If you like to think ahead, pay attention to the Pantone spring 2020 color trends. As they do every season, Pantone analyzed the palettes of the London and New York Fashion Week runways to come up with the definitive spring 2020 color trends. We saw a total of 31 new Pantone spring 2020 colors, with one blue tone showing up as a trend both at NYFW and LFW.
There were many bright and vivid colors that are particularly fitting for spring and summer, but the neutral and earth tone fanatics will also find a few whites, grays, and tans to please them. The most common Pantone spring 2020 colors were in the red and blue families, with Classic Blue being the 2020 Color of the Year, but we had some outlier delicate pastels and in-your-face vivids as well.
Pantone’s Spring/ Summer 2020 Colors from NYFW & LFW
When speaking of the New York Fashion Week colors, Leatrice Eiseman, who is Pantone’s Executive Director, said, “the color palette for Spring/Summer 2020 infuses heritage and tradition with a colorful youthful update that creates strong multi-colored combinations as well as energizing and optimistic pairings.” This was probably in reference to the primary reds and blues, as well as very traditional neutrals that were so key in New York.
She described the London Fashion Week spring 2020 color story as strong and vibrant, with optimism similar to what she saw at NYFW but slightly more provocative rather than traditional. This was likely because of the intense vivids and complex secondary and tertiary colors that made the spring 2020 color trends from LFW so fascinating.
#1. Pantone 18-1664 Fiery Red
This dynamic red is one of the most vibrant Pantone spring 2020 color trends to come out of London Fashion Week. The Color Institute describes it as a color that emanates heat and is impossible to ignore. It’s a real statement color, so we can expect to see it in the form of sexy evening dresses and plenty of accessories.
#2. Pantone 18-1662 Flame Scarlet
The statement red of New York Fashion Week is very warm. On its own it is extremely energetic, but when compared to Fiery Red it is a little more subdued. This doesn’t take away from the confidence it will instil in anyone who wears it.
#3. Pantone 16-1534 Blush Beauty
Blush Beauty is a warm and engaging coral that has the brightness to stand out all on its own. This is one of the more feminine spring 2020 colors to come out of London Fashion Week, and is described by the Institute as an embracing and warming color.
#4. Pantone 15-1157 Flame Orange
This rich orange shade reminded the team at Pantone of radiant sunsets. It’s the kind of orange that feels strong but not overpowering, and will pair just as nicely with complementary blues as it will with other seasonal warm tones. This orange tone really stood out at the David Koma show, where it was a nice point of brightness in an otherwise very black, white and tan collection. It was used in the construction of slinky party dresses paired in one instance with a similarly colored jacket.
#5. Pantone 16-1359 Orange Peel
Orange Peel is an appetizing shade that has a lot of red in it. It is just a little deeper than its LFW counterpart Flame Orange, but with the same positive impact and shade affinity. This is one of the brighter spring 2020 colors to come out of New York, although we gotta admit it’s pumpkin-y enough to also be a little autumnal.
#6. Pantone 14-1064 Saffron
Saffron is an amber shade from NYFW that sits on the line between orange and yellow. It is vivid and flavorful without being obnoxious, and we think it’d be one of the best spring 2020 color trends for any time of the year.
#7. Pantone 18-1345 Cinnamon Stick
This warm and appetizing brown red was one of the spicier Pantone spring 2020 colors to show up on the NYFW runways. It’s a little more red than actual cinnamon, but it absolutely manages to convey the flavor of the spice.
#8. Pantone 18-1547 Bossa Nova
Bossa Nova is a deep brown red with neutral undertones. The Pantone Color Institute sees it as pulsing and suggestive, but the earthy touch definitely helps to ground things.
#9. Pantone 18-1512 Rose Brown
This gorgeous burgundy tone added a lot of depth to the LFW runways. Like a fine wine, this color has an enriching warm effect, but with the grounding you don’t get from alcohol. It’s a cooler tone that almost leans towards purple, so despite being brown it is anything but neutral.
#10. Pantone 18-3513 Grape Compote
Grape Compote is the kind of darker purple shade that is perfect for pairing with lighter Pantone spring 2020 colors. It is mellow, with a slightly muted cast. It showed up at NYFW, and even though it’s a cold tone, it will pair beautifully with some of the season’s soft yellows and corals.
#11. Pantone 18-2143 Beetroot Purple
This shocking fuchsia tone is the punchiest Pantone spring 2020 color trend to come out of LFW. It is the kind of color you can expect out of a delicious and creamy beetroot soup. On its own it is a little startling, but in combination with some of the more muted colors we saw this season it is a great fit. At Erdem, it was perfect for the spring 2020 prints, as well as the base of a dress where it was overlaid with a yellow floral print.
#12. Pantone 14-1513 Blossom
Delicate, soft, and feminine, Blossom was one of the girliest colors to show up in the spring 2020 color trends. Though on its own it seems very romantic, at LFW it was used for some great casual pieces. At House of Holland, we were presented with a dancy and athletic collection that unexpectedly used Blossom for a weighty jumpsuit as well as large trousers.
#13. Pantone 14-1318 Coral Pink
Coral Pink was the main pinky tone to come out of the New York Fashion Week spring 2020 color trends. It combines the warmth of coral with the delicacy of pink, so it is especially welcoming and soothing. Tulle and satin fabrics in Coral Pink were especially popular, with some of our favorite iterations coming from Christopher Kane.
#14. Pantone 11-0622 Yellow Iris
This soft yellow shade just nearly avoids being a pastel. Pantone describes it as optimistic and eye-catching. We love it for spring and summer because it is so airy, and would pair beautifully with some of the more vivid warm tones of the season. Molly Goddard used Yellow Iris tulle to make the voluminous skirts and dresses that opened her show.
#15. Pantone 13-0822 Sunlight
This is the kind of Sunlight that won’t give you skin damage. This pleasant tone is perfectly soft and delicate, for a cheerful spring. It is almost on the verge of being a cream tone, which makes it neutral enough to work with any color palette.
#16. Pantone 16-4127 Heritage Blue
This shade of blue manages to be both vivid and stable, since it is a dependable and traditional color that will never seem out of place. A beautiful Heritage Blue dress covered in asymmetrical ruffles was an impressive choice for the closing of the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi show. Heritage Blue was also used for ruffled dresses, as well as boots and summer 2020 shoes at Molly Goddard’s romantic show.
#17. Pantone 17-4021 Faded Denim
The New York runways are famously streetwear-focused, so of course Faded Denim was one of the Pantone spring 2020 colors from New York. This blue shade is as reliable and dependable as your favorite pair of jeans, so you can pair it with any of the other loud and vibrant colors from the season.
#18. Pantone 18-4528 Mosaic Blue
Blues figured heavily at NYFW, with Mosaic Blue showing up as the true sky blue shade. The Institute describes it as a mysterious and graceful color, evoking a depth of feeling. This medium blue is a great shade for more saturated denim, but it’s beautiful in many other iterations as well.
#19. Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue
Classic Blue is a boundless shade that was determined to be one of the Pantone spring 2020 colors after showing up all over both LFW and NYFW. It is a saturated true blue that has room in casual streetwear, glamorous evening wear, and everything in between. Pantone goes so far as to call it an “expansive presence.”
#20. Pantone 13-4720 Tanager Turquoise
Cool yet lively, Tanager Turquoise is both soothing and energetic. This color ran all throughout Natasha Zinko’s show. Fittingly, when describing her collection, she said, “I want people to just chill,” and this color was a good illustration of that. It was used for the short pocket dress that opened the collection, as well as in separates, bandana patches, and one massively oversized pantsuit.
#21. Pantone 15-5718 Biscay Green
We’re happy to see the comeback of bright aqua into the Pantone spring 2020 color trends. Biscay Green is a lively shade, but it is also very refreshing and cooling to look at thanks to its association with water. Because of its brightness it is a great choice for streetwear.
#22. Pantone 19-0323 Chive
Chive is an herbaceous dark green with a very subtle warmth. According to Pantone, this savory shade imparts healthy and restorative harmony. It is one of the few darker colors to show up on the runways. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, it was used for long leather jackets ideal for cooler springs.
#23. Pantone 19-5217 Storm
This deep green is captivating in its coolness. It is a real jewel tone reminiscent of aventurine in its luxurious saturation. It feels mature and sophisticated, so we’d love it for evening wear like we saw at Tadashi Shoji. It is the only green to come out of London Fashion Week, and we’ll be happy to take it.
Pantone’s Spring/ Summer 2020 Classics/ Neutral Color Palette
Both NYFW and LFW also featured a hefty dose of classic neutral colors, shades that according to Pantone can both work as singular colors and serve as a foundation for more cheerful color contrasts. There are eight Pantone spring 2020 classic colors in total, equally divided between the two fashion capitals.
#24. Pantone 19-4021 Blueberry
This rich midnight blue is considered one of the staples of the Pantone spring 2020 color trends. It is described as mysterious and thought-provoking. Despite the name, it doesn’t have much purple in it. Instead, it is a serious shade, albeit more saturated than the average neutral.
#25. Pantone 19-3923 Navy Blazer
This stylish and confident navy blue is the deep blue staple to come out of New York Fashion Week. It is not as in your face as Blueberry, with a darker hue and cooler profile, so it’s a fitting alternative to black for fashionable New Yorkers. Hussein Chalayan’s strongly neutral collection featured a lot of this shade, in the form of loose but well-structured minimalist designs like elevated T-shirt dresses, separates, and yes, also blazers.
#26. Pantone 16-3802 Ash
This timeless gray is cool toned, so it would be an easy staple for those who also want to have fun with the blues from the spring 2020 color trends. Pantone describes it as ‘solid and strong’ and we’d like to add that it also evokes a certain natural feel that is not common in grays.
#27. Pantone 13-4201 Oyster Mushroom
Oyster Mushroom is a great neutral to adopt, because it exudes both power and serenity. It’s a wonderful color for professional wardrobes, but as some designers showed us it can also work well for more upscale settings. Roland Mouret dressed his models in a variety of Oyster Mushroom garments, including flowy yet luxurious dresses that proved its potential.
#28. Pantone 11-4800 Blanc de Blanc
This color is a smooth, subtle white that will pair just as well with the cool spring 2020 color trends as it will with the warm ones. It is soft and comfortable white that is not overly stark. This shade worked well with Simona Rocha’s penchant for voluminous silhouettes. It was the shade of choice for satin dresses, some more and some less lacey, matched with pearl accessories. At Rejina Pyo, it was used as intended, acting as a neutral base that could be paired with other neutrals as well as with soft spring earth tones.
#29. Pantone 11-4001 Brilliant White
This shade is a very intense white to come out of NYFW. It is bright, pristine and crisp, which means that it will be a nice neutral to brighten up dark outfits and cool tones. When compared to Blanc de Blanc it is much more striking – the kind of white that clumsy people may choose to avoid for fear of staining it. Alexander Wang made a statement by closing his show with a variety of casual streetwear looks in Brilliant White monochrome.
#30. Pantone 15-1314 Cuban Sand
Cuban Sand makes for a soft yet sophisticated anchor color that fits in well with light dresses, professional neutrals, and with ‘70s-inspired tailoring. It was one of the spring 2020 color trends out of London. Victoria Beckham’s collections are always crafted to be wearable and professional, with monochromes and neutrals galore, so Cuban Sand was one of the more ubiquitous colors. It showed up in her collection on jackets and pant suits as well as a dress or two.
#31. Pantone 16-1324 Lark
Every season needs its predominant khaki, and for the spring 2020 colors Lark is it. This warm neutral is the perfect trench coat shade, but it’s okay to think beyond the obvious towards accessories and separates as well.