Pantone predicts a colorful spring


By Elana Katz

Though Schenectady is currently feeling the weight of the proverb “April showers bring May flowers,” spring is finally here to stay. Despite this period of transition, the color palette of the newest spring styles are slated to be bright, bold and full of fun, thanks to the clairvoyant powers at the Pantone Color Institute.

The Pantone Color Institute is a corporation in New Jersey best known for their Pantone Matching System (PMS) in which they create a proprietary color space used by businesses everywhere for creating color systems.

Twice a year, Pantone gathers an international panel of colorists along with companies from their home countries to explore and decide the dominant colors for the following seasons.

The results are then published in a 750 dollar publication called Pantone View. Companies all over the world who wish to incorporate the colors of the seasons into their businesses purchase it.

Pantone is surely the arbiter of color for each season and has garnered the attention of fashion designers, artists and everyone in between. It is no longer a question of whether Pantone is accurate in their forecasts, since industries have begun to look to Pantone for the latest colors to use.

For the spring and summer 2013 seasons, Pantone has included a wide array of colors. The list includes African Violet, Monaco Blue, Dusk Blue, Emerald, Grayed Jade, Tender Shoots, Lemon Zest, Linen, Nectarine and Poppy Red.

On the corporation’s website, Executive Director of Pantone Leatrice Eiseman explains these color choices and why the institute felt they were important for the upcoming seasons.

“We don’t often think of color as an expression of balance. So, for spring/summer 2013 we have a wonderful balancing of color. On the one hand we have what we call our novel neutrals,” said Eiseman. “In addition to that we have the balance we are trying to create between light and bright … We are trying to bear in mind that color and clothing is a means of self-expression.”

What is most striking about Pantone’s innovative philosophy is the idea of the “novel neutrals.”

As Eiseman describes, these “novel neutrals” are not only colors in the nude family, such as Linen, but it also includes surprising choices such as Dusk Blue and Grayed Jade. These colors are not typically considered neutrals, but Pantone is transforming this idea. Dusk Blue and Grayed Jade both imply serenity and calmness and should be treated as neutrals. Think of a chambray shirt or mint-colored slim leg pants.

For pops of color, be sure to look for pieces in Emerald, African Violet, Nectarine and Poppy. These colors scream spring and summer and are ideal for combining and layering. Each has an added sparkle to it, underscoring just how cheery and floral inspired these colors are for the upcoming warm seasons.

The anchor of the entire group is Monaco Blue. Much like the other colors included in this palette, the bright Monaco Blue offers a true punchy version of this sometimes-dreary color blue, such as navy. Be on the lookout for striped cotton shirts that pair Monaco Blue with Linen or Poppy. This is a must-have for brisk spring or summer nights.

As you shop over the coming weeks, be on the lookout for Pantone’s forecast in all styles from dresses to sandals and even sunglasses.

Here’s to a spring and summer inspired by Pantone and their unparalleled creative genius in the world of color.



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