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With the start of New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014, Pantone had summarized the trends and released its seasonal “Color Report.” The result: a colorful spring in brights and soft hues.
For Spring 2014 designers take a modern twist on the traditional by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.
"This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations."
Three pastels makes their way on the spring 2014 palette: Placid Blue, a serene sky color, Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, and Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green. And the secret is to pair any of these pastels with a bolder hue for an au courant look.
For example, try pairing Sand, a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance. Paloma serves as an ideal neutral that can be worn alone or combined with other colors, while Cayenne, a high-pitched red, adds the right amount of color to any outfit, especially when mixed with Freesia, a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season.
Another one to keep an eye on next spring is the Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue, Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, and Dazzling Blue, a sparkling, polar opposite to Placid Blue.
Surprisingly, these strong, vibrant colors also pair well across the palette: They are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors. Which one is your favorite?