Rough Hue: Fall 2011 Color Trends

It’s hard not to think color when the world is coming up in full bloom, so why wait for autumn to try out fall’s juiciest color trends? This February, I was  thrilled to see that eye-popping, saturated hues weren’t being fazed by the gray winter skies. If anything, dreary days only made the bottle greens, pinky fuchsias, and sunny marigolds all the more necessary. Check out the eight fall 2011 color trends that got my (Yves Klein) blue ribbon this season!


Fire-Engine Red—This season’s red was bright and cheerful, unlike last season’s oxblood trend. I love a simple silhouette that tempers the fiery hue.
Karen Walker spring ’11; Rodarte spring ’11; Max Azria spring ’11; Prabal Gurung spring ’11; all images via



Lemon Yellow—Less Easter-y than the pale yellows I’ve spotted in the past, spring 2011’s lemon yellows were spotted on flowing-but-sporty skirts and tailored jackets.
Karen Walker spring ’11; J.Crew spring ’11; Max Mara spring ’11; Costume National spring ’11; all images via



Champagne—There were plenty of glittering nude gowns, but my favorite champagne looks included gleaming silk skirts and gauzy separates.
Alexander Wang spring ’11; Marc Jacobs spring ’11; Derek Lamb spring ’11; Michael Kors spring ’11; all images via



Felt Gray—Nubby, textured heather-grays with a luxe, felted finish feel utterly modern to me.
Max Mara spring ’11; Rag & Bone spring ’11; Michael Kors spring ’11; Peter Som spring ’11; all images via
Marigold —Whether used as a background for a rich-feeling print or as the base color for the unexpected suiting of the season, marigold has come off the red carpet (remember Michelle Williams’ gorgeous Oscar gown?) and shopping racks for fall!
Edun spring ’11; Acne spring ’11; Alice + Olivia spring ’11; Peter Som spring ’11; all images via
Bottle Green —It’s so easy for this shade of green to look more military-chic than elegant, but this season’s hue managed to nail it. I love the idea of a head-to-toe bottle green in a subtle sheen.
Imitation spring ’11; Halston spring ’11; Acne spring ’11; Christian Siriano spring ’11; all images via
Plum—Plum eggplant, grape…whatever your edible of choice, a rich purple feels fine for fall.
L’Wren Scott spring ’11; Acne spring ’11; J.Crew spring ’11; Michael Kors spring ’11; all images via
Yves Klein Blue—The French artist’s favorite color made appearance after appearance on fall runways. This super-saturated blue is a sumptuous option for after-hour outfit ensembles.
Peter Som spring ’11; Cushnie et Ochs spring ’11; L’Wren Scott spring ’11; Lela Rose spring ’11; all images via
Fuchsia—A little more electric than last season’s honeysuckle, this shade of pink is electrifying as a stand-alone shade or as an accent color.
Jenni Kayne spring ’11; Badgley Mischka spring ’11; J.Crew spring ’11; Libertine spring ’11; all images via

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