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Pantone Predicts More Colorful Winter

Carlstadt, N.J. — Color forecaster Pantone has released its Winter 2007/08 Colour Planner heralding “a season of change.”

The planner's eight palettes in women's wear, menswear, activewear, industrial design, cosmetics, interiors and graphics all contain elements that cross over.

“While the fashion industry has moved away from strong multi-color usage, the environments that surround us are taking an opposite approach,” according to Pantone. “The search for the perfect balance between fun and escapism, along with simplicity and moderation, is always a challenge, but color is the one element that can help to provide that steadiness between the two.”

A darkened palette is more colorful than seasons past. Dark Shadows emphasizes the importance of hybrid shades of sparrow and shale mixed with families of green, blue and burgundy.

The look and feel of Normalism is an odd jumble of neutrals mixed with blurred elements of gold, brown, purple and violet.

Natural Poetry colors, extracted from nature, have a feeling of reticence. A blend of brown, gold, olive and sesame provide a sense of beauty for ordinary objects.

Integrated offers the depth and mystery of winter cocooned in layers of the familiar white, black and silver, but inspiration from modern architecture makes an intriguing, mesmerizing statement.

Innocence finds its inspiration from childlike innocence. The look and feel is an offbeat mixture of cool and warm shades that are colorful yet unpretentious and have a flat, inviting appearance.

The importance of mid jewel tones in Chameleon is seen through butterfly eyes, as colors float in prismatic distortion.

Unexpected is abstract mixed with technology, seen through an atypical fusion of multi-color levels of bright, saturated and neutral based shades.

Caprice provides serious mood swings between having simple fun and going all out in an extravagant way. Bright color for winter is always the way to brighten up the doldrums of a cold dark season.

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