Insider Shopping: Pantone on the Runway


  Following last week’s look at Pantone’s Spring 2012 Palette, Rhonda Sargent Chambers reveals her top designer looks in the colors of the season.     My favorite designers, my favorite colors, and my favorite fabrics all collide for Spring 2012. Last week, we explored the Pantone Color Institute’s rainbow of edible shades for the upcoming season. Today, I’ll highlight looks from runway presentations to illustrate my top wearable picks in the bright new palette. Are you ready to be inspired?     To begin, my top Pantone color choice this season is the beautiful blue ocean shade Cockatoo, reminiscent of tumbled sea glass. Indeed, the sirens of the sea emerged at the Versace spring show. Nymph models strutted in an array of seashell and aquatic tones.                     Pushing petal shades for spring is Jason Wu, with a most innovative and wearable collection. He creates seductive pieces without reaching too far, which is a valuable talent. Notice the blue ocean colors, paired with lips in Pantone’s top 2012 color, Tangerine Tango.                     Marc Jacobs pushed boundaries in his eponymous collection. I felt the influence of Bob Fosse, along with an edgy Jerry Hall twist. This dream of blue waves absolutely sends me; I love everything from head to toe.                     Another stunner from Marc Jacobs, the Louis Vuitton spring collection was the most memorable and complete to come to us this season. Laser-cut jackets and skirts paired with delicious matching handbags were simply exquisite.                           Sweetness. Miuccia Prada's own summation of her spring collection was surprisingly direct. Every season, she reinvents her genius through patterns and designs executed in the most delicate fabrics.  Watch for this version of the colorblocking trend to hit big across the board.                     Finally, my love affair with Missoni spans decades. This fashion family’s signature style is effortlessly chic. Using our highlighted cool blue tones, while mixing patterns and textures, Missoni mastered the look.                 (Image Credits:,,,,  

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