Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report; a colour overview highlighting the top fashion colours for the upcoming season. The catwalk is a key indicator of the colours we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design.

This Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report features a bold palette of autumnal hues complemented by some more unexpected shades. Continuing to feed the desire for colour that transcends the seasons, the report for A/W 2018-2019 highlights the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion, as well as five new classics. More so than in previous seasons, many of these hues are strong enough to make very specific colour statements on their own.


Autumnal hues that evoke the feeling of leaves on the forest floor, rich plumage and twilight reveal a modern fall palette of deep and rich tones with outbursts of colourful surprise.

Leading this fall’s Top 10 list are Red Pear, Valiant Poppy and Nebulas Blue, followed by Ceylon Yellow, Martini Olive, Russet Orange and colour of the year Ultra Violet. Ranking eighth through tenth are Crocus Petal, Limelight and Quetzal Green. Except for the autumnal-inspired Red Pear and Russet Orange, most of these shades don’t immediately breathe autumn or winter.

Download the Fall/Winter 2018 New York Top 10 Colour Palette (Adobe .ase) >


While there is no ‘typical’ anymore, there remains a need for structure and foundation in everyday fashion. The five core colours are easily worn across the seasons. As ‘trends’ stay relevant longer, and consumers look to add variety through new textures, fabrics and beautiful combinations, these five core shades serve as the critical building blocks for your wardrobe.

Download the Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colour Palette (Adobe .ase) >

Pantone Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman says people are more willing to turn over a new leaf when it comes to colour. While colourists, designers and editors are aware of how subtle nuances in colour can be found by using different fabrics and textures, that is now also fascinating the average consumer. New fabrics like Piñatex, which is made of pineapple leaves, Fruitleather and suede-like looks made from mycelium, as well as textile dyed with bacteria, are boosting that interest.

Other factors like sustainability, conscientious consumption, the wellness movement, the continued food industry boom and athleisure’s dominance are also in play. “There is no question that this whole overarching feeling is definitely having an effect on fashion as well,” Eiseman said. “We’re being more experimental because so much of it is new. There is this fascination that people will try the newness because it’s good for you. It’s good for the planet. It’s good for us.”

To support the Fashion Color Trend Report Fall/Winter 2018, Pantone has partnered with Adobe Stock to curate a collection of images that reflect the palette of 10 top fashion colours as well as the 5 core shades. Click here to view the Adobe Stock x Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report gallery.

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