This page will review the colour trends for Autumn 2009 to
However, if you want to look further than the headline hues, I will also explain how
designers put together these tones to create this season's
most fashionable clothes and accessories.
its top ten colours for Autumn 2009, they suggested that
designers had favoured hues of a thoughtful palette which was practical,
Pantone's top 10 autumn 2009 colours for women are:
American Beauty - PANTONE 19-1759
Purple Heart - PANTONE 18-3520
Honey Yellow - PANTONE 16-1143
Iron - PANTONE 18-1306
Crème Brûlée - PANTONE 13-1006
Nomad - PANTONE 16-1212
Burnt Sienna - PANTONE 17-1544
Rapture Rose - PANTONE 17-1929
Warm Olive - PANTONE 15-0646
Majolica Blue - PANTONE 19-4125
Pantone provide an industry standard for colours. They are
also a world leader in fashion colour forecasting.
These are the their top ten colours selected from a survey
of the designers of New York Fashion Week. The result is a an
important collection of colour inspiration and colour philosophy.
The moodboard above right highlights the hues of the main Pantone colour
chart for Autumn fashion 2009. I will review more of these colourful garments below, and
also in other fashion-era.com trend pages.
Purple Heart implies a sense of refinement and
sensuality, adding an air of creativity and excitement to the
top ten colours. Purple heart mixes really well with
either warm olive or honey yellow. Think of the crocus and
you'll recall how the colour mix that nature gives us is so perfect.
Near left -
(Pantone PANTONE 18-3520).
The check coat/jeans outfit and colourful bags below right are
from Boden. The purple dress is a good buy from the JL
Collection at John Lewis.
These bag, belt and shoe accessories would set you on the right colour
trends for Autumn Winter 2009.
All the items are easy to purchase online, details below.
Purple hues have been in fashion for a few years, but now every
tone from richest aubergine to softest mauve is making itself
felt in the retail fashion sector.
Top Left - Faith Footwear - Autumn Winter 2009 Purple Flat Shoe.
Centre Left - Oasis Purple Buckle Suede Stretch Belt - £25.
Lower Left - Red Herring Piped Island Platform £35/€54 -
Debenhams Autumn/Winter 2009 Women's Accessories.
Centre - JL Collection - Tailored Purple Dress £75 JL at John
Lewis AW 2009.
Top Right - PURPLE, RED, GREEN Bags from Boden.
Lower Right - George at ASDA - AW09 - George Women Bow Ankle
Shoes, especially evening shoes, are trimmed with roses.
Both day bags and evening bags have flourishing 3D roses. In
fact, roses are sprouting elsewhere, you can see them as corsage roses and hair ornament roses.
and tones within this range remain two of the most important block
bright colours of the Autumn 2009 Winter 2010 season. This
bag illustrates how well the Pantone colours can be combined. Far Right - Bag from House of Fraser - Multi-coloured
'Butterfly' Bag Bracher Emden - £310.
Rapture Rose (far right) adds spark to the fall palette, capturing
the vibrancy of fuchsia and the softness of pink, enlivening the
more traditionally subdued autumn colours.
Below near left - Bodycon dress George at Asda.
Centre left - Martin Grant Fitted Coat at Harvey Nichols -
Upper near right - Red high heeled court with rose corsage
detail £39 Sophie Gray at BHS. In store from end of
August. Also available in black. Womenswear - Sophie Gray @ BHS
Autumn Winter 09.
Lower near right - Deep Pink Flared Skirt Limited Collection
Marks & Spencers AW2009 - £35 T69 5305.
Far Right - Red Dress - Marks and Spencers Autumn 2009 - Limited
hues like Rapture Rose are easily balanced by understated neutral tones.
vibrant warm olive are the
important block-bright colours of the Autumn 2009 season. Just
a touch of warm olive can add impact to a colour scheme and is
especially good at lifting grey, charcoal and black.
Warm Olive is a rich yellow-green much like the olive in a martini,
it adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to autumn.
Warm Olive - PANTONE 15-0646.
Right - Cowl neck contrast 8 button double
breasted coat, note the military influence, £65, €75. Available now from
Wallis Autumn Winter 09.
Square Print Tulip Skirt £10 AW09 - George Women George at ASDA.
Left - This warm olive and purple printed brocade was used by Marni
in several catwalk pieces.
On the catwalk, warm olive was also a natural choice for autumnal knitwear.
But it looked very new when constructed in such rich lustrous fabrics.
Above Left - Giles Catwalk Autumn Winter 2009.
Centre - Pollini Catwalk AW2009. Notice how those shoulders are
Far Right - Marni Catwalk AW2009.
MAJOLICA BLUE - Key Fashion Colour for Autumn 2009
say that Majolica Blue has more
vibrancy than the usual navy, and this deep and mysterious teal
blue brings an exotic flair to the
Majolica Blue - PANTONE 19-4125.
Many of you, like me, will prefer the softer tint of the same
colour as translated by pieces in washed out denim looks.
But this tone does benefit when the texture is more interesting
as in sequins or suede materials.
Far Right - Blue sequin top with bat wings, grey wet look
leggings £95, Miss Selfridge AW 2009.
Blue is set to
be one of the biggest colours for next summer so invest now in
blue tones that suit your complexion. If this shade of blue does not look
good near your skin, then opt for accessories like these buckle
Left - Moda in Pelle Autumn/Winter 2009 Suede biker boot with
Accent (blue) £95 - Due in: September.
Near Right - Blue Velvet Square Dress £49.50 (T56 3114) Marks &
Spencer Autumn Winter 2009. Notice how shoulder interest here
focuses on the aerial 80s theme of batwing and dropped shoulder loose
A monochrome autumn palette of grey, more grey, charcoal
black and white, is a cost effective basic neutral palette, to
which you can add bursts of colour with accessories. But if you
prefer to actually have some tonal colour then these neutrals
below can help make your selections look expensive rather than
Expensive tones of shell pink and beige blush tones are still
as desirable as they were for spring, with many shops stocking
this delicate colouration. These neutrals also mix well
Grey and Navy bags, but in the same tonal families. The bags
with fashionable homage to the season of the stud, are by
Balenciaga and are available online from
(left) is a warm, more subdued golden yellow tone, making it ideal
for autumn and winter. It looks good as a contrast to Purple Heart
as does warm olive.
is the foundation tone for all the camel coats this autumn.
Near Right - Knitwear in honey yellow.
Centre Right - Tuleh Brocade Coat -
Easy cocoon shaped coats in classic neutral colours can be
regarded as investment coats. The camel coat style far right is
from Hobbs Autumn Winter
2009. Hobbs Camel Hair Barton coat - £249. Such
loose styles are great for accommodating layers of knitwear in
Burnt Sienna is a deepened, earthy shade of orange. One
reason that it's so popular this season is because it is
reminiscent of an autumn sunset
Burnt Sienna paired hue with Nomad or Rapture
Rose gives a different twist.
Near Right - Matthew Williamson fashion design. Wonderful use of Burnt Sienna in a luxurious boyfriend
cardigan accessorized with a fur cowl and skinny belts.
Centre Right -
Here fashion designer Matthew Williamson, renowned for great
knitwear pieces has combined honey yellow, burnt
sienna with the Pantone AW 09 neutrals of Iron, Crème Brûlée and
Nomad to create a tasteful modern Joseph's Technicolor Dream
Centre Right - This coat also by Matthew Williams, has been
imported into the high street. Coat far right and from
Wallis Collection Autumn 2009 - Burnt orange graduated coat £85,
€130 - Wallis.
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