How Celebs Are Wearing Pantone's Top Colors for Fall '16

Update: When it comes to predicting which colors we’ll be wearing next season, Pantone practically has psychic powers. Its picks for fall '16 proved no exception: We’ve been spotting the top 10 autumnal hues on everyone from Gigi Hadid to Olivia Palermo — and it's not even that cold out yet. Click ahead to see which trendsetters are making a colorful statement this season, and get a refresher on the most popular shades right now.

This story was originally published on February 11, 2016.

There may be a lot of change-ups on this season's New York Fashion Week calendar, but we can always reliably crib some new trends that will be everywhere six months later (if not sooner). And thanks to the color-predicting wizards at Pantone, we also have some foresight into the hues we'll be wearing constantly in the near future.

The Pantone Color Institute's biannual fashion report, released each season on the first day of NYFW, highlights the shades that are bound to dominate the collections. Fall 2016's top 10 are heavy on the blues as well as reddish-brown shades. Also, there are six colors that are brand-new to the Pantone universe. You definitely won't have to overhaul your closet: Spring '16's dominant color story (softer hues intended to bring calm in an increasingly busy landscape) and Pantone's Colors of the Year are still relevant for fall '16.

“If you look at this season’s entire palette, the idea of comforting blues coming to the top of the list again shows that people are still searching for that reassurance,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a press release.

These uplifting blues (a deep one called Riverside, as well as the lighter, aptly titled Airy Blue) appear alongside dependable, but unexpected, neutrals, like Sharkskin gray and Spicy Mustard yellow; all of those shades pop against the rest of the top 10, like warmer Aurora Red and pinkish-purply Bodacious. The report's big themes, according to Eiseman, are stability and confidence, as seen in reliable colors in bold shades.

The similarities between the spring and fall reports don't end there. There are a lot of nature references, like in seasons past; this time around, the earthy vibes come courtesy of vibrant earth tones like Dusty Cedar and Lush Meadow. Pantone notes that designers are once again drawing from fine art for inspiration — specifically seen in the contrast between the fluidity of abstract patterns and the clean decisiveness of graphic lines. And like spring '16's selection of shades, the palette featured in this season's report is gender-neutral.

The Pantone Color Institute surveyed 21 designers about their color choices for fall '16. Ahead, preview these designers' sketches, which incorporate the season's top shades (or similar hues), before the looks hit the catwalk. Plus: Find out which shades they never thought would end up in their designs.

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A pop of red is a perennial hit, season after season; Fiesta was spring's in-demand rouge. For fall, it's all about Aurora Red (18-1550), which we'll be seeing on Christian Siriano and Bibhu Mohapatra's runways.
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Solange Knowles certainly looks ready to fête in this head-to-toe monochromatic look.
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Christian Siriano

What colors will be most prominent in your Fall 2016 collection?
"The collection will have a mix of vibrant Red, which is classic, powerful, and elegant, paired with soft heather grays and a citrus chartreuse. As the collection progresses [on the runway], so does the color. The colors are bold, vibrant, and powerful."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"I love green, but it's sometimes a hard color to work with. I hope to explore it more in the next few seasons!"
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Bibhu Mohapatra
What's the most important color in your fall '16 collection?
"Empress Red; I was inspired by a recent trip to The Forbidden Palace in Beijing, China."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Dragonfly Teal, because it compliments the heightened colors in this season's collection."
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Warm Taupe (16-1318) emerges as the stand-out neutral for fall '16. You'll spot it in Iris Von Arnim's latest collection, paired with rich browns and other creamy shades. Outside of the neutral family, though, Pantone highlights its ability to complement all the other colors in this season's report.
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T-Swift proves that taupe is anything but boring in this relaxed trench style (which Pinterest users are very into).
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Iris von Arnim

What's the most important color in your fall '16 collection?
"Espresso Brown, which has a grayish, not reddish, shade. It works well with our other key colors, Nude, Amethyst, and Cognac. For silks, furs, knits, and leather, we chose lighter and darker versions of this Espresso tone. For the knits, we specially washed the yarn, adding an optic depth to the color."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"We utilized Cameo Pink, which is an unusual color for us. Once we saw it in combination with Deep Lichen Green as a contrast color, we realized [Cameo Pink's] flamingo hue gains a unique beauty."
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Lush Meadow (18-5845) recalls the great outdoors — specifically, the rich foliage that gets lost so quickly once the temperatures start to dip. (Luckily, our wardrobe can remind us of warmer times.)
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Dakota Fanning is giving us witchy vibes in her black and “lush meadow” — just in time for Halloween.
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Tadashi Shoji

What's the must-have item for fall 2016?
"There's a lot of sex appeal for fall — sheer illusions, high slits, and ornate bead work — to emulate the artistry and appeal of body art. Some must-have items of the season include a sexy Pirate Black lace and velvet gown with cut outs and a Hunter Green and Bran embellished shift dress with an oversized Hunter Green and Pirate Black faux fur jacket."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"While it's inevitable to avoid black, I tend to gravitate towards warmer tones that make me happy. This season, though, I fully embrace black; it adds a level of boldness and sexiness to the collection."
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It may be the year of Rose Quartz, but Dusty Cedar (18-1630) makes the case for a more muted pink for fall '16. Spot it among the colorful prints at Rachel Pally.
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Of course 15-year-old style icon Rowan Blanchard is already modeling this on-trend pink hue.
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Rachel Pally

What's the most important color in your fall 2016 collection?
"This season, our colors are so complementary and work beautifully together as a group. That said, Inca Gold is a show-stopper, yet it's also so wearable because of how muted it is. This color makes our foliage print pop and brings vibrancy to the whole collection."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Purple! We used to say it was our least favorite color, but we’ve been using variations of Violet and Plum for the last few seasons; we’re loving it and the way other colors play off of it."
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In line with the search for calm that symbolically rules this season's palette, the name of this shade — Potter's Clay (18-1340) — channels the laborious process of creating something by hand. The hue belongs to a more traditional fall color scheme, mingling brilliantly with other shades of brown and orange.
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Jourdan Dunn looks bedtime chic in this “potter’s clay” twist on the pajama trend.
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Katherine Kung of Kung Katherine

What inspired your choice of colors?
"My recent trip to Tokyo and Kyoto was the inspiration for this collection as well as the basis for the color story. The reflection on the pond of Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) surrounded by deep green Japanese pine trees is probably one of the most beautiful sites I have ever visited. The image really stayed with me; I guess I must have subconsciously pulled from that memory when designing."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Mustard Orange is a very rich yet particular color. It can be tricky to work with, but when you pair it with the right outfit or accessory, it's an absolute show-stopper."
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Pantone thinks that Bodacious (17-3240), a deeper alternative to 2014's Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, is a testament to the increasingly gender-neutral color palettes we've seen on the runways in recent seasons.
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We can't decide what we like more: the cutout silhouette of Mandy Moore's dress or its purply-pink, Pantone-approved coloring.
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Rubin Singer

What inspired your choice of colors?
"My fall' 16 collection is based on a mathematical function, so I've used Black and white as the base colors of the collection. Staying true to the brand's DNA, I built on this and included the colors Bone, Pale Orchid, Slate, Peacock, Sage, Cement, Teal and Chrome."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Right now, I'm attracted to anything in the Orchid family, in particular the pale shades. I always felt these colors looked old and dusty, but all of a sudden, they've started to look good to me."
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Spicy Mustard (14-0952) confirms our beliefs that a darker yellow hue has a place in our go-to fall color palette, alongside shades of burgundy and navy. The citrus-y shade will pop up a lot as an accent, both in prints and embellishment, in the upcoming collections, according to Pantone.
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Kristen Stewart has been acing the style game lately — and you can add these “spicy mustard” trousers to the list of fashion wins.
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Charles Borg and Ron van Maarschalkerweerd of Charles & Ron

What colors will be most prominent in your fall '16 collection?
"Cardinal Pink, Warm Red, and Saffron Yellow, which are featured in a graphic colorblock and stripe pattern. These colors are mixed with Rich Classic Camel and highlighted with Black."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Rich Classic Camel is a new color for us; we were attracted to this color because it's the perfect neutral. It created the right color balance together with the more vibrant shades in the collection."
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Could this finally mean the dawn of the groutfit? Sharkskin (17-3914) acts as a neutral on Pantone's fall '16 report, easily matching up with both bright and soft shades (and looking just as lovely when worn head-to-toe) in a modern and unexpected fashion.
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Zendaya gives us a fresh, metallic spin on both the slip-dress trend and Pantone's color report.
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Taoray Wang

What colors will be most prominent in your fall '16 collection?
"Different shades of gray are most prominent, as well as accents of Burgundy and Violet."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Violet: I'm using it because it looks beautiful and compliments gray."
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Christopher & Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K

What colors will be most prominent in your fall '16 collection?
"Aubergine​, Amethyst, Mauve, Chestnut, Mocha, Cocoa, Carbon, Black, Beige."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Aubergine, because it complements various skin tones and looks great with neutrals."
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Peter Trainor and Anne Marie Maniego of Max ‘n Chester

What colors will be most prominent in your fall '16 collection?
"Warm and cool grays, Charcoal, and Navy."

What inspired your choice of colors?
"We always like to work with neutral tones and fibers."
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Bree Telford of QUINN

What colors will be most prominent in your fall '16 collection?
"Tone-on-tone mixing and the addition of an accent color to neutrals play heavily into the collection, like Coconut Milk mixed with Pure Cashmere in textural geometric jacquards, or shades of Ivory and Coconut Milk for tone-on-tone play.

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Sepia Rose: It's subtle, versatile, delicately feminine, and works as a solid color or mixed within patterns and textures."
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"The color Blue is fundamentally important to the human eye as a stable icon of the balance in our universe," Eiseman explained in the press release. Riverside (17-4028) is the darker shade of blue featured in Pantone's fall '16 color report — and also one of the most predominant. It'll take shape as casual outerwear at Rebecca Minkoff and as elegant embellishment at Lela Rose, tying together a range of aesthetics and warm color combinations.
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Olivia Palermo is nailing the “riverside” hue, while posing by the river. Coincidence? We think...probably, yes.
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Rebecca Minkoff

What inspired your choice of colors?
"The color inspiration came from my idea of the global traveler. Who that girl is and what she sees while on an adventure is reflected through her clothes."

What's the most important color in your fall '16 collection?
"An important color focus for our fall 2016 collection was the tonal mix of warm Reds: Rumba Red and Barbados Cherry, juxtaposed with contrasting cool hues, like Surf the Web."
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Lela Rose

What inspired your choice of colors?
"Jonas Wood served as an early inspiration for the collection, especially with his use of geometrics and botanics. There's an exploration of leaves and the graphic geometry inherent in their patterns. Leaf shapes and patterns can be seen in prints, embroideries, jewelry details, and even shapes in the collection."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"The vibrant hue of Oxblood: It’s not only beautiful, but extremely wearable. It compliments other tones in the collection. I love incorporating it into different silhouettes, whether it be a botanical fil coupé dress or a placed-lace sheath."
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Don O'Neill of Theia

What's the most important color in your fall '16 collection?
"Rio Red is the most important color this season. This rich red, soaked in blue and brown undertones, is divine in saturated crepes or richly embroidered evening gowns. The color is sublime when paired with the darkest Midnight and, with lamé metallic yarns added, [creates a] gorgeous marriage of colors."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Oxblood is the color that I would not have used in the past. It has always been a difficult color at retail. However, this season it feels so right."
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Angela Taylor George of Alice & Trixie

What colors will be most prominent in your Fall 2016 collection?
"The gemstone is our muse for fall '16, so there's Intense Lapis, Bold Emerald, Sparkling Sapphire, and Clear Aquamarine, with accents of Peridot. Hints of Russian Ruby and Amethyst also join the party."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Dark Chocolate Brown is on my mind recently. This luxe color used as an accent done the right way can elevate the palette. I particularly see this color in suede."
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David Hart

What inspired your choice of colors?
"I was inspired by the musical recordings of the Blue Note Jazz record label and photographs by Francis Wolff along with Reid Miles' graphic design."

What's the must-have item in your fall '16 collection?
"It's the merino wool turtleneck, which should be worn under a suit. We're offering it in Blue Note, Oxblood, and Stone Grey."
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Marcia Patmos of M. Patmos

What inspired your choice of colors?
"I was inspired by Japanese 'boro' quilting, vintage European army blankets, and army surplus sweaters, British 'schoolboy' scarves, a photo from 1959 of Jean Seberg in Aran knit sweater, and paintings by Robert Motherwell."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Biking Red: it looks so great in vintage schoolboy scarves mixed with classic neutrals like Navy and Grey Heather."
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On top of Riverside, there's also a lighter shade called Airy Blue (14-4122), which is closer to (and builds on) the soft vibes of Serenity, Pantone's other Color of the Year. The report indicates that many designers incorporate both Riverside and Airy Blue into their collections.
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We want to copy all of Gigi Hadid’s outfits — yes, even the non-athleisure ones; especially if they're Pantone-sanctioned.
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Nicole Miller

What is the most important color in your collection for Fall 2016 and why?
"I love Cobalt Blue for winter, because it has a richness to it. It also gives prints a boldness, which I find important."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Ice Blue, because although I have never been big on winter whites or pastels in fall or at any time of the year. I do like how the Ice Blue gives a very wintery feel to the collection. I prefer it in conjunction with dark colors, rather than on its own."
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Yoana Baraschi

What inspired your choice of colors?
"Haunting botanicals as found in Japanese prints. I have been looking a lot at the work of Keika Hyakugiku. His prints of chrysanthemums are both frightening and divine. His evocative illustrations of flowers seem to embody the modern spirit; they are in constant flux and motion, the colors are rich and spare, and the lines are delicate but direct. There is something very commanding in these prints that I found both inspiring and relatable."

Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"Little Boy Blue: in the past, as the name says, I would have thought it is a men’s or boy shirt color. Well, the sky is the limit with women’s rights."
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Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa of Noon by Noor

What's the most important color in your fall '16 collection?
"Trooper, which is statement color that has a very subtle feel."


Which hue are you now attracted to that you wouldn't have used in the past?
"We make sure to use colors that we are always attracted to, so in this collection, there aren’t any that we have changed our minds about!"