, crepes and satins for a femme fatale look.



An homage to nature
Modern ceremonies, half-pagan, half-religious, which evoke the goddesses and vestal virgins of Antiquity, pre-Raphaelite paintings and symbolism. A romantic, spiritual, poetic appeal.

A soft, serene palette with kaolin accents. Chalky, light, faded, powder and talcum colors are accompanied by more intense shades of taupe beige and mauve. A range of dynamic, springtime pastels is added to this base: pink, greenish yellow, orange, vibrant green.

It is stretched in length to emphasize vertical structure for skirts, dresses, tunics or fluid, vapory pants. The antique toga inspires one-piece garments like cover-up or T-shirt dresses and jumpsuits, but also details such as random drapings, drawstring shapes, twisted effects, knots or braids. The accent is on elegant ease: pants adopt the suppleness of pyjamas while fluid jerseys soften a tailoring mood.

A nonchalant look, minimal, elegant and sober treated in a supple, almost homewear style: limp volumes, large comfortable shapes, naturally crinkled aspects, rolled hems & finishes.

They are light and fluid: crepe, crepon, voile, gauze or fine tulle are worked alone or in layers for a young, romantic mood. In a natural atmosphere, we see refined, rustic effects: muslins or silk shantung worked in light weaves. In complement, vegetation or natural motifs are sometimes blurry or undefined.



Back to the future
A new beginning showing optimism and progress. Technology becomes playful in a sweet way. A new positive high-tech is restarting with references to the naivity of the 50ies.

Fresh, acidic tints that evoke chemical elixirs and experimental emulsions. The flashy, slightly pop colors of vitamin-charged smoothies: green, pink, turquoise, yellow and acidic orange. They are accompanied by a second range of more faded and somewhat veiled, grayed tints.

A blend of functional, resolutely modern strictness in 60’s structured shapes. We see clean appeal, sharp-cut lab coats or absolutely simple basics reworked in luxurious, technical fabrics. References to medical bandages and an 80’s sporty mood in fitted pieces are also forthcoming.

A very clean style in fresh colors, this simplicity enables the experimentation with new associations and new manners of wearing garments.

taffeta, coated canvas, cotton, jacquard and thick linen. Textured surfaces with miniature motifs in clean, precise graphics. Elsewhere, a futurist mood is illustrated by synthetic, compact, girdling fabrics with technical finishes. Transparent harmonies and layerings are more refined.



We head to South America
A creative melting pot in a mix of influences and civilizations. From this universe, we rediscover both the appealing glamor of seductive movie actresses like Maria Felix and the humble elegance of traditional folklore outfits.

Vibrant, joyous party tints in slashes of color. Blazing red and deep violet blend with more neutral shades evoking dry, South American landscapes: ochres, clays, beiges, cactus greens.

They take into account Latin America’s diversity. A military uniform mood reworked with a city attitude. Big, rustic shapes inspired by Indians and ornaments, which take their cue from Aztec motifs. But also: defined waists, the tapered, chic lines of gauchos, 50’s seductive women and tango artists.

The silhouette is inspired by retro-Hispanic elegance, black-trimmed jacket and floral shirt. The preppy look in a bad boy version from the Latino districts – full of fantasy. The “resort” style nylon jacket is sportier and more modern calling on the comeback of boat shoes.

A folklore inspiration: rough looks, rustic weaves, fresh cottons resembling household linens. On a more refined note: laces and macrames. A more precious inspiration with fabrics decorated by opulent ornaments, embroideries and appliqués.

The Must-Have Color Trends For Fall 2011

Expert Opinion: Lee Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Wondering which hues for shoes will be must-haves for consumers next fall?

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and the head of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, buyers may want to look to the past, present and future to get a sense of coming color trends. “The big picture theme is a Mosaic of Color and Style,” she says. “This reflects cultural, universal time frames and seemingly disconnected elements. Though new technologies continue to reinvent the future, we may notice some things have a vaguely nostalgic feeling.”

The interest in making everything old new again stems from, yes, the current economy. “Since people are thinking about the economy, that’s telling us some of the styling of the past isn’t discarded, but instead brought back in a new way. What’s important today is to think in terms of practicality. People are going to ask themselves, gee, I already have six pairs of black shoes, so why do I need another pair? Retailers are going to want to give them something new, and this is where color plays an important role. For example, maybe a consumer is drawn to a purple car, but when they get to the show room they decide to go with the black version. But you need to have that purple car to get their attention.”

Source: Fashion Trendsetter