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Pantone Color Forecast S/S 09
I'd like to start a discussion about the color forecast of summer 2009
Particularly to have a more accurate explanation to what the color categories from Pantone mean?
Some of the terms used are quite unclear..

For summer 2009, Pantone is forecasting a trend toward color palettes that reflect individuality and make people feel good about who they are.”

PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner showcases seven palettes for use in women’s wear, menswear, active wear, cosmetics, interiors, industrial design and graphics:
  • Female-ism celebrates women as being relevant, positive and beautiful through its use of medium pastels with a tinge of retro glamour.
  • Influenced by modern art and architecture, Classic-ism is almost devoid of color except for one medium blue accent. The palette emphasizes a feeling of restraint and austerity.
  • With its tart, bold and gregarious colors, Independent-ism is geared toward creative artisans who are unafraid of true originality.
  • The range of deep, dark shades of reddish blues and brown in Today-ism provides a proper balance to other more aggressive and colorful ranges.
  • Rejecting rationality and uniformity, Absurd-ism allows colors to be libertarian and focuses on the challenge of combining the disproportionate.
  • A carnal inspiration and desire for experimentation is the backdrop for Fetish-ism. The colors captivate and seduce to elicit an attitude of freedom.
  • Surreal-ism plays with scale, combination and expectation to create unexpected, and even strange, creations.
the whole article


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god, it's like reading through those blah blah sections in magazines. this article basically covers all colors! so their forecast is like a fashion magazine going "all goes!". which, as everyone with an interest in fashion should know, isn't neccesarily true in its' full extend.

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If its helpful, I went to Premiere Vision for spring 09 and one of the stories was particularly bold, bright and overexaggerated... It was a fun look, colours clashed (ie pinks with oranges) and was all about having fun, having a sense of individuality and wearing colours "for the moment".. There were 3 colour stories, and this was by far the strongest as these colours predominated in prints as well.

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