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Pantone Colour Trends AW18

At the beginning of the year we introduced you to Ultraviolet - Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2018. I'd be the first to admit that I viewed it with a little scepticism, as purple can be such a polarising shade, particularly when it comes to clothes and interiors. While it's made some impact, I've got far higher hopes for this season's colour trend report from Pantone, which features a range of hugely wearable shades for every skintone.

Regardless of whether you are a slavish fashion follower or prefer to do your own thing, the Pantone colour trend reports are a great way of finding out which colours are going to be available in the shops for the coming season, in terms of both clothing and interiors.


While the combination of colours had me reeling at first glance - so many colours! - it means that there's good news for everyone, with at least a couple of shades for each seasonal palette featuring within the top Pantone shades.


Cosy Merino Wrap in Deep Claret, Swing V Neck in Beaujolais


Sleeveless V in Poppy, Short Cascade Wrap in True Red


Charli Top in Cobalt Blue, Short Cascade Wrap in Perwinkle


City Poncho in Indian Ochre, Daphne Blouse in Bamboo


Alpaca Shawl in Dark Sage, Camisole in Old Bronze


Everyday Cotton Tee in Tangelo, Cara V Neck in Mandarin Orange


Long Rio Wrap in Pansy, Cosy Merino Wrap in Royal Purple


Charli Top in Lilac, Fine Cotton Tee in Wisteria


Cara V Neck in Soft Orchid, Cotton Rib Bolero in Rosewater


Long Vest Top in Acid Yellow, Diane Swing Top 3/4 in Canary Yellow


Silky Crew in Shaded Spruce, Milan Knit Crew in Antique Teal


Cotton Blazer in Pink Peacock, Twist Top in Hot Pink

And don't forget the neutrals! Pantone has also released its favourite neutrals in the form of the Classic Palette for the upcoming season.


You'll spot a failsafe soft white (which works for almost every skintone) in there, along with almost-universally wearable navy. If you have a cool skintone (Summer or Winter seasonal palettes) leave the beige and tan neutrals to the warm seasons, but ice grey will be perfect for you, or switch it out for nimbus and you've got another universally flattering neutral. In short, Pantone is embracing neutrals for everyone this season, and we think you should too - universal neutrals form the perfect basis for your wardrobe, regardless of skintone.

Kathy on Aug 18, 2018 3:25 PM

Oooh, thank you! This is so tantalising. There are some sumptuous shades in there, and I can't wait to see what Kettlewell has got for this new season!

Kathleen Hughes on Aug 18, 2018 9:32 AM

Thank you for the Pantone colours. I so much enjoy your ideas & suggestions. Had my colour consultation 20 years ago - always grateful. Please could you rustle up some long (maxi or midi) skirts again. I have 3 and need more (autumn) Many thanks.

kate on Aug 17, 2018 11:35 AM

But I want them now! Such beautiful colours - when will they be available, please?

Kettlewell Colours: Next week! :-)