We previously listed the first four shades in Part I of our SS16 color report. Here is our rundown of the last five shades, including the original inspiration for each color, plus examples of the shade in clothing, home accessories and beauty products.
Also, Keratin Complex Director of Education Amy Michleb shares her “dare to be different” hair-color advice for each of these hues, which comprise our 2016 Spring/Summer Fashion Shades collection.
Photo credits, clockwise from left: Jantzen; Cliole; Giambattista Valli; Revlon
A color bursting with vibrancy and energy, Buttercup is not for the faint of heart.
“With Buttercup, designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place,” says Pantone. Designers embracing this bright yellow—either on a whole garment or as an accent color—included Hermes, Giambattista Valli, Haider Ackermann, Isabel Marant and Marni.
Buttercup can be found in a Jantzen Vamp swimsuit, Revlon ColorStay nail enamel, and a beaded necklace from Cliole.
Dare to be different: Our favorite way to incorporate this shade is to apply a full head of balayage, then use Buttercup on pieces around the head.
Photo credits, clockwise from left: Carven; Smith Cypress; NCLA Los Angeles; Madison Park Bedding
“Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in Lilac Gray adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade,” Pantone says. Designers using this color included Emporio Armani, Prada, Altuzarra, Amanda Wakeley and Carven.
This neutral color can be used in many ways, including as nail color (from NCLA in Tutus and Traffic Violations), sunglasses (from Smith Cypress in Crystal Lilac/Gray Gradient), and bed linens (Madison Park Morris bedding ensemble in Biloxi Purple).
Dare to be different: This is the most versatile of colors in this range that can be used on all age groups and with many styles. It is a beautiful toner on highlights with a darker base throughout the rest of the hair.
Photo credits, clockwise from top left: Guess; Homer Laughlin Fiesta; Ralph Lauren; Lulu’s
Another super-bright color, Fiesta “is a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales,” Pantone declares. This yellow-based red can provide a welcome pop of color and looks great paired with almost every other color in the trend collection. It was featured on the runways of Olympia Le Tan, Pamella Roland, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Adeam, among many others.
Go bold with a Fiesta-inspired Chromat swimsuit, Bamboo Lynna sandal from Lulu’s, Cate Lipstick satchel handbag from Guess, Nars nail polish in Soup Can, and Fiesta tableware in the original bright red.
Dare to be different: Blue and green eyes will dominate when framed by Fiesta, a spicy shade. It should be applied to sections of the fringe area for best effect.
Photo credits, clockwise from bottom left: Café Press; Etsy; Trussardi; Ray-Ban; Bliss Home & Design
“A transitional color that will take us through the seasons, Iced Coffee manifests as another strong neutral for the season,” Pantone says. Its natural earthy quality creates a stable foundation for basic wardrobe items or when combined with other colors. Designers employing this cool/warm shade included 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Hermes, Rick Owens, Pucci and Trussardi.
This is a great color for unisex use. For instance: a Bellabisinia scarf in Beige and Crème available on Etsy; silk towels in Natural from Bliss Home & Design; Ray-Ban Original Aviator sunglasses in Gold Shiny/Brown Lenses; and houndstooth checkered coffee mugs in Beige & White from Café Press.
Dare to be different: Iced Coffee can be used as a whole-head color, or as lowlights between highlights. This cool beige tone is subtle but impactful, and may just become your go-to color!
Photo credits, clockwise from left: Emilio Pucci; Novica; GlassNow; Charming Charlie
Our last 2016 Spring/Summer Fashion Shade is the most “summery” of all! This bright green hue, Pantone says, “calls on its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane.” Green Flash can be found in clothing from Angel Sanchez, Nicole Miller, Vetements and Emilio Pucci to name a few.
Add pops of Green Flash to your life via Verona glass containers in Lime from GlassNow; a fair trade, artisan-crafted wood torsade necklace, “Khao Luang Belle,” from Novica; and a Chiara cross-body wristlet in Bright Green from Charming Charlie.
Dare to be different: Use Green Flash by itself on pre-lightened hair as an accent color, or pair it with Buttercup or Fiesta for a bold and on-trend statement hairstyle!
For your own customized SS16 Fashion Shades hair color, visit your favorite Keratin Complex stylist!