Pantone: 2011 Spring Color Preview

Garden with some tulips and narcissus

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Spring is my favorite time of the year to go shopping.  If you like finding exciting new styles that liven up your wardrobe, then I suspect that the same holds true for you.  Back in the fall, we previewed Spring fashions and found longer skirts, flowing styles and higher necklines for Spring.  Now that the 2011 spring fashion season is officially around the corner we’d like to share with you Pantone’s color predictions for this Spring season.  The 2011 Spring Pantone Fashion Color report was created in the fall of 2010.  It’s the result of collaboration between Pantone Executive Director, Ms. Leatrice Eiseman and some of the world’s top fashion designers-including Cynthia Steffe, Tracy Reese, Lela Rose, and Christian Siriano among others.

Leatrice Eiseman summarizes the theme of 2011 spring colors by saying, “The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present(s) an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones.”  After reviewing their 2011 spring color palette for ourselves, we’d have to agree with Leatrice.  The bright colors can best be described as light and fluffy, typical of spring fashion.  However, Pantone added a slight twist to this report by pairing the light spring colors with the heavy, more opaque, cooler hues that we’d ordinarily expect to see in fall fashion. The result is something surprisingly refreshing.

Pantone Spring Colors 2011 image

Spring Colors 2011 by Pantone

These colors were inspired by the designers’ visions of exotic travel destinations, such as Africa, India, Peru, and Turkey .  The idea being that these destinations serve to help consumers’ break away from their everyday challenges by transporting them to faraway places. We’ve observed that this theme of “getting away” has been recurrent throughout the fashion industry’s last two season reports, as well.  For the 2010 fall color palette many of colors were chosen to “conjure images of travel and adventure, whether real or aspirational.”

Amongst the top colors for the spring 2011 color palette are Lavender, Beeswax, Linen, Russet, and Flint Gray. The Russet and Flint

Color Wheel

Color Wheel by Michael Hernandez

Gray hues are examples of colors that would typically be associated with fall fashions.

But as you can see from the Pantone color palette, the colors complement each other.  This is very similar to what you’d find if you were to take a color wheel, then choose a color and move to the color directly opposite of that hue.  In color and fashion parlance these opposites are referred to as complimentary colors.

You may often hear designers describe complimentary colors as spring colors.  The reason for the spring reference is that you can actually observe these colors in nature during spring.  Take for example, a viola.  As it blooms the flower petals display alternating hues of gold and violet.  We can find this in Pantone’s 2011 spring palette.  However, they’ve also managed to sneak several autumn tones into the palette which serves to add an earth element thereby helping to ground colors that what would otherwise best be described as bright and bursting with water.  The result is a look that combines excitement and energy with a sense of balance and harmony.

Photo of a viola in bloom

Viola in Bloom by Amanda Slater

Although many storefront retailers wait until late February before stocking the shelves with spring fashions, you don’t have to wait.   Rock Bottom T-Shirts has already added our new spring styles and colors to our website, so you can begin getting ready for spring now.

Try our Womens Short Sleeve T-Shirt in lavender and combine it with a pair of golden-orange wide leg slacks.

Are you seeing any of these fashions at your local retailers, or do you have any spring color tips that you’d to share?  Let us know!  Leave a comment below and “like this” article on our Facebook page.


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