Spring ’15 Hues Emanate a ‘En Plein Air’ Attitude

Symbolizing an escape from the everyday hustle ‘n’ bustle, the spring 2015 color palette takes cue from the magic of the great outdoors, offering up a mix of softened brights, pale pastels and earthy neutrals drawn from the natural world around us. With the French “en plein air” expression—which means “in the open air”—in mind, designers look to the purest of elements to craft the season’s truly eclectic and ethereal spectrum of hues. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and tropical landscapes run the gamut, ultimately giving way to pigments reminiscent of daydreams from simpler times. Although the warmer months may be far off, you don’t wanna miss out on spring’s seriously spec-tacular pigments—after all, they’ll translate perfectly when it comes to the season’s splendid glasses and shades. So take a looksie at what’s in store below.

Lots of water-inspired hues will take center stage come spring when it comes to the Pantone Color Institute’s palette for gals. Leading the way is Aquamarine, an airy blue with a dreamy feel, followed by vibrantly energizing Scuba Blue, old-favorite Lucite Green emanating a gorgeous minty glow and of course anchoring Classic Blue, a lighter take on classic navy. Juxtaposing the selection are two citrus treats: Tangerine, a light orange tone representative of its fruity namesake, and Custard, a scrumptious mellow yellow. To boot, Strawberry Ice fulfills every lady’s desire for a pop of succulent pink, while Marsala shows off its deep wine undertones for a grounding effect. Balancing out the medley are must-have neutrals Toasted Almond, a deep beige tone, and confident Glacier Gray.

Deviating from the women’s colors more than ever before, the men’s palette enjoys its own robust selection of masculine-friendly hues, aside from the few feminine repeats. Dusk Blue is a coveted must, drawing influence from the gorgeous sky. Woodbine, a foliage-inspired green with yellowish undertones, makes an appearance, as does Treetop, a more fertile take on the traditional wash. Lavender Herb, a lightened purple tone, offers a subtle punch of color, while Sandstone, a warming neutral, and Titanium, a strong gray, round out the collection.