Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today unveils the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2007, available free-of-charge from the Pantone Web site at http://www.pantone.com/fall2007. The report features the top 10 colors for women's fashion for fall '07 along with designer sketches, quotes and head shots. The availability of the report coincides with the beginning of New York Fashion Week.
According to the report, complex and exotic describe the intriguingly unusual and inviting color palette for women's fashion for fall '07. The traditional neutral shades expected for autumn have been replaced this season with rich, nuanced hues, offering more opportunity for creativity with interesting and unexpected color combinations.
"Designers find inspiration in a variety of places, but one thing they all have in common this season is a rich, complex color palette to stimulate creativity," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director if the Pantone Color Institute. "Nuanced colors with subtle undertones enhance the ever-present neutrals and allow for clever and extraordinary color combinations. Pairing designer pieces with mainstream staples has become a way of life, and color adds an important dimension for expressing one's unique sense of style."
The top 10 most directional women's ready-to-wear colors for fall 2007 are:
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper
PANTONE 19-4316 Stargazer
PANTONE 17-0636 Green Moss
PANTONE 18-2929 Purple Wine
PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose
PANTONE 17-3812 Dusk
PANTONE 18-1354 Burnt Ochre
PANTONE 16-6116 Shale Green
PANTONE 15-0751 Lemon Curry
PANTONE 19-1116 Carafe
Spicy Chili Pepper and exotic Lemon Curry stimulate the taste buds, entice the senses, and enliven any wardrobe. Purple Wine, the ultimate expression of creativity, marries purple and wine, broadening the appeal of purple for fashion. The violet undertones of Dusk give gray a whole new dimension, making this fall's neutral much more desirable. Carafe, a deep, espresso brown, adds contrast to the palette, providing a rich alternative to the usual black or charcoal. Sumptuous Cashmere Rose is not only the perfect complement to any of fall's colors, but also flatters any complexion.
Many seasons have paid homage to nature, and fall '07 is no exception. Shale Green takes the shade in a murky, blue/gray direction, while foliage-inspired Green Moss goes to the yellow side. Earthy Burnt Ochre is this autumn's orange, and sophisticated Stargazer continues the trend of turquoise, but with a deeper intensity.
The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standard in the world.
Each season, Pantone surveys the fashion designers to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration, color philosophy and each designer's signature shade. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report and serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.