Soft colours are "it" for Spring
says Pantone Bakers take note, colour company Pantone unveiled its Fashion Colour Report for Spring 2015 at New York Fashion Week in September.

The Report features the top 10 colours for women’s and men’s fashion for spring 2015. And if you want to know what colour trends are coming the way of your cakes, it’s worth a read.

This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the colour spectrum, Pantone suggests. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take centre stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.

"Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. "Colour choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle."

Pantone’s top colours for women’s fashion for spring 2015 are:

PANTONE 14-4313 Aquamarine
PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue
PANTONE 14-5714 Lucite Green
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue
PANTONE 14-1213 Toasted Almond
PANTONE 16-1720 Strawberry Ice
PANTONE 15-1247 Tangerine
PANTONE 13-0720 Custard
PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray

The top colours for men’s fashion for spring 2015 are:

PANTONE 16-4120 Dusk Blue
PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray
PANTONE 18-0135 Treetop
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue
PANTONE 14-1213 Toasted Almond
PANTONE 18-0538 Woodbine
PANTONE 16-1328 Sandstone
PANTONE 17-4014 Titanium
PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
PANTONE 16-3310 Lavender Herb

Pantone suggests pairings such as Lucite Green with bold Classic Blue for a balanced and refreshed look.

Toasted Almond pairs well with both Strawberry Ice and Tangerine, an energising, non-jarring take on orange that adds a pop of colour for spring, says Pantone. Combine all three for a delicious, almost retro-inspired look, it says.

>> See the Full Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015