Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trends

By on January 22, 2013

Like an artist’s painting, every fashion season differs from all its successors with a characteristic palette of colors that define the spirit and the mood of the new season. Actually, as the new season arrives, colors are the first things we want to get acquainted with when it comes to fashion trends. This helps us determine our new style and start building up a fashionable wardrobe based on trendy hues. So what colors will adorn the clothing pieces and accessories in the new spring/ summer 2013 season? Below, we present you the spring/ summer 2013 color trends, around which you can build a super-fashionable wardrobe.

Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trends


Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #1: Black and White: As natural as that may sound, the basic colors in the color wheel, black and white are still there. Designers can hardly ever stop expressing their admiration towards these refined shades, which make the base of every wardrobe and flatter every single person. In the new season, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Gian Franco Ferre and many others expressed their love for the tenderness and purity of the white color, bringing head to toe white looks and, of course, transparent white dresses. On the other hand, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Celine, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and other big names tried to capture the elegance and refined allure of the black, picturing women in total black outfits. Some other designers, however, brought the harmonious union of these two shades, among them being Chloe, Moschino, Victoria Beckham and Rachel Zoe.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #2: Shades of Green: Green is the new season’s black, as the spring/ summer 2013 color trends bring various shades of bring from pastel or light green, which is so close to the color of nature, to exuberant emerald green, which is the it color for the 2013 warm season (Learn How to Wear Emerald Green). For inspiration, look to Gucci, Akris, Vivienne Tam and Burberry Prorsum. More delicate option of green, grayed jade inspired such names as Alberta Ferretti, Donna Karan and Catherine Malandrino.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #3: Shades of Blue: Next to green, we can also see its sister color, blue, in the new season. Like green, blue also comes in a myriad of variations, from eclectic Monaco blue, purple-blue and dusk blue to dark cyan, turquoise and pastel dusty blue. Herve Leger, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Gucci opted for the Monaco blue, rich in color, while Prada tried to highlight the depth and beauty of purple-blue. On the other hand, Versace and Rachel Zoe opted for dark cyan and sky blue reminiscent of the sea. Peter Som and Elie Saab brought the trend of the dusk blue, Oscar de la Renta – the trend of turquoise, while the pastel obsession of dusty blue still reigns in the new season thanks to Rachel Zoe and Blumarine.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #4: Red: Bright red instantly attracts the attention, no matter what clothing piece it is. Therefore, the new Pantone spring/ summer 2013 color trends also bring the trend of poppy red (Learn How to Wear Red) Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Cedric Charlier and other famous designers dyed their clothing pieces in passionate red, enhancing their designs with texture and interesting cut-outs. Gucci opted for a different variation of red, the sweet berry shade, while Marc Jacobs played with the juicy carmine red.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #5: Shades of Pink: It’s difficult to imagine the spring/ summer 2013 colors without the most girlish tone: pink. Indeed, the designers bring various shades of pink, one of which is saturated pink, as spotted at Gucci, for instance. Another trendy pink shade is the American pink, which resembles a bouquet of fragrant roses. This tone was displayed in the spring shows of Valentino and Elie Saab. Oscar de la Renta brought the fragile color of salmon pink, while one of the biggest Pantone colors, linen pink, was present at Reem Acra, Alexis Mabille and Chloe.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #6: Nectarine: David Meister, Alice + Olivia, BCBG Max Azria and others brought the trend of nectarine, a more subdued tone of orange. This delicate and lovely shade comes to replace last year’s color obsession, tangerine tango.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #7: African Violet: Thanks to Tadashi Shoji, Marchesa, J. Mendel and Vera Wang, this spring we have the charming color of African violet. It looks so ladylike, delicate and romantic and is sure to appeal to millions of fashionisers.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #8: Tender Shoots: Fresh and youthful, the color of tender shoots brings the first signs of spring with it. This lively and exuberant shade was spotted at Rachel Roy, Blugirl, Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #9: Lemon Zest: Another it color for the new season, according to the Pantone spring/ summer 2013 color trends, is lemon zest. It adds a spicy flavor to one’s look with the refreshing greenish tint. Ella Moss and Erdem are some of the designers, who used this color in their collections. As a complement to lemon zest, we have got also the canary yellow, a slightly brighter version of lemon zest. Michael Kors and Gucci have this interpretation of yellow in their collections.

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Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trend #10: Beige: Always actual, versatile and lovely beige is again on trend this spring/ summer 2013 season. This is the best color for creating a romantic and sophisticated look. You can get inspired from Carlos Miele or Chloe.

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Next to those jewel and bright tones, the new spring/ summer 2013 color trends still preserve last year’s favorites: metallic tones, mint green trend and pastel trend. Overall, the Pantone spring/ summer 2013 color trends bring a diverse palette of colors, and at the same time special hues. Every fashioniser is sure to find her new style obsession this spring and embrace the ss 2013 fashion season in high spirits!

Spring/ Summer 2013 Color Trends - Mint GreenSpring/ Summer 2013 Color Trends - Metallic Colors

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