Just last week, the Pantone Color Institute released the fall 2022 Pantone color trend reports for London and New York Fashion Week. These color reports break down the most popular color trends seen throughout the fall/winter 2022-2023 fashion weeks.
After listing out the ten standout colors and the five classics, Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Institute, explained that the “colors for autumn/winter 2022/2023 contrast our competing desires for calm and comfort with energy-boosting vitality through a range of restful and restorative colors, in tandem with exuberant tones.”
Not shockingly, the trending colors fell into a darker category. Think of jewel-toned greens, reds, and blues. Amazon, a brilliant emerald green, for instance, waltzed into multiple collections and created an aura of mystery. The three bright pinks of Strawberry Cream, Nosegay, Rose Violet, and a few vibrant oranges were the only spring-ready hues that provided pops of color. But mixed in with the rich hues for fall/winter 2022-2023, they provided the beautiful balance that Eiseman promised.
In New York, the main brands that sought to incorporate the maximum amount of color were Zimmermann, Carolina Herrera, and Anna Sui, all of whom enjoyed the bright pops of pinks and oranges in their collections. For London, the colors were more relaxed and neutral, creating outfits that faded into the background and allowed the wearer to be the center of attention.
#1. Pantone 18-1555 Molten Lava
Molten Lava is an intense red that provided a bright and fiery detail at both Vivienne Westwood and David Koma. While wearing Westwood’s red funeral-style veil to an actual funeral would certainly raise some eyebrows, the sultry hat is perfect for a night out. It looks like the town is most definitely getting painted red.
#2. Pantone 18-1552 Lava Falls
This passionate red-orange hue was destined for statement dresses. While there is no way to ignore the sultry appearance of the color in Derek Lam’s leather shorts, the truly jaw-dropping appearances of the color came from both Christian Cowan and Carolina Herrera with floor-length formal dresses. At Christian Cowan, the dress was skin-tight with a flowing cape, but Carolina Herrera embraced the soft and feminine appearance in contrast with the vibrant color to create the ultimate femme fatale dress.
#3. Pantone 16-1460 Dragon Fire
Despite orange being a color that is often disliked, designers embraced it this season with both Dragon Fire and Orange Tiger. The brilliantly energetic Dragon Fire tint was incorporated into a pant set at Maisie Wilen, but the leather coat at Proenza Schouler is what left us with our jaws on the floor.
#4. Pantone 16-1358 Orange Tiger
“Gregarious Orange Tiger” is a color that transplanted itself perfectly into the Victor Glemaud collection. At times a bit more bright and other times far more straid, this highly saturated orange is perfect for anyone who just adores bright colors. And pairing it with another popular Pantone color of Arctic Wolf? Stunning!
#5. Pantone 16-1347 Peach Caramel
Seared peaches in caramel are the perfect early fall treat. And what better way to take the dessert into the winter than a warm color that mirrors the dessert? From Vivienne Westwood to Edward Crutchley and a Burberry coat, this warm hue is a perfect winter color for 2022.
#6. Pantone 14-0952 Spicy Mustard
Deemed an exotic color, spicy mustard is a yellow that can’t help but draw attention to itself. Only a tad bit calmer than the next yellow on this list of Samoan Sun, this yellow had much fanfare in its use for long dresses. At Victoria Beckham, it took form in a bias-cut satin dress, and in Emilia Wickstead’s collection, it was used in a flowing midi dress. Perhaps most creatively, Connor Ives used the color in a plaid winter coat that was worn as a (you guessed it) dress.
#7. Pantone 14-0851 Samoan Sun
From Jason Wu to Proenza Schouler, the ‘enlightening’ and ‘illuminating’ color of Samoan Sun worked its way into many collections. Often paired with either yellows or greens, this is the ultimate statement color to embrace in the coming season for a wowing effect.
#8. Pantone 18-6026 Abundant Green
This green hue was abundant on the runways – no, I really couldn’t help it – and given the rejuvenating air of the Pantone color, the popularity wasn’t much of a shock. Used in Temperley London’s collection for playful edging, the hue also took on new excitement at Vivienne Westwood by providing an ultimate pop of color to the more neutral collection.
#9. Pantone 18-6024 Amazon
Described on the Pantone website as “a lush and fertile broadleaf green,” Amazon is a rich and tactile hue that designers clung to as a base for many prints. At Tanya Taylor, it provided the green for the leaves, and both Zimmermann and Jason Wu used it for a statement color in multiple outfits.
#10. Pantone 17-0529 Cardamom Seed
“A citrusy herbal pod green,” Cardamon Seed provided an excellent green surprise in multiple LFW collections. Often paired with other floral colors that might have been seen in spring collections, this delicate green provided a balancing act and reminded the viewers that this was a fall collection. Yuhan Wang did this trick wonderfully with their Cardamon Seed green leather suit that was graced with yellow floral details.
#11. Pantone 18-0625 Martini Olive
Up go the mask mandates, and down go the martinis, at least that’s how the saying (I created) goes. But I think it’s safe to say that designers will agree with me, at least as far as the olive in the martini! Both Derek Lam and Tanya Taylor used the color carefully, but Kim Shui went all out with a crocodile suit and a fur collar.
#12 Pantone 17-0210 Loden Frost
“An earth infused green tone that calms and restores,” Loden Frost was a Pantone core classic color from New York that designers carefully played up in their collections. From Puppets & Puppets to Tanya Taylor and House of Aama, the green-gray tone appeared in everything from cutout dresses to cheetah print coats.
#13. Pantone 19-4021 Blueberry
There is no fruit more confusing in color than the blueberry, and that’s before we even enter into the topic of how, when peeled, it ends up being green. No, blueberries have some sort of magic in them that allows the color to fall in and out of purples and blues. For this reason, the complicated color seemingly piqued designers’ interests as it entered Pantone’s list of trending fall 2022 colors. From smaller elements at both Temperley London and David Koma to brocade details at Erdem, I have a feeling that this sophisticated color will be everywhere come fall.
#14. Pantone 19-4105 Polar Night
In my opinion, there are very few holiday movies that are cozier than the ‘Polar Express,’ and while the Polar Night color is not expressly named after the film, I can’t help but see a connection between the night sky that plays background to the movie and this Pantone hue. Considering that the color is characterized as a color that “explores the mysteries of new horizons,” it can’t come as much of a shock that it formed a backdrop for Zimmermann’s fall collection that centered around the cosmos. Puppets & Puppets also used the hue, though in the laid-back form of tracksuits.
#15. Pantone 19-4127 Midnight
Sometimes it seems that just when the rest of the world is asleep, the most interesting things are beginning to happen. Midnight, a member of the fall 2022 Pantone color trends, is described as “a hypnotic deep blue evocative of the evening sky.” This playful description clearly suits the color, as the rich blue would fit just as quickly in both Batsheva’s and Christian Siriano’s collections as the midnight sky.
#16. Pantone 17-4032 Lichen Blue
From something a minute as a thread color at Bav Tailor to as exciting as a work suit at Victoria Beckham, Lichen Blue is a color that has been making the rounds. Inspired by the outdoors, the soft and calming blue will be the perfect tone to add to any outfit this coming winter if you’re a bit stressed.
#17. Pantone 14-4618 Waterspout
This fall/winter 2022 color is a delicate and clean blue. Reminding me a bit of a Euphoria eye color, the bright tint was featured at Batsheva in the form of a glitter dress, Staud in a fur coat every fashion girl is about to be envious of, and Tia Adeola in a flirty two-piece set.
#18. Pantone 19-3526 Meadow Violet
From darker versions at Raf Simons to paler tones at Edward Crutchley, Meadow Violet became a monochromatic color icon in its own right. Described as ‘enchanting’ and ‘intriguing,’ this is a trending winter color that you can’t leave behind. Because, who doesn’t want the added luxury of this purple in their wardrobe?
#19. Pantone 17-2624 Rose Violet
This color was described on the Pantone website with the words ‘vivid’ and ‘vibrant’ serving as the primary adjectives, and frankly, I can’t find better words to describe the enigmatic fuchsia pink myself. Decadent clothing was spurred on by the hue, with Christian Cowan using the color in a sparkling dress with a matching feather shawl. Naturally, both Jason Wu and LaPointe continued to embrace the color by creating other flirtatious options in the hue.
#20. Pantone 14-2806 Nosegay
“Nosegay (is) a fragrant floral pink that envelopes the senses.” And while the pink might seem to be better suited for the spring, this airy hue is something that I really can’t get enough of. From dyed denim at LaPointe to cut-out dresses at PatBo and a stunning floor-length dress at Carolina Herrera, it’s safe to say that this pink isn’t going to be leaving us soon.
#21. Pantone 13-2005 Strawberry Cream
Despite Harris Reed’s collection being centered around a modern-day take on royalty, it wasn’t a deep purple that captured the designer’s heart but rather Strawberry Cream. A light pink, the color was splayed across satins throughout the collection and also entered the stage in both Temperley London’s and Richard Quinn’s collections.
#22. Pantone 19-1419 Chicory Coffee
Chicory root coffee, a natural and herbal alternative option to a steaming cup of joe, may not be something that all coffee lovers can accept. But even if it’s dissolved, the one thing that makes up for the lack of caffeine is the aromatic hue of the drink. This is clearly what led designers and eventually the Pantone Institute to find favor in the earthy brown this fall 2022. While many brands eagerly embraced the color, Vivienne Westwood did the most with a large portion of the collection in this enticing tone.
#23. Pantone 18-1148 Caramel Café
Just a touch sweeter than regular coffee and thus a bit lighter than the other coffee-themed tones of this season, Caramel Café is “a delicious brown hue that tastefully tempts.” From the leather midi dress at Zero + Maria Cornejo to the Zimmermann dress in their celestial-themed part of this fall’s collection, the hue is tempting. And that’s without bringing Victor Glemaud’s skin-tight dress into the mix!
#24. Pantone 15-1040 Iced Coffee
This color is clearly named for the die-hard ice coffee lovers that won’t give it up – even if it’s five below freezing. So, if you do have to forgo your favorite ice beverage, this Pantone color is the perfect option for a refresher. And if you need any hints on how to style the color, Temperley London and Edward Crutchley both used brown as a neutral base for their collections.
#25. Pantone 12-0813 Autumn Blonde
Loved by both Ulla Johnson and Victor Glemaud, Autumn Blonde is the creamy color that everyone can fall for. Far more nurturing than the icy Arctic Wolf, this off-white is reminiscent of the best things in fall: steam curling off of a freshly baked cake, barely toasted marshmallows, and the foam on top of a latte.
#26. Pantone 12-1403 Tapioca
Named after the starch coming from the root of the cassava plant, the “Creamy Tapioca” color is designed to have a warming effect on the wearer. With Vivienne Westwood honoring its punk roots in darker colors, the break-in of this fall 2022 color gives a small breather. Along with Vivienne Westwood, Bav Tailor and Burberry also fell heavily into the arms of Tapioca.
#27. Pantone 12-0602 Arctic Wolf
Out on the prowl, Arctic Wolf pulled in the controversial ‘winter bimbo’ aesthetic that social media has fallen for this past season. Staud was seemingly the first to hop on the trend, creating a monochromatic outfit in Artic Wolf with a mini skirt-crop top set, oversized coat, and adorable boots to complete the look. Zero + Maria Cornejo also fell hard for the snowy color, creating a warm fur coat in the frosty tone.
#28. Pantone 18-4006 Quiet Shade
Creating a harmonic transition between Chiseled Stone and Polar Night, Quiet Shade provides “an unobtrusive and sturdy grey” hue to the NYFW and LFW color list. Primarily used in outerwear, this hue will lend a bit of sophistication to any outfit. And if you’re looking for some investment pieces in this classic color, then Temperley London’s velvet suit or Bav Tailor’s warm winter coat are the perfect items for you.
#29. Pantone 16-3917 Chiseled Stone
Described as a “non-presumptive” color that “displays a silent strength,” Chiseled Stone is the sooty gray hue that many designers sought to fit into their collections. PatBo’s jumper gave the stern color a lot more fun, but both the Eckhaus Latta knit set and the Ulla Johnson skirt set are perfect for any board meetings coming up.