Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring/Summer 2016 Color Trends

Sweet Treats  

                                                    Photo Courtesy of Color Portfolio

Everyone is playing “Candy Crush” and it is no wonder that the sugary pastels in this theme are

finding their way into the fashion scene. Candy, cupcake, ice-cream and icing inspired pastels

work into mid-tone brights and pastels. We see lots of traditional pinks, greens and levels of

the same color together in a palette. Whites are key this season from bright whites to creamy

whites; they look fresh and new when teamed with these sugary pastels.

South of the Border 

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In this trend, we see palettes that bring to mind rich primary colors used in Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, etc.

Native textiles. The colors are rich in hue and bring an excitement to this story. These vibrant shades also remind

us of traditional performance sport colors: red, yellow, blue and green. Adding white and/or black brings energy

and contrast to this palette to create an athletic look.

Yacht Club 

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This Spring/Summer we are focusing on simple, clean colors and fabrics. Palettes emphasize neutrals ranging

from taupe, khaki, bright and/or creamy white which are then combined with traditional navy, black or green.

Together, these colors create an updated maritime look, a country club, varsity or collegiate story.

Retro Seaside 

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During Spring/Summer we take on a vacation state of mind, thinking about sun filled times and days spent at the

beach. Colors in this trend are sun bleached and /or water washed. There is an abundance of nature inspired

sandy khakis, driftwood greys, sage & dune grass greens, indigo blues, salmon, coral, sunkist yellow and creamy white

that create a nostalgic seaside palette.

New Autumn/Winter 15-16 Trends

Sport Dynamo

                                                             Courtesy of Colorush

Brights dominate the palette in sporty and preppy trends and color combinations.

Tonal colors are key and multi-levels of the same colors in a palette abound this season.

Look for lots of colorful knits and Fair Isle in appealing bright colors.


                                             Courtesy of Color Portfolio Essence of Color

In Autumn, nature moves toward becoming dormant. Color begins to fade, so this

season we see mineral shades, new autumnal colors and contrasting very blackened darks.

Textures imitate nature from frosted, shiny or mirrored to dark, volcanic, ashen or furry.


                                                           Courtesy of Readymade

This trend is all about neutrals from whites, lights and creamy colors to mid-tone

greys into deep darks & browns that are more gold casted. We see monochromatic textured

surfaces, mini & maxi patterns with embellishments that may become the pattern.


                                                 Courtesy of Pantone View Colour Planner

A/W 15-16 returns to jeweled-toned colors and shiny surfaces. Gold is a key accent, Oranges mix

with Teals. Green is important ranging from Emeralds & Jades to Olives. Purples & Berries are gem inspired.

Everything is very decorative, patterns are rich and prints, patterns & fabrics are ornately embellished.