The Fashion of Pantone Seasonal Colors 2008-2013


Pantone® is the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. They created a color matching system which helps manufacturers in different locations use the same color tones over many platforms. They are the world-renowned authority on color and color systems for accurate communication of color across a variety of industries from fashion, beauty and cosmetics, home decor, paint and digital technology, product packaging and marketing, and so much more. The Pantone® color of the year is part of all visually artistic things we see around us at any given time, in any given place.

Here are the last five years of Pantone’s seasonal colors and how they were used from some of the most well-known designers around the world. It’s a great way to see visually how the colors are used across the different styles of clothing from different designer’s collections.

  • The Fashion of Pantone 1 of 20

    Flip through the photos to see the last 6 years of Pantone colors and see how fashion designers have incorporated them into their seasonal collections.


     Photos originally from The Fashion of Pantone Infographic from FarFetch

  • Pantone Color of 2013 Emerald 2 of 20

    A luminous, magnificent hue, the color of beauty, new life and prosperity.


    Click through to see the Pantone Color of the Year ~ Emerald 2013 in mood boards from design and decor, art, products, fashion, and more.  You can also Follow Pantone on Pinterest to keep up with all the color trends.

  • Emerald on the Runways Fall/Winter 2013 3 of 20

    This year's color is Emerald, as you can see, designers have incorporated it for their fall/winter collections, so stock up on emerald pieces to mix and match through the holiday season.

  • Emerald on the Runways Spring/Summer 2013 4 of 20

    Already on the past spring/summer runways now, but we'll be seeing this color into next year's fashions as well.

  • Pantone Color of 2012 Tangerine Tango 5 of 20

    "Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy." Read more at 2012 Pantone Color of the Year

  • Tangerine on the Runways Fall/Winter 2012 6 of 20

    Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

  • Tangerine on the Runways Spring/Summer 2012 7 of 20

    A vivacious, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.

  • Pantone Color of 2011 Honeysuckle 8 of 20

    A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It's a color for every day with nothing "everyday" about it.


    See the Pantone 2011 Color of the Year Trend Report

  • Honeysuckle on the Runways Fall/Winter 2011 9 of 20

    A bright, sherberty pink shade, uplifting and optimistic, evoking nostalgic feelings of summertime.

  • Honeysuckle on the Runways Spring/Summer 2011 10 of 20

    A Color for All Seasons. Courageous. Confident. Vital.

  • Pantone Color of 2010 Turquoise 11 of 20

    "In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.  Read more at Pantone Color of 2010 Turquoise

  • Turquoise on the Runways Fall/Winter 2010 12 of 20

    Turquoise Transports Us to an Exciting, Tropical Paradise While Offering a Sense of Protection and Healing in Stressful Times

  • Turquoise on the Runways Spring/Summer 2010 13 of 20

    An inviting, luminous hue combining inspiring thoughts of soothing, tropical waters. 

  • Pantone Color of 2009 Mimosa 14 of 20

    "The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation."  Read more at Pantone Color of the Year 2009

  • Mimosa on the Runways Fall/Winter 2009 15 of 20

    Mimosa, a warm, engaging yellow, as the color of the year for 2009. In a time of economic uncertainty and political change, optimism is paramount and no other color expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow.

  • Mimosa on the Runways Spring/Summer 2009 16 of 20

    A warm, cheerful shade that sparks imagination and innovation and expresses hope and reassurance.

  • Pantone Color of 2008 Blue Iris 17 of 20

    "From a color forecasting perspective, we have chosen PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris as the color of the year, as it best represents color direction in 2008 for fashion, cosmetics and home products," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays."  Read more at Pantone Color of 2008 Blue Iris

  • Blue Iris on the Runways Fall/Winter 2008 18 of 20

    Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement.



  • Blue Iris on the Runways Spring/Summer 2008 19 of 20

    A mix of blue and purple that suggests dependability and magic.

  • What’s Next? 20 of 20

    Go to Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2014 to see next year's color of the year and notice product, fashion, beauty, and more that are already popping up in the color!

Photos originally from The Fashion of Pantone Infographic from FarFetch