According to the Pantone Color Institute and the NYT, the color of 2008 will be Blue Iris. Not surprising, considering “Yves Klein blue” was all over the runways last February. The executive director of Pantone says “Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspects of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic.”I’m no color expert, and I have been skeptical of color forecasting only because I’ve never gravitated towards one particular hue. Color trends come and go, as do all trends. Big designers don’t follow trends. They usually go with what they’re feeling and rely on intuition rather than what the mainstream is dictating. I always wonder how it is that certain colors, prints, or silhouettes manage to appear on the runway from more than two or three designers. They can’t all be thinking and visualizing the same ideas, can they? Is it a shared global consciousness swimming around in their brains? Whatever it is, it works. And that’s how trends start. It’s interesting, considering it starts on a DIY level and then slowly seeps out into the mass market. That being said, this post is not only dedicated to shades of blue, but to a few designers who always keep it real and never manage to stray away from their DIY aesthetics. (All images from des Garçonscommesdesgarcons.jpgBalenciagabalenciagablue.jpgDries Van Notendries.jpgLanvinlanvin.jpg