NY Fashion Week: Pantone predicts Cuba-inspired color picks for Spring 2016

September 21, 2015

Separates in shades of vibrant Fiesta red and rich Snorkel Blue, two of Pantone's popular color picks for spring 2016, are seen on the runway in the Noon by Noor spring 2016 show at New York Fashion Week.

NEW YORK ó South-of-the-border culture, a calm sensibility and blurred gender lines are just a few of the inspirations behind Pantoneís top color picks for spring 2016.

Pantone, the industryís authority on all things color, released its biannual trend report in time for New York Fashion Week, which continues through Thursday across the city.

The anticipated hues for spring 2016 include: Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity (a soft blue), Snorkel blue (a rich blue), Buttercup yellow, Limpet Shell aqua, Fiesta (a fiery, yellow-based red), Iced Coffee and Green Flash.

"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves," Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said in a statement. "With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation."

Many of these color choices are nods to natureís renewal, but Pantone also notes Cubaís resurgence as a global destination as a key influencer behind some of the reportís more vibrant color combinations.

Though Pantone typically releases picks for men and women, the spring 2016 colors are dubbed a "unisex palette."

"There are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between menís and womenís collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play," the report states.

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