Exploring Pantone’s Spring 2013 Palette

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Our motivation from the Pantone Color Institute is all about “The Balancing Act” for Spring/Summer 2013.

For over 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring us each season’s most important color trends. The Institute’s latest report previews the most prominent hues for Spring 2013.

As we await December’s announcement of the Color of the Year, today we’ll explore Pantone’s message of balance through this new range. Notably, the prevalence of green continues from Fall 2012 into the softer surroundings and relaxing tones of the earth-inspired shades of this new collection.



Peter Som and Cynthia Steffe by Suwha Hong (pictured here) took the lead on Grayed Jade, which is oh, so soothing.











Nanette Lepore and Barbara Tfank (pictured here) took on Emerald, adding a little sparkle to enhance, and grounding with the neutral shade of Linen.











Tadashi Shoji and Nicole Miller (pictured here) were inspired by African Violet.











Calm and serene, Dusk Blue was also hit among designers for Spring 2013, mixing well with other tones.

As Tangerine Tango was the color of the year in 2012, the newness of soft Nectarine compliments the orange and coral shades that we have seen for the last two Spring seasons.

Monaco Blue is the most anchoring and the newest color of the grouping. It surprisingly works in harmony with the rest of the palette.



Rounding out the range, Lemon Zest, Tender Shoots and Poppy Red (design shown here, Carmen Marc Valvo) also excite.











Click here to see Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, talk about the influence of balance in this palette. From “novel neutrals” to “lights and brights,” her insights inspire.



(All images via Pantone.com)


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