If your first impression of the Fall 2014 fashion colors was that they're basically the same for menswear & womenswear - good eye! About the only place they differ is in a single accent hue: for the ladies, the romantic and deco era'ish Mauve Mist which, on the Men's Fashion palette, morphs into its slightly more masculine counterpart, Sea Fog. Then there's the element of nostalgia that is apparent in this group of colors which is dominated by the 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. When Pantone interviewed fashion designers about the colors resonating with them for Fall 2014, a distinctly nostalgic vein emerged: artisan crafts, lovingly bound books, old-fashioned photographs, retro architecture, exotic landscapes and even the children of rock legends. "Unlike their famous parents who grew up going from gig to gig and living out of a suitcase," explains Jay Godfrey, who favored bold Sangria paired with elegant Cognac for fall frocks, "these girls were brought up with the trappings of an uptown lifestyle but spend their time and express their individuality downtown – think of Georgia Mae Jagger, the Richards sisters, Peaches Geldof, and Zoë Kravitz."
Fall's time-travelling palette spans 100 year according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “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,”she notes. "There is a feminine mystique that is reflected throughout the palette, inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint." (illustration by Nanette Lepore)
Pantone's insight into each hue:
RADIANT ORCHID (Pantone 18-3224): More sophisticated than rich purple (which can feel a bit too Prince) and definitely more elegant than full-on pink, Radiant Orchid combines what you love about both shades in a more subdued and intriguing package. "An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health," explains Eiseman. "Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, this captivating purple encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society."
ROYAL BLUE (19-3955): "evocative and dignified, provides more complexity and excitement than the average navy, while still remaining versatile" and "versatile & elegant"
ALUMINUM (16-1107): "a complex silvery shade" & "a futuristic stainless steel shade that serves as a complex neutral"
AURORA RED (18-1550): "grown-up", "a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark" & "adds a sophisticated spark to any winter wardrobe"
MISTED YELLOW (14-0837): "vibrant", "adds a touch of optimism to cold weather ensembles" & "a ray of sunlight and warmth, it alludes to the promise of spring to come" - expect it to be prevalent in prints (along with Cognac)
SANGRIA (19-2047): "invigorating" & "an exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations"
MAUVE MIST (15-3207)"a romantic and elegant purple shade, reminds us of the deco era and stimulates a sense of femininity and empowerment" while SEA FOG (16-3304) is "a more masculine representation of Mauve Mist" (illustration: Kenneth Cole)
COGNAC (18-1421): "a tasteful brown, for a confident and high-profile look" & "Cognac's name alone leads to glamorous illusions. This classy and cultured brown takes a typical autumnal color to a sumptuous realm, making the shade unexpectedly ideal for evening wear." Expect it to be prevalent in prints (along with Misted Yellow).
BRIGHT COBALT (19-4037): A "quintessential statement color this season— a bold and charismatic shade prevalent in everything from sportswear to shoes." Also: "With its slightly green undertone, Bright Cobalt offers a subtle twist on the traditional cobalt blue, which unifies this season’s blues."
CYPRESS (18-0322): "bracing", "a majestic and powerful green" & "indicative of its name, this shade has a towering presence and serves as a stunning perennial." (illustration by Christian Siriano)
For the podcast I recorded about this, Episode 68: The Fall 2014 Fashion Colors, scroll down:
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott