Pantone, the worldwide color authority, recently announced their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016. Pantone bi-annually highlights the ten shades that will be prominent in next season’s fashion, beauty and interior design worlds, which coincides with the start of New York Fashion Week. Last season’s color palette was anchored by people’s desire to unwind and disconnect from technology every once in a while. This feeling resonates in the Fall 2016 Color Report, which Pantone states is inspired by “the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism.”

“Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections,” affirmed Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades,” she continued.

Here are Pantone’s picks for the Fall 2016 Color Report:


Blue rules the Pantone color palatte for Fall 2016.
Riverside is a cool, calming blue hue possessing a subtle sophistication.
Gemstones: London Blue Topaz, Indigo Sapphire, Indicolite Tourmaline, Blue Spinel

Airy Blue

A carefree and light shade, Airy Blue continues the blue color trend for the upcoming season. Pantone states: “Airy Blue’s lofty nature evokes feelings of lightness and freedom.”

Gemstones: Sky Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, Pastel Sapphire


A grey shade that will warm up any look in cooler months. One of two go-to neutrals for the season. Sharkskin “showcases practicality through a dependable yet contemporary lens.”

Gemstones: Grey Moonstone, Chalcedony, Grey Diamond

Aurora Red

Bold Aurora Red brightens up the bunch with a pop of fiery color.  Pantone describes Aurora Red as warm, sensual, and immediately pleasing to the eye.

Gemstones: Ruby, Rubellite Tourmaline, Red Spinel

Warm Taupe

Another warm neutral, the organic beige tone of Warm Taupe is said to pair well with every hue in the color report.
Gemstones: Champagne Diamonds, Topaz, Smoky Quartz

Dusty Cedar

A warmer pink to go with the cooler months, Dusty Cedar exudes welcoming feelings and is the perfect fall/winter version of the cheery pink shade.
Gemstones: Zircon, Pink Tourmaline, Pink Spinel, Pink Sapphire

Lush Meadow

Pantone states that Lush Meadow “brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage.”

Gemstones: Emerald, Green Tourmaline

Spicy Mustard

A deep yellow tone, Spicy Mustard is earthier and mellower than the typical citrus yellow shade.
Gemstones: Amber, Citrine, Golden South Sea Pearls, Dravite Tourmaline

Potter’s Clay

Reminiscent of the natural tones of fall, Potter’s Clay channels the colors of changing foliage.

Gemstones: Padparadscha Sapphire, Orange Sapphire, Orange Spinel, Zircon, Quartz


Bodacious is a pink/purple hue that has the ability to “turn fashion accents into fashion statements.”

Gemstones: Pink/Purple Topaz, Amethyst, Purple Sapphire, Purple Spinel, Kunzite