The new fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends from the runways are available to dazzle. The richness expected from fall is definitely on deck, but unexpected shades are changing how people consider their looks for fall and winter. From winter blues to rich autumnal shades, from futuristic metallics to shockingly blaring neons that make an effort to transfer a ray of summer to the gloomy days of fall, the new cold seasons have it all!
It was interesting to see how the designers would put the Pantone fall 2018 colors into action, but we were also positively surprised to see other lovely shades that were no less powerful in terms of setting a particular mood. From the Pantone colors to the designer favorites, here we discuss all the fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends from the runways that effortlessly painted the Fashion Week shows in zesty, vigorous, but also romantic shades!
Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 Runway Color Trends: Contents
• #1. Red Pear
• #2. Valiant Poppy
• #3. Pink Peacock
• #4. Bright Fuchsia
• #5. Mellow Rose
• #6. Ultra Violet
• #7. Crocus Petal
• #8. Sargasso Sea
• #9. Nebulas Blue
• #10. Rust
• #11. Meerkat
• #12. Russet Orange
• #13. Ceylon Yellow
• #14. Limelight
• #15 Martini Olive
• #16. Quetzal Green
• #17. Almond Buff
• #18. Quiet Gray
• #19. Tofu
• #20. Elegant Black
• #21. Shimmering Silver
Rich Fall Reds
What other shades do describe fall better than wine colors? Selected by Pantone, Red Pear is the perfect embodiment of the romantic fall days, and one of the best fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends many a designer showed their fascination with.
Roksanda showed a Red Pear outfit mostly concealed by a long satin trench coat in the same color. Givenchy went for stunning lace and fringe in an awe-inspiring dress that perfectly accentuated the deep smolder of the Red Pear color trend for fall 2018. While this dress may not be winter ready, it will certainly turn heads through the fading warmth of fall.
Elie Saab swept the runway clear of all doubts that the fall lineup would be boring outerwear and instead showed a collection of sheer, layered and ruffled dresses including perhaps one of the dreamiest mashups of lace, sheer, ruffles, and leather in this rich wine color.
The Red Pear was everywhere, even in a satiny pajama-style suit beneath an overcoat on the Bottega Veneta runway. Lanvin had a long dress beneath a Pink Peacock colored jacket with a Red Pear scarf to top everything off.
Shades of red will almost always be popular, but the Red Pear was shown on so many different runways in so many silhouettes that it would be impossible not to find an appropriate piece for your upcoming fall and winter looks. Oscar de La Renta showed a stellar Red Pear piece as well.
Valiant Poppy is a vibrant and scintillating shade of red that made its way into several different fall 2018 fashion trends. There will always be a shade of red that is popular, and Valiant Poppy is the perfectly balanced shade, establishing itself as one of the preeminent fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends.
This color upped the ante on the Valentino runway in several pieces, form a strapless flowing mono-colored jumpsuit to a scallop-edge cape (capes are very in for this upcoming season!) over the Valiant Poppy set and a stunning textured trench coat.
Tibi and Jill Sander also made the most of the rich warmth of the Valiant Poppy shade. Jil Sander experimented with volume and texture.
Feminine Pinks and Purples
Unexpectedly, Pink Peacock is a bright color trend for fall 2018 that designers are not shying away from in the least. It may not be a showstopper of a color but it is a vibrant and exciting one to include if bright colors are your thing.
Carolina Herrera put a fun, flirty dress in Pink Peacock on her runway, with sheer sleeves and a detailed mock turtleneck top with a fluttery hem. Jason Wu put out a set in satiny Pink Peacock reflecting the lights with every movement the model made.
Fuchsia, the famous purplish red-tinted pink color is a preeminent fall 2018 color trend. Fuchsia was on several different runways from Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta to Adam Selman and Cushnie et Ochs. The bright and vivid color was featured in several looks at Alexander Wang’s and Ulla Johnson’s runway shows.
The Prabal Gurung options, especially the large scarf and skirt worn by Gigi Hadid, have been making splashes all over the Internet for the strength of this fall 2018 color and the cunningness of the design. Other options on the same runway will invariably be included in the looks that take up residence in several wardrobes for the upcoming seasons.
Mellow Rose is a soft pink that could easily be overlooked, hadn’t it dominated the runway so ostentatiously. Ermanno Scervino showed off every romantic notion one would expect from well-placed ruffles in a dress that only showed Mellow Rose from the ruffled single-shoulder top down to the ruffled seams. It was accented by a simple belt and fluttered down the runway amazingly.
With fall and winter, the need for outerwear is answered, and Mellow Rose was shown in a realistic fashion on the textured, wrapped trench coat that waltzed down the Roland Mouret runway.
Selected as the color of the year in 2018 by Pantone, Ultra Violet is slightly softer than the name implies. On Moschino’s runway, the color was shown in a mod two-piece skirt set and matching shoes that were as cute as you would expect the color violet to be. On the Tibi runway, however, it was movement and flow in a long dress beneath a patterned trench coat.
A more bombastic look was shown on the David Koma runway, where a short dress with long sleeves and a geometric cut out across the shoulder showed off silvery white feathers on a lovely background of an unyieldingly rich color known as Ultra Violet.
A softer, pastel-toned version of the violet, Crocus Petal is one of the most feminine fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends that you can easily take from fall to summer. While it was selected by Pantone as a top fall color trend, surprisingly it didn’t win the designer admiration a lot, but instead iterations of this pastel lilac shade appeared a lot on the runways.
Some of the most gorgeous Crocus Petal looks were featured in the Acne Studios fall collection, where layering and texture were utilized to make this color show its movement on the runway. A brighter version of Crocus Petal was shown on the Ashley Williams runway, on a retro corduroy two-piece suit you can wear throughout fall.
Sargasso Sea is the perfect dark blue for the upcoming season. The color showed up on the Tibi runway along with several other key fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends. The color looked amazing on a V-necked pantsuit paired with Nebulas Blue shoes.
For those who are really into the newest layering looks, consider the combination of Sargasso Sea and layering that showed on the Sacai runway.
Nebulas Blue is the opposite of what one would expect for the fall/ winter 2018 color trends. The colder months of 2018 are shaping up to be very interesting, with designs like Prabal Gurung’s Nebulas Blue oversized sweater dress that featured blue and white feather accents at the bottom. Several pieces on the Prabal Gurung runway showed the brightness and heavier type of effervescence of the shade.
On the Tibi runway, a floating Nebulas Blue gown with white boots and a bright orange fur jacket really caught a few eyes. Toga, however, put out a very retro styled suit showing off how well this fall 2018 color trend would work in multi-piece sets.
Rust is an interesting fall 2018 color that showed strong and even rich at times, and quite often more muted. Rust colored outfits showed up on most of the runways in at least one piece.
Jonathan Simkhai showed a lace and satin maxi and a blouse in the color that caught a lot of attention. Dion Lee went for a texturally interesting silk and softer unusually hemmed maxi paired with a richer leather and shearling coat of the same color. Jason Wu’s pleated rust dress featured a cutout stomach and black straps that would go marvelously with most of the fall 2018 colors on the list, as the rust color was soft and unassuming.
Meerkat, a color that exudes warmth, made several appearances on its own and in fall 2018 patterns, prints and effects. Derek Lam showed an amazing cape that caught the wind going down the runway. It also made an appearance in the nearly beveled shimmer of the Badgley Mishka suit that depending on the light went from Red Pear to Meerkat with every step.
Fall-Ready Brights and Neons
Russet Orange unexpectedly showed up in a lot of different runways as one of the top fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends with a lot of styles to keep things interesting. There were interesting pairings as well, like the cold-shoulder Russet Orange dress paired with sky blue leggings and hair that showed on the Jeremy Scott runway. It was a fun look with an unexpected color for fall.
Oscar de la Renta showed an amazing classically cut Russet Orange dress with a beautiful floral design. Orange is not typically considered to be a chic color or one that people are willing to wear overall, but Oscar de la Renta showed it could be done.
Moschino also showed a few Russet Orange pieces, including a belted, leather, knee-length trench coat. Lanvin showed off leather pants in Russet Orange juxtaposed against an interesting long-sleeved black leather top and matching Russet Orange fingerless gloves.
Ceylon Yellow is that perfectly bright fall 2018 color with a hint of a savory feel that resides perfectly in the area of fashion over safety gear in terms of brightness. When you want to be seen without any pretext, this is the top choice of the 2018 fall color trends. Why? Well with red, it’s got the subtext of bold, sultry sexy, pink is youthful and intense, and so on, but yellow is bright because it is bright. Fun without any other reason!
You can see the effects in the bright yellow suit that lit up the Bottega Veneta runway show. Eckhaus Latta showed a floor-length yellow maxi that was slightly brighter than the Pantone chosen Ceylon Yellow. The maxi featured a wide, deep V neck, cut-out shoulders and a thigh-high split.
The collections of Roskanda, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Marc Jacobs were also highlighted by the vibrant shade for the upcoming seasons.
Limelight as a fall 2018 color trend made appearances on several runways. As a softer yellow with a bit less brown to it, the color was lighter and softer than most expect a yellow to be. It was definitely fall’s answer to bright yellows of spring.
Balmain used it in patterns and pants on several looks. Central Saint Martins went for a fluttering dramatic and layered look, while Fashion East went streamlined and interesting with a few reflective notes.
The perfect warm evening, unassuming event dress was shown in limelight on the Prabal Gurung runway, blazing beautifully against the model’s dark skin and the moody runway. It’s the softest of the blazing neon yellows that still clearly wishes to be seen.
Muted and quite versatile, this olive green shade comes as one of the most wearable fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends, and we are pretty sure many high-end fashion brands will also embrace it for the forthcoming season. You can wear it alone or in combination with most of the colors on this list, and the trendy outcome is guaranteed!
From Simone Rocha to Trussardi and Maison Rabih Kayrouz, many runway shows paid tribute to this rich green fall 2018 color, using it for their trench coats, blazers, dresses or as small accent details that elevated the looks.
A lovely mix of sea blues and greens, Quetzal Green is deep and dark enough to be considered a legit fall 2018 color trend. Alexander McQueen paired Quetzal Green leather with black in a two-toned shift dress with a matching bag and necklace. It was intense and beautiful, showing the jeweled tonality of the color against the dark standard of black.
Concept Korea also sent a model down the runway in an animal print outfit, where the leopard print was Quetzal Green with black spots, capitalizing on a print and a color trend simultaneously. To top it off the Quetzal Green fur coat the model wore on top was a masterpiece. Greta Constantine also had a Quetzal Green sequin covered outfit that dazzled.
Almond Buff is the perfect soft color for fall/ winter 2018. Ulla Johnson showed a floor-length romantic lace, ruffled dress in this coloring. It was perfection in this color, which gave it a soft, dreamy appearance, even for a dress with tiered ruffle sleeves.
Cushnie et Ochs also showed a satiny Almond Buff gown with long sleeves and a larger than normal gathered keyhole. Jason Wu put a textured Almond Buff overcoat on the runway as well, and the color showed well on outerwear: even Marta Jakubowski showed an Almond Buff oversized trench coat.
Quiet Gray seems like a fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trend you would find in dull designs, however, Alexander Wang showed emphasized underwire crop tops, high waisted seam accented legging and fur bags for fall 2018 that matched the off-shoulder, fur-accented collar. The entire look was high-end, futuristic, and done in a shade of Quiet Gray with a higher Tofu colored wide waistband. There was nothing boring about this look. Several of his looks really accentuated the flexibility of this color, making it an exciting color trend for fall 2018.
Tanya Taylor’s long trench coat with an elbow to fingertip fuzzy cuffs was done in Quiet Gray as well, accented with a shade of Russet Orange and belted with a brown leather belt. It’s chic and clever and beautiful, showing two completely different interpretations of a previously undervalued color that is an excellent fall/ winter 2018 color trend.
Want a work option with a bit of risk? Look at the fashion-forward suiting that featured interesting cutouts on a ”night out” styled suit by Dion Lee.
Tofu is the white of the fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends and as such, it was put in as a clean representation of what white could be. The mild off-white option for the upcoming fall and winter season showed in tons of textures on several different runways.
One of the real stunners was the belted coat collar shown on the Emilia Wickstead runway. It was elegant, beautiful and flowing. The proportions, though a bit long in some places like the length of the sleeves, were still somehow perfect.
For a more business and busy attire option, the Fashion East shirtdress seemed to have everything you want to wear at once, but cannot fit into a single look, yet still in a clean, Tofu colored palette. Cushie et Ochs showed a brilliant, asymmetrically collared suit in Tofu that would also be noteworthy business attire, paired with a Red Pear leather bag.
On Loewe, there was a shearling overcoat in Tofu, while Alexander Wang showed an incredible duster jacket with a centerline of black buttons that went down to the pelvis. Carolina Herrera showed off a long, lean mock turtleneck floor-length, long-sleeved gown.
Effortlessly cool and chic was the tone for the Tofu dress on the Jacquemus runway, while the interestingly layered, textured and sheer outfit by Chloe would definitely turn heads. Victoria Beckham, Jil Sander, Tom Ford, Max Mara, and J.W. Anderson also offered dresses in the white color choice for the winter 2018 season.
Black never really goes out of style. A truly staple color that is universally flattering, black made a big, storming comeback in full force, touching nearly every upcoming trend for the season. Materials, finishes, textures, lengths and more have a black standard that is truly stunning and chic.
The high-shine options in black look like the most expensive patent leather and latex. The feathers, lace, fur and more are done in layers of black on black. Many of the runways boosted the brightness of the fall 2018 colors by placing them against the deep richness of the black pieces.
Christopher Kane, Chalayan, David Koma, and Ports 1961 offered some of the best options. The David Koma options looked fresh and clever, while Chalayan experimented with textures and shades of black as well as the volume and silhouette options for an edgy look. Hermes showed black, as did Versace, Miu Miu, Isabel Marant, Givenchy, and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and many more.
Shimmering, reflective and even muted, silver has shown up on several different runways for fall through winter 2018. Silver paillettes adorned a stunning two-piece set that glittered and sparkled down the Paco Rabanne runway showing the exact reason why silver is one of the unexpected fall/ winter 2018-2019 color trends.
Off-White presented a single-shouldered mini dress with a thigh-high slit in tiny, rectangular sequins that direct the flow of light as well. Other runways that included a bold showing of silver were Marques’ Almeida, Halpern, Christopher Kane, Georgio Armani, Sally LaPointe, Tibi, and Christian Dior, who put out an oversized shiny silver coat.
Cushnie Et Ochs showed an interesting liquid silver dress. The floor-length, deep V-necked design by Alberta Ferretti was the dream of silver expressed on the runway. Holographic silver came down the Balmain runway in multiple layers on a single outfit.
Photos via Vogue