February 17, 2016
Pantone, the worldwide color authority, recently announced their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016. Pantone bi-annually highlights the ten shades that will be prominent in next season's fashion, beauty and interior design worlds, and coincides with the start of New York Fashion Week. Last season's color palette was anchored by people's desire to unwind and disconnect from technology every once in a while. This feeling resonates in the Fall 2016 Color Report, which Pantone states is inspired by "the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism." 

Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades."

Here are Pantone's picks for the Fall 2016 Color Report:


The blue family leads Pantone's Fall 2016 Color Palette. Riverside is a cool and calming blue hue with subtle sophistication. 

Gemstones: Blue sapphire, blue topaz


Airy Blue

A carefree and light blue shade, Airy Blue continues the blue color trend for the coming season. Pantone states, " Airy Blue’s lofty nature evokes feelings of lightness and freedom."

Gemstones: Aquamarine, blue topaz



A grey shade that will warm up any look in the cooler months, Sharkskin acts as one of two go-to neutrals for the season. Sharkskin "showcases practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens."

Gemstones: Grey moonstone, grey diamonds


Aurora Red

Bold Aurora Red brightens up the bunch with a passionate pop of fiery color. Pantone describes Aurora Red as warm, sensual and immediately pleasing to the eye.

Gemstones: Ruby, rubellite


Warm Taupe

Another warm neutral is making an appearance in the Fall 2016 Color Palette. The organic beige tone of Warm Taupe is said to pair well with every shade in the Color Report.

Gemstones: Champagne diamonds, quartz


Dusty Cedar

A warmer pink to go with the cooler months, Dusty Cedar exudes welcoming feelings and is the perfect fall/winter version of the cheery pink shade.

Gemstones: Pink tourmaline, pink sapphire


Lush Meadow

Pantone states that Lush Meadow "brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage," but to us, all we can think about is how well emerald channels this bright and sophisticated color.

Gemstones: Emerald, green tourmaline


Spicy Mustard

A deep yellow hue, Spicy Mustard, is added to the 2016 Color Report. While it's a bright addition, it's a more mellow version than your typical citrus yellow tone.

Gemstones: Amber, citrine


Potter's Clay

Reminiscent of the natural tones of fall, Potter's Clay channels the colors of changing foliage as well as go-to accessories like leather boots and bags.

Gemstones: Citrine, quartz



Vibrant colors abound in this season's color report! Bodacious is a pink/purple hue that has the ability to "turn fashion accents into fashion statements."

Gemstones: Amethyst, pink sapphire

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