PANTONE VIEW COLOUR PLANNER #42
Deep sea animals follow a surprisingly regular pattern when it comes to colour. Blue animals live near the surface. Deeper down they are blue on top and white underneath, further below they take on transparent qualities but have red stomachs and below that, they are all red or all black. At the deepest level, they are pale red or cream.
Our colour card for S/S 2020 is not quite so consistent. For example, our deep darks move to lofty pales. But, just like the sea creatures, our different palettes have different depths, from the inky blues of the sperm whales to the brightest orange of a clown fish.
In previous seasons, we saw a lot of ethereal shades, but what begins to come through for spring summer, is a profundity of colour. Each palette seems to live in a sea of its own not necessarily related to the world around it. This is very reflective of the tribal behaviour going on in consumption right now and even of the ways in which people generally regard water: fear, excitement, energizing, challenging, relaxing; beach and resort, work and struggle.
When we come to harmonies and cross-fertilization, the step forward lies in the contrasts. There is so much more than before. Although the pales are presented tone-on-tone in their own story, they are contrasted with harder colour in the harmonies – a turquoise with lagoon grey or a bright orange with the taupe family. We see hot with cold colours. This is because our colour expressions explore all depths of water, reflecting the coolest of streams as well as thermal beds of underwater volcanoes.