“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” so says the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This sentiment reigns supreme when it comes to the spring/summer 2016 palette – an array of hues inspired by the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, leading to a whimsical canvas of unexpected color combos that transcend cultural and gender norms. The totally unisex canvas is bursting with soothing tones mixed with vivid brights, encouraging a sense of reflection followed by playful escapism. Sure to make lots of appearances in the eyewear realm, these must-have pigments will definitely bring imaginative flair to the peepers of guys ‘n’ gals alike come next season. Take a peek at these coveted colors below, and get even more details about the palette via Pantone.com.
As its name entails, Serenity – a lovely sky blue – promotes an aura of calming, weightless and airy energy, and serves as a soft counterpart to the palette’s more vibrant tones. Likewise, Snorkel Blue puts a spirited spin on classic navy, offering up striking yet grounding vibes. Basic necessities, Lilac Gray – a silvery color with purple undertones – and Iced Coffee – an earthy beige hue – are the main sought-after neutrals of the season. Shifting into warmer washes, Peach Echo – a pink-meets-orange shade reminiscent of its fruity namesake – takes center stage. Similarly, Rose Quartz elicits memories of a serene sunset, a flushed cheek or a budding flower with its pastel pink nature. Meanwhile, making fiery statements are Fiesta, a high-energy red, and Buttercup, a head-turning yellow that screams sunshine. Green Flash – a limey, almost neon, hue – and Limpet Shell – a fresh take on aqua – round out the collection with vivacious fervor.