Of the 10 pretty colors on Pantone's list, the rosy-meets-magenta Honeysuckle (see left) hue (Pantone #18-2120) grabbed the number one spot, with the vivid sky-blue Regatta (18-4039), warm orange Coral Rose (16-1349), bright mustard-hued Beeswax (14-0941), and sea foamy Peapod (14-6324) rounding out the top five.
The rest of the group includes the dusty turquoise Blue Curacao (15-4825), chocolate brown Russet (18-1235), baby pink Silver Peony (12-1206), pale purple Lavender (15-3817), and light gray Silver Cloud (15-4502).
"The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones," Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement.
"By cleverly combining complementary colors, those that are opposites on the color wheel, they have created a striking intensity in the palette. These unique color combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in colors traditionally associated with fall, with new favorites to punch up springtime wardrobes."
The deep blue Regatta tone is one that will show up in Lela Rose's uber-feminine collection. The inspiration, the designer says in the Pantone report, comes from "the richly woven Peruvian textiles and the Old/New World clash of cultures in Lima, Peru."
An escapist, traveler's spirit is also seen in Christian Siriano's latest collection, which employs the Coral Rose hue and is inspired by "African, Indian, and strong Asian influences mixed with measures of elegant opulence," he says.
"Mine is a sophisticated but vibrant woman. The collection is about feeling glamorous in what you wear, whether in its simplicity or opulence, and mixing that with great style."
The supergirly Lavender color, which we are utterly obsessed with, pops up on pretty and flowy dresses designed by Carlos Campos, who says he took his hue cues from "colors that reflect the old school American men and women -- looks that showcase someone traveling the world in the '50s, someone backpacking through Europe or South America who needs timeless, casual, and fashionable pieces to wear."
Other designers weighing in on their Spring 2011 palettes include Betsey Johnson, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Ronson, Monique Lhuillier, Tommy Hilfiger, and Erin Fetherston.
Check out the full color report and sumptuous swatches at pantone.com/spring2011.
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