Stylebook at NYFW: Pantone predicts top color picks for spring 2016

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NEW YORK -- South-of-the-border culture, a calm sensibility and blurred gender lines are just a few of the inspirations behind Pantone's top color picks for spring 2016.

Pantone, the industry's authority on all-things color, released its bi-annual trend report in time for New York Fashion Week, which previews through Thursday across the city collections for next spring and summer.

The anticipated hot hues for the season include: Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity (a soft blue), Snorkel blue (a rich blue), Buttercup yellow, Limpet Shell aqua, Fiesta (a fiery, yellow-based red), Iced Coffee and Green Flash.

"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves," Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said in a statement about the spring 2016 report. "With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation."

As is to be expected in spring fashion, many of these color choices are nods to nature's renewal this time of year. But Pantone also notes Cuba's resurgence as a global destination as a key influencer behind some of the report's more unboundedly vibrant color combinations

Unlike seasons where Pantone releases picks for men and women, the spring 2016 colors make up what it's dubbed a "unisex palette."

"There are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between men's and women's collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play," the report states.

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