The top tone for Fall 2011, according to the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2011 is Deep Teal (No. 19-4914), a strong blue-toned green, meant to evoke ocean depths and the sky at dusk.
"Designers take a painterly approach to Fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette."
On the runway, look out for deep teal in Shaun Kearney's collection for Cynthia Steffe, inspired by upstate New York and the region's exotic forms of nature. The new season's looks also mix solids with animal skins and play with distorting classic animal prints.
The other top nine shades you'll be seeing lots of on this season's New York Fashion Week runways? Reliable medium-gray Quarry (15-4305), warm and fiery Emberglow (17-1547), rich and decadent Coffee Liqueur (18-0930), reddish-pink Honeysuckle (18-2120), caramel-tan Nougat (16-1320), deep-purple shade Phlox (19-2820), neutral-green Cedar (16-0526) and Orchid Hush (13-3805), a gray hue with orchid undertones.
Finally, rounding out the Top 10 is Bamboo (14-0740), a surprising color for the fall palette. Spot the standout yellow with a subtle green undertone in Chris Benz's Fall 2011 collection.
Color us excited!
In the meantime, check out these painterly shades on the catwalk with our complete coverage of the Fall 2011 shows.