Fashion colour inspiration

View fashion colour palettes from Apparel magazine combining the latest fashion from the catwalk with paint colours from Resene.

Gingham style Gingham style
Cast out the image of a horrible itchy picnic blanket; fashion designers have used the classic gingham pattern and transformed it into an energetic design element for a variety of occasions. Executed in multiple fabrics across a range of silhouettes, the pattern has shown its versatility and capacity to be used in different high-end contexts... more
The Resene Colours of Fashion Project incorporated black for the first time Colours of Aotearoa
For the first time in its three-year history, the Resene Colours of Fashion Project has incorporated black into the selection of colours, including Resene Gumboot and Resene All Black, as to better represent the New Zealand market. We decided a New Zealand collection showcasing the colour of fashion wouldn’t be truly complete without black. In collaboration with New Zealand Fashion Tech, ten Fashion Design Diploma students were chosen to showcase their silk creations to open the Resene Designer Runway event held at the main stage of the 2016 New Zealand Fashion Week… more
Clothing ranges inspired by a tropical beach Tropical paradise
Picture this, a warm tropical island, sounds of the ocean in the background, sipping a Pina Colada while soaking up the sun. While the fantasy might not be entirely real, designers have honed in on a tropical paradise as their inspiration for this season, putting forward designs best suited for your favourite beach resort. The beach was a heavy focus for Dsquared2, having introduced the concept in its menswear range and continuing through its women’s collection. The show was set against a backdrop of waves and featured a variety of swimwear options ranging from sporty one-pieces through to slinky bikinis. Designers Dean and Dan Caten played to their strengths, focussing on their sexy and sporty aesthetic while mixing in boyish pants to equalise the collection. While there were a lot of colours flying around the collection, a pop of red, akin to that of Resene Poppy, stood out... more
Gun-slinging cowboy culture Go west
Fashion is consistently referential of various time periods, with the gun-slinging cowboy culture of the 19th Century Western Americans in the spotlight this season. Think back to iconic figures including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, who reinterpreted aesthetic themes of the pioneers, mountain men, and the Civil War to create a modern day cowboy image that can be seen penetrating the high-end runway shows. The western influence runs deep in the Dolce & Gabbana show, with designer Stefano Gabbana looking to the vistas of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns for inspiration. Western motifs of six-shooters, cacti, wagons, cowboy hats, horsemen, and lassos adorned garments throughout the collection... more
Tied up belts are a fashion story All tied up
As a combination of both karate influenced belting, and the ultimate casual cinch, tied up belts have cropped up across various designer runways spanning multiple aesthetics but ultimately achieving the same cool and careless attitude. Phoebe Philo, creative director, Celine stated the design process with an incredibly open mind. The goal was to present a collection that depicted a story of a woman’s emotional journey. Raw, unfiltered and effortless. For this Philo focussed intently on natural colours, most notably whites, and as seen in this coat most similar in colour to Resene Half Secrets... more
Diverse multi-coloured glossed over patent and PVC runway creations Glossed over
Design can be as simple as taking a traditional garment and silhouette, and refabricating it into something completely different. This was the method for a Proenza Schouler jacket, which at first glance may not seem all too original, but is seen the way it moves and catches the light, the high gloss finish on the PVC in a colour similar to Resene Alamo. “It’s about control and release. Last season we were peeling away the layers, this season we were putting them back together again,” said Lazaro Hernandez, designer, Proenza Schoulder. Another case of replicating something in new material comes from Burberry, which showed its regular line of trench coats with the addition of a glossed dark navy fabric in a colour akin to Resene Redemption Blue... more
The fashion industry looks for inspiration in romance, with runways full of red and pink. Love is in the air
Pheromones are at an all time high as the fashion industry looks for inspiration in romance, where Cupid shot his arrow and the result is a runway full of red and pink. Sarah Burton, right before she left for maternity leave, presented a beautiful and delicate collection for Alexander McQueen, playing on the idea of sleepwalking, and the moment where reality and dreams become blurred. While the collection was entirely cohesive, the sheer silk in a light pink akin to Resene Pink Terrace was a vision of romance and drove home the dream state inspiration... more
The ocean is the influence for many of the garments at the 2016 Spring Couture shows Motion of the Ocean
It makes up 71 percent of the earth’s surface, and is the subject of much speculation, but the ocean also served as the inspiration behind some of the most well received looks from the 2016 Spring Couture shows. The garments were blue, translucent and billowing, some going as far as to emulate the waves crashing against the rocks. Pictured on the mood board of Ulyana Sergeenko’s Spring collection was eccentric Russian noble, Nikolay Yusupov, who would reportedly stroke his fish pierced with gold earrings, driving Sergeenko to contemplate the idea of scales and water as an undertone for her pieces. The result was a textured, natural toned collection that drew in various aqua themed influences including a colour alike to Resene Unwind... more
Victorian opulence is the theme for some recent fashion collections Victorian opulence
It was an era of peace and prosperity for the United Kingdom, the Victorian style penetrated fashion, architecture, literature and visual arts. The development of the plain-stitch machine saw a rise in factory made clothing and increased use of trim, while new cheaper dyes were developed allowing for greater use of colour. In line with the signature style of Alexander McQueen, designer Sarah Burton further developed the Victorian theme that is apparent in all McQueen collections, this time turning down the drama for a more elegant approach. Executed on a creamy white base similar in colour to Resene Eighth Truffle… more
Animal inspired collections Animal kingdom
Designers embraced their primal instincts this season, delivering a wild display of animal inspired collections. Fit for the concrete jungle, these designs highlight the natural influence of the animal kingdom and the extensive offering of textile inspirations. Dolce & Gabbana expanded on the popular androgynous theme, dressing models in masculine accessories and shapes, executed in feminine fabrics and prints. The strong animal print, similar in colour to Resene Pumpkin, ran throughout the collection... more
Colour in fashion can send us into a reminiscent mood of shared times around campfires Songs from the campfire
Some of our greatest stories come from the times spent adventuring through the campgrounds. Sitting around the campfire reciting tales of ghosts and ghouls, singing songs that flood our minds with memories. Fashion is a memory and paints a picture of our history. Designs are revisited points in time, and much like the songs of a campfire, fashion can evoke powerful memories in us all. Colour in fashion has this same effect, with a simple flash of green or red sending us into a reminiscent trance... more
New Zealand Fashion Tech's Colour of Fashion collection 2015 International threads
For the second year running, New Zealand Fashion Tech is pushing back against fashion’s love affair of black, producing another Colour of Fashion collection. The collection is a showcase of the potential colour has to bring creations to life, colour matched with the innovative offerings of Resene. Ultimately ten looks were chosen, five from Auckland and five from Wellington... more
fashion designer Zuhair Murad is inspired by the galaxy Into the galaxy
When inspiration can’t be found at home, and international influences are exhausted, there’s only one other place to look. An ever mysterious and dense source of speculation, the galaxy provides designers with enough imaginative push and colour combinations to produce spectacular garments that look other-worldly but drive commercial success on earth. Zuhair Murad began his career in 1999, debuting a collection inspired entirely from his time stargazing as a child. Revisiting his original creative spark, the latest couture offering is an updated look at how space continues to influence his work… more
Grecian inspired fashion Grecian
A style that is encapsulated in white and gold, Grecian inspired fashion is a story told in sheer, billowing and off the shoulder garments that reference an ethereal moment in history and speak volumes of timeless elegance. Looking at classic artwork of Greek gods and goddesses you’ll find a series of paintings that depict women and men in an emotional and romantic environment... more
Inspired by pop art Pop art
In an industry that can often take itself too seriously it is refreshing to see designers pay homage to the bright, bold and colourful artistic movement of pop art. Pioneered by artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Richard Hamilton and Billy Apple, pop art is a celebration of colour and pop culture in a way that challenged traditional fine art practices and created an everlasting effect in both art and design... more
The 14th century Renaissance is still a source of fashion inspiration Renaissance
Rooted in 14th century Italy, the Renaissance still serves as a dense source of inspiration for the latest offering of designer goods. In a time of dramatic self realisation, artistic legends Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo created works of art that have forever shaped the colour palette of the Renaissance period. The development of oil painting changed the artistic trends of the time and introduced iconic shades of yellow and red, whilst experimenting with the existing selections of green, brown and black... more
Smooth chocolate coloured designs on this season's runways Sweet like chocolate
In a delicious display of decadent style, runways this season were slathered in smooth chocolate coloured designs sure to tantalise the most dormant sweet tooth… more
Sailor inspired silhouettes and colours Sailor vie
In fashion, history is on repeat season in season out. References replayed and trends reimagined. In this cycle nautical references washed out the runways in a tidal wave of sailor inspired silhouettes and colours… more
Aprons, overskirts and maid influenced looks swept up the runway this season. Tailor made
Call the help, because aprons, overskirts and maid influenced looks swept up the runway this season. Following with the army green trend seen throughout designer collections, Peter Som harnessed the housekeeper trend with a simple touch of layering. Som paired a floral screen print dress with skirt in a colour similar to Resene Chalet Green effortlessly delivering a stylish twist on a uniform silhouette. Further into the show... more
A military influence of cream, navy and forest green is seen on the fashion runways. Army wives
Sound the alarms; designers go to war over military coats this season. Cream, navy and forest green are the war paint of choice on the runways, translating combat equipment into an offering of high fashion pieces to highlight beauty in battle gear... more
Fashion inspired by Eastern opulence and colours Eastern opulence
From luscious reds to delicate kimono detailing, designers take the Orient Express in search of inspiration this season. Following Danielle Scutts departure as former head of design, Matthew Williamson took the reigns for his latest collection, designing it himself, from the heart. “I have been doing this a long time, and the trick is to not make a collection repetitive and boring,” said Williamson. Maroon, similar to Resene Persian Red, held the collection together, telling the story... more
Runways had a dusting of white this season with white the trend for next winter Snowflake
With spring on the doorstep, designers look ahead to create the upcoming trends for next winter. It’s no secret black has become the standard choice in colder months – until now. Runways were treated to a dusting of white this season, with various designers opting for a fresher palette to combat the expected dull, wet and depressing winter selection of black, navy and charcoal. Not to be confused with spring collections, the choices this season still feature many furs and jackets, doing away with a darker palette for a modern alternative in bone, white, enamel and much more... more
Peru has long served as the go-to visual stimuli for designers with its culture translated into fashionable mainstream garments. Peruvian
Nestled in western South America lies a culturally diverse melting pot of inspiration. Peru has long served as the go-to visual stimuli for designers with its culture translated into fashionable mainstream garments. Roberto Cavalli captivated the audience with an eclectic and somewhat psychedelic collection, taking colours from across the spectrum and treating them to a bohemian silhouette... more
Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion
NZ Fashion Tech and Resene have come together to create a unique education project that brings the colour and silks of India to high fashion. The fashion project will see 45 young designers from NZ Fashion Tech’s Diploma course use the lustrous colours and vibrant patterns of hand-woven silk saris from a Southern-Indian village re-created as high fashion and will debut at NZ Fashion Week in August. The project was developed when NZ Fashion Tech founders Kevin Smith and Val Marshall-Smith teamed up with educators Giles Brooker and Prabha Govindasamy. Together they created an exciting fashion education programme... more

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The swinging sixties The swinging sixties
The sixties were a significant time of change in the fashion industry, as Anna Wintour says, “growing up in London in the ‘60s, you’d have to have had Irving Penn’s sack over your head not to know something extraordinary was happening in fashion”. The iconic era has become a huge source of inspiration for designers and this year was no exception with several designers bringing out their inner mods... more
Pretty in pink
A distinct feminine flair has been injected into the winter season with pink and blush tones leading the pack during the runway season. Christopher Kane showed an impressive collection that included double jackets and slouchy trousers. A geometric cocktail dress was the highlight of the show, matched here with Resene Pot Pourri. The mille-feuille of organza dress looked like an open book found its way onto the bodice, hemline and neckline, spliced into pleats, with the pages wafting with every step... more
Blue isthe hue of choice for designer collections this fall. Bold in blue
Bold colours ruled the runway this season, with blue being the hue of choice for designer collections this fall. The bright colour adds a bold statement to winter dressing, lightening up a usually dull colour palette to beat the winter blues this season. From Mary Katrantzou’s classic navy cocktail dress to the bold statement two-tone fur from Balenciaga, the blue hue look is set to be a major trend come fall... more
A duo of orange and blue Two of a kind
Orson Welles famously said, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” This season designers adopt an adventurous attitude, pairing bold, contrasting colours that rather than clashing, work to enhance a look. Blue is matched with red, purple with orange, gold and maroon, partnering to exude fresh, fun, and vibrancy on the runway... more
Jade is a crisp new fashion look Under the jade tree
Fantastic and fresh, green symbolises health and growth. In a constant struggle to stay relevant, the industry is looking to jade for a crisp new look to dazzle consumers. A surprise to many buyers is the combination of jade and eggplant. Dries Van Noten shows that if used correctly, the colours can establish a look that is both experimental and successful for an everyday customer. Dress it up or down, jade comes across as a trans-seasonal colour that can be manipulated in a multitude of ways and will be a staple in stores this season, and many seasons to come… more
Tobacco is the palette for this seasons colour trends Smoke & mirrors
Sultry and seductive like a romantic Parisian street, the fashion collective are chewing tobacco and spitting out the palette for this seasons colour trends. Hints of gold, cognac, chocolate plus indigo weave together to achieve a diverse and modern selection of colours, keeping it fresh and fun. As each colour influences the other, designers take what would appear as a dull choice and transform it into a palette that is compatible across many inspirations, backgrounds and visions – a creative feat not to go unnoticed… more
This season Mint comes back strong in all of its shades Minty fresh
Pass the gum around; this season sees top label designers showcasing colours that are a breath of fresh air. Mint comes back strong in all of its shades. Washed out almost blue, pastel mixes, and pure green like the herb itself are apparent as the chill of peppermint coats the palette of the industry. Incredibly varied, mint is an experience that takes many forms, each one as strong as the next. Regardless of the form, whether bold, muted, dark, or pastel. It’s clear that mint leaves a long lasting effect… more
Lavender is a fashion favourite Lavender farm
The industry is abuzz with word that lavender is in. Vast fields of luscious purple are the inspiration for the latest trend in colour this season. Designers keep the colour pure, with little to no embellishment, opting to play with tone and fabric rather than crowding the silhouette with unnecessary detailing. Nature again serves as an excellent focal point for inspiration, but what makes it something beautiful is the imagination and talent of creative designers around the world. Although they all start at the same point, the end result is never as one would have expected... more
Tangerine is a seasonal fashion colour Tangerine tango
Designers take a bite into the sweet juices of this winter fruit as trends dictate bold and vibrant colour choices for the upcoming season. Sweet orange and tangy tangerine saturate fabrics across the runway, from chiffon gowns to custom print suits - this season holds a palette of delicious fashion flavours set to titillate the senses of the industry. Natural things stand the test of time, so it's evident that tangerine is appropriate across a broad spectrum of historic and futuristic influences... more
The runways have been showcasing an array of natural greens, burnt browns, autumn leaves and crystal lakes Into the wild
Survival of the fittest is an evident concept when it comes to the fashion industry, so it's no surprise that the latest trends have designers looking to the wilderness for the strength to compete in such a savage market. The runways have been showcasing an array of natural greens, burnt browns, autumn leaves and crystal lakes, the wild has been cocooned and metamorphosed into a fashion parade of epic proportions. A plethora of colour is what the wilderness has to offer, and an interesting interpretation can be seen in this upcoming season. Appropriate across a multitude of environments, the natural colours will stay warm in the cold, whilst looking appropriate in the blaring sun. Essentially timeless, these colours are a vision of the past, but also an image of the future, as fashion continually looks back to redefine moving forward... more
yellow is the colour of confidence Lemon zest
Colour therapy tells us that yellow is about confidence, a key trait when it comes to fashion. With that in mind, fashion trends are making lemonade out of 'Lemon Zest' this season, parading juicy yellow goodness for the fashion industry and quench the need for such a bright and opulent colour. Like a ray of sunshine shining down the catwalk similar to Resene Wild Thing, the dress blows up like a jellyfish, reminding us of the summer beach without the sting. Although done in such a bright colour... more
Runways have been set ablaze across the globe with red burning its way onto everyone’s radar. Burning desire
Runways have been set ablaze across the globe with red burning its way onto everyone’s radar. Lust, love, desire and passion, red takes a stand and scorches audiences in a decadent display of luscious tone. Intense almost all the time, the runways are like wildfire, everyone playing with such a dangerous colour choice, all cooking with the same chilli and trying not to get burnt. As fashion fires up, new creations are born and it will be interesting to see how far things can be pushed. Embrace the flames and live for the moment… more
From destruction comes this season's latest looks - the colours of corrosion Oxidised
From destruction comes this season's latest looks. The colours of corrosion eat away at the competition and come out victorious in browns, greens, golds and blues. Earthy tones and metallic shines mix elements of new and old into an incredibly organic trend that grows faster than rust on the bottom of a car... more
Spots and stripes in fashion Spots and stripes
Spring is about having fun and what better fun is there than stripes and spots. This season we see a revival of the stripe, and a rebirth of the spot. Parading the runway is a barrage of geometrics and colour blocking, vertical, horizontal, round and bold. Everyone is running on the same track and the race is on to bring life back to this once loved look... more
colour trends coming from the hyper natural spices found at a souk Spicy season
An exotic adventure of grand couture, a new flavour, a new taste. The Spices of the souk can change a look into an ethnic parade of glamorous natural hues. From turmeric to cinnamon, cayenne to cardamom, the Middle East has it covered with colour trends coming from the hyper natural spices found at a souk... more
This year emerald green is on the fashion cards Emerald cuts
A change is in the air for 2013, after last year’s fiery tones of tangerine and pink. This year emerald green is on the fashion cards and a popular hue with the SS14 collections. The jewel-rich tone, although less intimidating than previous year’s shades, there is no stopping celebrities and top designers from incorporating the hue as a wardrobe staple for 2013. Enhancing our sense of well-being, this vivid, leafy green inspires insight and promotes balance and harmony. Associated with the precious gemstones, Emerald could be defined as sophisticated and luxurious… more
It's Vintage Darling It's vintage darling
Hailing from another era, vintage clothing is still hanging in the wings of wardrobes around the globe reflecting the politics, culture and art of another time. This year's catwalks saw the regeneration of retrospective fashion of the 1950s, the "perma-trend" is here to stay. But rest assured, these retro influenced garments have not seen better days and have been adapted with fresh, crisp spring/summers in mind, a convenient alternative to an older style with the modern interpretation. Of late, there has also been an increase in the awareness of environmental sustainability that has changed the habits of many by reducing, reusing and recycling old garments and revamping them into stylish, on trend... more
Stripes Stripes
A zebra can’t change its stripes you say? Well fashion can’t get rid of its stripes for the season. Black stripes, white stripes, purple stripes, blue stripes. Every shade and every fabric from safe Breton’s to complicated feminine palettes and fine lines. Stripes have sat on the fine line between fashion dilemma and fashion success. Vertical stripes make people appear taller; however if you are already tall could potentially make you look like Lurch. Horizontal stripes just make you feel wider or associate you to Waldo, Sesame Street or an inmate. Resembling more of a clown look, wide horizontal striped socks should be avoided when choosing striped accessories. Sticking to a thin striped colour complementary pair such as black and grey or brown and khaki, will put you in good stead… more
Blue is the hot new colour this summer 2012/2013 Summer blues
Blue is the hot new colour this season with hues ranging from stark cobalt to crepuscular shades. The great thing about any blue is that it complements any skin tone, so you don't need to go to Hawaii for a holiday before wearing it. Although better suited to black than navy, blues can be paired with neutrals or bright block shades. Metallic acts as the best counter colour, especially to the bright blues. Seen at Burberry Prorsum, iconic British luxury brand since 1856, incorporating both metallic and the blue into their renowned trench coat, bringing the classic beige trench up to par... more
Belts are now a fashionable accessory statement Buckle up
Once an article of utility, belts have now become known to most as a fashionable accessory statement. Belts packed with tools were handy to every carpenter and have had a strong presence in menswear since the Bronze Age. Womenswear has seen belts come and go, and only in the last few decades has become a fashion staple. Dream interpreters claim that a belt symbolises power especially a rather ornate one... more
fashion and tartans Clash of the tartans
They say that in life you will never be further than six metres from a
spider, and they also say that in London you will never be more than ten
metres from a rat. These days it seems you will never be more than
twenty metres from a plaid or tartan shirt. Farmers wearing them to
work, teeny-boppers wearing them with belts cinched at the waist teamed
with leggings, it is a well known fact that the tartan trend will never
go out of style. Minimum fashion thought for maximum colour and pattern
injections into your wardrobe... more
Spring pastel hues of mint green, cotton candy pink and daffodil yellows Powder puff
For Spring/Summer 2013, the colour spectrum couldn't be at further ends from one another. On one side of the coin there is the in-your-face neon brights and on the other, a colour, much more lightweight, subtle and sweet - pastels. Ever-present colour blocking trends have taken a sharp turn into the shades of pastel. When it comes to putting together a pastel outfit, hues of mint green, cotton candy pink and daffodil yellows 'spring' to mind... more
Classic navy is a wardrobe resident that adds crisp, clean lines and understated chic Dear Navy, with compliments - Raspberry
Rarely seen as unfashionable, the classic navy is a wardrobe resident that adds crisp, clean lines and understated chic. According to Pauline Western Thomas's article "Navy and White Nautical Fashion Trends" from Fashionera, "dark navy has an authoritarian look which instantly marks the wearer out as well-groomed". Sky blue, baby blue, navy, ask anyone what their favourite colour is and a clear majority will say blue, so there is no doubting that the hue is no longer semi-permanent. Lending itself perfectly to the nautical trend in the guise of stripes, navy is the exotic sibling to the traditional black... more
The last time fashion saw Bordeaux and Bottle together in the same collection was back in the early 70's That 70s
The last time fashion saw Bordeaux and Bottle together in the same collection was back in the early 70s. Earthy tones of garnet, ruby and rust reflects an autumn in Europe, whilst the deep sea and lush Amazonian greens echo soft calming elements. Burgundy red and burnt orange colours offer a native and natural quality contrasting with the rich verdant textures of the bottle greens. Gucci and Burberry have both been seen to literally 'tone-down' the pop colours we saw in spring... more
Cool tones of ghost whites, mixed with nut-browns and a splash of colour are resounding colour palettes. Bold moves
Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 looks cheerful and promising with the entire colour spectrum. Almost every collection had a vast array of bold colours from pink and orange to green and red. Confident colours were turned into an epidemic in Paris in March, granted there were the classic black and white shades that are seen throughout the year. Heavy upholstery type fabrics were used among collections which gave an appropriate balance to the glitter and space-age metallic's that were also showcased... more
Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 looks cheerful and promising with the entire colour spectrum. Desert sand
Cool tones of ghost whites, mixed with nut-browns and a splash of colour are resounding colour palettes. The impact of colour can be seen in several forms of colour associations, where colour can be seen as either a symbol or a sign. While China's colour of good luck is red, red is also used to communicate visually, for example stop signs are red. Neutral tones and cream hues with the additive of black create feelings of sophisticated glamour with hints of simplicity and earthiness, leaving the cold winter at the door. Black is back for yet another season, I know, I know, "how cutting edge", you say? But these sleek creations with pops of cobalt blues and stark reds who could be bored this winter?... more
Agent orange
Bright, bold shades of orange inject energy and vitality into Pre-Fall collections. Designers take note: the Pantone Colour Institute, the global authority on colour, has named the reddish-orange hue Tangerine Tango its colour of the year for 2012. The vivacious shade, described by Pantone executive director Leatrice Eiseman as “hopeful and optimistic”, takes the crown from 2011’s Honeysuckle, a sweet, flirtatious pink. The company has long aligned its colour of the year with the zeitgeist, and 2012’s pick is no exception: Tangerine Tango was chosen to provide “the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward” from recent troubling times... more
An array of peppermint hues spread their cooling influence over the Spring/Summer runways. Freshly minted
An array of peppermint hues spread their cooling influence over the Spring/Summer runways. Resurrection, regeneration, renewal - with so many positive connotations, it's no wonder that green is a standout colour for spring. Spring/Summer 2012's must-have green is a continuation of the sorbet hues that have been dominating the runways in recent months. The new season's peppermint hues are cool, fresh and appear in a range of intensities. From a barely-there minted cream... more
Spring 2012 collections Walking on sunshine
Spring 2012 collections burst onto the scene in a riot of bright sunbeam shades, with cheery yellows bringing warmth and light to the runways. From creamy vanilla shades to socket-searing citrus, yellow featured strongly in dozens of northern hemisphere designers' ranges in both blocks of colour and floral prints. "Florals - for spring? How groundbreaking," sneered acidic editor Miranda Priestley in 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada. But these weren't your ordinary florals: Rodarte's Van Gogh-inspired sunflowers were moody and ethereal, while Proenza Schouler's amber-and-orange renditions were slightly retro-inspired... more
A swirl of sorbet hues makes its mark on Spring 2012 collections Icecream dream
A swirl of sorbet hues makes its mark on Spring 2012 collections. Breezy pastels strike a note for spring, with cool icecream colours spread generously. Tart yellow, lollipop pink and creamy peach were designer favourites, complemented by cool blue and mint shades which were light and bright, but never clinical. The look had all the traditional trappings of femininity. Sherbet-tinged organza and chiffon added to the weightless feel for collections that were the height of springtime leisure... more
Blue is back for Winter 2012 Blue lady
Blue is back for Winter 2012, with designers from New York to Milan incorporating the soothing shade into their collections. Denoting calm and clarity, blue is a perennial favourite of many designers. For Winter tones are less ocean-inspired than Summer collections, leaning more towards the crisp ice blue of a glacier, bright lapis lazuli shades and rich royal hues. Northern Hemisphere designers paired deep blues with chocolate and mustard or that other perennial favourite, black - and for a more dynamic look, bright blues next to graphic white and citrus orange to great effect... more
The warm, fresh pinks and oranges of a coral reef Hail to the reef
The warm, fresh pinks and oranges of a coral reef suggest a tropical holiday, full of sun and sand. Coral gemstones are said to have healing qualities, enhance feelings of calm and ward off fears and tensions. In many cultures coral is worn as a talisman to protect the wearer against evil spirits. Northern hemisphere designers have harnessed the uplifting powers of coral... more
Bright autumn colours arre in fashion for next autumn Kyoto fall
The Japanese word for autumn leaves is 'koyo', and for next year the vibrant orange and yellows that have tourists flocking to Kyoto's koyo hotspots are the same hues brightening up designers' autumn/winter collections. Energetic reds and browns, warm, vivacious hues continue to make their mark. The trend is toward cheery poppy yellows, the zingy scarlet of Japanese maple leaves, and oranges ranging in tone from creamy peach to fire-bright... more
Red for menswear for autumn/winter 2012 Red storm rising
Nature in revolt and chaos is a splendid, blood-pumping spectacle and menswear for autumn/winter 2012 gets an injection of heat and vitality, with shades of red from crimson to mahogany making their mark next season. Red is a hue that packs a walloping punch – associated with blood, fire and revolution, it’s a look that’s not for the fainthearted. Eye-catching and majestic, red is a colour that denotes power and prestige... more
Powdery pales dust the northern hemisphere's Autumn runways The light fantastic
It's not the Marie Antoinette of history, but more of Sophia Coppola's cinematic feast that captures the spirit and zest of a woman who was larger than life and of a fashion palette that lives on. Powdery pales dust the northern hemisphere's Autumn runways, bringing tenderness and tranquillity to crisp tailoring and luxe fabrics. Subtle and serene, icing sugar tints make their appearance for next year's rainy season, injecting cold, blustery days with sweetness and whimsy. Smatterings of lilac and peach, dove grey and tea green infiltrate. From misty green to mushroom pink, these ethereal hues lend a soft pop of light to a variety of fabrics for a look that certainly doesn't pale in comparison... more
Autumn 2011 colours burn with the vibrancy of an Italian autumn La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita (1960) was shot in black and white, but everyone knows that when you close your eyes, a Fellini universe burns with the electricity and vibrancy of an eternal Italian autumn. The sweet, hedonistic and romantic spirit of that age lives on, evoked by the season’s palette of acid yellows, turquoise and frenetic orange hues. Passionate, full-bodied colours make a strong impact for next autumn, with Northern Hemisphere collections showcasing a hearty mixture of blues, greens, pinks, yellows and oranges. The message seems to be that the bolder, the better – think retina-searing bursts of citrus, bright pops of aquamarine and sensual, opulent purple… more
An oriental colour palette consisting of a pre-requisite scarlet red is set to turn heads next season, enhanced by jade greens and mandarin tinged yellows The Orient excess
An oriental colour palette consisting of a pre-requisite scarlet red is set to turn heads next season, enhanced by jade greens and mandarin tinged yellows. Harnessing the exotic and mystique of the East, designers such Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler cleverly mixed ethnic inspired prints with textural elements, reinforced by a strong colour palette of bold red, mandarin yellow and deep turquoise. Ralph Lauren’s ode to the orient… more
Nautical staples such as navy, white and red are accented by this season's brightest of brights. Newport Orange County
It's nautical with a twist, as we take to the sun, sand and sails of California - the golden state. Nautical staples such as navy, white and red are accented by this season's brightest of brights. Casual luxe fabrics are complemented by traditional nautical colours of red, white and navy with a hit of sunburst orange and yellow. Sailing regalia such as flags and early Nautica campaigns also highlight these key tones, finding inspiration in the seaside pastimes of more affluent areas such as Newport, Orange County in California... more
Summer 2011/2012 fashion forecast is a dusky palette Hunters and gatherers
Mother Nature inspires for Summer 2011/2012 with a dusky palette inspired by all things natural from clay browns to gold wheat tones. An extension from this summer’s obviously organic palette of beige, nude, light olive and white, next summer will highlight tea stained tones and flaxen coloured fabrics for a look that’s time worn and timeless. Earthy neutrals make a subtle and serene statement signifying a colour palette inspired by untreated and undyed fabrics and textures. The moral of the story here is the more organic looking the better... more
Popular colours of 70s suburbia have infiltrated the northern hemispheres Spring 2011 runways That 70s show
Popular colours of 70s suburbia have infiltrated the northern hemispheres Spring 2011 runways, making an impact on modern silhouettes and fabrics. From the distinctive orange of classic Penguin book covers to kitsch German and Belgian ceramics peppered in unusual tones, key colours of pistachio, mustard, cactus green, marigold, taupe and brown made their way on to almost every household item, artwork and furniture of the 60s and 70s. Tupperware and fondue sets came in a myriad of castaway colours and coffee coloured wooden furniture framed the décor of many homes of the time… more

Bright block colours make an impact
Club Tropicana
Hedonistic summer nights and a bright optimism sparks for next summer as indicated by the recent Northern Hemisphere Spring 2011 collections. Wham! Pretty much summed it up with their 1983 hit Club Tropicana when they describe an ideal summer getaway: Fun and sunshine - there's enough for everyone, and for next summer, bright block colours make an impact after fashion's current obsession with all things minimal and monochromatic... more
Bluey-green creates a fashion spectacular of underwater world effects and maritime adventures The life aquatic
'Bluey-green' is a term so often thrown about when you can't decide whether a colour is more teal than turquoise. However the Fall collections saw a hybrid of both colours on the runway, creating a spectacular display of underwater world effects and maritime adventures... more
designs that are pared back and pastel So fresh, so clean
The 2010 season heralded in a minimalist wardrobe. Popular minimalist colours of beige, cream and grey also make way for a new take on ‘clean’ with designs that are pared back and pastel, giving a refreshing and invigorating boost to winter’s traditionally somber tones… more
Menswear for Winter 2011 gets a subtle dose of colour with earthy tones inspired by hunting attire Hunting season
Menswear for Winter 2011 gets a subtle dose of colour with earthy tones inspired by hunting attire from olive greens, deep burgundy, subtle shades of brown and pistachio - all making their mark next season. Traditional English style hunting has not only filtered its way into menswear for the fall 2010 collections, but its subtle pops of organic colours have formed the palette of many collections seen so far... more
Gold has fashion appeal The Midas touch
Luxe appeal is back. As a highly sought after precious metal, the colour gold needs no introduction. A signifier of wealth and quality, gold has been used in the arts from the gold artifacts found in the Balkans in the 4th millennium BC to the iconic Egyptian hieroglyphs. For Winter 2011 the colour makes a fierce return with tonal golds accented by warm browns and rustic greens. It’s a colour that also signifies success, because everyone knows gold always comes first... more
Purple has become a perennial favourite for the winter season Purple reign
Purple has become a perennial favourite for the winter season, reinventing itself from a majestic classic to a popular pastel. A purple palette has the best of both worlds by combing radical reds to balmy blues, and for next winter it’s here to stay with a myriad of tones to delight and inspire… more
Pretty in pink Pretty in pink
From pastel palettes to purple tones, pink is a colour that evokes feminine wiles. From cute to seductive, pink has been utilised in winter collections for 2010 from designers such as Donna Kara, Phillip Lim 3.1 and Charles Anastase. From fuchsia inspired tones to dusky shades, designers injected small amounts of pink to complement key colours, or to simply add a sense of feminine frivolity in the mix... more
Fire and spice – fiery colour palette from Apparel magazine Fire and spice
Winter need not be the season of cold discontent, judging by the fiery colour palette that has sizzled its way onto the Fall runways of late. Traditionally the domain of a more somber colour palette, this season highlights colours that have warming properties from salsa reds to spicy tangerines. Bronzed goddesses collide with sun kissed sirens for a look and feel that will heat up those concrete coloured days ahead… more
Resene colours for Spring fashions Obviously organic
The Spring runways were awash with a new lease on modern, elegant and understated dressing aided by a refreshing and simplified colour palette of limpid colours that aer semi-transparent and iridescent. Let’s herald in the new decade with a clean slate. Easy, light and luminous, the new spring pastels take their cues from monochromatic tones and natural palettes… more
Colour forecasting with Resene blues for spring and summer fashions Cool operators
A summer favorite, evoking clear summers skies and aquatic adventures, Spring is set to highlight the blues palette as a strong feature next Spring Summer. The beauty of blue tones is that it reflects heat and is a visually appealing colour for those hot summer months. The feeling is cool, dominated by blues with additions of pale greens and soft putty hues for a complete look. Blues are softened and diluted, moving away from strong nautical influenced shades to hues reflecting the freshwater aquatic.… more

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