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8:30 AM 10/16/2001

Designers Send an Important Color Message for the American Spirit

NEW YORK – October 3, 2001 – No one could have known about the tragedy that was going to bring New York Fashion Week, and the nation, to an abrupt halt, but suddenly the colors designers had planned to send down the runways for Spring 2002 seem more appropriate than ever.

Little did designers know that their use of true red, crisp white and classic blue would come to mean so much during Fashion Week and certainly in the weeks, months and years to come. With the American flag blanketing the nation after the attacks in New York and Washington, it seems only fitting that designers produced collections highlighting the colors of Old Glory.

In addition to the patriotic red, white and blue, designers also offered comforting neutrals like sunburnt brown, bleached beige and warm gray, as well as the brighter shades of sunny yellow, fresh peppermint and tropical turquoise that will provide the relief the country so needs.

"In times of stress and sorrow, we need color to lift our spirits," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "The more vibrant colors for Spring 2002 can give us a sense of hope and cheer. We all need that now and will continue to need it into the future."

Each season, Pantone surveys the designers showing at 7th on Sixth and collects feedback on prominent collection colors, color inspiration, color philosophy and each designer's signature shades. This information is used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report.

The most directional women's ready-to-wear colors for Spring 2002 are: Bleached Sand PANTONE 13-1008 TC, Sunburn PANTONE 16-1429 TC, Pussywillow Gray PANTONE 15-6304 TC, Peppermint PANTONE 16-6329 TC, Blue Atoll PANTONE 16-4535 TC, Classic Blue PANTONE 19-4052 TC, Lollipop PANTONE 18-1764 TC and Sunset Gold PANTONE 13-0940 TC.

Pantone, Inc., developer of the globally accepted PANTONE Color Systems, is the leading source of traditional and electronic products for the selection and accurate communication of color. With over 38 years of experience, Pantone is recognized as the worldwide market leader in color communication and color technology for the graphic design, printing, publishing, textile and plastics industries. Wherever color is spoken, Pantone is the definitive authority.

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