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Pantone has posted its fall 2009 color selections. I know, I know. We aren’t even into spring yet, much less summer, and most of us are still getting a blast of winter every few days, but at least you can see what we’ll be wearing come September—if you can afford to buy yourself new clothes in this economy. Pantone, however, considered the economy when picking the fall colors, and they are hoping their color choices will entice you to buy new pieces for your wardrobe. Here’s what they say:

The fall 2009 palette is more unique and thoughtful than the typical autumnal hues of years past. Designers recognize the desire for fundamental basics that speak to current economic conditions, but also understand the need to incorporate vibrant color to grab the consumers’ eyes and entice them to buy. Subtle contrasts make up the diverse palette for fall 2009. This season, designers play with a broad spectrum of color resulting in distinct, yet cohesive combinations. Like a painter’s palette, fall 2009 offers choice and diversity, but the unexpected integration of colors is what makes it so appealing.

A natural choice during uncertain times, patriotic American Beauty, a wonderfully balanced, true red, speaks to the need for cohesiveness. Perfect for all skin tones, American Beauty is a feel-good color. Purple Heart connotes a sense of refinement and sensuality, adding an air of creativity and excitement to the top 10, especially when paired with American Beauty. A warmer, more subdued Honey Yellow carries the 2009 color of the year through to fall and winter with its golden tones. Pairing Honey Yellow with its color wheel opposite, Purple Heart, will surely add a surprising flair. Or, for a more typical fall combination, group Honey Yellow with Burnt Sienna and Iron.

Strong yet understated Iron serves as the “new black,” making traditional basics much more interesting. Neither gray nor brown, Iron is a grounding color that coordinates well with all colors in the palette. Crème Brûlee, a grayed-down beige, and Nomad, which bridges the gap between beige and light gray, also speak to the need for timeless neutrals. All three classics can stand alone or serve as anchors when paired with other colors.

Fall would not be complete without a seasonal favorite like Burnt Sienna, a deepened, earthy shade of orange, reminiscent of an autumn sunset. Pair this versatile hue with Nomand and Rapture Rose for a different twist. Adding spark to the fall palette, Rapture Rose artfully captures the vibrancy of fuchsia and the softness of pink. Underscored by nurturing and feminine tones, Rapture Rose enlivens the more traditionally subdued fall hues. Look for it in cosmetics as well as clothing and accessories.

Like the olive in a martini, Warm Olive, a rich yellow-green, adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to fall. When combined, this tangy, intriguing hue makes all other colors come alive. Look for it paired with Majolica Blue, a deep, mysterious teal blue with more vibrancy than the usual navy. Majolica Blue brings an exotic flair to the group, especially when paired with Burnt Sienna or Purple Heart.

Pantone has put out its forecast for colors this fall as selected by New York’s fashion designers. It looks like cool colors like purple, teal, red, and navy are our choices. Excuse me, that’s Royal Lilac, Caribbean Blue, Aurora Red, and Twilight Blue. I’m happy. The greens, browns, and khakis so popular the last few years have never looked good on me, so I’m excited to see bright colors showing up in stores again. According to Pantone this fall is:

Best described as a season of change, defined by rich, elegant hues that offer a vibrant selection. New York’s fashion designers emphasize cooler blues, greens and purples in the top five tones used in their collections, followed by variations of warm red, orange and yellow. Conventional tones such as warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays are also among the fall color choices. Blue and purple tones have become staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top 10 colors chosen by designers this season, and Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2008.

Blue Iris, a beautifully balanced blue with an undertone of purple, is a favorite among designers, as it combines the calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple. Dramatic Royal Lilac brings purple to the forefront of fashion, and generates a bit of heat with its exciting red undertones. Serene, sophisticated Caribbean Blue is another popular hue this fall, especially in jewelry and accessories. But it can add a colorful intensity wherever it is used in the wardrobe. Twilight Blue, a twist on a classic navy, shows the transitional aspect of spring segueing into fall. Serving as a wonderful base color, Shady Glade delivers a natural elegance to the fall palette. Taking green in an interesting direction with its true green characteristics, this hue is a departure from from greens of seasonsn past, which have had distinctively yellow undertones. Reds are a steadfast favorite for fall and Aurora Red is no exception. Versatile and universally appealing, this true red adds a splash of energy to the palette. Soft, dusky Withered Rose, with its pinkish qualities and brown undertones, is a versatile hue that blends with every shade. Ochre, a beautifully mellow yellow with a hint of mustard, adds a touch of lightness and spice. Orange has had a long run, and now, more than ever, consumers are gravitating toward intense shades like Burnt Orange, bringing this once steady background color to the foreground. The complex yet modest Shitake is an intriguingly understated shade, especially when teamed with the robust shades of fall ’08.

You can go to Pantone and download their book showing the new color selections.

Until next time!

I’m curious about today’s fashion. I’m looking for clothes for spring and summer, and I can’t find any shirt that isn’t a baby doll or that looks like a maternity top. And if that isn’t bad enough, half of them have ties in the back.

These are similar to what I found at Dillard’s, Penney’s and Kohl’s.

They are cute enough. I might look at the pink one in a different color (I very rarely wear pink). The green one? I’m in my fifties. Do I really want to look like I’m wearing a little girl’s dress?

Roger and I stayed in this weekend. I did a few things I’ve put off doing for a while. And I cleaned out my closet. I read that if you buy one new thing you should get rid of one old thing. I’m going to try this so I cleaned out everything I haven’t worn in the past year or so. This is embarrassing, but I ended up with two trash bags of clothing and one trash bag of shoes.

I played around with red work again this evening and came up with this simple design. It sews out quickly. I think red work does better on some things than heavier embroidery designs. I say red work, but I do change the thread color to what I need. Hope some of you can use it.

Until next time!

bill-blass-for-pantone-ss08.jpgPantone has published its color trend selections for spring 2008, which features their top ten colors for fashion and fabric. Here’s the link for the Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2008. Very pretty colors: rococo red, snorkel blue, daiquiri green, silver gray, freesia, cantaloupe, croissant, spring crocus, pink mist, and golden olive. I’m glad to see some bright colors for a change. I’m getting pretty tired of the browns and greens. Pantone says this spring brings:

“Refreshing splashes of invigorating brights punctuate classic, versatile neutrals as designers offer a playful spring palette for endless exploration and creative combinations. Variations on popular colors such as energizing red, cool, waterborne blue and eco-friendly greens also play a key role this season.

“The spring ‘08 color palette perfectly reflects the cheerfulness of the season,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Stabilizing neutrals combined with pops of brighter colors to create unique, distinctive looks are the basis for a great spring and summer wardrobe.”

Check out the Colorstrology link on the Pantone main site. Based on your astrological sign and numerology, they can tell you your ‘special’ color. I’m January 31st so my color is Aquifer, which means I’m devoted, big hearted, and a humanitarian. Also:

You are the person to call in a time of need.  People can count on you to rally and come through. You have an understanding and a compassion for the human element that far outweighs the average person. Smart and fun to be with, you are a favorite at any function due to your love of life and generosity of spirit. Your personal color resonates with your high ideals. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with Aquifer helps you feel safe and grounded.

This describes me to a tee! Of course, I’m not sure my friends and family would say that I’m more understanding and compassionate than the average person, the life of the party, or generous of spirit. Let me know what your color is and if you think it describes you accurately.

Until next time.


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