Pantone Releases the Fashion Color Report Fall 2014

Most of us still think of Pantone in terms of its PLUS SERIES of color matching guides. But it's active in a wide range of color specification domains beyond that of graphic design, such as its trend forecast for home furnishings and interior design, and its SkinTone guide for matching skin tones.

Each season, Pantone apparently surveys the designers of the currently running New York Fashion Week "and beyond" to collect feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is then used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, using colors from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System. The result, which includes the top 10 colors, as well as designer sketches, quotes and headshots, is said to serve as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, tells us that, "This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall. There is a certain mystique that is reflected throughout the palette, inspired by the increasing need for people everywhere to create an individual imprint." But do people really have an increasing need to "create an individual imprint"? Or are they more than happy to blindly follow the herd, in fashion as in all things? Only time will tell. More information about the Fashion Color Report Fall 2014 is available on the Pantone site.

Jay Godfrey

Barbara Tfank

Philippa Galasso

Pamela Roland