Paint Box Colour Blocking and Fondant Colours
Adamant fashion designers trod the path of soft fondant tints. For Spring 2009 they favour blushing pink beiges, neutrals, creamy whites, and tones of slate blue. Such softer dusty tones are easy tints to mix and match with existing black, navy or other neutrals, the result is a new more ladylike wardrobe.
Spring 2009 will see the return of bright, cheerful colors in tempered combination with "deeper, translucent or neutral tones"
Green is definitely the color of spring 2009 as it will invigorate us and our wardrobes with three different tones: the quintessential spring hue Vibrant Green, the calmer and sophisticated Dark Citron, and clean, clear Lucite Green with a subtle shimmer
The other colors in Spring 2009 Pantone report are:
sparkling Palace Blue, derived from the classic navy, a soft, summery purple hue
, fun and optimistic Super Lemon yellow and
Salmon Rose pink, sensual and elegant Fuchsia Red and the new neutrals Rose Dust, a pink-beige shade, and Slate Gray with bluish-green undertones.
Left - The pink way, striking colour blocking with blushing pink beige, rose to hot pink. All three pant variations are by Richard Nicoll.
clashing two or three color combinations; hot pink or fuchsia makes a vivid contrast with fluorescent shades of yellow, orange or green.
Colour blocking with strong brights of hot pinks, orange, mango, tangerine and lime are popular. You will also see other brights such as lapis, Yves Klein blue, Santorini blue, lemon yellow, lime, orange and aqua jade tones. These garments can be worn alone or blocked together with the enthusiasm of the Dutch designer Mondrian.
Black and White or Monochrome
Black and white has always been a winning colour scheme, and this year it combines animal prints with Mondrian style colour blocking.
In particular look for monochrome effects based on zebra or giraffe prints with stripes and spots. The recent Spring 2009 Chanel Couture, show by Karl Lagerfeld, was an endless stream of white, and then black and white ensembles
The high street has paid homage to the monochrome scheme as a foil for those who will never adopt neon bright colours. The monochrome look also translates well into the nautical / yachting / maritime themes which designers celebrate every year.