"Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway. The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion."
- Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute
This "homage" to American history is all 70s blah-boho meets 20s redone-retro in a boring mess of safe-statement androgyny. Basically the color equivalent of a safety blanket.
"Colors and styling that are innately easy to wear by both men and women," notes Eiseman, pointing out that "it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette. The colors are evocative of a love for nature and a timeless appreciation for warmth and security, which are conveyed through naturally inspired colors that remind us of things that are real and protective," she continues. "The importance of neutrals continues to evolve with Desert Sage, a cool and soothing greenish-gray that serves as the ideal neutral across the Fall 2015 palette. Timeless and unobtrusive, yet powerful enough to make a statement on its own, Desert Sage speaks to the feeling of naturally inspired colors that remind us of things that are real and not invented."
Desert Sage. Really? Taupe is, how do I put this...a serious snoozefest. It's supposed to be fashion, not a mud- and mist-shrouded desert of doom and dreariness. The past called and wants its boring, muddy color palette back.
Have at it, I say.
- Lesley Scott
(illustration by Raoul via source)