Summer 2016 Color Trends

Remember those old photos you keep buried away in shoe boxes? Those awkward proofs of past wardrobe malfunctions, weird looking knitted sweaters and odd color combinations – you know what I’m talking about. All of a sudden we find those pictures the epitome of cool again. I even set a picture of myself wearing my multi-color 80s sweater as my profile image on WhatsApp.

Pantone, a.k.a the color oracle company of the fashion industry, introduced 10 new colors for the Spring/Summer 2016 season – big fashion houses knew about this long before us, of course; they pay for big news like this. Two of these summer colors became this year’s color of the year: “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity”, a pale pink and a sky blue. It is the first time two colors are introduced as Colors of the Year, in an attempt to transcend gender norms and break away from “typically feminine/typically masculine” color preconceptions. Today men wear pink too. Icon (Welt) conducted an interview with Laurie Pressman, Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute.

This season, fashion appears more reconciled with the colors of our childhood – unpopular until recently – and for that we also have Gucci’s nostalgic fever and the brand’s Artistic Director Alessandro Michele to thank.

These are fashion’s colors for Summer 2016

Trendfarben Sommer 2016 Modepilot

Color trends for Spring/Summer 2016 (Pantone, left to right): Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Lilac Grey, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, Green Flash.

Rose Quartz pink became instantly iconic in 80s classic movie Dirty Dancing (1987) and the dress Baby wore in the famous dance lift finale. Fashion experts now say the pale shade is experiencing a huge revival, also working in synergy with colors like “Serenity” (sky blue), “Lilac Grey” (grey with purple undertones) and “Peach Echo” (coral). Just heavenly!

Diane von Furstenberg Sommerfarben 2016 Modepilot

2016?! Indeed, this is a recent picture. Top model Karlie Kloss wearing the summer 2016 “wrap dress” by Diane von Furstenberg

This season’s colors are care-free and sunny. Buttercup yellow is definitely one of the color trends that caught our attention on the runway. Isa has joined in the trend since Christmas, by self-selecting her “Buttercup” gift: a Chanel handbag in that yellow shade, worn incessantly cross-body with pretty much her entire wardrobe. In the summer it will look divine on top of a turquoise dress.

Haider Ackermann Sommer 2016 Gelb Modepilot

Haider Ackermann shows us how it’s done!

Yellow tops are just predestined for those white jeans we all love to wear in the summer. But apart from the classics, this year yellow finds its unexpected match in a light shade of brown called “Iced Coffee”. Designer Jonathan Saunders combined these colors in their more glacé variations in his last show in London.

Jonathan Saunders Gelb Sommer 2016 Modepilot

Jonathan Saunders for Sommer 2016

Splash of yellow

Gelbes Spitzentop von Chloé für Sommer 2016
Sommerlook 2016 von Prabal Gurung
Sommertop von Opening Ceremony für Sommer 2016
Gucci-Look für Sommer 2016
Für diesen Look hätten wir uns neulich noch geschämt: Giambattista Valli für Sommer 2016
Bei Isabel Marant sieht selbst das Gelb wieder lässig aus
Lässig, aber auch schick: bei Michael Kors für den kommenden Sommer
Butterblumen-Gelb allover bei Sportmax für Sommer 2016

Gelbes Spitzentop von Chloé für Sommer 2016

Sommerlook 2016 von Prabal Gurung

Sommertop von Opening Ceremony für Sommer 2016

Gucci-Look für Sommer 2016

Für diesen Look hätten wir uns neulich noch geschämt: Giambattista Valli für Sommer 2016

Bei Isabel Marant sieht selbst das Gelb wieder lässig aus

Lässig, aber auch schick: bei Michael Kors für den kommenden Sommer

Butterblumen-Gelb allover bei Sportmax für Sommer 2016

Another dominating color trend besides white and yellow is the blue/red combination. No hesitations necessary this summer, just embrace the trend and throw together these four vivid shades: sky blue, bright blue, bright red and coral, an orange-toned red.

The most striking blue/red combinations on the runway

Tunikakleid aus Spitze von Tory Burch für Sommer 2016
Kleid von Roland Mouret für Sommer 2016
Shirt-Rock-Kombination von Ralph Lauren für Sommer 2016
Recht eigenwilliger Look von Miuccia Prada für ihr Label Miu Miu
Sommerkleid von Carven für 2016
Pulli-Hosen-Kombi von Carven für Sommer 2016

Tunikakleid aus Spitze von Tory Burch für Sommer 2016

Kleid von Roland Mouret für Sommer 2016

Shirt-Rock-Kombination von Ralph Lauren für Sommer 2016

Recht eigenwilliger Look von Miuccia Prada für ihr Label Miu Miu

Sommerkleid von Carven für 2016

Pulli-Hosen-Kombi von Carven für Sommer 2016

A breath of pink; this is how one could describe the new trend color “Rose Quartz”, a soft and delicate shade that can be found in outfits with gathered ruffles around the neck and décolleté by classic luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci and Dior.

The “Rose Quartz” palette of Chanel, Gucci and Dior

Das schönste Kleid in Rosenquarz kommt, wie zu erwarten, von Chanel
Alessandro Michele kombiniert die Farbe für Gucci zu einem geschlitzten Rock in “Fiesta”-Rot
Wie ein Rosenquarz-Zimmerbrunnen: Bei Dior kommt die Farbe ätherisch daher

Das schönste Kleid in Rosenquarz kommt, wie zu erwarten, von Chanel

Alessandro Michele kombiniert die Farbe für Gucci zu einem geschlitzten Rock in “Fiesta”-Rot

Wie ein Rosenquarz-Zimmerbrunnen: Bei Dior kommt die Farbe ätherisch daher

Fiesta” red and bright green are this season’s outstanding choices for an exceptional evening look. Designers showed overalls and flowing evening gowns echoing the 70s and power-dressing looks reviving the 80s.

Green and red: the unexpected evening choices

Grünes Blazer-Kleid von Fausto Puglisi für Sommer 2016
Der Overall von Elie Saab in “Fiesta”-Rot für Sommer 2016
Das Abendkleid von Giambattista Valli in Grün für Sommer 2016
Abendkleid von Prabal Gurung für Sommer 2016
Sommerkleid 2016 von Boss

Der Overall von Elie Saab in “Fiesta”-Rot für Sommer 2016

Das Abendkleid von Giambattista Valli in Grün für Sommer 2016

Sommerkleid 2016 von Boss

This summer’s yellow trend on online shops

Translation by Maria Giannakopoulou

Photo By: Catwalkpictures

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