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Color trend alert fall 2012


Bold is beautiful. I love color! I think it is one of the things that separates us southern gals from the rest of the world. No drab black, gray or khaki for us. Instead you can often catch that business woman wearing a black suit with a fuchsia top underneath, or a khaki linen dress with a dashing tangerine orange scarf with yellow butterflies.
You can’t touch color per say (yes you can touch the fabric!) but color touches us every day in our lives. Put on a fabulously sunny yellow and a smile comes to the face. Or adorn a cool blue and serenity is yours. Wear the power red pump and be taken serious. You can’t feel color but color can change the way you are feeling. Many times color can identify a person.
Take my store uniforms or dress code. We all wear black and purple. Not lilac, or maroon or frosty purple but deep vibrant purple. I believe it helps to exude an individuality to my staff, a sense of confidence when selling and a feminine sexiness you don;t find in pink or lilac.

2012 fall color pallette

With fall 2012 now here with back to school, I am so pleased to say no dreary grays or neutrals. Instead we see deep teals, vibrant plums, cool blues and a burnt orange deeper and richer than the tangerine orange we saw so much of for spring. Look for the bright optimist pops of colors added to traditional fall tones. Look to see polka dots but not the traditional black on white. Instead smoky gray skirts with bold pink and cool blue dots. Also watch for geometric prints on white and cream backs.
For handbags, looks for patchwork, and bold vibrant pops of color. Don;t be afraid to twist that tangerine orange top and mix it with a smoky charcoal skirt. Take Bella Taylor’s new black paisley print with exhilarating emerald green, vibrant purple and sunny gold.

French Roast (Pantone 19-1012), Honey Gold (Pantone 15-1142), Pink Flambe (Pantone 18-2133), Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463)
Ultramarine Green (Pantone 18-5338), Bright Chartreuse (Pantone 14-0445), Olympian Blue (Pantone 19-4056), Titanium (Pantone 17-4014)
Rhapsody (Pantone 16-3817), Rose Smoke (Pantone 14-1506). With names like these, I feel a sense of boardroom power just when I hear them.

In this section, TFL displays the colour trends for leather garments, footwear, accessories and additionally for the upholstery industry. The colours are divided into “Wearing” and “Living”. Wearing comprises inspirations and colour trends for garments, footwear and accessories whereas Living presents all colours that will enhance next season’s interior design. I have focused on wearing. To me the colors are more natural, smoky and what I would expect to find in a smoke room. Good staple backtops for fall’s unexpectant pop of color in the warddrobe.

TFL color for leather, handbags and upholstery

2012 new Spring color trends for fashion & home


I am seeing the same colors from fashionable scarves to home decor.  If you have not heard Pantone, they are the leading experts in all things color.  We all know that Tangerine Tango was chosen as the color of the year 2012 from my previous fashion blogs and it was not an unintentional choice.  An electric orange red color is uplifting, and energizing! It’s also been noted to look great with almost every skin tone. You will definitely see a lot of great examples of using this energizing color in any type of furniture line, finishes and materials.  Tangerine Tango and Cockatoo look divine together.  Very South Beach!

At Scentsations, as we become more involved with helping our customers find the right accessory or handbag, I feel that it is very helpful to make sure we listen to our customers need and help them to incorporate the new color trends with their existing wardrobe.   We tend to be a little more flexible ith color here in Florida.  Whether it is a bright scarf added to a basic business suit or a handbag statement to make heads turn, I feel it is important to educate them on staying current.  I find that many of my customers just thought if it was a color they saw alot, that meant it was hot.  Not true, while Neon is showing up in plenty of chain stores, you just can’t tell me that you are going to get a timeless, classic look with that.   A neon bangle however added to a classic starfish capri and a tangerine tango top is FUN!  I just can’t consciously set my ladies who are now able to relax and enjoy their lives in a Neon orange pair of capri.   Remember, it is all about building a wardrobe.

For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles, from free and playful and light and breezy, to contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.
“Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “They
have learned how color can help them alter a mood and provide the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations.”

Let’s break these colors down a bit…

Provocative Tangerine Tango:  This juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring. Make me want to take a bite out of life!

Solar Power:  A bright radiant jolt of energy that  exudes warmth and cheer.

Bellflower:  This distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity.

Cabaret:  The name says it all.  sassy, sexy and voluptuous.  Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent
choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.

Sodalite Blue:  This is  classic maritime hue that brings order and calmness to mind.  Like the cool breeze in your hair on a sailboat.  This color like an anchor is dependable and will hold down most other colors in this palette.

Cockatoo:, This tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.  Love it with Tangerine Tango.

Margarita:  This piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow.

Sweet lilac:  Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance and femininity to any wardrobe.

Driftwood:  Natural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. This beige and grey blend adapts easy with other colors with a slightly weathered feel.

Starfish:  Perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season’s top 10.

For an ultra-bold vibrant look this spring, try mixing Bellflower with Tangerine Tango and Cabaret. Combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Cockatoo for a subtle
alternative, or combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Driftwood for a more practical variation. Solar Power is best juxtaposed with Sodalite Blue. For a safer
bet, add a natural neutral like Starfish to the mix.

again, look at the color pallete and how they flow together.