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Annual Color Forecast SPONSORED BY PANTONE


Vibrant Colors Make A Comeback

From the runway to retail stores, vibrant, lively colors continue to make an impact on the world of fashion and design. After years of playing it safe, consumers are once again embracing color - in a big way. Vivid brights are paired together to deliberately clash, making products stand out and better express society's eclectic nature.

Reflective of the times, Pantone selected PANTONE® 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a vivacious, energetic hue, as the color of the year for 2011. Honeysuckle emboldens consumers to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. This dynamic reddish pink is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates the psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

With this newfound confidence, designers and consumers alike are embracing captivating, stimulating colors to lift their spirits and say goodbye to dull and boring. Although black and neutrals like gray, beige and taupe continue to be staples for consumers, designers punch up the basics with vibrant pops of bright colors like Honeysuckle and Fuchsia. By tweaking colors to create a bit of disconnect with familiar combinations, traditional color combinations are taken to new levels. It's time to think "the brighter the better - anything goes."

In addition to bright colors, designers are showing off a stress-free take on life by experimenting with the spontaneity and quirkiness of cartoons. They are taking cartoon-like and comic book illustrations to a new level by incorporating them in unexpected places like luggage and handbags or backpacks, room dividers, wall murals, sneakers, home furnishings like armoires, cabinets and chairs.

- Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

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. The following pages are excerpts from the Pantone Fashion Color Report which previews the most prominent hues for Fall 2011 including the 10 most directional colors which appear above.

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 top10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.

Evoking the freshness of a cool mist in a dark forest, 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.
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. A deliciously warm camel tan, Nougat is tastefully embellished by Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle.
Offering a sense of continuity from spring, dynamic 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. Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones, blends well with any other color in the palette.
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. Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains, as always, a practical, dependable staple.