2022 is here, and while the weather is grey, there’s hope on the horizon.
Unfortunately we don’t have the power to change the British climate, but where we can inject a dose of optimism into your life is your wardrobe.
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As we continue to battle coronavirus globally, times are still tough for many – but at least fashion can put a smile on your face, even if not much else can right now.
Trend forecasters including Pantone, Etsy and WGSN have predicted some bright and optimistic colours for this year, which come as a breath of fresh air.
Very Peri has been announced as Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2022, a blue hue that ‘encourages personal inventiveness and creativity,’ while it’s also predicting Bubblegum (pink), Popcorn (pale yellow) and Coral Rose (dark orange) as popular shades for 2022.
Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman says, “Colours for Spring 2022 bring together our competing desires for comforting familiarity and joyful adventure through a range of soothing and timeless colours, along with joyous hues that celebrate playfulness.
“As we enter this new landscape, one where fashion rules no longer apply, hues for Spring 2022 allow us to mix and marry as we please, encouraging the exploration of new chromatic realities, opening the door for personalised style and spontaneous colour statements.”
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Etsy predicted Emerald Green as its Colour of the Year 2022, symbolising ‘harmony and growth’.
Fuchsia pink has been on trend lists for seasons now, but this year trend forcasters WGSN named Orchid Flower as its Colour of the Year.
As part of Pantone’s Spring Summer 2022 London Colour Palette, the mellow yellow shade of Popcorn is described as ‘bright and cheery’ and radiating ‘warmth to all who embrace it.’
Super sonic, an electric blue hue, also features on the SS22 London colour palette.
Last but not least, the energising hue of coral rose is here to uplift you in 2022.
Colour trends from the runway
Many colour trends have also emerged on the runways. First up are the blues. Lacoste, Loewe and Vetements were all about the classic blue during their showcases, while Nina Ricci and Stella McCartney championed cerulean.
Green is still in — you might remember that it took over the streets during fashion week last year — with lime and kelly hues taking over on the runways of Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano and Supriya Lele and Yuhan Wang respectively.
We also saw zesty orange hues from Proenza Schouler and Collina Strada. Meanwhile, lemon seemed to be the inspiration for Jason Wu, Rodarte and Sergio Hudson.