Trending Colours for Spring 2016

The colour gurus at the Pantone Fashion Colour Report tell us that spring 2016 the trending colours will

Transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.

(Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute)

Fashion and jewellery designers have gone for a range of colours that refer to the natural world and evoke tranquility and relaxation.

There are also influences in the colours of the urban design and of vegetation. There are also hints of travel in the colour palette. Sometimes these influences appear as unexpected combinations of colours.

It is easy to see the influence of artists in this spring’s styles and colours. In particular the styles of Matisse and Picasso shine through. The destinations of Cuba, the Caribbean and South America come to mind as designers play with vibrant colours that are combined with relaxing, classic and more natural tones.

For Spring 2016, there are no colours only for women or only for men.

The Trending Colours for Spring 2016

Rose Quartz PANTONE 13-1520

The soothing colours are led by Rose Quartz, which is a Pantone colour as well as a semi-precious gemstone. Rose Quartz represents compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.

Rose Quartz. Pantone 13-1520
Rose Quartz. Pantone 13-1520

Peach Echo PANTONE 16-1548

Shades of orange are well established and this spring’s variant is Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.

Peach Echo Pantone 16-1548
Peach Echo Pantone 16-1548

Serenity PANTONE 15-3919

Blue is well-represented in the Spring colours. The first of these is reminiscent of the expanse of the blue sky in spring. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.

Pantone 15-3919 Serenity
Pantone 15-3919 Serenity

Snorkel Blue PANTONE 19-4049

A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue is probably part of the  navy blue family, but with a happier, seaside feel. The name alone implies holidays and escape.

Pantone 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
Pantone 19-4049 Snorkel Blue

Buttercup PANTONE 12-0752

One of the more vibrant colours for Spring 2016 is this Buttercup  yellow. Again, this evokes sunshine and holidays.

Pantone 12-0752 Buttercup
Pantone 12-0752 Buttercup

Limpet Shell PANTONE 13-4810

Continuing the seaside and holiday theme, Limpet shell is a shade of aquamarine that suggests clarity and freshness. With crisp and modern influences it also evokes tranquility.

Pantone 13-4810 Limpet Shell
Pantone 13-4810 Limpet Shell

Lilac Gray PANTONE 16-3905

The feature colours in any collection need neutrals to offset and bring forward their brilliance. Lilac Grey is, as its name suggests, a subtle lilac hint to classic grey.

Paantone 16-3905-Lilac-Gray

Fiesta PANTONE 17-1564

In a palette of muted, relaxing colours, the vivid red of Fiesta adds a touch of vivid, fiery excitement. Here is another reference to holidays, and to a Latin temperament.

PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
Pantone 17-1564 Fiesta

Iced Coffee PANTONE 15-1040

Another muted, neutral colour brings an earthy quality that provides a base for designs using the blues, green and yellow hues. Iced Coffee is a softer earthy colour than the deeper browns.

PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
Pantone 15-1040 Iced Coffee

Green Flash PANTONE 15-0146

At first glance Green Flash appears to be the sore thumb in this colour collection. However, when combined with the other colours, it adds more of nature’s influence to inspire designers.

PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash
Pantone 15-0146 Green Flash

The top ten trending colours for men’s and women’s fashion for Spring 2016 are:

  • PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
  • PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
  • PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
  • PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
  • PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
  • PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell
  • PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray
  • PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
  • PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
  • PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash


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