Thursday, September 24, 2015

SCALA, CALLANAN, TOMMY BAHAMA and CAPPELLI straworld on trend for S16

Pantone’s Spring 2016 Fashion Color Report: “Transformative”

As a follow up to sell "fashion not hats", check out this report from ACCESSORIES MAGAZINE. I have added hats from the S16 catalogs which merchandise back to the S16 pantone colors. The chosen styles are in fact a random selection from the catalogs. When you look at this report you will see that our collections are strewn with on trend fashion colors and silhouettes.
NONE of the competition offer the gamut of fashion styles and colors that we do.

The PANTONE color names are just syntactics. Most of your customers will not even know them but it's good for you to know them.
You say fiesta, I say orange. You call it coral, I call it peach.

Christian Siriano Sketch
Christian Siriano Sketch
Carlstadt, NJ—Most of the Spring/Summer 2016 fashion shows are taking place at Skylight at Moynihan Station, the historic James A. Farley Post Office in Manhattan. But today’s NYFW news comes from New Jersey, home of Pantone, the color authority.
To coincide with New York Fashion Week, Pantone once again debuts its Fashion Color Report, a comprehensive overview of designers’ use of color in their upcoming Spring 2016 collections. This year’s report features designers including Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff, Pamella Roland, and many others using the top colors of the spring season: Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Lilac Gray, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, Green Flash.
The Spring 2016 Pantone Fashion Color Report is one of two semiannual reports published for the fashion industry, features the top 10 colors for women’s and men’s fashions, along with designer sketches and inspirations. (The complete report is available at
Rebecca Minkoff Sketch
Rebecca Minkoff Sketch
“The colors emerging in the Spring collections serve as vehicles that transport wearers to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration,” reports Pantone.

‘Calm and Relaxation’

“The color palettes of this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Yet with our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for balance by incorporating those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”
Designers were also inspired by the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, leading to unexpected color combinations and collections reminiscent of architecture, travel and nostalgia. By creating looks that truly represent the world we live in, both constructed and organic, designers sought to awaken a sense of reflection, followed by playful escapism.

Yoana Baraschi SketchRGB

Fine Art Factor

Fine art is also an inspiration. In particular artists–many of whom are known for bold color usage and strong shapes and lines, played an influential role in this season’s styles – from Matisse, Picasso and Frank Stella to Esther Stewart and Sam Falls. With Cuba and other destinations south of the border top of mind, designers are playing with courageous color statements; coupling these vibrant hues with quieting, classic and more natural tones.
Colors shown on the runway also transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette. For Spring 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between the men’s and women’s collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play.
The top colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Spring 2016 are:

PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz - mini Swatch card
Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset or budding flower, “Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.”

PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo - mini Swatch card
Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility.

PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity - mini Swatch card
Serenity, a blue sky color comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.


PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue - mini Swatch card
Snorkel Blue is a member of the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context; it’s maritime inspired, implying a relaxing vacation and encourages escape.

PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup - mini Swatch card

Buttercup is expressed designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.

PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta - mini Swatch card
Fiesta is a high energy harbinger of excitementencouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales.


PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray - mini Swatch card
Lilac Gray has the subtlety of the lilac undertone with a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.


PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee - mini Swatch card
Iced Coffee is a transitional color that will take us through the season as another strong neutral. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee creates a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette.


PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell - mini Swatch card

Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined shade of aqua that leans toward the green family and is suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.

PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash - mini Swatch card

Green Flash calls on its wearer to explore and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Callanan best selling raffia hat style CR212-NAT OR TEA COLORS, is featured in the current ,JULY/AUGUST 2015, issue of THE SWIM JOURNAL. This 100% hand made, crochet raffia hat, is easy to wear and pack for travel. It has a self trim tipped with mother of pearl buttons.