So this year, Pantone has gone away withs separate men's and women's colors to create a set that they feel will be androgynous. This is the first year they've have one set to represent both genders. No doubt the cultural climate has affected them...indeed, what IS a "women's color"? Why can't a man wear amethyst orchid? They're just colors. Good for you, color gods..esses. I hope this continues.
In the spirit of the new mindset, I made the below set kinda-sorta gender neutral, but it ends up being a little norm-core, ay?
As you can see, the colors themselves...really heavy on the greens---like half of the colors. two orangey yellows, two purply pinks, and marsala, the 2015 color of the year, sticking out like a sore thumb, kinda. Green's probably the most gender-neutral color (except the neutrals, of course). Overall, a very safe matchy-matchy color palette.
Dried Herb: I guess military styles are going to come back? Even if this were a lolita dress, I'd still think military. Military is gender neutral, though after endless wars, military fashion isn't really cool to me anymore. I do like this color though, and it fits my current personal aesthetic, which is currently a strange blend of mori and tribal, best represented by the polyvore set below. Not "dark fashion" so I haven't been posing any outfit shots, but i'm enjoying the temporary departure.
Marsala: I did a whole post on the color of the year. I interpreted this as bloodwood in the set above. Also good for leathers.
Biscay Bay: For whatever reason, this dark teal stood out to me. It's basically a dark blue with a tiny part of green. It kind of reminds me of winter and ice. I could see it as an accent color for many dark-fashion styles, being used for everything from hair/makeup to statement pieces like the fur coat below. For accessories, I recommend matching Biscay Bay with...
Desert Sage: For me, desert sage can be interpreted as the warm-toned silver of sterling silver and other metals. It's basically gray with a note of green. I think this would also make a great haircolor. Just tone your platinum blond with an ash toner instead of purple.
Stormy Weather: This is another good basic color for the winter. Personally, all of my jeans are in this color. It's a smart, professional color that goes with everything, especially a snowy backdrop.
Oak Buff: This kind of mustard yellow is such a fall staple. You'll look lovely among the leaves.
Cadmium Orange : "Cadmium"?!?! Another fall color, but I'd say this one more more suited for bold makeup, like eyeshadow.
Cashmere Rose: Is it just me or is this color completely random?
Reflecting Pond: Basically black, this reminds me of the blue-black that every alternative person used to die their hair a few years ago (by "a few" I mean 15 years ago!) because it was the closest you could get to an alternative hair color in a drugstore box dye. Goes good with....
Amethyst Orchid: Oh, such an aristocratic color for romantic goths. I'm kind of thinking this look is going to come back in 2-3 years, once the nu-goth/modern witch thing ends. I do admit the below set was a lot of fun to make, though it looks so very out-of-date. (for now, mark my words that the bishop sleeve and big bell sleeves will come back in like 2-3 years). Romantic goths love this color, as do many mall goths when they're not in red+black (not judging--it's a legit style, love it or hate it).
Pantone Fall 2015 amethyst orchid reflecting pond featuring a black lace maxi skirt. Reflecting Pond, the most accessible hair color for alternative folks who don't have access to other colors, combined with Amethyst Orchid, a stereotypically goth purple.
Which of the Pantone Fall 2015 colors is your favorite? How would you style some of these?