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The 2011 Color Report

The 2011 Color Report

Ever wonder why certain colors seem to dominate fashion magazines and store racks? One reason is because of Pantone, a company considered by many to be the global authority on color and a provider of professional color standards for design industries. Each year the company surveys designers, including those participating in New York Fashion Week, to collect feedback on prominent collection color, color inspiration and color philosophy.

This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which serves as a reference tool throughout the year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers. If youíre interested in incorporating the year's hottest colors into your wardrobes, here's what the report says are the top colors for women's fashion for spring/summer 2011:

PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle
PANTONE 16-1349 Coral Rose
PANTONE 14-0941 Beeswax
PANTONE 18-4039 Regatta
PANTONE 15-3817 Lavender

(left to right)

PANTONE 15-4825 Blue Curacao
PANTONE 14-6324 Peapod
PANTONE 12-1206 Silver Peony
PANTONE 18-1235 Russet
PANTONE 15-4502 Silver Cloud

(left to right)

Honeysuckle is festive and flirtatious, offering a sense of playfulness. The vibrant pinkish-red for apparel and cosmetics is a perfect post-winter pick-me-up.
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle.

Coral Rose
Coral Rose is spicy, gregarious and persuasive. It's a sophisticated orange that conjures up feelings of exotic lands. Pair it with a cool, refreshing color-wheel opposite like Regatta Blue to add excitement to your wardrobe.
PANTONE 16-1349 Coral Rose.

Although a little more sophisticated than Coral Rose, Beeswax has an exotic feel too. Like Coral Rose, it can also be paired with Regatta Blue.
PANTONE 14-0941 Beeswax.

Regatta Blue
Regatta Blue is cool, refreshing and fits well with this year's popular nautical trends.
PANTONE 18-4039 Regatta.

Lavender is romantic and sensual, and works well with Beeswax or Coral Rose as a unique counterpoint.
PANTONE 15-3817 Lavender.

Blue Curacao
Blue Curacao has an exotic, tropical feel. Mix and match it with complementary colors like Honeysuckle or Coral Rose.
PANTONE 15-4825 Blue Curacao.

This fresh yellow-green color is reminiscent of the green shoots that signify change and new beginnings traditionally found in spring.
Left - PANTONE 14-6324 Peapod.

Silver Peony
Itís a lovely, soft feminine color that can easily be rocked up when paired with blacks or metallics.
PANTONE 12-1206 Silver Peony.

Deep and daring, Russet brings warmth and culture to any wardrobe. It is especially suitable for mixing prints or adding a pop of bright color.
PANTONE 18-1235 Russet.

Silver Cloud
This is the quintessential neutral that you can rely on to coordinate with everything in your wardrobe.

Color Your Wardrobe
Keep in mind that just because these are the "in" colors, they might not be the right colors for you. Talk with your personal style consultant to determine if any of these colors work with your style personality and personal coloring. Right or wrong, it's always okay to experiment with color so don't be afraid to at least try on a few of the new colors. You never know a, Blue Curaco and Silver Cloud could be your perfect colors!