As a natural color, mustard is an earthy accent to browns, taupe, clay and gray. Seen nationally as an accent everything from carpeting to furnishings, mustard adds life to the subdued, grayed palette preferences of today.
New York fall 2014 runways showcased ochre and cognac used in leather outerwear and wools. Forecasts for 2015 and 2016 women’s wear suggest a return of the ’70s browns with an updated use of varying shades of gold and mustard. Using multiple shades of gold together is a new approach.
While almost any of the color groups tend to have a consistent presence in some form or another, there do seem to be trending or seasonal highlights. In the past year or so, yellow has seen a resurgence in its sophisticated green based hue – turning lime to a softer citrine. The popularity of blue has also pulled yellow along as a natural companion and accent. It is a classic combination.
Going forward, we appear to be mellowing and highlighting yellow in molten metallics, deep cognac, rich ethnic saffron, and grounded maize. Mustard lets the sun shine in!