In the prelude to Fashion Week every year, the trend-forecasting sages of the Pantone Color Institute release their Fashion Color Trend reports. They're highly curated lists of colors that, in Pantone's eyes, will inform how we dress. This year, the Institute has selected palettes corresponding to both New York and London’s respective fashion weeks.
The colors range from the blazing to subtle, exclamatory to subdued. Cherry Tomato, Pantone boasts, is a “tempestuous orange red that exudes heat and energy.” What a punch Lime Punch is, that unpleasantly acidic hue. Others are more muted: Almost Mauve is a color so faint that I had to adjust the lighting on my screen, squinting harder than I do at an optometrist appointment. Beyond the sartorial realm, though, there are quite a few shades I wouldn’t mind bringing into my home. Take Arcadia, a color I’d like to slather every wall of my apartment with; it's essentially analogous to Marrs Green, that teal that was christened the world’s favorite color earlier this year.
Below are the colors the Institute has selected across both cities. Scroll through the swatches and pick your favorite. It’s a nice list.
Meadowlark and Cherry Tomato.
Emperador and Almost Mauve.
Spring Crocus and Lime Punch.
Spiced Apple and Palace Blue.
Sailor Blue and Harbor Mist.
Warm Sand and Coconut Milk.
All images courtesy Pantone. To see more of the Pantone Color Institute's Trend Reports for Spring 2018, head here.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.