Pantone - fashion color report spring 2016

Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette. For Spring 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between the men’s and women’s collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play.

The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months. 
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray



The fashion and design communities, and consequently, consumers, have been in love with orange for several seasons. Coming to the fore this Spring is PANTONE 16-1548, Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray



Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo


A maritime -inspired blue, PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo



While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup, designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray


A shade of aqua that leans toward the green family, PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined. Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz


As in most any season, the need for neutrals arises. Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray, adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash
PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee


The high energy PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta is a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales. A strong and fiery, yellow-based Red, the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash
PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell


A transitional color that will take us through the seasons, PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee manifests as another strong neutral for the season. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee creates a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray


PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash calls on its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.
Pairs Well With:
PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell



Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute™
Source: pantone.com

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