Twice a year, during New York Fashion week, Pantone surveys the designers to identify the most directional colors for the upcoming season. It may sound weird, but color themes in the fashion world are actually pre-decided by each country's color council or association (in the U.S. we have the Color Association of the United States). The reason these associations exist is because of the shortage of dyes and fabrics during World War I—a group of design and manufacturing experts decided to get together and discuss the future direction of color for clothing, films costumes, interior design, and more. It's still done today, since it's simply more economical in a world of mass production. So what does this mean for weddings? As we learned during Meryl Streep's "cerulean sweater" speech in the The Devil Wears Prada, the colors shown on the fashion runways each season tend to filter down into all manner of industries.
2011 was declared the year of Honeysuckle, or Pantone 18-2120 TCX, and pictured above are the nine additional colors New York designers are saying will also be hot this year. I love the idea of pairing some of the more netural shades with bright colors for a wedding—maybe nougat + phlox + teal, or honeysuckle + quarry + coffee liqueur. Would you use any of these colors in your wedding color scheme? —Lauren Matthews