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Trend Watch: Fall 2012 Color Trends

With an unexpected mix of darks, brights, and neutrals, designers manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life, according to the Pantone Color Institute.

 Illustration by Nanette Lepore. Originally appeared in the Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2012.
<p>&nbsp;Illustration by Nanette Lepore. Originally appeared in the Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2012.</p>

 

From love potions and the magical hour of sunset to witches and warlocks, fantasy and illusion are inspiring designers this fall season. With an unexpected mix of darks, brights, and neutrals, they cleverly manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life, according to the Pantone Color Institute. “By playing to consumers’ practical side with versatile neutrals and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skillfully balanced palette has something for everyone,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director.

The Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2012 predicts that bright chartreuse, pink flambé (both shown in illustration), tangerine tango (also named by Pantone as the “color of 2012”), ultramarine green, and six other hues will make up the palette of the season. View the full report at www.pantone.com/fall2012.

Nails by (left to right): Amanda Lenher, Posare Salon, Las Vegas;  Lina Dinh, Ly-nah’s Nail Designz, Beloit, Wis.; Marialena Hall, A Better Cut Hair & Nail Salon, West Palm Beach, Fla.

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View a slideshow of all 10 fall shades at www.nailsmag.com/fall2012colortrends.

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