Top 10 Pantone Colors for Spring 2010  

When I shop and I have different color options to choose from, I usually select the hot colors of the season. I love doing this because

  1. It becomes easy to coordinate my wardrobe for that season
  2. I can look trendy and fashionable even if I'm wearing a basic and/or inexpensive piece

“The vibrancy of the top five colors [for women] — versus the neutrals we see toward the bottom of the ranking — show that designers are choosing optimism for the season,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, which disclosed the top 10 colors chosen by New York designers in the Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2010. “It’s a cautious optimism, however, because no one can ignore the elephant still in the room — the recession.”

Here, the Top 10 Pantone colors for women’s collections chosen by New York designers for spring 2010.

Percentage of designers who used this color: 13.77
“Purple has been a huge color for the last several seasons, and this version has finally taken purple to number one,” said Eiseman of Pantone. She said the red undertone “provides a bit more excitement to what we’d typically think of as a cooler color. A little bit of warmth to a cool color intrigues the consumer’s eye.”

Percentage of designers who used this color: 11.37
“Designers really believe in orange, and they clearly want to continue that pathway,” Eiseman said. “This version is not over the top; rather, it’s a very mellow color.” The cosmetics industry also has taken advantage of this color, because, unlike the bolder, typical oranges, she said, “this is much more flattering to many different skin tones.”

Percentage of designers who used this color: 8.38
This version of blue has purple undertones, “which add more warmth to the color, giving it more appeal than an average blue,” Eiseman said. Adrienne Vittadini chose this as one of her colors, telling Pantone her inspiration was “the crystal blue waters of Capri.” Tommy Hilfiger, who also worked with Amparo Blue, told Pantone he was inspired by “the California coastline.”

Percentage of designers who used this color: 6.59
This version of gray is a practical, neutral gray that can be used in any of the top 10’s palette as a combination, Eiseman said. “If you purchase a jacket in Eucalyptus, you can match it up against any of the top vibrant colors, for example. It will work to balance out an outfit.” She predicted many consumers will look for shoes and accessories in this color.

Source: Pantone via WWD


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Ooooooo. I love 8(especially, but is difficult to wear if u don't have melanin, and it typically doesn't do well at retail!) 9, and 10. I see them mixed together with chocolate, or eggshell? I am all over neutrals now and in the spring! Thanks for the color forcast D!


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