Colour Player or Just In the Game
It’s official. Pantone, the colour experts have released its Colour Fashion Report for autumn 2013. Pantone has been the world’s colour authority for nearly 50 years. It’s good to know the colour trends for each season because designers in the fashion industry over the world draw inspiration for their designs by looking to these trends. This doesn’t just apply to the fashion world, but colour trending or forecasting (that’s what it’s called) really sets the pace for many of the colorus you see featuring prominently in most areas of design: from clothing to home décor.
Colours This Autumn/Fall
The colour of the Year for 2013 is Emerald (Emerald 17-5641) of which I will show you some more examples later. The top ten colours for Autumn Fall 2013 are:
- Deep Lichen Green
- Mykonos Blue
- Linden Green
Knowing Your Personal Colours
Having said all this, if you’re reading this article, it means that you at least have a passive interest in fashion or better still, you consider yourself to be a fashion conscious man, though maybe not always at the top of your game, but yes, definitely a player. This is great, but does that mean we should all now troop out and buy all the colours in this year’s report, so we can be “up-to-date”? Absolutely not! This is something that many are guilty of, the argument being, well, isn’t that the whole purpose of the report? So what’s the point if we’re not supposed to wear the colours? The answer is quite simply that a colour report is supposed to serve as a guide and a pathway to inspiration, in terms of our colour choices.
If you really want to know what colours you should be wearing, what you really want to do is to go for a colour analysis. A proper colour analysis is the best way to discover what colours make your eyes, skin hair color and body all work together to enhance your appearance and make you look your best. A proper colour analysis will reveal your personal colour palette. Guys, hear me well: this applies to you too, not just to women. The main idea behind knowing your personal colours is that certain colours will make you look and feel younger (or older), slimmer (or fatter) radiant (or dull), healthier and more attractive, or well… the exact opposite. Most people don’t know this, but colour theory is not hit-and-miss. It’s a science. This means that if you apply the principles, you will achieve the results that you want every time. When you know your personal colour palette, you can then confidently hit the shops and purchase clothing not just based on what you like, but also with wisdom, knowing what colours work for you, and avoiding those which result in costly shopping mistakes that many of us make buying clothes that really have nothing nice to say about us.
But to truly do justice to the topic of colour, we need to go back to the basics, which is the color wheel. Colour 101, which is the title of my next article, will navigate you safely through the basics of colour. If you’re a guy who is “colourfully challenged” you do NOT want to miss this. Until next time…