Monday, August 15, 2011

Fall 2011: The Art of Color

Sensible and Spirited
Taking cues from old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011. This Fall will bring the pairing of menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.
“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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette.”
Some colors you simply must have this Fall include:
Bamboo, a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season. Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone. This dappled shade pairs dramatically with several of the top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.
Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the warmth of a glowing fire – the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall. Combine Emberglow with Coffee Liqueúr for a classic look, or with Honeysuckle for something a bit more retro. Add a spark with shoes or a handbag in Emberglow, or perhaps a patterned scarf combining purpled Phlox or Deep Teal.
Honeysuckle adds a bold punctuation point. This playful, reddish pink works with any other color in the palette, especially fall staples like Coffee Liqueúr and Nougat. To add some intensity, pair it with complementary Bamboo. Flirtatious and festive, Honeysuckle produces a healthy glow – great for cosmetics and holiday soirees.
Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding statement when worn on its own. Add Phlox to this season's neutrals to create a bit of drama, or combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee Liqueúr for something extraordinary. To add even more excitement, pair Phlox with Honeysuckle or Bamboo against a Cedar background – a combination inspired by Mother Nature.
Cedar is a versatile, mid-tone neutral green. It is a natural with Deep Teal, and sophisticated and timeless with Phlox or Orchid Hush.
Deep Teal, a strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness. A great standard when used with Cedar, its color-wheel neighbor, Deep Teal is also a unique counterpoint to Honeysuckle.
Consumers continue to add stability to their wardrobes with neutrals.
Rich, decadent Coffee Liqueúr brings a sense of elegance to fall, and is a savory alternative to basic black.
Nougat is a deliciously warm camel tan, tastefully embellished by Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle.
Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones, blends well with any other color in the palette.
Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains, as always, a practical, dependable staple.

With so many colors to choose from this fall, take this survey to decide which color is your favorite:


For over 17 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season's most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for fall 2011.


  1. Thanks for sharing this insight. Some of those colors surprised me:) Good to know!

  2. Love the way you colored your color words. Looks good!

  3. Great post! I liked Emberglow.
    - RomanticThoughts

  4. Love the Emberglow too! Great post on color!

  5. I still love the honeysuckle pink the best. Probably cuz pink is my fav.

  6. Great post! Phlox is my favorite!

  7. Really helpful article, thank you!

  8. I love the colours. And I love the names. And I love fall. Yay!


  9. Good post on my favorite subject! Did you know they are already forecasting for fall 2012? It is such a fun subject to keep up with!

  10. I agree, I love honeysuckle pink too! Great post!