Pantone Reveals NYFW Fashion Color Trends for Fall 2022

Pantone Reveals NYFW Fashion Color Trends for Fall 2022

Just as much of the world teeters between envisioning exuberance and calm, the Pantone Color Trend Report for New York Fashion Week fall 2022 delivers shades for both mind-sets.As pandemic restrictions are easing and many countries are opening up again widely for business, the anticipation of getting back to some semblance of activity is evident in the colors. High-energy shades top the list of the 10 standout colors with the fiery red Lava Falls, the glowing yellow Samoan Sun, an energizing Orange Tiger and a near neon pink Rose Violet.
Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said such hues express our yearnings. More soothing green shades like Amazon and Martini Olive balance things out a bit and classic subtle tones like Arctic Wolf are nurturing, she said.

The roller coaster of emotions that millions have experienced due to COVID-19 are evident in this season’s palette. “On one hand, we want rest and relaxation, but on the other hand, we sure want something that is going to get us up-and-out and moving,” she said. “Everybody knows what it feels like to have been sequestered for so long. Last year, we felt that we could start going out to do the things that were so-called normal. Then we had another wave with Omicron, which was so disappointing. People just feel like — give us another jolt of energy. Those highs and lows we were experiencing due to all of the events around us [have led to] almost contradictory yearnings,” Eiseman said, adding that choosing colorful clothing can almost fool oneself into being energized.

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Pandemic aside, upswings in interest in outdoor activities, gaming, near-constant digital lives, animation, immersive art exhibits like the Van Gogh Experience are impacting consumers’ choice of colors. With digitized colors often being more intense than textiles seen in real life, the absorption of such vibrant shades is making people want to infuse their wardrobes with similar jolts of color, Eiseman said. “To make that transition from the digitized world into — I won’t say ‘the real world,’ because that’s becoming part of our real world for sure — can mean choosing a different textile, a cotton or a silly print. With people being surrounded by all of these new technologies, they want a piece of that.”
However dry the ongoing sourcing problem and shipping delays might seem, they also are rocking the color world. With first choices for fabrics and other materials routinely being shelved due to transportation and availability, designers are increasingly rolling with second or third choices, which has led to a greater willingness to experiment with colors. Eiseman said she will be opening a talk at next month’s International Home and Housewares show by acknowledging how the sourcing issues are a factor. “Designers have to be thinking about this. It’s all part of deciding which colors you will be using,” she said. “It doesn’t run against the meaning of each color. But that practical aspect of what’s-going-to-be-available-to-me does play into it,” she said.
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Beijing Olympic fans may associate this orange-y red with the flag of China or the controversial layered-up Lululemon uniforms of Canada’s national team. Winter Games coverage is “absolutely” reinforcing the power of color, Eiseman said. “You know what a stir the Canadian uniform caused with the bright red puffer jackets and the vests on top of the jackets and the puffy scarf on top of that. That was a big story for several days,” she said. “I thought wow that is an indication of the power of color. And people are interested. They may not be able to attend, but they will watch and will get some inspiration from that.”

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Creatives and consumers alike are not about to let weather patterns or moods dictate their color choices. Cheerful, enlightened Samoan Sun is one that is prevalent well beyond smiling — or crying — emojis. The new Jean Patou handbag collection already is using it.
Orange Tiger 16-1358
Another example of how new fashion seasons are no longer defined by staid colors.
Rose Violet 17-2624
Designers and shoppers are more inclined to not be mired in expected traditional choices. If you want to wear a bold pink, the thinking is go for it, Eiseman said. Sandra Bullock dons a Rose Violet sequined pantsuit in the new flick “The Lost City.” Lil Nas X wore it first though at the 2020 Grammys.
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Inspired by the rainforest and not Jeff Bezos’ behemoth corporation in Seattle — this lush color is meant to relay a sense of being outdoors with the grass beneath one’s feet. Colin Locasio already added it to his fall collection. Environmental concerns are not going away either, and this is yet another reminder that we need to be mindful of the destruction of nature, Eiseman said.
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Like the multisensory Amazon, this floral pink is meant to resonate on different levels. Vanessa Kirby chose a gown in this soft shade for last year’s Oscars.
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Cleansing and refreshing, this blue is a few notches up from a pastel. Disney fans and Loewe shoppers alike will love it. Arias’ “Her Mirroring” collaboration with Anne Klein opted for Waterspout, as has Tadashi Shoji. Meghan Markle is an advocate for this blue, too.
Caramel Cafe 18-1148
Coffee drinking has become a pastime around the globe — more than 166 million bags were sold last year. Designers and Pantone understand that a name can take you places, and one that carries an added punch of aroma is all the more inviting to shoppers.
Midnight 19-4127
Stargazing has gained traction thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope and self isolators looking for some after-hours socially distanced activities. Kim Jones is among the fans of this deep blue.
Martini Olive 18-0625
Cocktails are back in a big way, so why not splash this green tone into the wardrobe?

Fall 2022 Core Classics
Aside from having names that reinforce the transportive powers of color, these seasonless and versatile basics won’t fade like a passport.
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This soft white isn’t just a favorite with bridal designers like Vera Wang and Pronovias — it can be found in Badgley Mischka’s new collection. This is also a go-to choice for future Queen Consort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
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Slightly understated and calming, this basic has already been infused into Peter Do’s new collection, as well as Overcoat’s and House of Aama’s. Burberry needs no reminder about Autumn Blonde’s lasting appeal.
Polar Night 19-4105
Iceland overnights for the Northern Lights might not yet be on the calendar for many travelers, but this cosmically deep blue is at the ready.
Loden Frost 17-0210
Another indicator of the appeal of the evergreen, this earth-infused tone can be found in myriad brands including Patagonia and The North Face.
Chiseled Stone 16-3917
Knowing that pandemic living amounted to hunk, drunk or chunk for many housebound quarantine-ers, this subtle gray shade’s name is a wink at the exercisers of the world. Thom Browne is always on board with grayness in fashion.

Does Your Closet Include Pantone’s Color of the Year 2022 Yet?

Does Your Closet Include Pantone’s Color of the Year 2022 Yet?

Valentino haute couture fall 2021. Photo:
One of the most powerful communication tools that indirectly works with one’s psychology,—evoking action, signaling mood, and sometimes even healing from deep emotional trauma—is color. Several ancient cultures have acknowledged the power of hues and have practiced chromotherapy, which is no stranger to holistic treatments. So important are pigments that each year, the Pantone Color Institute releases a special color for the upcoming year, and 2022 is predicted to fall in love with a shade that lives by the current psychological and social situation across the globe. Amidst today’s uncertainties with respect to Covid’19’s Omicron variant, the Pantone Color of the Year 2022 is Very Peri, a shade extracted from periwinkle that embraces today’s shakiness, but celebrates cautious hope and optimism for the future.
Xüly Bet spring 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Xüly Bet
Saint Laurent men’s spring 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent
Iris van Herpen haute couture fall 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Iris van Herpen
This shade is the result of almost a year’s worth of research and trend forecasting, which picked up patterns from several realms like fashion and sports, focusing on the metaverse. “There is just no question that gaming influenced the continued usage of Very Peri,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Lanvin spring 2022. Photo:
Gucci spring 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Gucci
The color also has high relevance in a spiritual context, stemming from indigo, which is symbolic of the inner mind and intuition, and violet, which is symbolic of the higher cosmic consciousness. Hence, it’s never a bad idea to meditate with an amethyst crystal in hand. Periwinkle plants even offer a sense of calmness during a stormy day.
In the fashion world, this color has been repetitively mentioned by Lanvin, Chet Lo, and Louis Vuitton, and can be associated with power, royalty, and wealth.
Balenciaga haute couture fall 2021. Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga
Alberta Ferretti spring 2022. Photo:
The upcoming year’s periwinkle birth baby comes as a surprise after the colors predicted for 2021 (grey and yellow). Pantone explained that the duo symbolized illumination at the end of a dark tunnel, referring to the world’s battle against Covid-19. However, towards the end of this year, the Omicron variant has been viciously spreading across countries, introducing another period of uncertainty. “We really want the Color of the Year to be reflective of what is happening in the world around us.” Added Eiseman. At least 2022’s Very Peri gives no ultimatum to the situation, and accepts today as it is, with an amethyst sparkle of hope.
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Pantone’s Chic Color Duo For 2021 Is Here To Brighten Your Wardrobe (And Spirits)

Pantone’s Chic Color Duo For 2021 Is Here To Brighten Your Wardrobe (And Spirits)

The Color Institute has selected two shades to share an equal billing next year. Here’s why Pantone has sunshine and fortitude on its fashion forecast for 2021.
Picture: Seana Redmond

It’s official: the powers at the Pantone Color Institute (both of whom are women, by the way) have made their annual call on the colour of the year — however, for 2021 we won’t have just one colour, but two. The forecasted pairing, Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow — visible in the spring/summer 2021 collections of Prada, Jacquemus, Gucci, Balmain and Givenchy — will take over from 2020’s demure ‘Classic Blue’ and is guaranteed to have a positive effect on your mind and wardrobe. But what is the real meaning behind 2021’s dual selection?
Vogue spoke exclusively to Pantone’s globally influential trend forecasters to find out.
Swatches of ‘Illuminating’ yellow, and ‘Ultimate Grey’. Courtesy of Pantone

How does Pantone decide on the colour of the year?
Dismiss any notions of the fanciful speculator, Pantone’s doyennes produce something close to a thesis each year. “We always want to make sure that everybody knows we are not gazing into a crystal ball to make this selection,” Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, explains. “This is a process that requires a lot of thoughtful consideration. It’s a culmination of all the work that the team does and helps to not only inform this selection, but all the colours that go into our broader colour trend forecasting.”
What does the life of a trend forecaster look like?
“A large part of what we do is involved with the psychology of colour and how it plays into how people feel in general,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Usually our team is travelling all over the world, sharing ideas with each other — imagery, buzzwords — whatever we pick up on that we feel is important.”
The type of things they investigate? Everything from worldwide sporting events (“What city is going to be the host? Are there colours that are indigenous to that city?”) to the beauty ‘shelfies’ we’re posting on Instagram and the tones that resonate on the international runways. Eiseman’s psychosocial analysis doesn’t end there, either — the colours that define a particular year are also intrinsically linked to what we collectively find hopeful.
“We will ask what is happening in socio-economic terms in the world to make sure that we pay attention to what the public at large is telling us, what their needs are, what their hopes are,” Eiseman adds. “With that information gathering, we can do our homework and come up with an intelligent analysis that enables us to decide on the colour.” Except, for 2021, it won’t be one colour, but two.
Prada spring/summer 2021, Balmain spring/summer 2021.

Why are there two Pantone colours of the year for 2021?
This isn’t the first time that Pantone has selected two shades as its ‘colour of the year’. Back in 2016, Pantone 15-3919 Serenity and Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz (also known as ‘Millennial Pink’) were chosen in tandem, but 2020 presented somewhat exceptional circumstances.
As Pressman notes, this year has, in a nutshell, been about collectivity, a theme that is set to continue influencing our behaviour and attitudes for the foreseeable future. By the time Pantone began undertaking its 2021 colour research, certain clearly identifiable societal changes that we are continuing to grapple with were already well underway — “from the way we socialise and travel to how we’ve reset our minds to what’s important. We are shifting from a quantity to quality mindset, adapting from fast-paced lives to slow living and embracing local over global.”
The eureka moment? “The one thing that became abundantly clear to us was the deepening understanding across the generations of how much we need each other, and that it’s our connection to other people that gives us the fortitude and hope, which are essential for us to move forward,” Pressman explains
“It became apparent that there was never going to be one colour that could express everything that needed to be expressed — that it was, instead, critical to have two independent colours that could come together. Not only to subliminally convey the message that we can’t do this alone — that we all need each other — but because it is the combination of the qualities of these colours that tells the story.”
Jacquemus spring/summer 2021, Salvatore Ferragamo spring/summer 2021.

What’s the meaning behind Pantone’s 2021 colours, ‘Ultimate Grey’ and ‘Illuminating’ yellow?
“Ultimate Grey [Pantone 17-5104] is about strength and resilience,” Eiseman says, unequivocally. “If we think of it in terms of nature, it’s the colour of pebbles at the beach, of rock and stone that have been around for millions of years and aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. Grey denotes fortitude; something that you can hang on to that is always going to be there for you.”
There’s also a direct fashion association. “People have been living in grey sweatpants, right?” Eiseman laughs, citing the comforting characteristics of 2020’s wardrobe antihero. “We’re not going to spend the rest of our lives in them, but the point is that we’ve learned to be OK with them and what they say about our lifestyles in 2020.”
For 2021, Ultimate Grey will run in concert with a second hue, which also dials into the feeling of continuity that we take from the natural world, Illuminating (Pantone 13-0647), an exact match for Prada’s spring/summer 2021 runway carpet. It’s a zinging yellow swatch which, no matter where Eiseman is in the world or who she shows it to, will invariably be linked to sunshine.
Emilio Pucci spring/summer 2021

“For most people, from the time they were little children, yellow means hope, positivity and something to look forward to. It always offers that uplifting feeling of hopefulness, which is so essential to the human spirit — the skies opening up to a beautiful sunlit day.”
Eiseman’s 2021 colour coupling is ultimately about communicating unity. “Over the years, Pantone has done many studies on how people react to colour,” she adds. “We know that there is a universal reaction to both the Ultimate Grey and Illuminating. Even the names of the colours tell you something about them, which people immediately identify with.”
“We do see the light ahead,” Pressman concludes. “We just have to carry the resilience, the fortitude, and the composure that Ultimate Grey signals into 2021. To be patient and positive, knowing we will get there.”
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