The Pantone Color Institute has announced a Color of the Year since 2000. The colour is intended to capture current trends in popular thought and beliefs, and trends in the social climate. You can read Pantone’s story and see the colours chosen from 2000 to 2017 on this Wikipedia page.
Greenery is the Color of the Year for 2017. Though it is challenging to know a colour’s dimensions just by looking at it, greenery appears to be a medium-high saturation yellow-green that reminds us of the outdoors. It appears to belong best with one of the Spring palettes.
Colour-analyzed people have a personalized formula for customizing trends to their advantage, which is the palette of their own colours. Like the fashion advisor that we really want, it always works in our best interest. As beautiful as a colour may be, and as interesting from a social perspective, the colour and its marketing influences may have nothing to do with how we are coloured. We want to be our best version of fashion.
For Autumn-coloured people, the colour shown above risks wearing the person, who will literally appear to be behind their clothing. The colour looks candy next to the individual, whose appearance is losing ground in a variety of ways, as is their ability to be taken seriously in their clothing.
Alternatives that are so attractive are shown in the panels below, along with the Pantone Color Forecast 2017 palette in the lower right corner, which may offer colour choices that are equally current and more flattering. The most attractive and effective appearance decisions will be made by a person who understands themselves within their colour environment. One without the other doesn’t end up in the best possible place, at least not in personal presentation.
Some of the items might colour outside the lines of the Season. That’s fine. Each colouring group will still find a lot of continuity with these items. Make it work for you (instead of the reverse, which might be the engine that fashion feeds from).
From the Color Forecast card in the panel, Soft Autumn shares more with Niagara (top left), Primrose Yellow (2nd row, left), and Kale (4th row, middle). By taking the long way around the trend colour, they come out looking like the person.
That handbag just left of the Color Forecast panel? When True Autumn wear that colour next to the face, the skin becomes the incarnation of the word rejuvenated. You can hardly believe that it’s the same person you saw yesterday when they were wearing something that looked tired, and they looked tired, and the whole picture felt tiring to look at. Today, the skin is smooth, plump, and alive with healthy colour.
Oh, Dark Autumn. Is there any look that they can’t do? Tailored or not. Quirky or straight-laced. A little warmer, a little cooler. Greenery might be too bright and will not look as expensive as the person and their attire so easily can. but with the warmth and saturation, this Season is getting very close.
I have this belief that textile and cosmetic pigments can reach all sorts of heights that human pigments don’t. For instance, the green coat beneath and to the left of the title, which seems very saturated but too heavy for a Spring person or wardrobe. Dark Winter? Bright Spring? Maybe. I’m having trouble picturing it. We’d just have to try it and then stand back and look.
Many Dark Autumns, especially those of dark complexion and very dark eyes and hair, might be shockingly good in that coat. For others, say, the 65 year old woman who tests very near True Autumn, the jacket/anorak beneath the coat may be plenty and gorgeous.
An excerpt from the second edition of Return to Your Natural Colours, still scheduled with high hopes for October-ish:
Within any Season live millions of people with varied hair and eye colour, body shape and scale, personal taste in presentation, and so on. What they share is their reaction to colour. Each member of a Season adapts the palette to best express his or her individuality. It is always recommended that you wear the entire palette, with guidance that you receive from the colour analyst in managing certain colours and trying out new ones.
In the almost 10 years that I have watched colour analysis grow, and been humbled by its ability to help people become someone that they can recognize and love, I have also realized how essential the colour analyst is. She (or one day, I hope, he) is the bridge between a rainbow, a person, a store, and the better clothes and makeup that you wanted in the first place.