Yellow. It’s something that most wouldn’t expect, but maybe that’s the point. Yellow is the key shade for next season, according to Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Spring 2018 Report. And with self-expression dominating fashion, this report is gender neutral and multifaceted to the tune of 12 colors, not the typical 10. The list includes a number of unexpected colors, according to Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman. The fact that industrial, product and interior designers are embracing unexpected shades also resonates with people.
“The level of their expectations is increasing. The world of industrial design and product design is finally opening up to the idea of using more color. If people can see rose tones and metallics that are new, fresh and exciting in their electronics, they’re going to want to see it in shoes, accessories, clothing and fashion,” Eiseman said.
Whatever the cause may be, colorists seem to be game. “At Pantone Color Institute, we just love the idea that more consumers are more color aware. They’re really going to accept the idea there is more to choose from than less,” Eiseman said. “Designers are often the envelope pushers for sure.”
So just what are the top colors you should expect this spring? They might not all be expected but expected or not here is Spring list.
Meadowlark 13-0646: A beacon of light
Cherry Tomato 17-1563: Strong, heated, & dynamic with an orange undertone
Little Boy Blue 4132: Clear blue sky-inspired tone
Chili Oil 18-1440: fiery earthy, brown-based red shade
Blooming Dahlia 15-1520: Very light & soft
Pink Lavender 14-3207: Violet rose hue
Arcadia 16-5533: Vibrant, organic cast
Ultra Violet 18-2828: Complex blue based shade with a red hugh
Emperador 18-1028: Rich chocolatey brown
Almost Mauve 12- 2103: Petal-like shade, romantic quiet color
Spring Crocus 17-3020: Expressive fuchsia that encompasses the botanical
Lime Punch 13-0550: The might of neon
Not to take away from the above, Pantone created a Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette, which is a separate group of neutral colors.
- Sailor Blue 19-4034: navy-rooted hue
- Harbor Mist 14-4202: foggy mid-tone gray
- Warm Sand 15-1214: sandy neutrals
- Coconut Milk 11-0608: white and off-white