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Pantone Fashion Color Report S/S`11

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LLC, the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, unveiled the (R) Fashion Color Report Spring 2011.

The report features the top 10 colours for women`s fashion for spring 2011, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots, and is available for free download at www.pantone.com/spring2011.

The release of the Pantone Fashion Color Report coincides with New York Fashion Week.

The top colours for women`s fashion for spring 2011 are:

  • Pantone 18-2120 Honeysuckle
  • Pantone 16-1349 Coral Rose
  • Pantone 14-0941 Beeswax
  • Pantone 18-4039 Regatta
  • Pantone 15-3817 Lavender
  • Pantone 15-4825 Blue Curacao
  • Pantone 14-6324 Peapod
  • Pantone 12-1206 Silver Peony
  • Pantone 18-1235 Russet
  • Pantone 15-4502 Silver Cloud

"The colours designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones," said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute(R). "By cleverly combining complementary colours, those that are opposites on the colour wheel, they have created a striking intensity in the palette. These unique combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in hues traditionally associated with fall, with new favourites to punch up springtime wardrobes."

In addition to designer contributions, the report features commentary from fashion insiders and leading retailers discussing the geographic locations currently influencing fashion and design. Industry gurus highlighted in the report include: Cate Adair, Costume Designer for the sitcom Desperate Housewives; India Hicks, Creative Partner at ; Simone Legno, Chief Creative Officer at Tokidoki; Lanie List, Chief Merchandising Officer at , Inc.; Collier Strong, celebrity Make-up Artist; and Essie Weingarten, Founder of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. Contributors from Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Macy`s also weigh in.

Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for spring 2011, designers continue to satisfy consumers` need to escape everyday challenges with intriguing combinations that transport them to foreign lands.

Honeysuckle is a feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness to this season`s palette. Spicy, gregarious and persuasive describes Coral Rose, a sophisticated orange that, much like Beeswax, a warm, honeyed yellow. Pair either of these piquant hues with a cool, refreshing colour-wheel opposite like Regatta for a vibrant colour combination that will add zest to any . Romantic, fanciful Lavender implies sensuality with its subtle hint of red undertone. Blue Curacao evokes thoughts of tropical destinations and pays homage to the 2010 Colour of the Year, Turquoise. Peapod, a fresh yellow-green, brings an organic element to the palette and is reminiscent of the green shoots that signify change and new beginnings traditionally found in spring. Trans-seasonal neutrals ground this season`s palette and provide a stable backdrop for all of the other colours. The so-called "nude hues" are represented in the range of ethereal Silver Peony to dramatically deep Russet. Another dependable background colour, Silver Cloud, is the neutral shade that consumers can rely on to coordinate with everything in their closet.

The colours featured in the Pantone Fashion Color Report are culled from the Pantone Fashion + Home Color System, the most widely used and recognised colour standards system in the world. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to collect feedback on prominent collection colours, colour inspiration and colour philosophy. This information is used to create the colour forecast, which serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world`s colour authority for more than 45 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colourful exploration and expression of creativity.

X-Rite Inc., is the global leader in colour science and technology. The company, which now includes colour industry leader Pantone, develops, manufactures, and supports innovative colour solutions through measurement systems, software, colour standards and services. The company serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical.