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Pantone Identifies Seven 2009 Color Palettes

Trend Toward Individuality Forecast

Fashion color authority Pantone has published its Pantone View Colour Planner for summer 2009, a forecasting tool titled "Independence."

The planner details seven palettes for use in apparel, cosmetics, interiors, industrial design and graphics:

  • Female-ism: medium pastels with a tinge of retro glamour.

  • Classic-ism: almost devoid of color except for one medium blue accent.

  • Independent-ism: tart, bold and gregarious colors.

  • Today-ism: deep, dark shades of reddish blues and brown.

  • Absurd-ism: combines disproportionate color hues and values.

  • Fetish-ism: "a carnal inspiration and desire for experimentation."

  • Surreal-ism: "plays with scale, combination and expectation to create unexpected, and even strange, creations."

Tod Shulman, vp of the fashion, home and interiors division at Pantone, said, "For summer 2009, Pantone is forecasting a trend toward color palettes that reflect individuality and make people feel good about who they are."

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