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Top Autumn 2023 colours from Pantone®

Top Autumn 2023 colours from Pantone®


At the time of writing, some vegetables are being rationed at some supermarkets due to poor weather in the countries where the produce is grown. We just for granted that whatever the season and time of year, that we can have any type of possible fruit or vegetable. We are disappointed not to be able to buy tomatoes at the moment but realistically they aren’t really in season.

Since lockdown and more so in recent times of economic uncertainty and a cost of living crisis, it has become apparent and more important to me that we should eat seasonally, buy locally and even grow our own produce. To not only help our pockets but to make sustainable choices for the environment too.

Paralleled with this, for Lent I had decided to ‘give’ this year, rather than ‘give up’. Like I did at Christmas with a reverse advent calendar, I am giving something each day of Lent to the local foodbank.

Autumn 2023 colours

All these thoughts of seasons is quite timely, as whilst we are on the brink of Spring, my thoughts are drawn to the end of the year with recent fashion weeks in New York, London and Milan this month, and Paris next month.

From these fashion weeks, Pantone® have predicted 10 colours that they think will be prevalent in Autumn/Winter 2023/24 which all evoke an earthy, back to nature vibe in keeping with my current food seasonality thoughts.

Forest school

Nothing quite beats a crisp morning surrounded by nature. With trees sheltering you away from technology, away from noise, away from any stresses. Just exploring and being present. Then warming up round a roaring fire, cradling a warm mug of hot chocolate. Some of the colours ooze autumnal vibes, like the changing colours of the leaves as they fall from the trees. With reds, burnt oranges, browns and yellows flickers of the fire.

Winter getaway

These warming colours are contrasted with the icy cold winter days of a winter skiing scene, such as turquoise, lilac and bright blues reminiscent of cloudless skies and mountain ranges.

Fresh vegetables

Finally, there is a sense of freshness in the cool green shades eluding to any harvesting crops perhaps of Kohlrabi (which is in season now), Olive Oil and Sharp Green.

Fall 2023 colours 

The top ten colours for Fall 2023 from New York Fashion Week are:
  • PANTONE 12-0912 Tender Peach
  • PANTONE 17-2624 Rose Violet
  • PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta
  • PANTONE 17-1464 Red Orange
  • PANTONE 19-1555 Red Dahlia
  • PANTONE 13-0751 High Visibility
  • PANTONE 17-3934 Persian Jewel
  • PANTONE 13-6030 Carnival Glass
  • PANTONE 17-1544 Burnt Sienna
  • PANTONE 14-0255 Kohlrabi

Fall 2023 extra colours from LFW

Most of the colours have the same vibe at London Fashion Week, with some slightly different hues. The noticeable differences were the oranges at NYFW (of Tender Peach and Red Orange) which were replaced with a purple and bright blue at LFW.

Here are the colours for Fall 2023 from LFW:

  • PANTONE 16-1544 Persimmon
  • PANTONE 15-1624 Conch Shell
  • PANTONE 18-1664 Fiery Red
  • PANTONE 19-1337 Fired Brick
  • PANTONE 13-0535 Sharp Green
  • PANTONE 14-3921 Lacecap Hydrangea
  • PANTONE 14-0957 Spectra Yellow
  • PANTONE 16-0847 Olive Oil
  • PANTONE 19-3336 Sparkling Grape
  • PANTONE 16-4535 Blue Atoll

Neutral basics

Pantone® have also created a Fall 2023 Classic Colour Palette. These are a group of neutrals that are core basics in the form of white, navy, an earthy brown, light grey, plus a rich beige.

The bonus classic neutral colours for Fall 2023 from NYFW are:

  • PANTONE 11-0608 Coconut Milk
  • PANTONE 19-3810 Eclipse
  • PANTONE 19-0913 Hot Fudge
  • PANTONE 13-4403 Silver Birch
  • PANTONE 16-1333 Doe

    The Fall 2023 Classic Colour Palette at London Fashion Week swapped out the navy and earthy brown, for a dark forest green and a dark grey. They are:

    • PANTONE 15-1216 Pale Khaki
    • PANTONE 19-0414 Forest Night
    • PANTONE 13-4108 Nimbus Cloud
    • PANTONE 12-0703 Seedpearl
    • PANTONE 18-0202 Lava Smoke

        Colour themes

        Colour plays an important part in our lives and it’ll be interesting to see how these colours filter through to influence things around us.

        Pantone® is the world-renowned authority on colour and the Pantone® Color of the Year is always really influential in any popular colour themes in fashion, interior design and weddings.

        Crepuscula is my word of the moment

        Crepuscula is my word of the moment


        I’m wondering whether I’m a crepuscular animal – more active at dawn and dusk. Compared with a nocturnal animal (active at night) or diurnal (active during the day).

        Crepuscular creatures like rabbits, deer, mice, rats, otters, many song birds, mosquitoes, and moths hide from their prey and the midday sun.

        I’m certainly busy at the beginning and end of the day (and then have revenge bedtime procrastination – forfeiting sleep for leisure time!)

        #wordoftheday #wordofthemoment #nationalthesaurusday #loveroflanguage #scrabbletiles

        Pantone® announce the Color of the Year 2023

        Pantone® announce the Color of the Year 2023

        Pantone® Colour of the Year 2023

        December is a super busy month in our household, with all the obvious build up to Christmas and all that entails (like several Christmas concerts today) but it is also birthday for two of my children!

        In amongst all that craziness, is the excitement of the announcement of the Pantone® colour of the year.

        Back when the Spring colours were published during the fashion weeks in September, my guess was for a bright green like Love Bird to be the colour of the year for 2023. After all we haven’t had a green since 2017.

        Viva Magenta 18-1750

        Instead, Pantone® have announced that Pantone® 18-1750 Viva Magenta will be the colour of the year for 2023, a bold raspberry pink colour. Ironically, on the day it was announced that was also the colour that my nails were painted. Maybe I subliminally knew anyway!

        It feels like an evolution from the calming, Classic Blue of 2020, to the vibrant Very Peri purple of 2022, and now a vivacious bright red/pink colour for 2023.

        Pink is no stranger to the colour of the year with a pale pink of Rose Quartz in 2016, and two more daring pinks as Honeysuckle in 2011 and Fuchsia Rose in 2001.

        There have also been no shortage of red shades to boost our confidence over the years in the form of Marsala in 2015, Chilli Pepper in 2007 and True Red in 2002.

        Spring 2023 predictions

        Once again, this exact colour doesn’t appear in any of their seasonal predictions, although there were a number of bright red, purple and pink colours at both New York and London Fashion Weeks (including Beetroot Purple 18-2143).

        Full of life

        Viva Magenta has been described by colour company Pantone® as “a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength”. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone® Color Institute said that the Colour of the Year for 2023 “vibrates with vim and vigor. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.”


        “Pantone’s Color of the Year, Viva Magenta 18-1750 is powerful and empowering. It is a new animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundaryless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement. Viva Magenta welcomes anyone and everyone with the same verve for life and rebellious spirit. It is a color that is audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all.”


        “Viva Magenta descends from the red family, and is inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has known.”

        At this time of the year, I’d be quite happy to hibernate and hide away but maybe it is time for a renewed vitality and to get back out there and enjoy life again. Looks like Viva Magenta will give us the much needed boost of energy for 2023.


        Top Spring 2023 colours from Pantone®

        Top Spring 2023 colours from Pantone®

        Grey clouds 

        It has been a strange start to the new academic year. I’m usually fired up and ready to start afresh with new vigour and enthusiasm. I was all raring to go when the children when back to school (even though the weather had taken a sudden noise dive towards autumn without the usual tailing out of sunny days.) It was strange to be by myself after having someone around me for the last 11 weeks (due to a string of illnesses before the summer holidays) so I was determined to crack on with the ever expanding to do list. 

        And then came the very sad news out of the blue that our Queen, of 70 years, had sadly passed away.

        Rainbows in the sky 

        I was surprised by how I felt about the news and the emotions that I went through. It makes me so sad thinking about there being no Queen and it was like losing another Nan all over again.  The weather was dull, grey and rainy on the day that she died and then somewhat symbolically a double rainbow arched the sky that evening.  

        And a beautiful array of rainbow colours pretty well sums up the latest Pantone® announcement that predicts the colours for next year’s Spring and Summer. 

        Spring 2023 

        Following the fashion weeks, Pantone® have revealed the Spring/Summer colours to look out for in 2023 including 10 seasonal colours alongside 5 neutral classics.  

        There is an abundance of bright rainbow colours with a wonderful tropical vibe, alongside some soothing pastels.  

        The Pantone Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman said “Colours for Spring/Summer 2023 are recalibrated for the new era we are entering. Blending escapism with reality, wholesomeness, and joy, we embrace the exploration of extreme contrast in mood and colour”. 

        Send her victorious  

        For me, many of the colours remind me of how bold the Queen always used to dress in her matching hats and jackets in bright colours. She often wore a solid colour from head to toe so that she stood out and was easily visible. You never caught her wearing a depressing colour.  

        Colours like Empire Yellow, Classic Green, and Beetroot Purple are perfect examples of colours that would have been great as outfits fit for the Queen. 

        Queen Elizabeth II was famed for saying, “If I wore beige, nobody would know who I am.” 

        Stand out rainbow colours 

        The rainbow colours give such a positive outlook for next year and you can clearly spot a complete rainbow in the Spring line up of colours: 

        • Red – Fiery Red
        • Orange – Tangelo
        • Yellow – Empire Yellow
        • Green – Classic Green
        • Blue – Summer Song
        • Indigo – Blue Perennial
        • Violet – Spring Crocus

        Tropical island 

        Having had a wonderful summer this year, I can’t wait for another holiday next year and these colours exude travels to an exotic island far away. With clear blue waters, coral reefs, cloudless skies and the sun blazing down.

        With colours such as Iced Mango as a mouth-watering sorbet and the vibrant feathers of a Love Bird or Andean Toucan. Paired alongside some neutral colours for a true coastal chic look.  

        Spring 2023 colours

        The top ten colours for Spring 2023 from NYFW are:
        • Beetroot Purple 18-2143
        • Empire Yellow 14-0756
        • Crystal Rose 12-1708
        • Fiery Red 18-1664
        • Blue Perennial 16-4036
        • Classic Green 16-6340
        • Peach Pink 15-1530
        • Tangelo 15-1335
        • Summer Song 14-4316
        • Love Bird 13-0443

        Spring 2023 extra colours from LFW

        In the main the colours are repeated at London Fashion Week, albeit in lighter shades of yellow, red, orange and pale blue. However the emphasis shifts from the pink of New York Fashion Week to purple at London Fashion Week in the shape of Spring Crocus. The blues of LFW are also much more vibrant than those at NYW with Electric Blue Lemonade.

        Here are the colours from LFW to round off the colours for Spring 2023:

        • Cherry Tomato 17-1563
        • Persimmon 16-1544
        • Iced Mango 14-1140
        • Blazing Yellow 12-0643
        • Titanite 16-0229
        • Andean Toucan 16-6230
        • Airy Blue 14-4122
        • Electric Blue Lemonade 18-4245
        • Spring Crocus 17-3020
        • Pink Cosmos 16-2122


        Neutral classics

        Pantone® have also updated the Classic Colour Palette. These are a group of neutrals that are core basics in the form of a coffee, khaki green, light grey, cream and blue. Perfect grounding colours and perfect peaceful additional colours for weddings. 

        The bonus classic neutral colours for Spring 2023 are: 

        • Macchiato 17-1221
        • Leek Green 15-0628
        • Gray Lilac 13-3804
        • Vanilla Cream 12-1009
        • Skylight 12-4604

        And at LFW these are:

        • Oyster Mushroom 13-4201
        • Grayed Jade 14-6011
        • Tender Peach 12-0912
        • Mocha Mousse 17-1230
        • Bluing 19-3954

        Colour themes

        Colour plays an important part in our lives and it’ll be interesting to see how these colours filter through to influence things around us.

        Pantone® is the world-renowned authority on colour and the Pantone® Color of the Year is always really influential in any popular colour themes in fashion, interior design and weddings.

        Look out for my report when the 2023 colour of the year is released later in the year. My guess is for a bright green of Love Bird – we haven’t had a green since 2017 so feels fitting. And definitely a colour the Queen would have worn.  

        “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be without friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.” Queen Elizabeth II 2020 

        Old Red

        Old Red

        Old Red

        My first boss had a red biro that he nicknamed ‘Old Red’.

        I learnt so much in my very first marketing job. I find myself reciting, referring to and returning back to his tried and tested mantras over and over again. The lessons are etched in my head forever.

        My training with him was a proper grounding in the foundations of good marketing – a broad introduction into the vast and wonderful elements of a great marketing toolkit.

        Old Red would appear to mark up my copy. At the time I feared Old Red – wondering if my copy would pass the test and get signed off without further edits or redrafting.

        Two pairs of eyes

        But now I completely see the benefits of what Old Red came to teach me.

        ‘Four eyes see more than two’ became one such mantra because sometimes you become so close to a piece of work that you can’t see any obvious flaws in it. It’s always useful to get someone to check over your work for any mistakes or to make suggestions for improvements.

        One of my first jobs was to design our Yellow Pages adverts – this was back in the day of print advertising. There was no margin of error and once it was sent to print there was no going back. So it had to be perfect (unlike now, with the ability to edit websites and digital media).


        It was the best way to learn my craft. And watching the same boss throw any direct mail straight in the bin (without even opening it) if his name was not spelt correctly on the envelope, made me realise the importance of getting things right. Of making the best first impression. Of the power of language and words.

        So if you need a second pair of eyes to check over your existing copy, you can send it my way for editing and proofreading (where the legacy of Old Red lives on).

        My Nan’s old Olympia typewriter

        My Nan’s old Olympia typewriter

        Keyboard antics

        You may have spotted my Nan’s old Olympia typewriter featuring on posts recently. 

        My best memories of my grandparents ‘by the sea’ are of mealtime entertainment from the napkin people; keyboard antics on adding machines, pianos and typewriters; watching Nanny complete crosswords while Grandad rested his eyes; and I was convinced that my Nan was a special agent in another secret life.

        Greatest correspondent

        As well as this, my Nan was the greatest correspondent I’ve ever known. She would write regularly to a vast list of people whom she had acquired as great friends over the years. If you were in my Nan’s address book, then you had a place there for life.

        My Nan started my love of writing by sending old fashioned snail mail letters (I even got an award for correspondence whilst on a primary school residential trip!) 

        Her letter writing was legendary for many reasons, the first being the infamous colour of the stationery. The supply of trusty green envelopes lasted for decades, and they were easily distinguishable on my door mat, to the point when even my university house mates knew when a letter from my Nan had arrived. And she always helped me surpass the number of letters that any of my housemates received.

        Illegible handwriting

        The second reason her letters were memorable was because of her incredibly illegible handwriting. I could read and understand what she had written in her letters if she typed them on her trusty typewriter (or if she was kind enough to use block capitals). But it was a real rite of passage, which required code breaking skills, when I began receiving letters in her unique scrawl. It looked like she’d written it in shorthand. It was just a combination of lines and dots randomly placed in a line. With (a lot of) practice over the years, I could at least get the gist of her letters.

        Lastly, she always thoughtfully included newspaper articles and things that she knew would be of interest and use to me. She could’ve easily got a job as a press clippings collector! She wrote to me every week, so my letter box has certainly suffered from the decidedly decreased number of letters since her passing.

        I loved hearing her typewriter clatter away when I visited. I loved playing on the typewriter myself as a child. I was so thrilled when I was allowed to actually type on it when I was younger. The feel of the keys and how much force was needed for them to strike; the wonderful carriage return; the actual lock button for caps lock; and the magical slider to change the colour used on the ribbon.


        I was honoured to inherit my Nan’s typewriter (and her upright piano – but that’s another story) and it takes pride of place on a bookshelf in our living room.

        Nanny was always so dedicated to everything that she put her mind to, and this has rubbed off on me. Her unfailing support, encouragement and pride were an inspiration. My achievements are surely a demonstration of this upbringing. I admired her intelligence, loyalty and devotion and still sorely miss her.

        But her words on those green bits of paper live on in the lovely stack of letters that she sent to me.

        Eulogy writing

        Let me know if you need help putting into words your thoughts for those hard to write occasions – what better way to pay tribute to your loved ones than with a beautifully crafted eulogy.

        Top Autumn 2022 colours from Pantone®

        Top Autumn 2022 colours from Pantone®

        Change of season

        It’s coming up to the Spring equinox this weekend and it definitely feels like the seasons are shifting with the very welcome return of sunnier weather and longer days.
        I feel like I’ve lost a whole month – February was a complete right off for me. So it’s quite a shock to be in March already!

        With the change in season, comes the start of the ‘social season’ in spring and summer when it was traditional for members of the upper class to change their residence (from their country houses to London) in order to attend events of the season.

        These events include Cheltenham Festival (March), the Grand National (April), The Boat Race (April), Badminton Horse Trials (May), Chelsea Flower Show (May), Epsom Derby (June), Royal Ascot (June), Cricket test matches at Lord’s (July), Wimbledon (July), Henley Royal Regatta (July), Edinburgh International Festival (August) , Cowes week (August), the Proms (July-September) and ending with Goodwood Revival (September).

        Historically the ‘London season’ events would’ve coincided with political business in the city and conclude when the elite would return to their country homes for the beginning of the shooting season on 12th August.

        Autumn 2022 colours

        Whilst we enter the beautiful and hopeful season of Spring, my thoughts drift to the cooler months at the end of the year with the recent fashion weeks in New York, London and Milan last month, then Paris earlier this month. It was good to see them back to being in person again this year (although only via invite only this time).

        From these fashion weeks, Pantone® have predicted 10 colours that they think will be prevalent in Autumn/Winter 2022/23.


        There are some really bright and bold colours to make a statement this autumn that are reminiscent of a roaring fire on Guy Fawkes night. Or for me, they evoke memories of the recent Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games held in Beijing. The fiery red (Lava Falls) feels similar to the Chinese flag and the Orange Tiger provides a nod to the Year of the Tiger which was marked recently for Chinese New Year.


        I’ve loved watching all the winter sports coverage and a number of the colours conjure up images of cold winters on the piste (or equally on a dark polar night) such as an icy turquoise (Watersprout), a pale pink (Nosegay) and the dark navy blue night sky of Midnight.


        Lastly, there is a real grounding of some earthy, natural colours that would be happily found in a luscious rainforest including greens of Amazon and Martini, along with a rich brown (Caramel).

        Fall 2022 colours 

        The top ten colours for Fall 2022 from New York Fashion Week are:
        • Pantone 18-1552 Lava Falls
        • Pantone 14-0852 Samoan Sun
        • Pantone 16-1358 Orange Tiger
        • Pantone 17-2624 Rose Violet
        • Pantone 18-6024 Amazon
        • Pantone 14-2806 Nosegay
        • Pantone 14-4618 Waterspout
        • Pantone 18-1148 Caramel Café
        • Pantone 19-4127 Midnight
        • Pantone 18-0625 Martini Olive 

        Fall 2022 extra colours from LFW

        They may have different names but in the main the colours are repeated at London Fashion Week, with Watersprout apparent at both. There was one additional colour (instead of the bright pink from NYFW) to round off the colours for Fall 2022 in the form of the purple of Meadow Violet (similar to the current colour of the year, Very Peri).

        Neutral classics

        Pantone® have also created a Fall 2022 Classic Colour Palette. These are a group of neutrals that are core basics in the form of white, cream, dark and light grey, plus khaki green.

        The bonus classic neutral colours for Fall 2022 are:

        • Pantone 12-0602 Arctic Wolf
        • Pantone 12-0813 Autumn Blonde
        • Pantone 19-4105 Polar Night
        • Pantone 17-0210 Loden Frost
        • Pantone 16-3917 Chiseled Stone

          Colour themes

          Colour plays an important part in our lives and it’ll be interesting to see how these colours filter through to influence things around us.

          Pantone® is the world-renowned authority on colour and the Pantone® Color of the Year is always really influential in any popular colour themes in fashion, interior design and weddings.

          Pantone® announce the Color of the Year 2022

          Pantone® announce the Color of the Year 2022

          Pantone® Colour of the Year 2022

          Aside from the obvious big occasion on the horizon, the other thing I look forward to in December is the announcement of the Pantone® colour of the year.

          I must admit, I was expecting a light and airy colour – perhaps a pale pink that would act like a breath of fresh air, so I had plumped for a gossamer pale pink.

          Very Peri 17-3938 

          Instead, Pantone® have announced that Very Peri will be the colour of the year for 2022, a lavender purple colour.

          It’s not that long since another purple (in the form of Ultra Violet) took the top spot in 2018. And purple is no stranger to the colour of the year with Radiant Orchid in 2014 and Blue Iris from 2008.

          A bit of a happy, unexpected surprise as this colour doesn’t appear in any of their seasonal predictions. Instead they’ve created a brand new colour combining a cool blue and vibrant red. And purple just happens to be one of my favourite (and company brand) colours!

          Spring 2022 predictions

          Aside from two grey colours in the neutral section, the colour predicitons from New York and London fashion weeks differed greatly which made it hard to see a clear winner for colour of the year for 2022.

          Pantone® are certainly not afraid of breaking or even making the rules. In the past, they’ve picked not one, but two colours such as this year (with Illuminating and Ultimate Gray in 2021) as well as in 2016 with Rose Quartz and Serenity.

          So they are perfectly within their rights to just create a brand new colour if the right shade isn’t already in their catalogue of colours.

          “It was really important for us to come up with a new color, because we have a very new vision of the world now,” said Pantone® Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman.

          Merging and emerging

          Very Peri, has been described by colour company Pantone® as “a periwinkle shade of blue”. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone® Color Institute said that the Colour of the Year for 2022 encompasses “the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possesses a violet-red undertone. Pantone® 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.”

          “Pantone® 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through,” the brand explained. “As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing, and our physical and digital lives have merged in new ways.”

          I’m surprised at myself that I wished for a pastel colour. But maybe we need something comforting, rich and warm like a heavy velvet blanket right now to see us through the winter and into 2022.


          Top Spring 2022 colours from Pantone®

          Top Spring 2022 colours from Pantone®

          Late sunshine 

          I have loved the late summer sunshine this week. With the children all back at school, I’ve actually felt like I’ve been on holiday as I have managed to eat my lunch sat in the garden in the sunshine with peace and quiet. It’s been lovely to extend that summer vibe for a little longer. We had such a wonderful summertime that I didn’t want it to end. We managed our first holiday in 2 years and got to relax and breathe in the sea breeze.

          But seasons come and seasons go and I know that the nights drawing in is a signal of the entrance of autumn – quick on the heels of a glorious summer break.

          However, my thoughts are being drawn to the lighter Spring days already and dreams of holidays, as the latest Pantone® announcement predicts that the colours that will dominate the scene for next year’s Spring and Summer are calming and evocative for travels further afield.

          Spring 2022

          With the fashion weeks just kicking off, Pantone® have revealed the Spring/Summer colours to look out for in 2022 including 10 seasonal colours alongside 5 neutral classics.

          There is an abundance of blues in the mix for next year, alongside a vibrant collections of bold colours. To me, they encapsulate two of my favourite things – being by the seaside, plus a joyous celebrations of colourful florals in my garden.

          The Pantone Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman said “Half are in calming colors. Obviously, everyone wants to feel they’re in a safe haven. On the other hand, there is the very human proclivity of wanting to get out and be active again. That’s where the more energetic colors come in. The latter offer more experimentation.” Eiseman added. “Brighter colors lift your spirits and let you abandon the rules about color that you learned, when you were older. They bring you back to being a kid again and teach you to celebrate something in your life that will give you pleasure.”

          I do like to be besides the seaside

          We were so pleased to make it to a few beaches in both Scotland and Wales over the summer. With some wonderful coastal walks, harbour visits and simply playing on the sand. Eating fish and chips or ice creams always taste better when sitting by the seaside. The change of scene and pace of life are certainly relaxing. Just watching the rhythm of the sea washing in and out provides a real sense of escapism.

          I’m delighted that blues seem to be centre stage in the mix of colours for next year (perhaps eluding to one of them being the Colour of the Year 2022?). The beautiful seascape includes Spun Sugar, Glacier Lake, and Skydiver, along with a teal blue of Harbour Blue.

          Cool pastel colours

          The fragility of things at the moment couldn’t be described better than the name of the pale pink colour in Gossamer Pink – conjuring up images of dewy spiders’ webs glistening in the early spring sunrises.

          Teamed with a warming Coca Mocha and the earthy and pale neutral colours – it feels as fresh as newly washed sheets on the washing line in the summer breeze. The refreshing feeling we all need for our health and wellness.

          Gardening companions 

          Even before lock down, I had got the gardening bug and had started growing and propagating my own flowers and vegetables. It started with an obsession for succulents and indoor plants (I daren’t say the number out loud of how many house plants I have at the moment!) which spilled out in to the outdoors.

          We have loved growing our own fruit and vegetables and now filling the garden with more home grown flowers too. Gardening is such a relaxing and a very worthwhile past time that is currently seeing a soar in popularity. The lock down has certainly made everyone appreciate being outside and enjoying improving their natural surroundings.

          So the vibrant names of some of the colours conjure up joyful colours of spring and summer flowers just as I’m planning and planting my bulb lasagne for next year (such as the bright Daffodil colour). I’ve tried growing dahlias this year and can’t wait to try more in 2022 perhaps in the purple of Dahlia, or vibrant pink Innuendo. Along with the travel inducing flamboyant Poinciana tropical tree from Madagascar.

          Old favourites 

          It’s reassuring to also see the current colours of the year 2021 still showing their prescience and easing us through the transition to another year. Although with different names, you can still identify the yellow of Illuminating (which I correctly tipped this time last year as the Colour of the Year 2021) and also Ultimate Gray in the neutral classics.

          Spring 2022 colours

          The top ten colours for Spring 2022 are:
          • Spun Sugar 12-4401
          • Gossamer Pink 13-1513
          • Daffodil 14-0850
          • Glacier Lake 16-4118
          • Poinciana 18-1564
          • Coca Mocha 18-1019
          • Innuendo 18-2042
          • Dahlia 18-3324
          • Harbor Blue 18-4728
          • Skydiver 19-4151

          Spring 2022 extra colours from LFW

          In the main the colours are repeated at London Fashion Week, albeit in different shades of browns and pinks. However the emphasis shifts from the blues and bright red of NYFW to more rusty orange colours at London Fashion Week in the shape of Coral Rose and Sudan Brown. There is also an additional neon lime green and a really striking turquoise of Cascade.

          Here are the colours from LFW to round off the colours for Spring 2022:

          • Cascade 14-5713
          • Coral Rose 16-1349
          • Super Sonic 18-4143
          • Popcorn 12-0825
          • Potpourri 13-2004
          • Bubblegum 17-1928
          • Sudan Brown 18-1160
          • Fragile Sprout 15-0549
          • Orchid Bloom 14-3612
          • Coffee Quartz 18-1307

          Aside from two grey colours in the neutral section, the colours differ greatly which makes it hard to see a clear winner for colour of the year in 2022.

          Neutral classics

          Pantone® have also updated the Classic Colour Palette. These are a group of neutrals that are core basics in the form of a white, cream, khaki green, plus light and dark grey. Perfect grounding colours and perfect peaceful additional colours for weddings.

          The bonus classic neutral colours for Spring 2022 are: 

          • Snow White 11-0602
          • Perfectly Pale 13-0003
          • Northern Droplet 14-4104
          • Basil 16-6216
          • Poppy Seed 18-4004

          And at LFW these are:

          • White Alyssum 11-1001
          • Humus 15-1304
          • Fair Green 15-6316
          • Northern Droplet 14-4104
          • Poppy Seed 18-4004

          Colour themes

          It’ll be great to see how couples incorporate these colours in to their weddings next year. There’s plenty of scope for unique colour combinations and personalisation.

          Pantone® is the world-renowned authority on colour and the Pantone® Color of the Year is always really influential in any popular colour themes in fashion, interior design and weddings.

          Look out for my report when the 2022 colour of the year is released later in the year.

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          Weddings through the decades: 2000s

          Weddings through the decades: 2000s

          I remember feeling quite anxious about the calendar flipping over to the year 2000. We weren’t quite sure what would happen when it got to midnight on New Year’s Eve. This didn’t stop me partying like it was 1999 (Prince would’ve been proud of me) but I was relieved that nothing untoward happened when we joined not only a new decade, a new century, but also a new millennium.

          Thankfully the Y2K computer worries didn’t bring down massive worldwide infrastructures (and we hope that fixes are in place to avoid something similar in 2038 happening too).

          weddings through the decades

          My look back at weddings throughout the decades has continued and I am now taking a look at a real wedding nearly 16 years ago in 2005. Even in the recent past, we can still take inspiration which helps with wedding planning in the future.

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          Britain in 2005

          In 2005, employment was at a record high with unemployment benefit claimants the lowest it had been for thirty years.

          A general election saw The Labour Party returning to power, with Tony Blair as the longest-serving Labour Prime Minister. Meanwhile David Cameron, MP for Witney, was elected as Leader of the Conservative Party.

          The  Gender Recognition Act 2004 came into effect, allowing transsexual people to have their reassigned gender legally recognised by law.

          Sadly a series of terrorist bombings went off on three London Underground trains and a fourth bomb exploded on a bus later in Tavistock Square in July of 2005. Whilst British Airways grounded all flights due to a baggage handler strike.

          In addition, the aftermath of a horrendous tsunami from the previous December (Boxing Day 2004) in the Indian Ocean was still affecting people.

          inventions of 2005

          The most notable advancement of the year was the introduction to chip and pin in our country, YouTube was founded in February and Reddit in June (with Facebook launching the year before).

          Camera phones were just taking off, people could store things on USB flash drives, blue tooth was becoming more popular, along with BluRay discs, and we listened to music on ipods.

          Whilst J. K. Rowling’s novel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was taking the world by storm.

          highlights of 2005

          Ellen MacArthur sailed around the world; Prince William graduated from the University of St Andrews; the England cricket team won The Ashes; we celebrated 400 years since the Gunpowder Plot with Guy Fawkes; and pubs in England and Wales could now be open for 24 hours. 

          Doctor Who was revived for the first time in 16 years, whilst Jamie Oliver battled against Turkey Twizzlers for school meals.

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          wedding trends in the 2005

          At the end of 2005, The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force, which grants same-sex couples similar legal rights to those of married heterosexuals.

          The Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker Bowles on Friday 8 April 2005 in a 20 minute civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall followed by a blessing at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Other celebrity weddings of 2005 included: Donald Trump and Melania Knauss; Heidi Klum and Seal; Michael Owen and Louise; Katie Price and Peter Andre; Aston Kutcher and Demi Moore; and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.

          Previously in 2001, “Friends” fans finally got to see Monica and Chandler get married in the final episode of series 7. And the popularity of films about weddings continued, including The Wedding Crashers in 2005.

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          Millennium couples were spending more on their wedding celebrations at nearly 32 times the national weekly wage (of £532.34) with an average wedding costing around £17,000. They had probably saved for around 4 years to pay for their big day and they were more likely to have not received financial help with their wedding costs.

          The average cost of a wedding dress was £825, and they were often strapless or sleeveless in the 2000s due to weddings being more secular and not under strict religious dress codes. Dresses were also shinier (in satin or taffeta) as well as adorned with lots of bling on bodices.

          Couples would invite around 96 guests, with the family home being a typical location for the wedding reception. Disposable cameras were a popular wedding favour and the cupcake tower was a massive trend.

          If you got married in the 2000s then you probably would’ve enjoyed a hog roast.

          weddings in 2005

          In 2005, there were 247,805 marriages in England and Wales (compared to 245,519 in 2015). There were 33.6 men marrying per 1,000 unmarried males and 31.1 females. The number of weddings has steadily declined over the years.

          The average age of men getting married in 2005 was 36.22 and 33.5 for women (which continues to steadily rise).

          35% of weddings took place in a religious ceremony in 2005 (which continues to decline).

          real wedding from 2005

          I am delighted to share another special day of an incredibly skilled local supplier, Susie Grist who married Mark on 10th September, 2005.

          Paul Viney Photography

          Susie recounts:

          ‘It drizzled with rain in the morning that got heavier as the morning went on and by the time my car arrived at the church it was absolutely pouring. There was a river running along the curb. We had hired white golf umbrellas just in case and the Ushers made a tunnel with the umbrellas for me and my Dad to get into Trinity Church, Abingdon.

          We had a church service with hymns ‘Love divine, all loves excelling,’ by Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788) and ‘The grace of life is theirs’ by Fred Pratt Green from 1970. A reading from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ was read by a good friend of Mark’s and his Dad is a retired Methodist Minister who did the reading of 1 Corinthians 13. Due to the rain we ended up having photos taken in the church. Although it had stopped at this point the ground was very wet.

          We arrived at Fallowfields Country House Hotel, Southmoor, the reception venue in sunshine to canapés and bucks fizz. We were able to have a few photos in the garden before the wedding breakfast was served.

          We had hoped to have a display by birds of prey but due to the weather being a bit stormy they were a bit on edge so we just had photos taken with one bird a peregrine falcon called Scarlet.

          We cut the cake at 8pm to start off the evening celebrations with a disco. My Auntie made the three tier fruit cake with white icing and sugar flower decorations of cymbidium orchids, white stephanotis, white blossom and ivy.

          She also made a second Victoria sponge cake with icing and two sugar figurines of me and Mark on the top.

          The venue did not require any decoration as it was a beautiful country house. It had a lot of ornaments and decorations of elephants and as I absolutely adore elephants it was the perfect venue.

          We had 65 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast of:


          • Cream of Giant Prague celeriac with Colston Basset blue Stilton soup (v)
          • Chilled greenhouse Blenheim orange melon with a soft berry compote (v)
          • Pink lamb fillet baked with rosemary and presented on a mixed salad coated in beetroot oil


          • Pan seared fillet of salmon served on a bed of creamed potato with Samphire and herbs
          • Loin of Welsh Mountain Lamb sliced onto rosemary layered potato with glazed shallots
          • Roast breast of Gressingham duck served on a casserole of autumn vegetables


          • Hot plum and almond crumble served with vanilla sauce and prune ice cream
          • Summer fruit pudding served with a caramel basket of vanilla pod ice cream
          • Strawberries and vanilla pod ice cream

          Then we had an extra 35 for the evening to total 100 guests who later all enjoyed a buffet and cake.

          Tables were named after safari animals as we were going on safari in Botswana on Honeymoon and I am a big elephant lover:

          1. Elephant (top table)
          2. Antelope
          3. Zebra
          4. Rhinoceros
          5. Giraffe
          6. Hippopotamus
          7. Leopard

          My father worked for a printers so we designed our own invitations using a photo of a cymbidium orchid that we had taken with the bridesmaid dress fabric in the background. This image was used for all the stationery including place cards, table names and the seating plan.

          Our colour theme was burgundy and ivory, along with orchid flowers.

          My bridal dress was bought from Fairytales in Witney (no longer trading). It was one of their own label dresses made by their seamstress. A strapless straight neckline bodice with a full A-line pleated skirt which looked like a separate bodice and skirt but was in fact one complete dress. The dress was embroidered and had a beaded design on the bodice and on the bottom of the front skirt and train. Plus covered buttons all the way down back from bodice to train.

          The three bridesmaids were my sister-in-law, best friend from school and the groom’s niece. They wore Alfred Angelo Burgundy satin empire line dresses with an embroidered and beaded bodice.

          The groom wore a grey lounge suit from Marks & Spencer, an ivory brocade waistcoat which I made and a burgundy tie to match the bridesmaids dresses also made by me. These matched the waistcoats and ties for the best man, fathers, page boys and ushers.

          My tear drop shape bouquet contained orchids, red grand prix roses, white bianca roses, white lisianthus, ruscus and beargrass. The floral spray arrangement was supplied by Wendy Madley Flowers (no longer trading). The bridesmaids had hand tied bouquets with similar flowers and white freesias and gerberas. The button holes were orchids.

          Paul Viney Photography

          Plus tall vases on each table with ivory glitter stones in the bottom filled with white lilies and feather grass. These vases stood on mirror plates scattered with clear scatter crystals and the tables were scattered with red rose petals.

          Me and and my father travelled to the church in a black and ivory 1955 ‘R’ Type Bentley HJM supplied by Platinum Wedding Cars. Whilst my mother and bridesmaids travelled in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

          Entertainment was a disco in the evening by Regency Entertainment. We didn’t have favours but we did provide the children with gift boxes containing games, toys and things to keep them amused from a company called Smiles.

          Paul Viney Photography (no longer trading) was our photographer. It was still 35mm film in those days and he was a traditional group photographer so unfortunately didn’t capture many details of the wedding. Some guests had digital cameras and took some extra photos for us. We also had a videographer, Howard’s Video Service (who I’m not sure is still trading either).

          For our honeymoon we went on safari in Botswana and then a beach holiday in Mauritius.’

          Paul Viney Photography

          About Susie Grist Couture

          Susie Grist Couture specialises in designing and making individual bespoke wedding gowns. Based in Abingdon-On-Thames working from a home studio.

          She has over 18 years of professional sewing experience and has been designing wedding dresses for nearly 6 years. She makes bridal gowns, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses and even outfits for mothers.


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          The 2000s saw the era of shiny, embellished, and strapless dresses. Country house hotel receptions were completed with cupcake towers, disposable cameras and evening reception hog roasts. The cookie cutter approach to weddings was starting to dwindle as more personalised elements were creeping in and more couples were paying for their own weddings. Social media was just starting to become a part of our lives and influence weddings, whilst couples could now create their own playlists on ipods.