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Fashion colour palettes from Apparel magazine
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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