Pantone Names Top 10 Colors for Fall 2012

Rachel Roy
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Pantone's Pink Flambé

Tangerine Tango has found a few friends to play with for Fall 2012.

Named 2012's Color of the Year, the "spirited reddish orange" has been listed as one of the top 10 most popular shades for next season, according to the just-released Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2012.

Inspired by the Fall 2012 collections hitting New York Fashion Week, the report gives the nod to intense brights like Pink Flambé, Olympian Blue, Bright Chartreuse, and Ultramarine Green alongside more muted tones like Honey Gold, Rose Smoke, the pale purple Rhapsody, Titanium gray, and French Roast.

"By playing to consumers’ practical side with versatile neutrals, and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skillfully balanced palette has something for everyone,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says in a press statement.

Look for Rhapsody and Olympian Blue to surface in Tommy Hilfiger's prep-meets-military offerings, while Nanette Lepore, Peter Som, and Rachel Roy are all drawn to Pink Flambé.

And what will constitute as a "must-have" for Fall 2012? For Betsey Johnson, it's "hot pink hot pants" (big surprise), while NAHM is all about the shirtdress and Tracy Reese is big on printed pencil skirts.

We'll take 'em all!