The Color Association of the United States for Spring/Summer 2012 is above. This season, discussion centered around the youth market following a global sensibility. What’s going on in the world is impacting fashion, even for children. The lines between the adult and youth markets are not as defined, with children’s wear designs only slightly tweaked for a younger audience.
Parents are spending money on their children–from clothes to education–even if they are not spending on themselves. Consistent with the previous season, all three trends emphasize a down-to-earth lifestyle, focusing on straightforward influences, devoid of technological enhancement.

Below, Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Spring 2012. For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles — from free  and playful to light and breezy, and contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.

“Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
“They have learned how color can help them alter a mood, while providing the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations.”