Menswear Color Forecast F/W 2015-16

Courtesy of Fashion Snoops

A first look at the must have colors for men. Fashion Snoops’ Fall/Winter 2015-16 Color Forecast identifies 4 key families: Regal Shades, Landscape Tones, Escape Brights, and Frosted Neutrals. Color has slowly evolved in importance for menswear, becoming increasingly important for a market that places such emphasis on elevated and updated basics. For F/W 15/16, the dominant palettes confirm various themes that place a renewed focus on Sci-Fi sportsmen, archetypes of men’s uniforms, and plenty of luxe classics.

The Top 10 Colors

Super saturated regal shades are the most important, bringing out a romantic dimension for plenty of lush velvets, decorative silk jacquards, and cozy wool, while a slew of masculine hues that could easily be the new neutrals (cherrywood brown, Dijon yellow, iron oxide, saddle brown, and tank olive) pointed towards a more refined version of workwear and time-honored uniforms. Finally, eye-popping brights and a range of frosted neutrals that easily pair back to the tried-and-true mid-tones add a surprising novelty to winter assortments.

SMOKE GREEN (Frosted Neutrals)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, SMOKE GREEN (Frosted Neutrals)

One of the newer emerging colors for Fall/Winter is a smokey shade of green-grey, perfect for woolen bombers, military jackets, and textural tailoring like corduroy or velvet.

MAUVE (Frosted Neutrals)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, MAUVE (Frosted Neutrals)

Unusual for fall collections was a brief showing of mauve pink, with strong undercurrents of light grey. It’s a sophisticated and curiously different alternative from the many darker greys that dominate assortments.

CHERRYWOOD (Landscape Tones)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, CHERRYWOOD (Landscape Tones)

Brown remains the new grey, meaning a key neutral. With hints of rich red, cherrywood is a beautiful complement to ivory and charcoal grey. Perfect for suede, leather, and suiting, it is a sophisticated new option for F/W.

SADDLE BROWN (Landscape Tones)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, SADDLE BROWN (Landscape Tones)

Besides rich shades of cherrywood, lighter hues of saddle brown are the season’s new alternative to classic camel. With a slightly redder cast, it is a nice complement to light grey and other shades of brown.

IRON OXIDE (Landscape Tones)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, Iron Oxide

Industrial shades of rust which range from orange to faded are important as a contrast to the many suiting greys and inky blues of the season.

BENCH GREEN (Regal Shades)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, Bench Green

Deeply saturated shades of bottle green are typically lustrous for active influence. Often paired back to charcoal, ink or black, it remains a key color for menswear.

CADET BLUE (Regal Shades)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, CADET BLUE (Regal Shades)

The dominant shade of mid-blue is a utilitarian contrast to the many inks and powder blues on the runways. Monochromatic styling is the most directional, and tweed shows up in interesting new hues.

CLARET RED (Regal Shades)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, CLARET RED (Regal Shades)

Warmer and more red than last season’s vineyard, claret is the perfect option for crushed velvet suiting and lustrous satin tuxedos.

PACIFIC SEA (Escape Brights)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, PACIFIC SEA (Escape Brights)

New for Fall/Winter is a beautifully sophisticated shade of green. With strong hints of blue, pacific sea looks great with all shades of blue, grey and even black - also perfect for woolen fabrics and lustrous surfaces like crushed velvet.

SLICKER YELLOW (Escape Brights)

Top Color, Menswear Market, F/W 2015-16, SLICKER YELLOW (Escape Brights)

Slicker yellow is one of the most jovial hues for Fall/Winter, influenced by coastal classics and nautical brights. Most designers paired it back to black for a full expression of contrast.

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This FW 2015-16 Men's Color Seasonal Recap by Fashion Snoops is a comprehensive report, breaking down the key women’s colors & palettes for the upcoming season. The focus with this report is to demonstrate the most influential color families and combinations as well as direct you to emerging hues. In addition, for the first time ever, we confirm select colors from our Visionary reports, signaled by a star, in an effort to further connect our forecasts and runway trends.

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