When it’s cold, dark and grey outside, looking ahead to the new fashion colour trends – especially when they’re as joyful as 2023’s – offers something to look forward to.
Winter fashion is almost always characterised by deep reds, moss greens, black and more sequins than you can shake a stick at. But for our readers who prefer a summer palette of refreshing and vibrant colours, you’re in for a treat.
I was personally a little disappointed to see so many muted and neutral tones towards the latter part of 2022, but as I dress in colour 24/7, I might be biased. So what colours will be big in 2023?
We’ve got all the answers.
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Which colours will be trending in 2023?
Pantone recently announced its Colour of the Year 2023: Viva Magenta. The shade sits between red and purple, and will certainly appear in fashion during the year.
2022 saw the explosion of Barbiecore, which we saw not only on the runway at Valentino, but also on stars like Kim Kardashian, Lizzo, Megan Fox and Margot Robbie, who was coincidentally (or not) filming the Barbie movie. TLDR: expect to see much more pink.
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Italian Structured Satin Feather Bardot Mini Dress, £215.20, Karen Millen – buy now
Another colour we keep hearing about for 2023 is lavender.
WGSN named it their Colour of the Year for 2023, adding that the gender-neutral hue evokes ‘calmness and serenity’ and represents ‘wellness and digital escapism’.
Sign me up!
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Various iterations of red appeared on Pantone’s Fashion Colour Trend reports for both London and New York spring summer 2023 Fashion Weeks, and WGSN’s colour report for the year ahead.
Whether you prefer a bright, tomato red, or a deep, rich red, you’re going to be embracing it in 2023.
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I know, I know. Lime green isn’t for everybody, but after it appeared in countless SS23 shows (Raf Simons, A.W.A.K.E. Mode, Miu Miu, Valentino, Givenchy, Giambattista Valli, Loewe, Victoria Beckham…the list goes on) it’s hard to deny its presence.
Don’t mistake it for neon though; this gorgeous shade can be ultra-chic, and after seeing it on the VB catwalk, I’m welcoming it into my 2023 wardrobe.
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Which colours will be big for spring summer 2023?
As well as the already mentioned colours, Pantone Color Institute, recognised globally as the leading authority of colour expertise and provider of professional colour standards for design industries, recently published the in-depth Pantone Fashion Colour Trend Report for spring summer 2023 for both London and New York Fashion Week.
These colour trend reports include both the top ten standout colours from each fashion week, as well as the five new classics from each show that we can expect to see everywhere in 2023.
Spring Summer 2023 New York Fashion Week Colour Palette
According to Pantone Color Institute experts, the colour trends for the spring summer 2023 New York fashion week reflect our post pandemic relationship with colour.
The colours and colour combinations used demonstrate a fearless approach to colour and celebrates a newfound freedom and excitement of trying something new.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute commented, “Colours for Spring/Summer 2023 are recalibrated for the new era we are entering. Blending escapism with reality, wholesomeness, and joy, we embrace the exploration of extreme contrast in mood and colour.”
Spring Summer 2023 New York Fashion Week Core Classics:
The core classics colour trends are much more muted, calm tints and tones – expect to see these everywhere in 2023.
Spring Summer 2023 London Colour Palette
According to Pantone Color Institute experts, the colour trends for LFW spring summer 2023 demonstrate a fearless attitude and freedom of expression when it comes to colour.
The bright and vibrant colours display positivity and enthusiasm with a modern edge.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute commented “Experiencing a creative liberation that transgresses previous norms, we are adapting and inventing novel pairings and contrasting harmonies.”
Spring Summer 2023 London Fashion Week Core Classics
The dynamic shades above blend with these more blended tones for a beautiful colour palette for 2023.