Portraying a scene of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural, the fall 2015 color palette weaves earthy neutrals with a range of emboldened hues for an unexpected juxtaposition that’s utterly delightful! Taking note from some of the most progressive moments in American history—like the seductive ‘20s, as well as the bohemian, hippy-crazed ‘60s and ‘70s—designers have strung together the perfect blend of timeless, nature-inspired hues rooted in androgyny. In fact, for the first time ever, the Pantone Color Institute has crafted a palette that’s appealing to both men and women! So even though the chilly months may seem far off, take a moment to swoon over the exciting unisex hues of the season that will translate perfectly to fall’s coveted specs and sunnies. Check out what’s in store below.
An array of versatile neutrals brings grounding balance with the ability to mix and match with just about any hue in the collection. Serving as the ideal neutral across the entire palette, Desert Sage is a calming greenish gray with minty undertones. Like the sky on an overcast day, Stormy Weather embodies a deep blue gray that’s powerful, dependable and anything but blah. Reflecting Pond, a serious navy-like shade that speaks to stability and security, brings dimension and dark intrigue. Moving toward an earthier playing field, Oak Buff—a mellow shade of yellow—brings forth happy thoughts, and is reminiscent of the flora and fauna of fall. Likewise, a fresh take on typical olive green, Dried Herb screams robust sophistication. Pulling inspiration from the rich tones of red wine, Marsala—the signature color of the year—adds finesse and savoir faire to the selection, making it a perfect contrast to the others, yet also a strong standalone hue. Injecting vibrant fervor into the collection is Cadmium Orange, an exotic citrus pigment with playfully whimsical tendencies. Splashing up against its warmer counterparts with its cool touch is Biscay Bay—a lush and elegant teal that’s just as invigorating as it is serene. More feminine in nature, Cashmere Rose, a soft pink that is utterly upscale, and Amethyst Orchid, a jewel-inspired purple, can be paired with any of the more masculine neutrals for a sprinkle of panache.