With London Fashion Week just around the corner, Pantone has released its Fashion Colour Trend Report for Spring next year – showcasing the top colours to expect in both men’s and women’s spring collections.
Following on from Pantone’s top 10 colours for Autumn 2017 – and its release of a new purple shade dedicated to Prince – the report has been published for the fashion industry by the Pantone Color Institute, featuring colours we can expect to see from fashion designers on the runway at London Fashion Week.
You may not be a fashionista, but knowing what colours will be popular can help with any other design project you may be working on, or just give you fresh ideas and inspiration for colour palettes. Specific fashion colours tend to influence home decor design too.
The Spring 2018 colour palette incorporates 12 colours and an additional four ‘classic’ colours, taking into account a desire for more variety and experimentation of colours over traditional structured fashion guidelines, according to Pantone. "Designers in both the UK and US recognise the need to show more colour in their collections," says Pantone executive director Leatrice Eiseman. People are wanting flexibility, expression, and "a vibrant breath of fresh air".
The four classic hues include Coconut Milk and Warm Sand, which should be the "mainstay of any wardrobe", whilst the other colours aim to "challenge the status quo". Expect to see vibrant shades of reds, blues and greens – such as Cherry Tomato, Palace Blue, Ultra Violet and Lime Punch.
"This expanded palette speaks to spontaneous colour usage and embraces the lack of gender and seasonal borders," says Leatrice.
Here we feature the 12 colours and additional four 'classic' colours in Pantone’s Fashion Colour Trend Report for Spring 2018. We’ve also included Pantone’s own description of the colours – something they do best.
Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored shade is viscerally alive.
Palace Blue sparkles with energy. Stirring and impressive, a brighter blue for the days ahead.
Sophisticated yet earthy Ash Rose introduces a new dimension; transforming this muted pink shade into a more grounded hue.
Calm and composed Nile Green is a breezy light green that brings a breath of fresh air to the palette, working well as a serene base for a myriad of shades in the Spring 2018 palette.
The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the Spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.
Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.
Brown with a red undertone, the warm, wholesome and engaging Spiced Apple adds flavour to the Spring 2018 palette.
Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.
With its gentle petal like touch, delicate and ephemeral Almost Mauve adds a sense of nostalgia to the Spring 2018 palette.
Romantic and affectionate Rapture Rose is an artful rosey red that brings a flirtatious charm to the Spring 2018 palette.
Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus like presence in the Spring 2018 palette.
Spring 2018 Classic Colour Palette
These classic colours are described as the “mainstay of the wardrobe” and the foundation on which people can build their own personal style. These have been added onto the previous 12 colours to “highlight the nuance of these classic colours”.
The navy like Sailor Blue anchors the palette.
A mid-tone dove gray, Harbor Mist solidifies the Spring 2018 palette.
Warm Sand is a comforting neutral shade that effortlessly connects the seasons.
Coconut Milk represents the classic mainstay of a white and/or off-white for the Spring 2018 season.