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Fashionably Fresh

By: Kate Hamilton
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the April 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Moving from maxed-out color to a more subdued look, Spring 2006 has relaxed from seasons past.

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The trends for spring breeze in with a cool sense of calm, coupled with fashionable elegance. “With the influence of the beach, the desert, and natural, organic materials, neutrals take a stand with a range of quiet shades,” according to Pantone, Inc.’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2006. Resonating a gentle combination, muted pastels and deeper earth tones unite.

“After several seasons of color, color, color, it’s time to relax a little,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Color this season is toned down, more muted—they’re not pastels, not brights, but a nuance in between.” Making a departure from the deep autumnal tones of Fall 2005 and the electric shades of Winter 2005, Spring 2006 steers the trends into a playful respite of effortless attitude.

Breeze in color. Blue makes a splash with inspirations from the sea. Taking form in Blue Tint, Skyway, Viola and Deep Ultramarine, high-fashion designers such as Lela Rose, Peter Som and Esteban Cortazar are making this season’s star shade their signature color. Ralph Lauren introduced a blue patchwork suit and menswear stripes in Skyway with his spring collection. Layering the shades or adding accents of creamy French Vanilla, earthy Sand Dollar and rich, chocolaty Clove, the mood is blue. See Spring Color Trends.

White takes the lead with this season’s tone-down of color. The New York runways were all the rage with this virginal hue, featured in some of the headlining collections. Calvin Klein showcased an A-line knee-length dress, while Brian Cook paired a classic white button-down blouse and a sleek, straight skirt, and Narciso Rodriguez introduced a white trench dress matched with black heels.