Spring 2013 color forecasts from Pantone: Blue is the new Black

Pantone has given us a sneak peek into the color palette for spring 2013, and it is nothing short of fabulous! The colors forecasted for next year’s warm weather season are lively and vivacious; as described by Pantone.

Put on your sunglasses because designers are favoring florescent hues, pastel shades and many colors have become the “new neutrals.”

Here is a breakdown of what to expect in the color palette for spring and summer 2013:

  • Blue is the new black. Shades of blue will not be watered down, and they will be the base for many ensembles in the spring 2013 season.
  • Neutrals are being transformed and offering shades of color as opposed to being basic beige or sand.
  • Bright colors are still hot and will evolve with new color combinations put together in unexpected ways by designers.
  • Metallics are still important but will be found intertwined in fabrics and materials as opposed to 2012’s overt metallic trend.
  • Black is still relevant, although sidelined by blue for spring 2013. Black will be played with, and like fall 2012, the classic hue will be found in varied textures, materials and offered as depth rather than a flat shade.
  • Brown will be an alternative base color and will be used to compliment the colors of the season.

There you have it! Pantone has given us a sneak peek into spring/summer 2013. The spring/summer 2013 runways will debut in early fall and here at Bay Area Fashionista we will be watching to bring you the newest trends hot from the runway.
Watch us this fall! We will be bringing you the top ten colors for spring/summer 2013 too.

Wondering how to get a head start on the spring/summer 2013 color palette? While shopping the summer sales this month, look for florescent hues, shades of blue which are not watered down and textured fabrics in black. They will be great items for next year and will help you be ahead of the runway fashion curve.

Happy shopping and stay fabulous 


Fall 2012 fashion trends: Black and Gold

Black and yellow gold, worn together, dominated the runways in Paris, Milan, New York and London for the fall/winter 2012/2013 season. The classic combination, which was most memorable on the Dolce & Gabbana runway, offers many options for Fashionistas in the upcoming cool weather.

There are so many different ways to wear black and gold together, which is what makes this trend easy to follow for fall 2012; and possibly easy on the wallet. Many Fashionistas have an abundant amount of black clothing, and since yellow gold jewelry is classic, many fashion-savvy dressers may very well have at least one necklace or pair of earrings in the golden hue. This makes the black and gold trend easy to follow just by shopping one’s closet and pulling together black items and gold jewelry.

Of course, the black and gold trend can also be worn in an edgier way than classic black clothing and gold jewelry. Metallic accessories such as shoes and handbags can be found in yellow gold and paired with black apparel. And, the opposite can be done with gold apparel paired with black shoes and a black handbag.

The fashion-forward way to wear black and gold this fall 2012 season is to emulate what we saw on the runways. Designers created black apparel embellished with gold embroidery, threads and beadwork which added a rich and decadent feeling to the color combination.

There are so many ways to wear black and gold together this fall 2012 season. This is definitely a trend which can be found inside your closet, or can be shopped for guilt-free since black and gold are classic hues.
We found a few fabulous black and gold items around the web and assembled them into the Polyvore below. Hope you love it! Happy shopping and stay fabulous 

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Fashion is back in black for the fall 2012 season

Just as the fashion world became excited about bright colors, pastels and neon hues, Vera Wang sent a black wedding dress down her fall 2012 bridal runway. To top the matter off, Milan Fashion Week for fall/winter 2012/2013 menswear, which ended on January 18, 2012, was a sea of black. Not only has black dominated the menswear runways for fall 2012, a few designers such as Emporio Armani, sent their womenswear collection down the menswear runways as well, and they were just as black.

Black has been a mainstay in the wardrobes of Fashionistas for decades; the hue never really went of style, it was just overshadowed by the bright colors of recent seasons. What used to be deemed an anti-establishment hue, black became cool in the 1990’s when minimalism ruled the runways and the streets.

The fall/winter 2012/2013 menswear runways may as well have had the same AC/DC tune blaring on the stereo’s, because 99% of the designers showed up with their collections “Back In Black” and the beautiful bright colors of spring 2012 were nowhere to be found. It should be interesting to see what fall 2012 brings for women when New York Fashion Week kicks off on February 9, 2012. Will we be in a sea of dark and dismal black? Or will autumn hues of orange, green, burgundy, chocolate brown and deep navy grace the runways as seen in many pre-fall collections? We shall see. . .