Cementing what we’ve been saying about warm, bright colours sitting against shades that you might expect of a year’s cooler months, Pantone have released their report on the colour trends for next year’s spring / summer. The report names 10 top colours that will influence women’s spring 2012 fashion, touching on precisely the types of optimistic citrus and soft floral hues we’ve been seeing all over the runways.

Read more after the break.

pantone spring 2012 colour trends

From left to right:
Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463), Solar Power (Pantone 13-0759), Bellflower (Pantone 18-3628), Cabaret (Pantone 18-2140)
Sodalite Blue (Pantone 19-3953), Margarita (Pantone 14-0116), Sweet Lilac (Pantone 14-2808), Cockatoo (Pantone 14-5420)
Driftwood (Pantone 18-1210), Starfish (Pantone 16-1120)

Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.

Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette. Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.

Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.

Natural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season’s top 10.

If you’d like to find out more about 2012′s fashion trends, follow the link.

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