Pantone Colours for Spring/ Summer 2013

Today is a beautiful sunny day where I am in the UK, although with snow forecast again for the end of the week Spring is not quite here yet! Primroses and Snowdrops are valiantly flowering in my garden though, so I have hope that Spring will come soon!

Our snowdrops!

Another thing that gives me hope that Spring will soon be with us are the gorgeous Pantone Spring/ Summer (SS) colours for this year :-)

As usual I have created a Pinterest board

'Pantone Colours for Spring/ Summer 2013'

of inspiration to accompany this post. Have a peek to see the gorgeous colours for SS 2013.

For those who may not have heard of

Pantone

, they are the world authority on the definition of colours as used by many industries - printing and fashion to name just two. They also watch and report on colour trends taking the lead from the fashion industry in their collections shown in New York, London and Paris fashion weeks. Pantone celebrate their 50th year this year with more than 20 years of showcasing the fashion colour trends for the coming seasons through their

Fashion Colour Report

.

With

New York fashion week

recently finished and

London Fashion Week #LFW

complete just yesterday, I thought that I would look at the colour trends for the year ahead. This blog post will focus on Spring/ Summer with a follow up blog for Autumn/ Winter 2013 once I have caught up on all the gorgeousness from LFW!

The SS palette of colours from Pantone both buzzes with the freshness of a Spring morning whilst also including more muted tones to give a full and rounded feel.

Pantone SS 2013 palette of colours

From the luscious green of 'Tender shoots', zingy 'Lemon Zest',  vibrant 'Poppy Red', bold 'Emerald' and tangy 'Tangerine' through to the mellow 'Greyed Jade', 'African Violet' and soothing 'Linen'. As if travelling from Spring through to a Summers evening, the final shades of 'Dusk Blue' and 'Monaco Blue' take us through to the night time sky.

Many British designers contributed to this palette of colours as can be seen through the collections which were shown last September in preparation for the SS 2013 season.

Victoria Beckham's ss 2013 collection

showcased these colours to great effect, from splashes of vibrant Poppy Red in this A-line mini skirt:

Poppy Red a-line mini skirt Victoria Beckham SS 2013

to pale Linen with this gorgeous figure hugging dress:

Victoria Beckham ss 2013, Linen colour

The colours were beautifully incorporated without being overwhelming; Dusk Blue, Lemon Zest, Greyed Jade, Monaco Blue and Nectarine all included either subtly in shoes and trims or boldly in monochrome dresses.

Victoria Beckham SS 2013

Other British Designers using the colour palette to its full included the great British duo

Antoni & Alison

. In just these two dresses below there are

Emerald, Dusk Blue, Lemon Zest, African Violet, Nectarine, Linen... all used to gorgeous effect.

Antoni and Alison gorgeous dresses in so many SS 2013 colours

The collection featured bold flashes and splashes of colour set against linen neutrals as seen in the finale of the

Antoni & Alison SS 2013

show.

Antoni and Alison SS 2013 Finale

Fashion is not all about clothes of course, accessories are also big news with collections incorporating the feel and colour trends of the season too.

British designer

Anya Hindmarch

is a leading light in Handbag design, and her

SS 2013 range

also included many colours echoing this seasons palette.

From striking yellow shades paying tribute to Lemon Zest:

Anya Hindmarch Duchess Damask clutch bag SS 2013

to gorgeous appley shades of Greyed Jade:

Anya Hindmarch Apple bag SS 2013

with many more of the seasons colours including this fabulous tote bag with a nod to Dusk blue:

Anya Hindmarch Paxton Tote SS 2013

For each of these gorgeous Pantone colours there are Swarovski colours that will match or tone just as the colours chosen by Anya Hindmarch above tone in so well.

For Emerald try:

For Dusk Blue try:

For Greyed Jade try:

For African Violet try:

For Linen try:

For Lemon Zest try:

For Tender Shoots try:

For Monaco Blue try:

For Nectarine try:

And for Poppy Red try:

The 

Designed to Sparkle Jewellery

 designs and colour palette allow you to create a look which will match or tone with these Spring/ Summer 2013 colours using the crystal choices suggested above.

Let us create your perfect piece in the perfect colour; jewellery that is

designed to make you sparkle

!

Oh, and make sure that you enjoy Spring and its many colours when it arrives ;-)

Fiona

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