Fashion is a visually driven industry, so it’s no surprise that New York Fashion Week is rife with rich colors from the entire spectrum. Some hues are muted and subtle; others are bold and adventurous.

Here are 10 beautiful color palettes drawn from the year’s Spring/Summer looks, along with 10 analogous patterns, textures, and images inspired by the New York Fashion Week designs.

1. Nautical Orange and Navy

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CG presentation, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by John Aquino/WWD/REX

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Hex: D02C29 / 0C1429 / E94E35 / D7B9A0

This palette juxtaposes a bright, energetic orange and a lively red against deep navy. It creates a striking contrast, which captures your attention and naturally draws your eye in. A warm fawn shade rounds out the palette, adding a touch of elegance.

Stock Photo Life Buoy
Floating tires on a wall of a boat indicating welcome aboard in english and italian by Kyrien

2. Sleek Grays

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Sally LaPointe show, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. By George Chinsee/WWD/REX

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Hex: ADA2A6 / 0C0B0C / D7B9A0 / 7E7774

Never underestimate the power of neutrals. Cool grays, when paired with cream and black, create a palette with a refined, sleek, and elegant feel. The colors are classic and controlled, lending an air of stability and calmness.

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Silhouette of young athlete with bicycle at sunset by KieferPix

3. Pale and Pink

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Idan Cohen show, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by Sandy Ramirez/WWD/REX

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Hex: E1B28F / B88258 / FDF5BA / F27583

This soft, romantic palette brings together warm, elegant pinks with neutral beiges and tans. It feels sweet and feminine, but not overly saccharine.

Stock Photo Abstract Pattern
Amazing pastel abstract background with a combination of a flower and star pattern by WhiteHaven

4. Dreamy Mint and Gold

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Idan Cohen show, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by Sandy Ramirez/WWD/REX

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Hex: 7E9772 / BDDFBC / FAB89A / FCC96C

When you pair mint green and metallic gold, it creates a palette that feels refreshing and cool. Reminiscent of fresh, airy afternoons, the green easily complements gold and peachy tones.

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Old architecture by Andrekart Photography

5. Saffron Subtlety

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Wes Gordon show, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by George Chinsee/WWD/REX

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Hex: BD812C / 0C1429 / D7B9A0 / AC6128

A rich, warm saffron yellow brings a nice pop to this palette. The other colors — muted browns, midnight blue — provide a solid, refined, down-to-earth base for the palette, allowing the gold shade to really stand out.

Stock Photo Butterfly Pattern
Close-up of a Monarch Butterfly Wing pattern by AppStock

6. Romantic Rose

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Zimmerman show, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by John Aquino/WWD/REX

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Hex: 7E7774 / 9D2F3F / F9BFCC / F3F3F4

Delicate and pretty, this palette blends shades of blush, rose, and white. The energy and passion of red is softened by the ballet slipper pink, which imbues femininity and softness.

Stock Photo Roses
A seamless pattern of red roses by Chekmareva Irina

7. Red Takes Over

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Sally LaPointe show, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by George Chinsee/WWD/REX

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Hex: 961C1E / C4BCBA / 7E6B66 / 0C0B0C

Red can be energizing, confident, and even aggressive. This palette mixes it with soft grays to offset some of that passion and excitement, but still allows it to feel bold and vibrant.

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Two detailed red doors surrounded by vintage block archway by Heather Reeder

8. Blue for Days

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Tanya Taylor presentation, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by Robert Mitra/WWD/REX

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Hex: 0C1429 / C4BCBA / E2F3FA / F3F3F4

Blue is known for being a soothing, calming color. This palette mixes two shades of blue: an icy, cool light blue and a midnight navy. Since they’re both in the blue family, it creates consistency and harmony. Together, the palette feels simple, reliable, and serene.

Stock Photo Sky Stars
Sky of stars in lake, rotated, night by chainarong

9. Jewel Tones

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Jason Wu show, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD/REX

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Hex: 0C0B0C / 682E2E / 315163 / 213B40

This palette is full of deep, rich, lush jewel tones. Ruby reds, peacock blues, and teals are sumptuous when placed together, creating a bold look.

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Old color grunge texture by Toluk

10. Blue with a Pop of Pink

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Jonathan Cohen presentation, New York Fashion Week. Sep 11 2015. Photo by Robert Mitra/WWD/REX

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Hex: 0C1429 / 4c8AC9 / E2F3FA / F9BFCC

In this palette, multiple shades of blue — light, medium, and dark — contrast against a soft blush pink. It’s not a common color combination, but it creates balance and conveys freshness.

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Greek island restaurants with colorful tables and chairs by Seqoya

 

With striking color combinations, you can easily create visual interest for your audience. You can stick to tried-and-true basics, but don’t be afraid to mix and match unexpected colors — you never know what will work together until you try.

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