This year’s winter has barely ended, and we’re already on to predicting the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends, based on what designers served to us at the New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks! The Pantone Color Institute has released their own apt color findings, although we’ve also identified a few colors by ourselves that we think will be all over the high streets come next autumn. The fall/ winter 2019 color trends are all over the map, with so much variety that we think every type of person will find something to love!
For those who are sad to give up on the soft pinks of spring, don’t worry, the fall 2019 runway colors offer a romantic palette that is just as feminine but a touch punchier. This season we saw a few iterations on the color red, like deep Merlot and Biking Red, softer Crabapple and Cranberry, and ultra brights like Chili Pepper and Summer Fig.
Dove Fruit is a bright pink you might find yourself wanting to try if you feel adventurous, or you can opt for lavender, one of our favorite holdouts from the previous season. Tyrian purple and Grapeade were the other two purples to splash on the scene, one a deep royal color and the other muted and sophisticated.
The truly autumnal shades in the fall 2019 color trends were a mixture of deep, creamy yellows like Butterscotch and Dark Cheddar, along with soft, nutty browns like Sugar Almond and Hazel. Combining these shades together is a sure way to look chic in the coming cold seasons!
If you’d like the mix to be a bit livelier, a touch of the it-orange of the season, Orange Tiger, will surely help. The other two browns that showed up this season were deeper and more neutral – a chocolate brown named Rocky Road and an espresso tone named Chicory Coffee.
Frost Gray and Paloma were the grays in the winter 2020 color trends, often blended with Galaxy Blue, Evening Blue, and Bluestone for a truly frosty feel. Rutabaga, Crème de Pêche and Vanilla Custard were the soft off-whites that’ll keep the snow bunnies feeling airy this season.
Tasty and earthy, greens also deserve a mention, since they showed up liberally in the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends, with Eden and Forest Biome being the perfect dark greens for winter and with Chartreuse, Green Olive, Antique Moss and Guacamole a little lighter yet muted, perfect for autumn.
Last but not least, the ideal evening shade in the fall/ winter 2019 color trends was gold! Luxurious and dramatic, this is the color we predict will show up all over the red carpets come next awards season.
Wine tones are perfect for the cooler season, as they add depth and richness to a look without clashing with the colder weather. For the fall/ winter 2019 color trends we have Merlot, a deep red with just a hint of brown that exudes a lot of class.
Stella McCartney gave us a lot of beautiful, figure-lengthening looks in the fall 2019 runway colors, with the first dress on her runway a draped, V-neck Merlot dress with recycled leather embellishments – worn over black boots, this dress was giving us fighting princess vibes.
At Oscar de la Renta, the shade was used for long statement jackets worn over white outfits, as well as in some truly gorgeous evening gowns.
#2. Biking Red
This deep red-brown tone leans a touch towards cooler than Merlot, acting as a wonderful alternative to it that showed up on the New York runways, specifically. A trouser and jacket leather set at Altuzarra was particularly fetching in this sophisticated color.
The Salvatore Ferragamo also made use of Biking Red leather, along with a few other fabrics – we saw a slinky leather dress as well as a leather trouser and coat combo. A Biking Red turtleneck sweater at Tibi, worn over a Tyrian purple leather skirt, looked like the coziest, comfiest thing we could possibly wear in the next season, while a long tweed coat in Biking Red at Chanel will surely become one of the season’s hottest items.
This soft pink-red is a lively, feminine tone that is imbued with both strength and subtleness. On its own it packs quite a punch, but next to some of the darker and brighter reds in the fall/ winter 2019 color trends it actually seems a little muted.
It was quite surprising to see it used for an over-the-top feather dress at J.W. Anderson, but it proved to be the perfect subtle shade for such an intensely voluminous creation. It was also a lovely choice for a billowy coat by Marc Jacobs, and a nice rest for the eyes from all of the more intense reds we’ve seen.
Cranberry gained a bit of depth when it was used for satin pants and a velvet fitted jacket that were combined on the Tom Ford runway and worn beautifully by Gigi Hadid.
#4. Summer Fig
This bright and warm red tone is a perfect accent to all the yellows and earth tones that make up a large part of the fall 2019 fashion trends. There is a touch of exoticism to this color, which is decided a red but has a bit of an orange tinge to it that is unexpected in an autumn or winter color palette.
At Erdem, this orange-heavy red got to stand out all on its own, with our favorite example being a cozy-looking sweater dress that was made slightly more sophisticated with the addition of black embellishments and accessories. This shade was gorgeous when used for an autumnal trench coat at Eudon Choi.
It was also lovely on draped long dresses at Roland Mouret and mini cocktail dresses at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Opening up the Victoria Beckham show there was a Summer Fig blouse, which was used as a dramatic pop of color against a white skirt and jacket combo. For the rest of the show, the shade kept popping up in accessories and separates.
#5. Chili Pepper
This bright, fiery red exploded on the New York runway, showing the wilder side of the winter 2020 color trends. On its own it is a timelessly striking color, perfect for an evening dress, while as an accent it paired well with the neutrals and warm tones we saw.
This color was a perfect choice for countering the conservative vibes of an all-leather long skirt and jacket look on the Alexander McQueen runway. At Erdem, the fiery tone was a unique counterpoint to big, lacy dresses that would have been overly feminine and demure were they to show up in a softer shade.
This color also made a lot of sense for autumn and winter as part of check and tartan patterns for fall 2019 that absolutely dominated Paris Fashion Week, especially on the runways of Christian Dior, Redemption, and Balenciaga. Dresses, skirts, and jackets in Chili Pepper red were all easy to appreciate on the Victoria Beckham runway.
Sweet but not overly so with just a hint of a tang, Crabapple is a rosy peach tone that is slightly muted. It’s quite feminine and light, so on its own it was definitely an unusual choice for the fall/ winter 2019 color trends.
This shade worked well with the soft silk pajama-like creations that were presented as evening wear on the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk. At Simone Rocha, Crabapple actually looked quite lovely as a geometric print on a voluminous dress. This was also the shade picked to open up the Molly Goddard show, as the first model stepped out on the runway in an oversized and complex rosy Crabapple dress.
#7. Peach Pink
Whereas Living Coral is the it-color for 2019, peach pink represents its muted, fall/ winter variation; whereas the coral is described as “living”, this shade is resting a bit, hiding from the cold. It’s similar to Crabapple, but it is slightly lighter and warmer.
One of the most reserved creations on the Versace runway was a long Peach Pink coat with golden buttons, worn over a colorful outfit of green trousers, a blue turtleneck, and a strappy bra. At Givenchy, a Peach Pink dress astounded us with its unique structure – a straight neckline, large, billowy shoulders, and a midi length made for a very unique silhouette.
#8. Orange Tiger
If you’re feeling fearless and energetic, then you will love all the orange offerings that came as part of the fall 2019 color trends. Tiger Orange is a dangerous and daring shade, much like the animal that is its namesake.
Carolina Herrera is a brand known to utilize warm, loud colors, so oversized orange dresses on the runway stood out not for their color but for their roomie, oversized silhouette. At Christian Cowan, the styling was cartoonish and 1920s-inspired, with a short Orange Tiger dress embellished with a shimmery draped scarf over one shoulder. At Valentino, we saw many of the season’s trending punchy colors used, but loud orange dresses and jackets stood out the most.
The fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends gave us a couple of nutty options, with Hazel being a mellow brown that has a hint of a peach tint. This color was especially lovely in earth-toned color schemes, combined with either darker browns or lighter beiges.
A satin floor-length gown in Hazel at Vivienne Westwood was absolutely show-stopping, especially since it was worn by a gorgeous mature model with a shock of white hair. It was 50 shades of brown at Burberry, with Hazel acting as both the main color and an accent on a variety of dresses, jackets, and suits both for women and men. Hazel was a distinctly professional shade at Tibi, where it was used for a fitted overall skirt as well as a loose pantsuit.
#10. Sugar Almond
This sweet brown leans just a touch towards red, which makes it an instant fit with the red -heavy fall 2019 runway color trends. Pantone describes it as appetizing, and we must agree! It’s as loud and attractive as a shade of brown can be.
It paired well with animal prints at Ulla Johnson, where the combination was applied to a cozy turtleneck dress worn with matching boots and purse. A ‘70s-inspired corduroy coat at Michael Kors really stood out, paired as it was with flared pants, matching shoes for fall 2019, and worn by a model with a voluminous Afro. The color permeated through the rest of collection, often paired with hazel tones.
At Oscar de la Renta, Sugar Almond was used for loose jumpsuits, dresses and separates, often paired with cool Frost Gray jackets in a fun mixture.
This golden shade is as sweet and creamy as a yellow can be, with a rich depth that makes it ideal for the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends. A long jacket in Butterscotch was particularly charming on the Dolce & Gabbana runway, where it was embellished with big black buttons and paired with a matching hat.
At Dries Van Noten, Butterscotch made for one of the punchiest accent colors, especially for flowers that decorated somber colored suits and jackets, although it was given more attention in a couple of loose dresses.
Butterscotch was the color that opened up Versace’s playful collection, with a series of jackets combining the deep, tasty yellow with black, tan, and chocolate brown. The look that is first to jump to mind, however, is the third one on the runway: a turtleneck top with a strappy bra worn over it and paired with a silky skirt; a tight look that didn’t show much skin and was still quite provocative.
Jonathan Simkhai decided to close his show with two stunning Butterscotch dresses: one that was all structured and see-through lace, and a final one made of flowy silk covered in a floral print taken straight out of an old photo of his grandmother.
#12. Dark Cheddar
This delicious color extends the yellow palette of the fall 2019 runway colors, giving warmth. It’s a dark yellow tinged with orange that is quintessentially autumnal – in fact, it’s just a smidge darker than Butterscotch! It blends just as well with blues as it does with reds in a seasonal look.
We loved this color as it showed up on the Acne Studios runway in the form of a monochromatic and slightly oversized leather outfit. Dark Cheddar leather was also on display at Salvatore Ferragamo, in the form of an oddly sexy zip-up jumpsuit.
At Max Mara, we were happy to see a series of Dark Cheddar outfits, one after the other, that seemed to embrace the shade’s “jungle explorer” vibes. It was used for looks that consisted of large structured jacket, vests with many pockets, flowy pants, and turtleneck tops, and paired with croc-skin leather boots and purses in Sugar Almond brown.
The metallic color of choice last season was silver, but for the fall/ winter 2019 color trends it’s all about gold. This rich shade represents luxury and opulence in a way that feels almost shameless.
Golden gowns at Brock Collection were undeniably beautiful but a little too on the nose – we are sure that won’t stop celebrities from choosing to don them at the next red-carpet event. Even at Burberry, a golden cocktail dress was hard to miss.
Shamelessness was key at R13, where layers of gold jackets and coats were combined with animal prints in casual street looks. Other labels that refused to shy away from gold included Michael Kors, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, and, of course, Dolce & Gabbana.
#14. Antique Moss
This striking color is not exactly a yellow, yet not quite a green. Sitting somewhere in between, it is a memorable color that is not always the most flattering. It provides a unique contrast to many of the other color families we saw in the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends.
Roksanda, once again, gave us a collection filled with voluminous silhouettes and flowy fabrics, including a few different dresses both more and less revealing in bright Antique Moss tones. Slightly more wearable but still voluminous was a dress and jacket combination at Rachel Comey, which was astounding in Antique Moss with a pink print decoration along the bottom.
#15. Green Olive
Olive is a slightly austere take on green, since it brings to mind military fatigues. In the fall/ winter 2019 color trends, this shade almost works like a neutral, and is utterly wearable for just about anyone.
That was exactly the effect John Elliott had in mind, as Green Olive kept showing up in militaristic streetwear looks with bomber jackets and loose slacks – as unisex as women’s wear can get. Stella McCartney gave us an environmentally conscious fall 2019 collection, with Green Olive trench coats and tops making us think of eco-warriors.
Miuccia Prada used a lot of Green Olive in both her Prada collection and Miu Miu line, where it was used as part of a camo print, and spoke plenty about her concern about upcoming conflicts – perhaps the military fatigue color choice is related.
As we get deeper and deeper into fall 2019 color trends, we just get hungrier and hungrier. Avocados have become a contentious fruit in recent years, and certainly, this Guacamole green is a contentious color that can really make or break an outfit.
No fashion editor could resist pointing out a fitted Guacamole skirt suit that seemed oddly bright against the many browns that dominated the Burberry collection. Brandon Maxwell’s collection this season was primarily black and white, so two loud silk dresses in Guacamole stood out more than they would have in a more colorful situation.
The bright palette of New York Fashion Week also featured Chartreuse, a blinding neon green that will make anyone stand out against a gray winter backdrop. It was one of the most outrageous winter 2020 color trends, so of course we fell in love with it instantly! Whether we’d actually wear it is a different question.
It was especially favored in autumn and winter coats, as we saw on the runways of Balenciaga and Marine Serre. It was often combined with turtlenecks to create a serious statement, as exemplified by bodysuits at Nina Ricci and loose sweaters at Issey Miyake.
The vivid color also graced the catwalk of famously provocative designer Vivienne Westwood, always exciting Versace, and print-aficionado Christian Wijnants.
#18. Forest Biome
Forest Biome is a dark, cool green – this shade is to green what navy is to blue. It makes us imagine discovering a thick forest, and then choosing to go deep into it where the trees obscure the sun.
Speaking of, forest was the runway theme at Khaite, where this particular color showed up as a long leather trench coat paired with a pair of matching cropped trousers. There was also an outdoorsy theme in the Veronica Beard collection, where Forest Green dresses and skirts were simple yet elegant.
It was all about Forest Biome coats at Cinq á Sept, albeit in lush fur rather than the leather at Khaite. Dark Forest Biome velvet was plentiful on the Alexa Chung runway, as it was used for luxurious suits and jackets.
This shade, described as ‘meditative’ by the Pantone Color Institute, is a deep, neutral green that is just a hint warmer than Forest Biome. It’s as true a dark green as can be, and it felt especially fresh despite its darkness.
It was used a few times in the Sies Marjan collection, where the same green satin fabric was used to make a dress decorated with a lacy light blue trim and a button-up shirt with a high neckline. At Gucci, Eden green was attention-grabbing in the form of a long coat, tightly closed over lacy purple hose in what was a clearly David Bowie-inspired unisex look.
It was all about Eden green at Dior as well, where a fabric with an oversized green check-pattern was used for coats, skirts, and a cinched strapless dress that was worn over a black button-up shirt.
Blues figured heavily in the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends, with Bluestone giving us a lighter option. It’s a quiet color, subdued like the slightly gray-tinged skies on a clear yet crisp winter day.
Naturally, this muted blue color showed up the most on denim, in oversized pants at Balmain. A ‘90s-inspired take on this color came courtesy of Drome, where Bluestone leather made up a loose skirt and jacket combo.
At Marc Jacobs, the color Bluestone showed up multiple times, as the main event in a lush ruffled dress, a bit more muted as a cape worn over a lilac dress, and in the form of separates and accessories paired primarily with blacks and grays.
#21. Galaxy Blue
Galaxy Blue is a royal shade that one can easily get lost in, as it is evocative of the greater galaxy or perhaps the deep ocean. It is the perfect primary color, and for the fall 2019 color trends we loved it the most when it was given the chance to stand out front and center.
A great example of that was a structured evening dress at Christian Siriano that was short at the front but had an astounding long train at the back. The designer also gave us a more playful take on the color with a mini dress accessorized with a long feather boa.
On the other end of the spectrum we had a straight and well-tailored leather suit in Galaxy Blue show up as one of the more serious looks at Sies Marjan. Rodarte also gave us a gorgeous ball gown in Galaxy Blue, along with some shorter but still extravagant numbers in the same color.
#22. Evening Blue
This deep navy showed up as a neutral on many of the runways, becoming one of the most important fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends. This is the kind of blue that could almost be mistaken for black at a distance, and it is almost impossible to make it clash. It’d be easy to incorporate into any outfit, and it’s a perfect color for denim.
This color was used expertly at AWAKE for a simple, ankle-length dress with a figure-hugging fit and vertical stripes. We saw a similarly elegant though slightly more revealing off-the-shoulder dress at Ports 1961.
A final yet astounding take on Evening Blue came from 3.1 Phillip Lim, where navy leather was used to craft a waist-hugging leather jumpsuit. The navy shade also figured heavily at the Giorgio Armani show, particularly as an accent to women and men’s suits.
This muted mauve stands out in the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends as one of the unique purples we’ve seen on the runways. It’s an understated color that is not too dark or light and leans just slightly towards cool. It’s a wonderful accent to all of the blues that made it on the runways this season, but it could also be paired with the yellows and neutrals.
This muted purple was combined with an ostentatious animal print at Kate Spade, showing that monochromatic tones and prints absolutely go together. The same shade was also used for an impossibly soft-looking wrapped satin button-up dress.
Surprisingly, a similar print and monochromatic combination of separates was also glimpsed at Sally LaPointe, although the blend of textures was decidedly different, with a longer leather skirt and knitted sweater giving nice contrasts to each other.
#24. Tyrian Purple
The second purple to show up in the winter 2020 color trends is this imperial red-purple tone. This color is a natural choice for the cooler seasons, as it is deep, dark, and comforting.
On the Cushnie runway, it was used for flowy, ephemeral dresses that were given more weight by the sophisticated color choice, as well as for cozy jackets. It gave a royal touch to button-up dresses at Kate Spade that could have been mistaken for casual otherwise.
Our favorite take on Tyrian purple, however, was a long-sleeved leather dress at Zimmermann that had a structural appeal, a touch of sway, a cinched waist, and was paired with a smart matching beret. The most memorable take on this color might be from Marc Jacobs, who closed his show with a Tyrian purple dress made entirely of feathers.
#25. Soft Lavender
Soft lavender purple was one of the main colors last spring, and it has endured as one of the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends. This is great news for anyone worried about having to dispense of some of last season’s staples. Blended with the grays and blues of this cool season, it becomes distinctly wintery, while when mixed with yellows and browns it becomes more autumnal.
The colors that open and close a runway show are always the ones that stay with us, and this was certainly true at Tom Ford where two delicate lavender dresses where a memorable end for a lovely collection.
This color was all over the Dries Van Noten runway, in the form of loose silk dresses embellished with floral prints, as well as in separates. Florals were also key at Rodarte, but in a way that made us feel like spring never ended – lavender dresses were lacey, silky, and as femme as it gets.
#26. Fruit Dove
This fun, cool pink tone seems like an extension from the warmer seasons into the fall/ winter 2019-2020 color trends. It’s bright and vivacious, adding brightness when used as an accent while representing fashion’s tendency to break rules when worn as the key color in an outfit.
One of the designers to play around with this fun-loving shade was the ever-fearless Molly Goddard, giving us big skirted silhouettes with lots of texture and tulle. Prabal Gurung is all about the neons, so we saw quite a few different takes on bright Fruit Dove pink, including a loud pink jacket with Chili Red panel accents.
While the bulk of the late Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel collection was about houndstooth, grays, browns and whites, a few wintery items made of Fruit Dove pink PVC and tweed truly drew the eye. At Anna Sui, the color was equally neon bright used as a trim to a tweed skirt suit and as the main color in one of the memorable wigs.
This color also showed up a few times on the Sies Marjan runway with slip dresses and flowy trousers, in what was actually a departure for the brand.
#27. Frost Gray
Gray can certainly be austere, but in the fall 2019 color trends it actually had a grounding effect that helped tone down the extravagant fabrics used in a lot of outfits. Tom Ford’s fall/ winter collection was replete with suits and other types of professional wear in luxe fabrics, with a monochrome look featuring Frost Gray for the trousers, jacket, and scarf seeming particularly elegant.
The use of Frost Gray was distinctly professional at Tibi, as well. At Vaquera, we saw a play on the gray, professional wear with an oversized Frost Gray jacket making an amusing statement.
Somewhere in between was a Frost Gray skirt suit at Marni. We can’t imagine any warmer high fashion outfit than a Frost Gray snow pants and coat combo at John Elliott, which was paired with black boots and seemed practical yet fashionable.
Paloma is lighter than Frost Gray, and as a result it is a touch livelier, exuding elegance and charm rather than austerity. It is described by Pantone as “unpretentious”, though we can assure you that designers tried their hardest to make the opposite true.
Proenza Schouler combined this light gray with a tiger print, on a long dress that was hard to categorize. At Marni, a sleek, long dress made of Paloma gray fabric was studded with brooches, in a design that draped in a way that emphasized curves, making up for long sleeves.
The situation was similar on the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway, as the designer had effectively Konmari’d his style to eliminate unnecessary colors and thus used professional neutrals like Paloma all over the place.
#29. Chicory Coffee
Much like coffee, this ultra-brown color is rich and robust, giving a neutral option that will work beautifully with other earth tones in outfits where black won’t do. We were easily won over by the way a Chicory Coffee brown cape was worn over a lacy light blue outfit at Prada.
It was interesting to see this deep brown show up on the meditative Dries Van Noten runway, where it was used for jackets and suits that were decorated with a unique floral print made of photos taken in the designer’s own garden.
The Salvatore Ferragamo show closed with a statement piece in Chicory Coffee brown: a long, puffy coat with a ribbon tie at the waist that was paired with similarly brown pumps.
#30. Rocky Road
Chocolate brown is a winning color for the cooler seasons because of its grounded neutrality mixed with a rich, sweet touch. It showed up a lot in the winter 2020 color trends, both all on its own and in accents.
On the Mark Fast runway, we saw that this brown shade could be playfully luxurious, as it was used for tight-fitting knitwear like a mini dress embellished with a large, off-the-shoulder feather neckline and a strapless bodysuit.
Margaret Howell’s unpretentious collection also gave us some lovely takes on Rocky Road brown, with a corduroy jacket and trouser combo as well as separates working well for the season. This was also the color selected for opening the Emilia Wickstead show, where models strutted the runway wearing head-to-toe brown in several outfits.
#31. Crème de Pêche
The barest hint of peach softens this beige color, giving a creamy feel to any look. This color is just a touch too feminine to be a neutral, but it does mean that it works well with the softer peaches we’ve seen a lot of this season.
At Burberry, this fall 2019 color was used for a professional skirt suit that will surely end up gracing offices all over the worlds. The fall/ winter Huishan Zhang collection was as feminine as they get, with many lovely Crème de Pêche separates coming together for both professional and evening looks. At Eckhaus Latta, we were getting snow bunny vibes, as this peachy cream was used in crafting a large, cushiony winter coat.
You cannot fail with a soft beige that is just a hop and a skip away from being a true white. As part of the fall/ winter 2019 color trends it showed up as a lighter detail on darker neutral outfits, but it stood out when it came in monochromatic looks that seemed almost unseasonably light.
Rutabaga offerings at Emilia Wickstead were inspired by the wedding elements in the Godfather, and it was a clever way of channeling bridal wear but still creating more casual outfits, including a simple white dress with a scoop neck and a suit styled with a white scarf around the head.
Proenza Schouler is a brand known for playing with neutrals, so naturally they used Rutabaga quite a bit in crafting loose, draped suits. Rutabaga suits at Alberta Ferretti also stood out, albeit with a more tailored cut inspired by formal army uniform.
#33. Vanilla Custard
This lovely off-white was the winning light neutral shade at the Milan and New York fashion weeks, giving an airy, light accent to any outfit that was slightly creamier than Rutabaga. At Mark Fast, creamy Vanilla Custard knitwear looked softer than anything in the form of fitted dresses embellished with feathery trims or boas.
Our favorite Vanilla Custard look was one of the opening outfits at Dolce & Gabbana that involved a trench coat draped over the shoulders, a cinched-in jacket, a bowtie, and cropped trousers all in a creamy beige with just a few black accents in the shoes and on the hat.
The pale neutral also showed up a lot at Valentino as trench coats, long skirts, and draped suits, giving a 2019 iteration of the “stick of butter” look that has become so popular this past year. Ulla Johnson crafted a few delicate dresses and slouchy jumpsuits in the creamy off-white, pairing them with spotted brown accessories.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly