Love lifts us up, yet, paradoxically, we fall in love. We experience many different forms of love in our lives. When we are children we experience unconditional love that is simple and pure. It cocoons us. As we grow, it becomes less steady, more widely given and more unpredictable. We fall in love with our idols, we love our friends, we love objects, places and ideas. These different forms of love can be rich, fun, deep or shallow. This notion of waxing and waning, the fleeting and the constant, is expressed in our seasonal palettes. Just like our concept of love, the palettes are designed to uplift us, make us feel happy and, yes, sad too.
These are turbulent times, both politically and socially. In 1967 John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote “All You Need Is Love”. Surely now is the perfect time to reiterate that message to all mankind?
“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”
Barely-there tints that are tranquil and discreet: these colours are important summer staples and work across all end-use areas, equally strong in exclusive luxe products, fashion forward ranges and new architectural expressions.
Colour drains away leaving a small family of neutral shades. We start with white, the purest base from which to commence, closely followed by silver, a reflective point amongst the calm. Grey and black complete a sombre picture.
A cool graduation of buoyant and frothy turquoises, greens and deep water tones cleanly sparkle together against a restrained and soft, cool taupe. They are the multi-taskers of the season.
This reduced palette of adapted and evelved pinks is employed to explore ideas of opposites: dark and light, masculine and feminine. Layered together and in any order, there are no rules concerning proportion.
This range of transitional greens and browns continues to be important and can be used across varied end-use platforms, both in casual, relaxed environments and in more vibrant, modern products.
Timeless tones from earth and clay that rely on basic instinct to point us back to true and certain things
After our last winter selection of transitional blues ebbing into turquoise, we choose new densities for summer, from the material to the airy. We balance these with a strong and assertive choice of four hues of white. We finish off with a touch of gold.
“We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories… and those that carry us forward, are dreams.” – HG Well
The concept of time is an integral part of our lives, woven into our everyday language. Time defines what we are doing, thinking, planning and feeling. We constantly measure time to see how much we can accomplish. Information must be relayed in “real time”. Time limits frustrate us, while spare time is a luxury. Time is a commodity; we spend it, we waste it, we use it wisely, we devote it to others, we lose track of it.
Time is something that we don’t want to run out of. Like a spool of everlasting thread, anchored somewhere in the darkness, it winds out of the past and on into the future, connecting us all in complex ways. It is the one unalterable, dependable thing that cannot be broken or stretched – yet.
This season’s Colour Planner tries to capture the many facets of time: the fast and furious, the slow and simple, the past and future. We reinterpret tropes that feel conventional and pair them with scenarios that are far removed from conventional. Colours range from classic formats through to fully saturated, punchy narratives. It’s a balance between the familiar and the strange, the dark and the light.
A simple but nuanced set of four near-neutrals quietly headline this enduring and naturally inspired story – a mute, honest and calm introduction to the season.
Rusts, and corroded greens – coloured neutrality each symbolising the passing of time and how this affects living matter.
THE BEGINNING OF TIME
The myths of the beginning of time tell of deep darkness, which we represent, here, with a indefinite, dusty blue teamed to the colours of rocks, illuminated by light.
These rich, weighty, winter brights are used liberally and with exuberance. They are equal in importance and can be used as single colour, solid statements or together in simple combinations.
The speed of light and blurred vision influence all the colours here. Obscure darks are the background against which rushing brights hit, collide, and slam into each other.
From a base of vivid, fractured and heated brights, we explore the split second movement that animated colour brings. Intensely hot shades of red gradually chill down to first purples and then blues.
A predominately monochrome palette with touches of the lightest hues that infiltrate and permeate each other. Black and white are universal and ever-present.
Last season’s transitional blues ebb into the realm of turquoise. Although they are content to mingle with one another, they are, in fact, designed to be contrasted with other shades from outside the blue family.
The green colours here make up a seasonless, transitional range featuring various hues, each one with its own identity.
COLOUR PLANNER 38 FOR SUMMER 2018
In Greek and Roman mythology the word “muse”, referred to the nine goddesses, daughters of Zeus, the supreme deity of the ancient Greeks and Mnemosyne, the ancient Greek goddess of memory. These nine goddesses presided over the Arts and Sciences, two areas that are today developing hand in hand at an incredibly rapid pace. Because of this, we feel that they are the perfect inspiration for Spring/Summer 2018. Right now, we are experiencing a moment of acceleration in our desire to merge science and art. By doing this, we uncover new approaches and ideas, not just in colour, but also in form, material and shape.
Our palettes are designed to encourage adventure without the fear of losing touch, about exploration of the new without losing sight of the known – which is crucial when dealing with commercial product. Our new palettes are diverse, rather than limited and all-embracing, because we live in a post-trend world of multiple ideas and cult items.
Last season, we explained how different brands are now using our palettes as a starting point to create and merchandise a more unique approach to colour that can be tailored to their very own customers. We continue to develop this approach for Spring/Summer 2018 as brands grow in confidence to do what is right for them rather than follow the mainstream.
COLOUR PLANNER 38: MUSE CONTENTS
The enlightenment palette includes inexpressive shades floating, flying, hovering to find a direction, a muse. The two neutrals – white and warm grey – are sprinkled with a layer of wind-whipped blue and glacier green.
This palette is based on four reassuring hues of ligneous browns. Wood has been used by men for tens of thousands of years as the basic source material and the colours of wood are part of our evolution.
Four grounded shades, rooted in nature, are the foundation of our story – green, blue and brown. Trustworthy khaki and cool slate act as well loved base colours, from which olive and lichen spring forth.
Fragrant and restful colours: a creamy pink sits with a passionate coral, rich warm brown and a gentle aromatic cumin. These serene tones are perfect for creating tranquil groupings that are also decoratively rich and layered.
Four heavily pigmented, opaque colours convey a strong commercial statement about the solidity and essential confidence you get from a good, mid-toned summer selection.
A range with a touch of core yellow in every hue: from the new yellowish greens to the more acidic shades, yellow initiates every tint here.
White is the start point for this group and is a key summer colour, particularly when offset with other high energy brights. The pinks continue to be important.
Bridging our way from S/S 2018 towards A/W 18/19, we introduce a quartet of transitional colours – four strong and atmospheric blues, each bearing a contrasting character, but that work as a family.
Another transitional range where four soft, warm and cold tones carry forward our winter dark narrative from last season, but are dusted and greyed into a softer expression for the transition into summer.