Illustrated photo by Jeremy Thomas
For years, fashion colors have been inspired by nature. Color palettes vary from season to season, from year to year. Fashion industry has been using the standardized Pantone color reports as their guides to go about with their design directions.
Top 10 colors for Fall 2016 have been released to the press by Pantone. These vibrant pops of colors are not only inspired by the warm colors of the Autumn but also by the temperaments of our society. With the hustle and bustle of our lives, with the world filled with conflicts around us, we yearn for tranquility, strength, stability and optimism in our lives. All of these factors are the inspirations of a stream of exuberant, strong, earthy and exotic color palette for this Fall.
Here are the list of the top 10 colors for this Fall season. But keep in mind, the best colors of choice is always the ones which please your eyes, calm your mind, uplifting your spirit and boost your confidence.
Blue is a nostalgic color. It is a color that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future built from the past and present experiences. Riverside blue is a subtle hue of blue, not as vibrant as royal blue, or as deep as navy blue, or as soft as baby blue but it is noticeable enough to make a statement. This new shade of blue sends a message of trust, of honesty, of loyalty, of calm, of confidence, of stability and sophistication. In a sea of calmness, blue color also awakes our creativity.
The beautiful and sophisticated Jennifer Lawrence and a moment of calm and stillness in her casual Riverside color outfit.
“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.” Moncy Barbour
“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight” – John Ruskin
Another shade of blue makes it to the top color list this year: airy blue. It’s as soft as a kiss of the blue sky on a white cloud, floating and drifting carelessly in the gentle breeze of an Autumn afternoon.
The airy blue suggests serenity, weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of relief and relaxation even in turbulent times, a moment of interlude, a moment of calmness and tranquility to ourselves. Though airy blue conveys calmness and relaxation, as unpredictable as the ocean is, blue can turn your already troubled mind to a depression stage, like a gentle wave suddenly turns to big ocean tides sweeping your calmness away.
“If you’re feeling blue – try painting yourself a different color.” 8-year old Hannah Cheatem
The beautiful Brooke Anderson, the co-host of The Insider, and also the correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in an airy blue evening gown at the 83rd Academy Awards Red Carpet
Lush meadow is a deeper, richer shade of green. Lush meadow intensifies the mature depth of the color green, reflecting the temperament of the season.
From the beginning of time, green has always associated with nature & environment. Lush meadow green suggests a fresh and organic balance in nature which conveys friendliness, class, elegance, style, self-assurance, maturity and confidence.
The gorgeous and confident actress Kate Beckinsale in a lush meadow dress
Spicy mustard is a deeper shade of yellow, a zest of lemon and a splash of gold all mixed together to create this unexpected exotic color.
Spicy mustard color is the shade of achievement, accomplishment and triumph, connected with wealth and success, extravagance and quality, esteem and advancement. The color promotes uplifting vibrancy and victory.
“My favorite color to glaze with is yellow. It always glows just like stained glass lit up by the sun.” – Jane Jones
“As a picture painted in yellow always radiates spiritual warmth, or as one in blue has apparently a cooling effect, so green is only boring.” — Wassily Kandinsky
Singer Beyonce walked up the stage, confident and triumphant look in her spicy mustard dress to accept the award for Best Female R&B Artist onstage during the 2012 BET Awards.
Aurora red is a darker shade of red which brings confidence, fire with desire and passion, blood-pumping excitement, sensual and energetic, unmistakably dominance and scarlet fearlessness.
If you want to make a bold statement that you are determined, confident, enthusiastic, risk-taking type of person, then red will deliver that message well. Red can be threatening but with the mature depth of Aurora red color, it emphasizes the assurance, the confidence rather than intimidation.
Taylor Swift in her aurora red dress performed during her 2013 RED tour.
“Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotion, because it's on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you've got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.” - Taylor Swift
Dusty cedar is a richer shade of pink, softer than red but stronger than feminine blush. This deep and complex hue of pink suggests non-threatening energy, confidence, innocence and optimism. It senses warmth, welcoming, uplifting and inspirational.
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” - Audrey Hepburn
Beautiful singer Rihanna in her dusty cedar evening gown
Bodacious is a very deep, rich shade of purple. It is an unexpected color for Fall but because of the complexity and the sophistication of the color, it surprisingly shows up in the Fall palette to make a bold fashion statement, a statement to spell royalty, luxury, complexity and diversity.
Since it is a chromatic mixture between the fiery red and profound calm blue, bodacious purple is considered to be the balance between these two primary colors.
Bodacious purple awakes mind power, creativity, imagination, spirituality, passion, vitality, and fulfillment. The bold statement this bodacious color conveys a nobility in character and ability to accept and embrace diversity.
The sensational & attractive Salma Hayek wore her evening gown in Bodacious color, va-va-voom!
Sharkskin is a bold shade of silver. It is a color of illumination and reflection. Sharkskin color reflects alluring and mystical, elegant and sophisticated personalities. It brings grace and glamour to the dress.
“Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.” - Oscar Wilde
Selena Gomez gracefully in her sharkskin dress at American Music Award in 2010.
Potter’s clay, a color of an earth element, gives a sense of stability, grounded feeling. Potter clay color suggests friendliness, approachable personality, dependability and honesty. A neutral earthy color makes a steady statement of quality, substance and strong foundation.
This neutral color can be layered with other Fall color for additional sophistication.
“Learn to humble yourself. You are but earth and clay” – Thomas A Kempis
Warm Taupe is another earthy, organic color which can be layered well with other Fall colors to add sophistication and elegance. Warm taupe suggests stability, conservation, calmness, easy-going and relaxing nature, trust and honesty. Unlike brown which might be boring to some, warm taupe can make bold statement with the right layering or accessories and still conveys a strong personality of its own. It is a timeless color and works well with other color palettes as well.
Miranda Kerr looked sophisticated and graceful in a warm taupe evening gown.