Fashion Trendsetter Fashion Trendsetter Motto


Style Notes
Style Notes
Color Trends
Color Trends
Fashion Trends
Fashion Trends
Fashion Shows
Fashion Shows
Fashion Events
Fashion Events

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2008

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2008

Top 10 Colors Define a Season of Change

Zac Posen
Navy/Black combinations,
Ivory/Navy combinations, Pinks,
Grays and shades of Violet

La Belle et la Bête


Combinations of moody hues
with vibrant street color

Blue Iris
PANTONE® 18-3943
CMYK 75 58 2 0
GOE 59-1-4
Solid Coated 7456 C
Royal Lilac
PANTONE® 18-3531
CMYK 66 77 0 0
GOE 46-1-7
Solid Coated 272 C
Shady Glade
PANTONE® 18-5624
CMYK 98 19 68 7
GOE 105-3-6
Solid Coated 7473 C
Caribbean Sea
PANTONE® 18-4525
CMYK 100 17 26 3
GOE 93-1-5
Solid Coated 7459 C
Aurora Red
PANTONE® 18-1550
CMYK 13 100 88 2
GOE 21-2-5
Solid Coated 199 C
PANTONE® 18-1015
CMYK 52 50 67 17
GOE 155-1- 4
Solid Coated 8003 C
Withered Rose
PANTONE® 18-1435
CMYK 30 57 50 2
GOE 16-4-3
Solid Coated 4725 C
Twilight Blue
PANTONE® 19-3938
CMYK 100 72 12 24
GOE 62-1-7
Solid Coated 647 C
Burnt Orange
PANTONE® 16-1448
CMYK 13 63 100 0
GOE 13-2-7
Solid Coated 7413 C
PANTONE® 14-1036
CMYK 11 24 74 0
GOE 142-1-1
Solid Coated 141 C
Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, released the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2008. The report features the top 10 colors for women's fashion for fall '08, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots.

The report is available free-of-charge from the Pantone Website at:

According to the report, the fall '08 palette is best described as a season of change and is defined by rich, elegant hues that offer a vibrant selection. New York's fashion designers emphasize cooler blues, greens and purples in the top five tones used in their collections, followed by variations of warm red, orange and yellow.

"Fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright, exciting undertones," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Conventional tones such as warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays are also among the fall color choices. Blue and purple tones have become staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top 10 colors chosen by designers this season, and Pantone's Color of the Year for 2008."

Blue Iris, a beautifully balanced blue with an undertone of purple, is a favorite among designers, as it combines the calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple. Dramatic Royal Lilac brings purple to the forefront of fashion and generates a bit of heat with its exciting red undertones.

Serene, sophisticated Caribbean Blue is another popular hue this fall, especially in jewelry and accessories, but it can also add a colorful intensity wherever it is used in the wardrobe. Twilight Blue, a twist on a classic navy, shows the transitional aspect of spring segueing into fall.
Serving as a wonderful base color, Shady Glade delivers a natural elegance to the fall palette. Taking green in an interesting direction with its true green characteristics, this hue is a departure from greens of seasons past, which have had distinctively yellow undertones.

Reds are a steadfast favorite for fall and Aurora Red is no exception. Versatile and universally appealing, this true red adds a splash of energy to the palette. Soft, dusky Withered Rose, with its pinkish qualities and brown undertones, is a versatile hue that blends with every shade. Ochre, a beautifully mellow yellow with a hint of mustard, adds a touch of lightness and spice. Orange has had a long run, and now, more than ever, consumers are gravitating toward intense shades like Burnt Orange, bringing this once steady background color to the foreground. The complex yet modest Shitake is an intriguingly understated shade, especially when teamed with the robust colors of fall '08.

The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standard in the world. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report and serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

For more information about the Pantone Goe System please read

For more information about the Pantone Solid Coated: Click here for the PANTONE® COLOR BRIDGE™ for free digital library downloads and tutorials. (Note: Support is available to all myPANTONE members. )

About Pantone, Inc.

Pantone, Inc. has been the world's color authority for 45 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone now offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at

© 2004 - 2023 Fashion Trendsetter. All rights reserved.