Red Pear?

Fashion week, the sartorial check-in that takes over New York twice a year — or four times if you count Resort and Pre-Fall — serves to introduce the reigning trend forecast for the year ahead, from silhouettes to new faces. Though ostensibly about clothing, it influences every sphere of design. And when it comes to color trends to watch, no one runway show can touch the benchmark reports released each fashion week by the color austhority Pantone.

Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report; a color overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers showing at NY Fashion Week will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. With color on the catwalk a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design.

Pantone’s avant-garde picks for Fall 2018, which an Institute press release categorizes as, “Autumnal hues that evoke the feeling of leaves on the forest floor, rich plumage and twilight reveal a modern fall palette of deep and rich tones with outbursts of colorful surprise.”

Yet among the most popular colors this summer and autumn is one called “Red Pear PANTONE 19-1536” according to the Pantone Color Institute, a dark red shining with a little orange hue. The shade is the color of a member of the pear family — D’Anjou, which often has two colors, red and green. In traditional Chinese literature, pear blossoms were often praised for their “pure” whiteness, as they look like snow in full bloom. The fruit, however, was not as beloved as the flower. The color of the peel, often yellow or yellowish green, didn’t serve as great inspiration however, the shade has dazzled the runway during four major fashion shows for this autumn and winter.

“The Fall/Winter 2018 palette continues to show designers expressing the need for individuality, ingenuity and creativity though fashion,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As designers and consumers alike continue to transition away from cyclical trends, and instead focus on self-expressive colors that evade antiquated seasonal structure, we are seeing very notable non-traditional choices, such as PANTONE 12-0740 Limelight and PANTONE 15-3510 Crocus Petal showing up in the fall/winter palette. These unexpected shades reinvent the seasonal color story and allows for the artistry and originality that moves fashion forward.

While mixing and combining unexpected colors can result in a signature style or look, we are also seeing colors for Fall/Winter 2018 similarly impactful standing alone. More than in previous seasons, many of these hues are strong enough in their own right and are being used to make very specific color statements on their own. If you are tired of earth colors every fall, or dark hues every winter, give the “red pear” a try.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design