Pantone 2012 Spring Fashion Color Trends Preview

Spring 2012 Color Trends

Spring 2012 Color Trends - Pantone

Last week we had a chance review spring 2012 color and fashions as exhibited on the runway at New York Fashion Week.  Today we’ll get an opportunity to re-visit the 2012 spring colors as we discuss Pantone’s Spring 2012 Color Trend Report.

The interesting thing about the Pantone 2012 Spring Fashion Color Report is that it seems to pick up where Spring 2012 Fashion Week New York left.  This is especially true when it comes to the report’s emphasis on super bright warm colors but there were also other similarities as well.

Although we didn’t mention it in our New York Fashion Week post the color combinations that were displayed on the runway had a very mild hint of monochromatic (variations of the same color) and analogous colors schemes to them.  Note: Analogous colors are colors that appear right next to each other on the color wheel.  For example, red and orange would be analogous colors.

This trend was much more pronounced in the Pantone Color Trend report.  What strikes us as unique about this is that analogous colors are typically associated with autumn color palettes, while monochromatic colors are often associated with summer palettes.

Just as there were similarities between Pantone’s 2012 Spring Color Trend Report and the Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week event there was also a subtle difference.  One thing that we noticed about Pantone’s color trend report is that they strongly emphasized that this spring designers will use light pastel colors as background colors and that you should contrast these lighter colors against your analogous or monochromatic accent colors.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Pantone’s 2012 Spring Fashion Color that does a terrific job of condensing the entire color trend report into a few ideas:

“For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles — from free and playful to light and breezy, and contemporary classics.”

Here are the colors.  You’ll notice how the warm colors (Cabaret, Solar Power, Bellflower, Cockatoo and Tangerine) are so bright that they almost resemble neon lights.  On the other hand, the remaining colors are much lighter and softer than the warm colors.

Pantone Spring 2012 Color Trends

Pantone Spring 2012 Color Trends

Although we’re not going to summarize all ten of Pantone’s Spring 2012 colors, we did want to highlight a few of them.  So what we’ve done below is take two soft colors and two bright colors from Pantone’s report and provided our analysis of each, as well as mentioned products that we offer that come in comparable colors.

Soft Colors

Womens Sleeveless V-Neck Tee

Women's V-Neck Tee in Pale Green

  • Margarita – This really soft hue is very similar to the color that you’d see in moss or on a young olive.  It also bears a strong resemblance to the beverage that it was named after.  Our closest color to Pantone’s Margarita would be our pale green and you can find this color in our Women’s Sleeveless V-Neck Tee.
Womens Short Sleeve T-Shirt | Rock Bottom T-Shirts

Women's Short Sleeve T-Shirt in Lilac

  • Sweet Lilac– This color is almost as if someone took a dab of lilac colored paint and added water to it but stopped just shy of turning it into pink.  This can be a romantic color but the softness of this color also makes it great for babies.  Our closest match is our lilac.  We offer several products that come in this color including our Baby Infant Lap T-Shirt and our Womens Short Sleeve T-Shirt (top right image).

Bright Colors 

Womens V-Neck T-Shirt

Women's V-Neck T-Shirt in Hot Pink

  • Cabaret – Sometimes you can find roses displaying a similar violet like color during the middle and latter part of the summer.   This color is very similar to our hot pink and we carry it in our Womens V-Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt (top left image).
Womens Tank Top

Women's Tank Top in Orange

  • Tangerine Tango – Very much like an electric orange hue this is a high energy color.  It’s a color that you don’t see very often but when you do it’s very noticeable.  Our orange bears some similarities to this color and can be found on our Womens 2X1 Rib Tank Tops (top right image).

We hope this summary has been helpful to you and if you haven’t already done so you can find the Pantone Spring 2012 Color Trend Report (loads pdf) on the Pantone website.

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