Pantone Releases Its Fashion Color Report for Spring 2018

Pantone Color Institute Releases Spring 2018 Fashion Color Trend Report For New York Fashion Week

Multi-Faceted Palette Broadens Opportunity For Self-Expression With 12 Call-Out Shades And 4 Seasonal Classics

Pantone LLC today announced the PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report Spring 2018 edition just in time for the start of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Shows. Published for the fashion industry by the Pantone Color Institute, a trend forecasting, and color consultancy, the report features the top colors we can expect to see from fashion designers on the runway for the upcoming spring collections.

Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report; a color overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers showing at NY Fashion Week will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. With color on the catwalk, a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report is your easily accessible guide to the season’s most important color trends.

The colors featured in the semi-annual PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report are selected from the PANTONE FASHION, HOME + INTERIORS Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design. Each season, the Pantone Color Institute issues the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report as semi-annual color trend forecasts for the upcoming season, highlighting the top colors you can expect to see at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week. The PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report serves as a color reference throughout the season for fashion enthusiasts, reporters, and retailers.

With the use of color gaining in importance, the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report Spring 2018 edition features the top 12 colors for men’s and women’s fashion, highlighting a more multi-faceted color story that expands the opportunity for self-expression. For the first time this year, the report also includes four classic colors, which transcend seasons and provide structure to any wardrobe.

As consumers continue to embrace color, designers are recognizing the need to show more color in their collections,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “In order to reflect the consumers’ ongoing fascination with color, we broadened the direction for Spring 2018 to show where hues are headed by including 12 outstanding call out colors as well as four spring classics.

Along with this recognized freedom to explore and experiment with more color, experts at the Pantone Color Institute note that fashion, and the people who interact with it, no longer want to limit themselves by following traditional color guidelines. Untypical spring shades that make for complex and original combinations expand the opportunity for self-expression and communicate the consumer desire to experiment with color all year round. The palette for Spring 2018 is a perfect reflection of this new sentiment.

About the Spring 2018 NYFW Color Palette:

The color palette showcases an appreciation for the complexity and distinctiveness of color and the expression of it, which is something that evolves and can be played with,” said Eiseman. “Consumers need more variety, and this expanded palette embraces the lack of gender and seasonal borders we are seeing within the fashion industry.”

  • PANTONE 13-0646 Meadowlark – The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.
  • PANTONE 17-1563 Cherry Tomato – Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored shade is viscerally alive.
  • PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue – With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.
  • PANTONE 18-1440 Chili Oil – Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.
  • PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender – Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.
  • PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia – With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.
  • PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia – Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green; its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.
  • PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet – Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.
  • PANTONE 18-1028 Emperador – The rich chocolate infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the spring 2018 palette.
  • PANTONE 12-2103 Almost Mauve – With its gentle petal like touch, delicate and ephemeral Almost Mauve adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette.
  • PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus – Witty and expressive, Spring Crocus is a flamboyant and tantalizing fuchsia shade that summons you in with its beguiling charm.
  • PANTONE 13-0550 Lime Punch – Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus like presence in the spring 2018 color palette.

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Pantone Unveil Industry’s First-ever Character-branded Color inspired by Illumination’s Minions

PANTONE Minion Yellow to Debut this Summer

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In an industry first, Pantone, the global color authority, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced the creation of an official new PANTONE Color, Minion Yellow, based on the Minions from Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Despicable Me global film franchise, including the upcoming prequel Minions, opening in theaters July 10, 2015. The development of PANTONE Minion Yellow, marks the first time in the global color authority’s history that a color has been created and named after a character.

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Pantone, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Partnerships & Licensing unveil industry’s first-ever character-branded color inspired by Illumination’s Minions

(The story of Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.)

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.

The partnership was born when Pharrell Williams, who helped create the music for the Despicable Me franchise, came up with the idea while the Pantone Color Institute®, the research arm of the company that charts global color trends and studies how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions, noted the desire of the consumer to add more energizing color into their lives. Pantone noticed that the Minions, created and designed by Illumination, have become a global phenomenon by doing just that across movies, theme parks and video games. Looking to add to its PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors color palette, Pantone worked minionclosely with the animation team at Illumination to review the existing color range and to identify the most pure representation of the Minions’ iconic yellow color. The resulting PANTONE Minion Yellow is a custom color designed to represent the sweet and subversive characters. An extroverted hue, it projects playfulness and warmth and is suggestive of intellectual curiosity and enlightenment. The custom PANTONE Minion Yellow color will be added to the PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors color palette with the next color addition.

Color is contextual and right now there is a desire for colors that are more vibrant and uplifting. This is especially the case with the yellows, so given the worldwide popularity of the Minions, it seemed only natural to name a color after a character for the first time in our history,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone Color Institute. “When developing the color, we worked directly with the animation team at Illumination, and we thoughtfully considered the characters’ aura to ensure PANTONE Minion Yellow is the exact right hue.

Pantone has long established its reputation as the global color authority,” said Jamie Stevens, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Development, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “We are thrilled that their color experts saw market demand for yellow and looked to the Minions, as global pop culture icons, to add into its yellow spectrum.

PANTONE Minion Yellow is a color that heightens awareness and creates clarity, lighting the way to the intelligence, originality and the resourcefulness of an open mind – this is the color of hope, joy and optimism,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director,Pantone Color Institute.

The color has already served as inspiration for a designer capsule collection based on the Minions that was also announced. The collection features limited-edition apparel and accessories from UK-based designers Rupert Sanderson, Giles Deacon, Piers Atkinson, Tatty Devine and Criminal Damage and also includes denim designs from SJYP, a new label out of South Korea. The “Minions Bello Yellow Collection” will debut exclusively at Selfridges in June 2015, followed by roll out to global retail partners including Parisian retailer Colette in July 2015.

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. (More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagramand the Pantone Blog.) For more information on the upcoming Minions movie, visit: www.minionsmovie.com. For more information on the new color Minion Yellow or Pantone’s color intelligence and systems, visit: www.pantone.com.