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Patterns are back! Did they even go away? More than merely a current trend or style meme, patterns are an essential piece of the color narrative in menswear FW2017. The best collections use patterns as another color, weaving several garments of different colors together for each color story.
The world is abuzz with Pantone’s Color of the Year. However, not only Pantone makes such a pronouncement. Benjamin Moore, the paint company, is deeply involved in color research and keeps current with color trends. Moore’s color team fans out across the world, attending art fairs and major industry shows, and observing interior design, architecture, fashion, textiles, and home furnishings, and trends they see inform their paint color offerings. This year, fine art leads their inspiration, “highlighting the correlation between an artist’s use of color and light to create mood.
Pantone has announced their Color of the Year: Greenery #15-0343. Vivid and lively, it’s the hue we have been pining for. The seeds having been planted several seasons ago by a few innovative designers, it’s slowly growing in popularity.
Last year, Pantone announced its pick for Color of the Year 2016, and the surprise was that it was actually TWO hues: pink and blue. And they were meant to be together. These hues referred to traditional male/female hues and the social changes occurring between the genders. Now that a couple of seasons have passed, how are these two hues doing as an influence on actual garment design?
Black is the most amazing hue used in fashion today. It is by far the most highly demanded, and not just in the big cities. More than any other hue, most consumers are emotionally attached to it because of associations with personality and style. Punk or classic, high-brow or low, a good color or bad to the bone, it’s always good.