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ASeason of Change
Best described as a season of change, fall ’08 is defined byrich, elegant hues that offer a vibrant selection. New York’sfashion designers emphasize cooler blues, greens and purplesin the top five tones used in their collections, followed byvariations of warm red, orange and yellow.“Fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but thisseason we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright,exciting undertones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive directorof the Pantone Color Institute
.“Conventional tones such aswarm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays arealso among the fall color choices. Blue and purple tones havebecome staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top10colors chosen by designers this season, and Pantone’s Colorof the Year for 2008.”
abeautifully balanced blue with an undertone of purple, is a favorite among designers, as it combines the calmingaspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple.Dramatic
brings purple to the forefront of fashion,and generates a bit of heat with its exciting red undertones.Serene, sophisticated
is another popularhue this fall, especially in jewelry and accessories. But it canadd a colorful intensity wherever it is used in the wardrobe.
atwist on a classic navy,shows thetransitional aspect of spring segueing into fall. Serving asawonderful base color,
delivers a naturalelegance to the fall palette. Taking green in an interestingdirection with its true green characteristics, this hue isadeparture from greens of seasons past, which have haddistinctively yellow undertones.Reds are a steadfast favorite for fall and
isno exception. Versatile and universally appealing, this truered adds a splash of energy to the palette. Soft, dusky
with its pinkish qualities and brownundertones, is a versatile hue that blends with every shade.
abeautifully mellow yellow with a hint of mustard,adds a touch of lightness and spice. Orange has had a longrun, and now,more than ever, consumers are gravitatingtoward intense shades like
bringing this oncesteady background color to the foreground. The complex yetmodest
is an intriguingly understated shade,especially when teamed with the robust colors of fall ‘08.