Pantone’s Color Palette for Autumn/Winter Reflects Our Natural Environment

March 18, 2021

The Pantone Color Institute recently revealed its top 10 colors for Autumn/Winter 2021/2022. Described as "heartening hues reflective of our natural environment," the Pantone standouts were widely seen in February's multi-media, digital-only installment of London Fashion Week.

Green Bee / Tomato Cream / Ibiza Blue / Illuminating / Winery

According to Pantone, the autumn/winter picks effectively mix playful with practical, while reflecting the reinvigorated desire to create — whether injecting a contemporary view into heritage or imposing an urban style on nature and the great outdoors.

Pantone’s 2021/2022 Autumn/Winter selections lead off with Green Bee, a grassy green that perpetuates nature; Tomato Cream, a buttery brown that warms the heart; Ibiza Blue, a stirring island blue hue that rouses our interest; Illuminating, a friendly, joyful and optimistic yellow that offers the promise of a sunny day; and Winery, a robust color that implies poise and finesse.

First Blush / Downtown Brown / Daylily / Clear Sky / Red Alert

The next grouping includes First Blush, a delicate and tender pink; Downtown Brown, a metropolitan brown with a bit of swagger; Daylily, an uplifting, orange-infused yellow with perennial appeal; Clear Sky, a color redolent of the cool blue of a cloudless day; and Red Alert, an impactful red with a suggestive presence.

Gem lovers looking to accessorize a Pantone-color-inspired ensemble should be pleased to learn that there are colored stones to coordinate with each of the top picks. A Green Bee outfit, for example, would look great with emerald or green tourmaline accessories. Winery apparel would match up perfectly with garnet or spinel jewelry.

Perfectly Pale / Ultimate Gray / Olive Branch / After Midnight

In additional to the 10 dominant colors, Pantone revealed four classic core hues whose versatility transcends the seasons. They are Perfectly Pale, a color reminiscent of a sandy beach; Ultimate Gray, a quietly assuring and reliable gray encouraging composure; Olive Branch, a tasteful green that is symbolic of growth; and After Midnight, an invulnerable black-infused blue.

Back in December, we revealed Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2021. At the time, Pantone described Ultimate Gray and Illuminating as two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another. Pantone added that twin winners told a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise that everything is going to get brighter. Interestingly, Illuminating and Ultimate Gray are included on the Autumn/Winter 2021/2022 palette.

Previous Pantone Colors of the Year have included Classic Blue (2020), Living Coral (2019), Ultra Violet (2018), Greenery (2017), Rose Quartz/Serenity Blue (co-winners for 2016), Marsala (2015), Radiant Orchid (2014), Emerald (2013) and Tangerine Tango (2012).

Pantone, the global color authority, publishes its Fashion Color Trend Report to give consumers and retailers a sneak peek at the color stories that will emerge in all areas of design and fashion.

Credits: Images courtesy of Pantone.