The colours to wear this autumn

EMERALD GREEN: This is not only a colour to wear this season, but it's also been dubbed Pantone's 'colour of the year'. Monique Lhuillier's A/W '13 clothes sparkled with the gem tone, in fact even her runway was the colour. We're searching for a bold green coat to brighten dull fall days.
EMERALD GREEN: This is not only a colour to wear this season, but it's also been dubbed Pantone's 'colour of the year'. Monique Lhuillier's A/W '13 clothes sparkled with the gem tone, in fact even her runway was the colour. We're searching for a bold green coat to brighten dull fall days.
MYKONOS BLUE: This is the bold but not brash blue of the Greek Island's sea just before sunset, it's strong and classic yet just bright enough to add energy to an outfit. Karl Lagerfeld's A/W '13 runways were all about it, and while we're not in the market for a Chanel bag just yet, expect to see this shade in our high street shops within weeks.
MYKONOS BLUE: This is the bold but not brash blue of the Greek Island's sea just before sunset, it's strong and classic yet just bright enough to add energy to an outfit. Karl Lagerfeld's A/W '13 runways were all about it, and while we're not in the market for a Chanel bag just yet, expect to see this shade in our high street shops within weeks.
KOI: Make like a pond fish and deck yourself in this soft yet decorative orange, which is the softer sister to last year's colour of the year, tangerine. Tom Ford was all over koi in his A/W '13 collection, and we'll be choosing it as a pick-me-up nail colour for darker days.
KOI: Make like a pond fish and deck yourself in this soft yet decorative orange, which is the softer sister to last year's colour of the year, tangerine. Tom Ford was all over koi in his A/W '13 collection, and we'll be choosing it as a pick-me-up nail colour for darker days.
SAMBA: Like pure red meets burgundy, this classy shade reminds us of a ruby when it has sunlight filtering through it. It featured heavily in Tadashi Shoji's A/W '13 collection (and check out Mykonos blue sashaying away in the background).
SAMBA: Like pure red meets burgundy, this classy shade reminds us of a ruby when it has sunlight filtering through it. It featured heavily in Tadashi Shoji's A/W '13 collection (and check out Mykonos blue sashaying away in the background).
VIVACIOUS: This regal dark fuchsia works wonderfully with grey or denim, and even the colour of the year, emerald. But if you're feeling really brave, don it from head-to-toe as was done on the Gucci A/W '13 runway.
VIVACIOUS: This regal dark fuchsia works wonderfully with grey or denim, and even the colour of the year, emerald. But if you're feeling really brave, don it from head-to-toe as was done on the Gucci A/W '13 runway.
TURBULENCE: Dubbed one of this season's 'cornerstone' colours, this dark mercurial grey is perfect for the office (especially when paired with autumn's more jazzy shades). Here it is on the Christian Dior Autumn/Winter runway. We're definitely going to dig out our 2001-era pencil skirts, which are in just this shade.
TURBULENCE: Dubbed one of this season's 'cornerstone' colours, this dark mercurial grey is perfect for the office (especially when paired with autumn's more jazzy shades). Here it is on the Christian Dior Autumn/Winter runway. We're definitely going to dig out our 2001-era pencil skirts, which are in just this shade.
ACAI: This deep plum purple makes for a more interesting base to any outfit. Here Paul Smith matches it with turquoise and two of the other colours of the season, samba and vivacious. That man owns colour.
ACAI: This deep plum purple makes for a more interesting base to any outfit. Here Paul Smith matches it with turquoise and two of the other colours of the season, samba and vivacious. That man owns colour.

The days are getting shorter and our cardigans are getting heavier (many fashion commentators say the cardigan's dead, but we'll never give ours up).

And yes, autumn's arrival does mean the dash from shower to towel is all-the-more-painful, but one good thing it heralds is the chance to invest in a few key wardrobe pieces. 

"Just as the leaves change in autumn, the consumer will enjoy the ability to change their 'look' and try a new approach to their wardrobe for brisk days ahead," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, who have just released their key colours for fall fashion.

The Pantone colour reports have a huge influence over retailers, so click through the gallery above for the gorgeous jewel tones and classic shades that will be filtering down to New Zealand stores before you can say runway-to-reality. 

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