- Dec 21, 2019
These Are Pantone's Spring 2019 Colour Predictions—We Like Them
The spring/summer 2019 shows have now wrapped up, and it's time for editors, buyers, stylists and other industry experts to start analysing the hundreds of thousands of looks that have sauntered down runways, appeared in lookbooks and popped up in presentations. One of the best places to start is looking at the colours that will blurt "Hi, I'm new" from across the street, and a fast-track method for doing this is to first consult the hues Pantone has predicted will prevail.
The company's colour-trend forecasting report rarely puts a chromatic step wrong, but I wanted to put it to the test. Just how many of the key new shades came to fruition on the catwalks of S/S 18? How were they place against other colours? Was it all down to texture and fabric choice, or did the hues just speak for themselves? Who backed them? How present were they? Will you find these particular colours filtering down to the high street in no time?
Keep reading to see how Pantone's spring 2019 colours played out IRCL (that's in real catwalk life…
PANTONE 17-3020: Spring Crocus
Spotted in its purest form at Valentino via this billowing silk gown, this punchy take on mauve is part of a spectrum of pinks and purples that play centre stage for S/S 18. Expect girls to be wearing this flattering hue for next year's wedding-guest dress marathon.
PANTONE 18-1440: Chili Oil
This traditionally autumnal hue was a little trickier to track down—but fortunately the Queen of Boho (that's ) included it in her athleisure-meets–'80s party-girl collection, and it definitely looks summer-ready alongside pink.
PANTONE 18-1028: Emperador
Courtesy of Chloé
It would appear that autumn's obsession with rich browns is going to carry all the way through to springtime. Chloé's new designer, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, gave it the green light via smart tailoring. A clever idea when you think about how much a Parisian girl leans on her navy and black blazers throughout the year—this is a subtle update.
PANTONE 13-0550: Lime Punch
You may have previously avoided neon yellow at all costs, but there was plenty of this highlighter hue around fashion month, and it was often used in a sheer or semi-opaque fabric, like 's mesh here or the see-through lace at , to make it feel softer and less rave-y. You'll also find it in accessories, such as at Versus and slides from Rihanna's Fenty collection, should you only want to dip a toe in.
PANTONE 14-3207: Pink Lavender
This delicious shade was already making itself very known for A/W 17, but it's natural that a summer season would be where it comes into its own. Céline's Phoebe Philo backed it in the coolest way possible: in jumbo tailoring, and paired up with a mix of pastels, neutrals and vibrant brights. From our experience, this pretty colour is also very good on a day-to-day basis set against denim.
PANTONE 15-1520: Blooming Dahlia
Peachy tones have been a fairly strandard S/S 18, but we like this boudoir-ready colour best when it arrives in sumptuous silk to remind us of Hollywood glamour and antique lingerie. This was certainly the case at Roksanda (pictured), but you'll find different iterations of this colour in sheer dresses at Fendi, blouses at Dries Van Noten, bodysuits at and much more.
PANTONE 13-0646: Meadowlark
The mood for spring is definitely upbeat and lighthearted, and that could be easily seen via the sheer amount of yellow around. Many designers took this hue to its most vibrant extreme, so Pantone's more subdued prediction hasn't quite been the frontrunner yet. However, we did spy a very Meadowlark-looking dress at Eudon Choi.
PANTONE 16-4132: Little Boy Blue
This cornflower blue could be twee, but we like how it was adopted on the runway of : a prim cardigan and blouse set against a rather risqué black net skirt. This saturated, innocent colour most commonly occured in shirting, taking this summer's obsession with the blue or blue-and-white–striped button-down on. But more than this specific shade, we saw an entire blue spectrum rule, from cobalt to royal to duck egg to indigo and back again. Historically, blue is a colour that sells well, so expect retailers to jump aboard.
PANTONE 17-1563: Cherry Tomato
We've saved the best for last. This bright red errs on the side of orange, making it particularly perfect for hot summer months. It was included in almost every LFW collection (especially in dresses, making the LRD your next-season go-to), and it is being worn head to toe, as seen here at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. It also just so happens to suit a majority of skin tones, so it's a wise investment.
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