An Evolving Landscape: Pantone’s Fall Fashion Colors


Each year, Pantone releases seasonal fashion reports, highlighting all of the Pantone colors you’ll see in the fashion world for the upcoming season. Pantone recently released its Fall 2015 Fashion Color Report, which includes the top 10 colors for men and women’s fashion, designer sketches, quotes and headshots. The Color Report doesn’t just influence fashion either. It sways art, interior design, graphic design and other popular trends, and it coincides with New York Fashion week, which just wrapped up on February 19.

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2015 Cover ImageImages courtesy of the Pantone Color Institute

Here’s what the report has to say about this year’s color selection:

This season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural. The colors are evocative of a love for nature and a timeless appreciation for warmth and security, which are conveyed through naturally inspired colors that remind us of things that are real and protective.

This Fall, designers’ pay homage to progressive moments in American history – from the seductive ‘20s to the bohemian hippie and modernists of the ‘60s and ‘70s – while stringing together an affection for colors and styling that are innately easy to wear by both men and women.

The report also includes downloads, surveys, social media features, and in-depth information about the designers who are working with these colors.


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“Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette.”

Check out the full report here, or check out MyDesignShop’s collection of Pantone Plus Series color guides and sets so you can incorporate these colors into your design work this year.

Keep reading to see this year’s 10 Pantone colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Fall 2015.

2015 Fall Pantone colors

10 Pantone Colors for the Fall 2015 Fashion Season

PANTONE 16-0110 Desert Sage

The importance of neutrals continues to evolve with Desert Sage, a cool and soothing greenish-gray that serves as the ideal neutral across the Fall 2015 palette. Timeless and unobtrusive, yet powerful enough to make a statement on its own, Desert Sage speaks to the feeling of naturally inspired colors that remind us of things that are real and not invented.


PANTONE 18-4214 Stormy Weather

Reminiscent of the sky on a gray, overcast day, Stormy Weather is dependable, cool and above all, constant. Implying quality and luxury, it is a powerful blue-gray that is strong, protective and enduring.


PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff

Just as the sun comes out after stormy weather to bring us cheer and a glimmer of hope, Oak Buff is a mellow, comforting and warming shade that brings good feelings. One of nature’s many illustrious shades, the golden-yellow Oak Buff acts to nurture and comfort.


PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb

An olive green once thought of as strictly safari or military, Dried Herb is elevated this season to be sophisticated and chic. Closely related to nature, Dried Herb is an organic shade redolent of nature’s earthy fragrances.


PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala

Marsala, Pantone’s earthy 2015 Color of the Year, prompted a typhoon of conflicting reactions from the design world when the institute announced it last year.


Here’s what the Fall Fashion Report had to say about its place among the other colors for the autumn season:

Interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast to other hues, Marsala is a winey red-brown that adds finesse and savoir faire to the palette. Rich and robust, Marsala incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.


PANTONE 18-4726 Biscay Bay

A lush and elegant teal, Biscay Bay splashes up against more heated tones with its cool touch, combining the serene qualities of blue with the invigorating aspects of green. This cool and confident tone inspires thoughts of soothing tropical waters, transporting us to a place that is pleasant and inviting.


PANTONE 15-1340 Cadmium Orange

A nod to the ‘60s and ‘70s, Cadmium Orange evokes a sentiment of optimism, fun and fantasy. Both playful and sophisticated in its appeal, Cadmium Orange is a warm, welcoming and subtly dramatic hue that is striking enough to stand on its own or act as a bold contrast.


PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose

A play on the ‘60s with a twist of today, luxurious Cashmere Rose is a tactile and soft pink hue that renders exactly what it promises. Cultivated in its richness, Cashmere Rose displays a gently persuasive and composed pink that is more upscale than downtown.


PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond

Thoughtful, contemplative and composed, Reflecting Pond is a cooling blue that adds dimension and intrigue to the Top 10. Conveying a message of credibility, Reflecting Pond is a serious shade that speaks to the need for stability and security.


PANTONE 17-3628 Amethyst Orchid

Indicative of our affection for color, Amethyst Orchid is the jewel in the crown of the Fall 2015 palette. Intriguing, vibrant and somewhat sensual, this enigmatic shade is an extraordinary hue that is unique, bold, creative and exciting.


Explore Pantone’s 2015 Fall Fashion Color Report for more information on these color choices and the designers who are using them.

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