The gloomy economic forecast may have consumers seeing storm clouds overhead, but designers’ spring color choices are considerably more sunny and vibrant. Not about to let the heaviness of the world seep into their palettes, designers are turning to mood-altering shades such as Tangerine Tango, Solar Power and Dazzling Blue. Uplifting as those shades (and names) may be, several of this spring’s leading colors are derivative of top-ranked colors from recent seasons and can easily be paired with more neutral tones like the classic maritime Sodalite, the beige-gray Driftwood and the natural neutral Starfish, which are among the season’s other top picks.

This story first appeared in the September 8, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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