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Spring 2013 Color Trends from the Pantone Institute

by Staff Writer | February 14, 2013
<p>These are several of the colors identified by The Pantone Institute as making up the color palette for spring 2013. From left to right: Emerald (the color of the year), Lemon Zest, and African Violet. Click through the slideshow to view more details about all 10 fall colors.<br /><br /><em>Illustrations by (left to right): Barbara Tfank, Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott, and Tadashi Shoji. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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These are several of the colors identified by The Pantone Institute as making up the color palette for spring 2013. From left to right: Emerald (the color of the year), Lemon Zest, and African Violet. Click through the slideshow to view more details about all 10 fall colors.

Illustrations by (left to right): Barbara Tfank, Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott, and Tadashi Shoji. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p>The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Vibrant yellow-green <strong>Tender Shoots</strong> is invigorating, active, and cheerful. <em>Illustration by Rachel Roy. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Vibrant yellow-green Tender Shoots is invigorating, active, and cheerful. Illustration by Rachel Roy. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Grayed Jade</strong>, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. <em>Illustration by Cynthia Steffe by Suwha Hong. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Grayed Jade, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. Illustration by Cynthia Steffe by Suwha Hong. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Emerald</strong>, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being. <em>Illustration by Barbara Tfank. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Emerald, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being. Illustration by Barbara Tfank. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p>Exotic <strong>African Violet</strong> is a statement color that brings a touch of intrigue to the palette, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Illustration by Tadashi Shoji. <em>Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Exotic African Violet is a statement color that brings a touch of intrigue to the palette, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Illustration by Tadashi Shoji. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Poppy Red</strong> is a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. <em>Illustration by Carmen Marc Valvo. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Poppy Red is a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. Illustration by Carmen Marc Valvo. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Nectarine</strong>, a bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, provides a tangy burst of flavor.<em> Illustration by David Meister. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Nectarine, a bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, provides a tangy burst of flavor. Illustration by David Meister. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p>Cheerful <strong>Lemon Zest</strong> brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing, spritely greenish cast. <em>Illustration by&nbsp; Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Cheerful Lemon Zest brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing, spritely greenish cast. Illustration by  Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Dusk Blue </strong>offers a calming sense of serenity and is a new neutral. <em>Illustration by Cushnie et Ochs. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Dusk Blue offers a calming sense of serenity and is a new neutral. Illustration by Cushnie et Ochs. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Monaco Blue</strong> is a classic shade that offers both stability and depth to the entire palette. <em>Illustration by Herve Leger by Max and Lubov Azria. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Monaco Blue is a classic shade that offers both stability and depth to the entire palette. Illustration by Herve Leger by Max and Lubov Azria. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Linen</strong> is light and airy, providing a nude-like basic that is a must have for spring. <em>Illustration by Pamella Roland by Pamella DeVos. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Linen is light and airy, providing a nude-like basic that is a must have for spring. Illustration by Pamella Roland by Pamella DeVos. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p>These are several of the colors identified by The Pantone Institute as making up the color palette for spring 2013. From left to right: Emerald (the color of the year), Lemon Zest, and African Violet. Click through the slideshow to view more details about all 10 fall colors.<br /><br /><em>Illustrations by (left to right): Barbara Tfank, Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott, and Tadashi Shoji. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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These are several of the colors identified by The Pantone Institute as making up the color palette for spring 2013. From left to right: Emerald (the color of the year), Lemon Zest, and African Violet. Click through the slideshow to view more details about all 10 fall colors.

Illustrations by (left to right): Barbara Tfank, Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott, and Tadashi Shoji. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p>The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Vibrant yellow-green <strong>Tender Shoots</strong> is invigorating, active, and cheerful. <em>Illustration by Rachel Roy. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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The prevalence of green this spring is undeniable. Vibrant yellow-green Tender Shoots is invigorating, active, and cheerful. Illustration by Rachel Roy. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Grayed Jade</strong>, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. <em>Illustration by Cynthia Steffe by Suwha Hong. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Grayed Jade, a subtle, hushed green with a gray undertone, brings about a mood of quiet reflection and repose. Illustration by Cynthia Steffe by Suwha Hong. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Emerald</strong>, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being. <em>Illustration by Barbara Tfank. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Emerald, a lively, radiant green, inspires insight and clarity while enhancing our sense of well-being. Illustration by Barbara Tfank. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p>Exotic <strong>African Violet</strong> is a statement color that brings a touch of intrigue to the palette, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Illustration by Tadashi Shoji. <em>Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Exotic African Violet is a statement color that brings a touch of intrigue to the palette, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Illustration by Tadashi Shoji. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Poppy Red</strong> is a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. <em>Illustration by Carmen Marc Valvo. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Poppy Red is a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. Illustration by Carmen Marc Valvo. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Nectarine</strong>, a bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, provides a tangy burst of flavor.<em> Illustration by David Meister. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Nectarine, a bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, provides a tangy burst of flavor. Illustration by David Meister. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p>Cheerful <strong>Lemon Zest</strong> brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing, spritely greenish cast. <em>Illustration by&nbsp; Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Cheerful Lemon Zest brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing, spritely greenish cast. Illustration by  Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Dusk Blue </strong>offers a calming sense of serenity and is a new neutral. <em>Illustration by Cushnie et Ochs. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Dusk Blue offers a calming sense of serenity and is a new neutral. Illustration by Cushnie et Ochs. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Monaco Blue</strong> is a classic shade that offers both stability and depth to the entire palette. <em>Illustration by Herve Leger by Max and Lubov Azria. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Monaco Blue is a classic shade that offers both stability and depth to the entire palette. Illustration by Herve Leger by Max and Lubov Azria. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

<p><strong>Linen</strong> is light and airy, providing a nude-like basic that is a must have for spring. <em>Illustration by Pamella Roland by Pamella DeVos. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.</em></p>
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Linen is light and airy, providing a nude-like basic that is a must have for spring. Illustration by Pamella Roland by Pamella DeVos. Originally appeared in The Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013.

This season addresses consumers’ desires for self-expression, balance, and the need to re-energize. The color direction builds upon these needs with a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance, according to the Pantone Color Institute. This allows for unique combinations that offer practicality and versatility, but at the same time, demand attention and earn an appreciative glance.

“The expression ‘balancing act’ is something we all relate to as we strive to find harmony in the frantic pace of our everyday lives,” says Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director. “This season’s color palette emphasizes this need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression, and excitement.”

Colors and images in the slideshow are from Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013 (excerpts reprinted with permission). View the full report at www.pantone.com/spring2013.

Pantone Colors displayed here may not match Pantone identified solid color standards. Consult current Pantone for fashion and home color system publications for accurate color. Pantone and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC.

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