With all the major fashion weeks now drawn to a close, the one major thing I took away from the shows was the use of color. Colors for spring 2017 took an earthy turn. Neutrals and pastels are definitely the new black. Color is so important, as it can influence, heighten mood, revitalize and soothe. Advertisers and marketers have known this for a long time. It’s no mistake that fast food chains choose red—which stimulates hunger and draws attention whereas a hospital or doctor’s office would choose a more soothing hue like greens or blue as those colors encourage calmness, stability and peace. Color is a calling card of sorts. It says so much before you have even spoken a word.
Fashion really went back to basics, channeling nature in its spring palettes resulting in dreamy, peaceful hues stretching all the way to more invigorating colors that haven’t been seen in few years. Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute had to say the following regarding Spring/Summer 2017, “Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling…designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each Spring.”
Here I have compiled the top five color groups that you need in your closet right now:
It’s Okay To Blush
Blush: Hues in this family lend a sense of warmth. They are smart and classy and can often transcend season. Pantone says to look towards Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut to draw your style inspiration.
Dress for Island Paradise
Blues and Pinks: Pantone’s Island Paradise to Pink Yarrow really were show stoppers. Seen in collections like Moschino and Altuzzara—I just couldn’t take my eyes off them! This color combination evokes serenity and vitality with a punch of color that is an easy segue into summer.
Not Just For Eating!
Greens: Kale is not just for eating anymore! This hue showed up in several collections as was a nod to mother nature. It’s also on trend for styling your home! Refreshing in tone, it lends a sense of relaxation, getting connected with nature and reinvigorating yourself. If avocado is more of your thing, Pantone recommends the more adventurous “Greenery’.
Evoke The Warmth of the Sun
Primrose: Life is always better when viewed through rose colored glasses—well in this case—primrose colored glasses. This color evokes the warmth of the sun, energizes and is hopeful. And with so many ways to pair it with other colors, it won’t be a hard one to incorporate into your wardrobe.
Hold A Flame To It
Flame: I am sincerely like a moth to a flame over this color! Pantone’s Flame is surely one to get heads turning! It is adventurous and theatrical and will definitely make a statement! Here I have pared it with a variety of colors from the 2017 palette to illustrate how easy it is to get a little daring in your sartorial color choices.
I will leave you all with this quote from the one and only Coco Chanel: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Inspiration comes from everywhere. I would love to hear what inspires you to a life with #BeautyFull Fashion and how you are incorporating this season’s palette into your style repertoire! Please share in the comments!