Color Trends for A/W 16/17

Colour decisions begin at one of the first stages of the development cycle.

The ‘colour palette’ is what designers use to begin their first selection of experiments with colour.  The first initial selections of the colour palette are important because those colours define the personality of the collection. The colour story will then collaborate with the prints, yarn dyed fabrics and other accessories and finally, the garments.  On average approximately 200 pieces of textiles are used for one collection.

Clear, strong messages emerged as trends for A/W 16/17, leaving little doubt surrounding the importance of the key colours for the season. From core neutrals through to directional brights, the entire palette feels refreshed and reinvigorated.

• Cosmetic pink-cast neutrals evolve summer's sandy neutrals while a palette of rich amber shades emerges as the key browns message

• Red is a focal point for the season, spanning warming wine tones through to sweet, orange-cast brights

• Bolstering the brights message, a riot of vibrant colour forms a directional palette, with cobalt blue, sunshine yellow, fuchsia pink and regal purple driving the story

• Luxurious pewter, copper and bronze update the metallics palette

Women’s A/W 16/17 Core Colors

The core colours for footwear and accessories straddle either end of the spectrum, sweeping from creamy, off-white neutrals to deep, bordering-on-black tones. Drawing-room red and burgundy brown serve as this season’s new oxbloods, while bramble green and intense blue stand out for their luxurious richness.


Men’s A/W 16/17 Core Colors

This palette builds on the foundation of classic bread-and-butter tones. Outdoorsy greens that are warm, rich and rustic bring a utility feel to the collection. Dark espresso and dark maroon provide depth and richness, while sandstone and green-toned stone grey present lighter alternatives.

Color Pallets from the Catwalk

Winter White

refined white palette makes an impact for footwear and accessories this season. Shades range from icy, blue-cast whites through to softer, warmer tones. Colour-matched styling and mono-colour products serve to amplify the effect of this directional winter colour story.

Blush Pink

The soft blush tones that began to emerge for S/S 15 gather pace for the winter season. The palette ranges from the palest of white-cast pinks through to sticky, saccharine shades, their sickly sweetness emphasised with glossy, high-shine patent surfaces.

Cosmetic Neutrals

Summer's trend for sandy neutrals is evolved with a focus on cosmetic skin tones to create an essential palette for leather footwear and accessories. Smooth, unblemished surfaces are key in emphasising the luxurious nature of this palette.

Amber Browns

A warm palette of orange-cast shades evolves the tan message for the season. These colours work as the ideal canvas for gold hardware, embroidery, studwork and texture- blocking so integral to the all-important nomadic, global traveller trend.

Vegetal Greens

The season's core green palette is rooted in earthy, vegetal colour. It is divided into two stories: lush evergreen tones and muted yellow-cast tones. The latter is key for the bags category, offering a commercial alternative to the essential cosmetic neutrals, while the former is important for textural soft accessories.

Winter Wines

Rich, warming red tones emerged in New York before gathering paces across each of the subsequent cities. The palette spans deep, purple-cast shades through to softer blush hues and is an essential cross-category colour message for the season.

Sweet Reds

At the other end of the red spectrum, a palette of sweet reds emerges as an important directional colour message for A/W 16/17. Glossy surfaces, glittering gemstones and high-shine embellishment bolster the impact of this important seasonal colour story.


From regal purple through to sunshine yellow, bright fuchsia and cobalt, a riot of vibrant brights prevail on the catwalks this season. Exotic embossing, plush textures, high- shine surfaces and XXL silhouettes emphasise the energy that inspires this directional colour trend.

Powder Blue

This feminine palette of powder blues conjures up visions of Rococo opulence. Smooth, saturated leathers drive the trend, with felted fabrics paired with softened colour working as a more commercial buy in to this directional winter colour message.

Warm Metallics

After seasons dominated by cool silver and yellow gold, the metallics palette is reinvigorated with a whole host of warm tones. Surfaces are dulled for commercial appeal, with mixed metals applied through embellishment and hardware creating a more directional offering.

A/W 16/17 Color Reference Chart

A/W 16/17 Color Reference Chart

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