One of the top ten Pantone colours
for Autumn 2009/Winter 2010 is
Majolica Blue shown right.
Majolica Blue might strike you as somewhat dull, but it is a
good base colour. Look further at the images from catwalk to
high street shown on this page and you will see that the starter
colour offers more scope when light or shade is added.
Pantone say that Majolica Blue, a deep, mysterious teal blue, has
more vibrancy than the usual navy; they suggest it brings an exotic flair to
Autumn 2009 fashion.
At first glance Majolica Blue - PANTONE 19-4125, is a hue that looks uninspired,
but you can see from the above pictures that the tonal offshoots
that spring from this hue can be attractive. It is the texture of the material used
that determines effectiveness of this colour. These first two fur jackets left and
centre were on the
Autumn 2009 catwalk from Blugirl and Ogawa. The far right jacket above is an
Autumn 2009 high street
buy from the Per Una range at Marks & Spencer.
Above left dyed lamb jacket from Blugirl and centre Ombre
Mongolian fur jacket by Ogawa.
This shade of blue also suits the military look. Far right is a designer
coat from Martin Grant sold by Harvey Nichols. The coat's
distinctive weave introduces a welcome softness taking us
through tones of the blue.
Accessory manufacturers have latched on to Majolica Blue, so you
will have no trouble incorporating this fashion look in your wardrobe
Translated into accessories, Majolica Blue is a versatile
Above Left - Faith Footwear - 'Cembar'- £75 Suede and patent
peep toe platform court. Due Mid Sept 09.
Above Centre Left - Bag by Oasis.
Above Centre Right - JOY Autumn Winter Womenswear 2009 - Blue
Above Right - Moda in Pelle Autumn/Winter 2009 Suede biker boot
with stud straps.
Accent (blue) £95 - Due in: September.
Military looks have been translated across the board, and this longer line cardigan
fulfils the trend of military. Longer line boyfriend
cardigans are also a strong micro trend this winter.
Military Cardigan £14, AW09 - George Women, George at ASDA.
evening wear has inspired retailers to add Majolica Blue based
sequin dresses and coats to their inventory.
The brocade coat far left was by the House of Valentino.
Centre Left - Catwalk coat from Alberta Ferretti.
Right - This blue coat is by Peter Som - Blue karakul coat with
experience as someone with a fair complexion I know Majolica Blue/Blueberry can be a difficult colour to wear.
It can look harsh against fair skins compared with softer purple based
When mixed with other related tones the look is softer and can
bring out colour of the eyes.
Focusing again on the new erogenous zone - the shoulder, this
mixed blue halter neck sequin dress right, is by Marks & Spencer
and is available in October for Christmas 2009.
blue sequin dress £65 T50 5112.
The blue sequin dress far left, by fashion designer Alberta
Ferretti, draws our attention to the interesting fuller banana
sleeves. The chain handle handbag is made of blue Tuscan
The pants and chiffon/metallic top (centre left) are also by
Alberta Ferretti and shoulder interest is at the fore again,
here as a peek-a-boo fashion design.
Hot on trend, Miss Selfridge offers the latest most important
Blue is set to
be one of the biggest colours not only for this winter, but also for next summer, so invest now in
blue tones that suit your complexion. These shades of blue
outfit from Henry Holland enhance a striking outfit.
Left - House of Holland - Tones of Blue and Tibetan lamb
Blue Denim (serge de Nîmes) is made by a process of indigo
dyeing, whereas black and other shades of denim are made by
If sequins are too dressy for you, then denim may be the easy
alternative. It really is hard to go wrong with a denim
purchase. The runways were awash with serge pieces and this
outfit shown right is sure to appeal to younger women and girls.
Far Right - Light blue jacket, skinny jeans £35, £25, Miss
Selfridge Autumn/Winter 2009.
Like me, many of you will prefer the softer tint of the same
blue hue as translated by the three pieces below. Denim
always look great paired with white so everyone can wear the
blues. Softened with white it takes on one the familiar denim
washed out tones.
Studs and zip embellishment on a top ten colour tone easily
bring an item into season.
Below Left -
Studded denim waistcoat £75 Miss Selfridge Autumn/Winter 2009.
Below Centre - Blue Shoe Boot - Marks & Spencer Autumn Winter
2009 Accessories Ankle Boot, £55.
Below Right -
Denim jacket with zip from £35 Miss Selfridge Autumn/Winter 2009.
Pantone of course is not the only colour authority. There are
other providers of top colour charts, although they all use the
Pantone recognised numbering system to ensure those who buy
their charts have access to the consistently exact colours wherever they are
in the world. A retailer in Europe can instruct a supplier
in China or Brazil on a dye colour in various materials using
the Pantone system and know the end colours will be correct.
Other colour providers include Lenzing, TFL colour trends for
the Leather industry, Interfiliere, Stahl, Premiere Vision,
Pinklemon, Design-Options.com, The Style Council and The Color
Association of the United States to name some of the leading
colour design sources. This is not the only blue you will find
in the fashion industry this year and some of my other pages
look at alternative popular blue choices. Right now teal blue,
cobalt and ultramarine are all also having their fashion colour
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