Pantone releases top 10 color picks for Spring 2016

Prepare for pastels, and more! Following New York Fashion Week, Pantone, Inc. – the world’s authority on color – announced its top 10 picks for the hottest shades of Spring 2016.

The list, which is part of Pantone’s semi-annual color report for the entire fashion industry, consists of rose quartz, peach echo, serenity, snorkel blue, buttercup, limpet shell, lilac gray, fiesta, iced coffee and green flash.

Compiled by a group of color experts from around the world, these 10 hues were all selected from globally tracked color trends and used throughout the latest spring and summer runway collections.

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Pantone’s Spring 2016 picks transcend cultural and gender norms through a spectrum of pretty pastels and vivid brights. Photo credit: Pinterest

The springy mix includes colors that are peaceful and calming combined with bold and brilliant shades. Whether warm or cool, all of next season’s tints are comforting and lend a notion of security. Plus, six of the colors are brand-new hues altogether, released in August as part of Pantone’s 210 new colors.

This is also the first time in years that the experts at Pantone have not created separate top 10 lists for men and women, instead stating this year’s picks are not restricted to genders.

“There are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between men’s and women’s collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play,” the report continued.

According to refinery29, gendered colors are so 2015. But until the New Year, be sure to wear marsala – Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – as much as possible.

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