~ fashion colour report # spring 2012 # ~

7 Oct

For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles, from free and playful and light and breezy, to contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.

“Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “They have learned how color can help them alter a mood and provide the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations.”

Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.

Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette. Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.

Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.

Natural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season’s top 10.

Tangerine Tango

Adrienne Vittadini

inspiration: Modern art such as Guyton Walker paintings, as well as world travel and primitive cultures

prominent colours: Hot colors combined with hot colors and cool with cool: Hibiscus with Sunburn and Cobalt with Menthol

signature colour: Menthol, an old industrial color that reinvented itself as new and modern

must-have item: Our textured knit cardigan in viscose nylon, which has a sleek and shiny hand, inspired by Ad Reinhardt

Solar Power

Bill Blass by Jeffrey Monteiro

inspiration: Classic American Sportswear — clean, sophisticated and modern

prominent colours: Formula One Red, Cyber Yellow, Mariner’s Navy and White

signature colours: Bright Cyber Yellow — it’s strong, fun and commands your attention, much like the Bill Blass woman

must-have item: Hooded slicker in bonded cotton made in Cyber Yellow

Bellflower

Rafael Cennamo

inspiration: I always dream in Black and White, and I created my spring summer 2012 collection in my dreams

prominent colours: Jet Black, Bright White and Lavender Frost with combinations of Jet Black to Bright White and Bright White to Lavender Frost

signature colour: White because it is pure, fresh and sophisticated

must-have item: A great White cocktail dress

Cabaret

Peter Som

inspiration: Roses in their myriad of colors

prominent colours: A combination of feminine rose-hued colors such as Sorbet Orange, Rose Violet and Hot Red anchored by a color palette of Optic White, Vanilla Ivory, True Black and Khaki Stone

signature colour: Rose Violet — it’s feminine and flattering but also bold and assertive

must-have item: A Rose Violet sheath dress with mirror-finish laser cut embroidery

Sodalite Blue

Barbara Tfank

inspiration: The early films of Elizabeth Taylor who has always been an enormous inspiration to me — I wanted to offer a tribute to her

prominent colours: Bright hues of Sunburst Yellow, Apricot and Shocking Pink, as well as Sun-Baked Clay Neutrals and Soft Shimmering Golds; abstract Warhol-esque prints also feature prominently — a playful mélange of color and texture make for a sensual and lively collection

signature colour: Soft Shimmering Gold as well as strong bursts of color like Apricot, Sunburst Yellow and Spring Green

must-have item: An unapologetically pretty dress in a Warhol inspired abstract floral

Margarita
Nahm by Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger

inspirationBelle de Jour, Paris in the ’70s, going to Laos and gaining influence there with a free and playful vibe

prominent colours: Laos and Paris in the ’70s were a big influence — we used prints with Buttery Yellows, Warm Oranges, Powdery Blues and Seafoam Green

signature colour: White and Seafoam because they’re happy, playful and young

must-have item: A dropped waist gathered shirt dress that is mixed with a few combinations of prints in Seafoam, multi-color zig zag print and Buttery Yellow diamond print

Sweet Lilac

Nanette Lepore

inspiration: We love the mix of hot neon colors with soft pastels, reminiscent of nature at its extremes: a powerful sunset, the ocean sparkling at dusk with flashes of lightning in the distance

prominent colours: Neon Flamingo, Shocking Pink, Acid Lemon, Electric Blue, Sea Breeze, Lilac, Hint of Purple and Sand; Neon Flamingo paired with the heat of Shocking Pink and a Cool Hint of Purple, Acid Yellow tempered with the softness of Seabreeze and Lilac

signature colour: Neon Flamingo for its vibrancy paired with our new neutral, Hint of Purple

must-have item: The “new suit” — a nipped jacket with a full structured skirt

Driftwood

Pamella Roland by Pamella DeVos

inspiration: The bold work of the abstract Expressionist painters that revolutionized the modern art world — they created a whole new visual language on canvas

prominent colours: Pale Navy, Moonrock, Canvas and Stone Blue — it’s a soft palette that comes across as sleek and modern, not sweet

signature colour: Moonrock — it has a clarity that highlights the fabric and cut of the clothes

must-have item: The spring weight coat with perforated leather panels — it’s tailored and the perforated leather panels make it not only versatile, but truly modern

Cockatoo

Tracy Reese

inspiration: A wide variety of artwork, and of course nature always comes into play

prominent colours: Rich with warm undertones of Blossom Pinks, Pale Orchids, Tart Yellows, Aqua Teals and Peacock Blues: Bachelor Button, Vivid Blue, Lagoon, Dandelion, Lemonade, Geranium and Barely Pink

signature colour: A Neon Coral pops up in just the right spot throughout the collection and it’s one of my favorites for spring

must-have item: A fun leather jacket light enough for spring — we did one in a great Zesty Yellow (Cream Gold)

Starfish

Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney

inspiration: Mixing tribal ethnic references from different parts of the globe, from the desert to the tropics with a ’90s inspired utility/safari and sport feel — I love how the warm, soft, faded colors get energized by cool, bright, vibrant hues when two shades are mixed together

prominent colours: Flirty, energetic cool colors: Spearmint, Strawberry, Ocean and Deep Indigo — mixed with dusky, earthy, warm neutrals: Terracotta, Desert Rose, Vermillion, White Sand, Clay, Pistachio, Bark, Hemp and Sage

signature colour: A warm shade of Vermillion, as it is a color that mixes well with all the neutrals in the collection, looks good on every skin tone, and creates a healthy sun-kissed glow

must-have item: A cropped suede fringe jacket in Desert Khaki

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