Autumn colour trends – The Hotlist
Change is a comin’. Summer fashion is winding down, sales are ending and soft summer (as I like to call it) aka September is arriving in four weeks so it is time to look ahead to what our wardrobes will be falling for and what our purses will be forking out for when it comes to autumn colour trends and choices for 2015.
Pantone’s Autumn Colour themes
Pantone, the leading colour intelligence agency calls Autumn’s colour trends “…an evolving colour landscape that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural.” Time to dissect!
One of the big shifts I have seen and that has been documented is how designers are no longer distinguishing ‘male’ and ‘female’ colour trends or distinctions which would normally mark out gender fashion. This Autumn designers are looking more to sartorial styling and fabrics to define both a masculine and feminine interpretation of hues and color combinations. Here are the top autumn colours trends you can expect to see on the high street.
If fashion designers could have come up with one key message for colour this season it would probably have been ‘go neutral’! ‘Desert Sage’, a cool greenish-grey was seen a lot at the designer shows including Hermes where grey was the palette of choice for the collection. I would describe it as a neutral yet able to make a statement on it’s own. Miu Miu used grey and sage putting it into colour combinations with bright yellow. Alongside them Valentino, Christian Dior, Victor & Rolf, Max Mara, Christopher Kane, Topshop, Chanel and many more are ready to embrace greys and all shades of neutral!
Rescuing us from too much grey is this beautiful shade of orange known as ‘oak buff’. A mellow, warm and comforting shade, this is one of my favourites autumn colour trends. When combined with desert sage you can almost feel nature coming alive with a palette of beautiful unassuming colours with a quiet confidence. A sort of different and softer take on the expected autumn palette. This hue was seen in the shows of Bibhu Mohaparta, Christian Dior, Victoria Beckham, David Koma and others.
This is a wine/ red shade that adds definite punch to the autumn’s colour trends palette. So much so it was named pantone’s colour of the year 2015 which prompted many a designer to include this fiery and robust hue in their collections. It has equal appeal for men and women and allows for beautiful texture, luxury and sophistication. Hermes did it best but it was in the collections of of Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Emilio Pucci, Roland Mouret, Rebecca Minkoff, Tibi, Zimmermann, Nicholas K and others.
A gorgeous accent to Marsala is this deep warm shade of blue known as ‘biscay bay’. Going back to this seasons roots in all things natural think of tropical paradise waters and deep, mesmerising oceans. Elie Saab incorporated teal hues to create some incredible floral prints with a sea view background. Biscay Bay teal was also spotted a lot at Christian Siriano, Monique Lhuillier, Michael Kors, Daniel Silverstein, Cynthia Steffe, Ohne Titel, Temperley London and others.
Since the 1970s have been the biggest inspiration for Spring 2015, it seems only fit that Pantone declared Cadmium Orange as part of the autumn colour trend spectrum. It is a color that offers with it a sense of optimism, fun and reflection. While a definite warm shade it isn’t quite as harsh on the eyes as some colours we have seen in the shops of late such as sunshine yellow and bright orange. Marc Jacobs embraced this colour (in slightly deeper shades) in his autumn collections while Balmain combines it with blues and purples. Celine also took a fancy to this shade by using it for handbags in her show.
A tactile and soft hue comes next in this great shade of pink. In fact pink features in more than one shade this season. Both men and women can weave Cadmium Orange and Cashmere Rose with Desert Sage for a bold mix of bright, earthy inspiration. Not one of my favourites (as I am not a fan of baby pinks and blues at the best of times) but this colour fit perfectly with Chanel’s vision and collection for Autumn 2015. Cashmere rose also features in collection of Dolce & Gabbana, Pamella Roland and Lela Rose.
Cashmere rose is followed closely by another (and nicer!) shade of pink known as Amethyst Orchid and known by pantone as ‘the jewel in the crown’. It combines everything you want in a colour. It’s vibrant yet sophisticated, warm yet a little mysterious, brave yet casual. I love this shade. For me it is also a really new departure on the colour spectrum, not seen so much before, we have something new to play with and style with! John Galliano takes charge with this colour, offering dresses, skirts, shawls and boots. Tadashi Shoji, Barbara Tfank, Jonathan Saunders, Zimmermann and many others have also illustrated this feminine shade in their autumn designs.
A cool blue hue that adds the dimension of intrigue we have been looking for from the season. It is deep, thoughtful, composed and a great alternative to black which does also feature in Autumn’s colour palette. Expect to see heavier fabrics in this colour as Chanel showcased some amazing tweed jackets in this shade. Nina Ricci took this colour in a totally different direction with gorgeous pantsuits and fringed coats swell as her watery tulle slip dress. Tory Burch, Barbara Bui and Tibi also embraced this shade in their collections.
Very closely related to nature and all things organic, ‘dried herb’ is a love it or hate it choice (mainly because the name does not inspire clothes shopping pangs!). It is a great contrasting hue to use with some of the other colours of the season including pinks and wines. I am expecting to see this colour used in the androgynous look with military coats and safari style garments going to be back on the high street with a vengeance. Elie Saab, Mary Katrantzou, Tom Ford and and Jason Wu were all captivated by this colour, introducing it through collections.
So, as always my top advice?
1. Choose carefully from a sea of beautiful options that will be before you. For Stylefish graduates, students, personal stylists and women alike make Autumn about creating functional palettes – thinking about colours that work in harmony and blend well creating wardrobes that work and pieces that cross over from one look to the next giving you a versatile and easy style for the season!
2. When it comes to colour, most women need more in their wardrobe and most need more creative ideas of putting looks together. That’s where a personal stylist, blogs and classes give you the inspiration you may need! But colour has an amazing power to transform, uplift and define a persons style like nothing else can!