Fashion Week Spring 2008: Pantone Colors

Spring 2008 Color Forecast

You get alot of stuff when you attend fashion week- some of it good and some of it, well…..

The one thing I looked forward to receiving was the Pantone Color Forecast Book, which was a spiral notebook with sketches by top designers showing how they incorporated the season’s top colors into their lines. Unfortunately, Pantone, the color experts,  is no longer a sponsor of fashion week (why? if anyone has the gossip on that do tell!), which means an end to the books.

Lucky for us there’s the internet..

Pantone recently released their color forecast for spring 2008, online, with neutrals dominating the forecast and few bright colors, namely bright yellow, thrown into the mix. The one thing all the color do have in common is that they’re definitely softer than the cherry red, black black, and stark whites of the past few seasons.

“The spring ‘08 color palette perfectly reflects the cheerfulness of the season,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Stabilizing neutrals combined with pops of brighter colors to create unique, distinctive looks are the basis for a great spring and summer wardrobe.”

The one color I’m seeing alot of on the runways is Cantaloupe- the soft muted orange- which you often see paired with chocolate brown or it’s complementary color, navy blue, which also has a strong presence on the runway. I also see quite a bit of Freesia, a brighter, more intense version of this fall’s mustard yellow, that is really popular this fall, olive green,  and the usual khaki and cream.

However, my FAVORITE color for spring 2008 is snorkel blue- which reminds of the beautiful waters Tobias and I snorkeled in during our vacation.

View the entire report here

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  1. says

    I love the blue, too!  The crocus is also nice and will work so well with my gray skirts that I bought recently.  I’m curious to see if I can pull of cantaloupe.  I normally can’t wear a lot of oranges (or pinks), but I think that this shade might be muted enough.

    BTW, please consider submitting this post to the next edition of the Fabulous Festival.  The theme is color :)  You can submit it (the deadline is Sept. 14th).

  2. georgia says

    To your question re Pantone no longer sponsoring fashion week.  Maybe this has something to do with it “On 23 August 2007, X-Rite Inc, a supplier of colour measurement instuments and software, announced it had reached an agreement to purchase Pantone Inc for $180 million. The deal is expected to be completed in the fall of 2007” courtesy of Wikipedia

  3. TBF says

    thanks georgia… seriously LOVED those books.. I wish IMG (the organizers of FW) could find a way to break them back as a sponsor… or at least for the books

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