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Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2011

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2011

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New York Fashion Week February 10 – 17, 2011

Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2011 features the top 10 colors for women's fashion for fall 2011, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots.

This season's report also includes the most directional hues for men's fall 2011 fashion.

"Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

"Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette."

Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 - pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.

Bamboo, a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season. Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone. This dappled shade pairs dramatically with several of the top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.

The top 10 Fall 2011 colors for women are:

PANTONE 14-0740
GOE 1-3-3
PLUS 7751

PANTONE 17-1547
GOE 21-1-2
PLUS 7416

PANTONE 18-2120
GOE 26-2-4
PLUS 205
PANTONE 19-2820
GOE 35-1-6
PLUS 7658
PANTONE 16-0526
GOE 152-1-3
PLUS 5773
PANTONE 19-4914
Deep Teal
GOE 93-2-6
PLUS 7477
PANTONE 18-0930
Coffee Liqueúr
GOE 155-1-4
PLUS 7532
PANTONE 16-1320
GOE 148-1-1
PLUS 4735
PANTONE 13-3805
Orchid Hush
GOE 51-4-1
PLUS 665
PANTONE 15-4305
GOE 82-3-1
PLUS 7543
Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the warmth of a glowing fire - the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall. Combine Emberglow with Coffee Liqueur for a classic look, or with Honeysuckle for something a bit more retro. Add a spark with shoes or a handbag in Emberglow, or perhaps a patterned scarf combining purpled Phlox or Deep Teal.

Offering a sense of continuity from spring, dynamic Honeysuckle adds a bold punctuation point. This playful, reddish pink works with any other color in the palette, especially fall staples like Coffee Liqueur and Nougat. To add some intensity, pair it with complementary Bamboo. Flirtatious and festive, Honeysuckle produces a healthy glow - great for cosmetics and holiday soirees.

Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding statement when worn on its own.

Add Phlox to this season's neutrals to create a bit of drama, or combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee Liqueur for something extraordinary. To add even more excitement, pair Phlox with Honeysuckle or Bamboo against a Cedar background - a combination inspired by Mother Nature.

Evoking the freshness of a cool mist in a dark forest, Cedar is a versatile, mid-tone neutral green. It is a natural with Deep Teal, and sophisticated and timeless with Phlox or Orchid Hush.

Deep Teal, a strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness. A great standard when used with Cedar, its color-wheel neighbor, Deep Teal is also a unique counterpoint to Honeysuckle.

Consumers continue to add stability to their wardrobes with neutrals. Rich, decadent Coffee Liqueur brings a sense of elegance to fall, and is a savory alternative to basic black.

A deliciously warm camel tan, Nougat is tastefully embellished by Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle. Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones, blends well with any other color in the palette. Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains a practical, dependable staple.

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PANTONE Colors displayed here may not match PANTONE-identified standards. Consult current PANTONE FASHION+HOME Color System publications for accurate color.

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 standards system in the world. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

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