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Pantone Fashion Color Reports

The world-renowned authority on color, Pantone Inc., has published its fashion color report for fall 2008. Fall 2008 is described as the "season of change" defined by rich, elegant and vibrant hues.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute states that "fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright, exciting undertones".

Pantone Colors Fall 2008

Fall 2008 main colors are Blue Iris, Royal Lilac, Shady Glade, Caribbean Blue, Twilight Blue, Aurora Red, Withered Rose, Burnt Orange, Ochre and the understated Shitake. You can download the report, free-of-charge, from the Pantone Website.

It also includes designers' sketches and quotes on their inspiration and color philosophy as well as on fashion must-haves for fall 2008 season. Pantone Fashion Color Report is a reference book not only for fashion editors and retailers but for every fashion lover out there.


First row: Temperley London, Zac Posen, Peter Som, Carmen Marc Valvo and Yigal Azrouel.

Second row: Elie Tahari, Brian Reyes, Erin Fetherston, Miss Sixty and Lela Rose.

For spring 2008 the color palette reflects the cheerfulness of the season. Designers offer a playful spring palette with revigorating splashes of bright hues punctuating neutrals in an endless number of original combinations. Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2008 defines the top 10 spring 2008 colors: Golden Olive, Spring Crocus, Rococco Red, Pink Mist, Croissant, Freesia, Cantaloupe, Daiquiri Green, Snorkel Blue and Silver Gray.

Pantone Colors Spring 2008

Among the spring 2008 season's must-haves: Bill Blass points out an Ashes of Roses and Steel Gray cocktail dress, Tia Cibani for Ports 1961 - the deep-back cropped jacket in Safari, Tracy Reese - a 1930s bias slip dress in Peacock swirl, Nanette Lepore - a plunge-neck romper in Vibrant Orange and Curry and Reem Acra - a dress in floral prints.



First row: Bill Blass, Nanette Lepore, Reem Acra, Peter Som and Michael Kors.

Second row: Yigal Azrouel, Charlotte Ronson, Ports 1961, Tracy Reese and James Coviello.

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I love the Spring 2008 colors and collections. Thanks for bringing it all together so nicely. Colors for Spring seem to be a little more subdued than the colors that were for Fall. I adore the Cantaloupe - and the Croissant will be gorgeous and sophisticated. The designs look exciting, too. More inspiration for doing those sit-ups every day!

Thanks for that report. Actually, looking around my shop, those are the colors we have the most of for Spring 08. I'll be interested to see if it continues into fall for kids clothes when I'm shopping the showrooms this month...oftentimes kids clothes are slightly behind the adult trends.

I loved your report! Colors I wear are more bold, so I like winter colors better, especially Shitake, Aurora red and Ochre.
Spring fashion is also great, and I just love the designer picks for must-haves!
Just keep up with the great work and I'll definitely come back to check out your website again. Thanks!

It's inspiring to have an array of colors that somehow represent the year. Looking back on Fall 2008, the colors had a 1940's subtlety with mustard yellows and nudes. It chronicles the changing mind-set of each year.