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Fall Color Trends from New York Fashion Week

Fashionweek_1Moroccan Blue topped the list of fall colors at New York Fashion Week's Fall 2005 collections, according to Pantone, Inc. Each season, Pantone surveys designers showing at New York Fashion Week and collects feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration, color philosophy and each designer's signature shades. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report. The top ten - and each color's hexadecimal value and Pantone number are as follows: 

1.   Moroccan Blue (#004B6E, PANTONE 19-4241)
2.   Glazed Ginger (#BE7213, PANTONE 18-1154)
3.   American Beauty (#BA141A, PANTONE 19-1759)
4.   Ruby Wine (#820021, PANTONE 19-1629)
5.   Atmosphere (#BDB09C, PANTONE 16-1406)
6.   Burnt Olive (#576620, PANTONE 18-0521)
7.   Gloxinia (#6B0966, PANTONE 19-3022)
8.   Rattan (#DCC35B, PANTONE 14-1031)
9.   Moss (#ACA603, PANTONE 16-0532)
10.  Burnt Orange (#E68A1B, PANTONE 16-1448)

I changed the colors of this blog to #1, Moroccan Blue,  and #8, Rattan. (I'm sorry if your browser only accepts a web-safe palette.) I guess I was motivated by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, when she observed:

"What is most directional for Fall 2005 is the intriguing combinations of colors -- Glazed Ginger and Moroccan Blue with the accent of Moss; or Rattan, Gloxinia and American Beauty...Blue Turquoise, spring's dominant color, has matured into Moroccan Blue, a deep, vibrant teal. Rich browns are also extremely important for Fall 2005, from spicy shades like Glazed Ginger to darker chocolates. Meanwhile, Rattan exemplifies yellow's new, burnished direction."

Moroccan Blue, the top choice, appears in the collections of designers like Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Tracy Reese, Peter Som, BCBG Max Azria and Oscar de la Renta. Pantone goes on to list how specific colors were used by designers like Zac Posen, Vera Wang, and Luca Orlandi.

Pantone's work with the fashion industry echoes some of my earlier writings on search proxies. By owning and refining the processes that lead up to the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, Pantone has a chance at a chance of creating something even larger


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