At first glance of this palette, I was confused. The first five colors have cohesion, but the last five hues do not ring consistent. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but those last five colors remind me more of spring or summer, not fall. After listening to Lee Eiseman talk about the fall collection it made sense.
Eiseman along with a whole team of color experts chose the hues of each palette. If you listen to her talk she notes how this season is the first ever palette to be gender free, meaning every single color is applicable to anyone and everyone. She also vividly persuades viewers why the more unusual colors do fit.
After listening to her I was almost convinced. A few days later I came across the Burberry fall collection where I began to see the palette, outcast colors included, make sense for fall.
Once the fall palette finally clicked into place, I began to recognize it in many collections. From Chanel to Burberry, American Apparel to even Forever 21, the colors were there. American Apparel and Forever 21 did a more prominent take on the colors. Their designs utilize solid colored fabric in hues from the palette. But Chanel’s line is something extraordinary.
During the spring I watched the Chanel ready-to-wear video on Youtube. The designs were typical Chanel, the fabric was typical fabric; the line was fine. But after looking deeply into the Pantone fall palette, I can tell you for a fact the Karl Lagerfeld is ingenious.
The line uses the palette in a very subdued manner. The fabrics immerse the hues into the weaving or into the pattern. By doing this and keeping the designs classic Chanel, the item still looks timeless.
If you couldn’t tell by now I love this Chanel line. I would absolutely love to purchase a look from this year’s ready-to-wear collection, but I can’t. I am a poor college student living off of a budget. “Designer” really isn’t in my vocabulary right now. Neither is “purchasing shirts in every single fall Pantone color”.
Instead I might try sprucing up an old outfit with an accessory in a fall color.