Following Pantone's December announcement of Greenery as this year’s colour of the year (even designing a London Airbnb around the theme), the colour authority has released the top 10 trending colours in fashion as a result of London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week.
Set six months in advance, fashion colour trends will permeate into areas from advertising to homeware – and can inspire you to produce works that neatly fit alongside those.
The Fashion Color Report for Fall 2017 is one of two semi-annual reports highlighting the top colours in men and women’s fashion for the upcoming autumn season in New York and, for the first time, London.
The report is based on what colours fashion designers are including in their upcoming collections at the fashion weeks in New York and now London. Although you may not be a fashion designer, these colours can influence wider design trends this season. For more on visual trends for 2017 head to our analysis.
The colours in the report are culled from Pantone’s fashion, home and interiors colour system which is widely used and recognised in those sectors.
The colour palette for New York "leans more towards warmth", according to executive director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Elseman.
Leatrice says stand-out shades are pale pink Ballet Slipper, Golden Lime. A bright Marina blue adds a striking touch when added with classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterum and Tawny Port.
The top 10 colours in New York’s fashion collections are as follows, followed by London's top 10.
A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter.
Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful.
Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.
This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of its namesake by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.
A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.
The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.
Shaded Spruce is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.
An earthy tone with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to autumn classics.
Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool colour in the autumn palette for New York that brings with it freshness and brightness.
A quintessential autumn colour, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.
The colour palette for autumn in London is comprised of strong classic colours complemented by "a few unpredictable shades", says Leatrice.
"Unexpected combinations such as Royal Lilac and Otter or Lemon Curry with Blue Bell are eye-arresting and create an unusual colour dichotomy."
Here are the top 10 colours in London’s fashion collections.
A vivid, powerful red, this strong shade leads the way in for autumn in London.
Primrose Pink is an embracing and gentle pale pink shade.
Toast brings a comforting, warm-hearted presence to the autumn winter season.
This tranquil blue reflects connection and a soothing sense of peace.
An enchanting purple that provides a theatrical linkage to the other colours in the palette.
A country colour that comes to the city, adding an earthy grounding and a sense of rootedness.
A mainstay for the season, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.
Copper Tan is a burnished shade known for its welcoming warmth.
Exotic and spicy, Lemon Curry adds a touch of piquancy to the seasonal colour story.
A staunch yet stately green, Golden Olive provides sturdiness.