This year, the Pantone fall color line up for women’s fashion is definitely unconventional. There isn’t a trace of orange at all, and there is an abundance of red and magenta apparent in colors like Aurora, Sangria, Mauve Mist and color of the year, Radiant Orchid. Even the Royal Blue hides a tiny hint of pink. Compare it to the fall palette for 2010, which includes nearly a full rainbow of colors, and this mix looks a little jarring at first. But is it really so strange?
In a new seasonal collage series this month, I’m taking on the challenge of mixing Pantone picks into trios that look more traditional than the entire palette at a glance. When mixed in the right proportions, any colors can be made to create a certain look or mood, and I hope to do just that - making fall fashions work with all these pinks and purples. Each collage will feature a fabulous statement necklace as always, and a few choice accessories to help inspire great fall designs.
I decided to go with an easy color first, and started my experiment with Misted Yellow, which does look like autumn all on it’s own. After eliminating a few more obvious colors, and ensuring I had enough left over to make two more trios, I finished the palette with Radiant Orchid and Cognac. Then I set out to make purple look at home in October!
Finding the right hues wasn’t an easy task. Misted Yellow was particularly tough to match without accidentally going too pastel or beige. Cognac’s soft and chocolaty look was difficult to uncover under mounds of rich leathers and orangey browns. Finally I had some pieces that I was happy with, including a gorgeous statement necklace with metallic purple chain that almost perfectly matches Radiant Orchid. The hints of yellow sealed the deal. Though it doesn’t match in the least, I still couldn’t resist includin a bright yellow bangle, with a dark amethyst druzy in the center.
To create some of these jewelry styles, check out these tutorials and inspiration projects!
1. DIY Woven Chain Collar Necklace by Honestly WTF
2. Mustard Flower Earrings Project by Beadaholique
3. Bracelet Thread Bracelet Tutorial by Operation Overhaul
4. Sweet Blackberry Collar Necklace Project by Fusion Beads
5. Purple Charisma Necklace Tutorial by Artbeads.com
6. Faux Amethyst Druzy Ring Project by Beadaholique
The purples don't quite match the radiance of this year's leading color, but you get the idea!
And for an extra dose of inspiration, these are my favorite Polyvore sets featuring some of today’s picks:
What do you think of the new Pantone line up? Which colors say ‘fall’ the most?
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Pantone and Bibhu Mohapatra
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