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Fashions for spring and summer offer dramatic ways to play with color

Pantone’s color of the year, Living Coral, works equally well in fashion and home décor.

Whether in psychedelic hues or more muted pastel tones, tie-dye is one of the hot trends for summer 2019, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. Tie-dye hit the runway on sneakers, jeans, and even a breezy slip dress. Cosmopolitan also sees fringe popping up everywhere, whether on skirts or the straps of a bikini top, albeit with more subtlety than on Western-wear of old. Among the designers showing fringe: Tom Ford, Marcel Ostertag, and Oscar de la Renta.

In home décor, fringe is showing up beyond the traditional rugs and throws, such as framing a statement mirror.

Fans of ruching (isn’t everyone?) will be happy to hear that the ruched dress is number one this season, according to Harper’s Bazaar. Ruching has great figure-flattering potential, they point out, with the ability to enhance curves or stretch to elegantly de-emphasize them. Ruched swimsuits are helping to reinvent the one-piece, says Who What Wear. Designers showing ruching include Stella McCartney, Tory Burch, and Carolina Herrera.

It may sound old-fashioned, but crochet is the new way to show a little skin (don’t forget the sunscreen!), with everyone from PopSugar to The Zoe Report to Glamour touting this trend. Crochet works in dresses, blouses, and swimsuit cover-ups, but designers like Oscar de la Renta also are getting crafty with crocheted trousers.  And, if you’re a DIY-er, you can check out for crochet designs.

Crochet shoes are another way to feel the summer breezes. Here’s more freedom for your feet: Elle says “Tevas are finally cool,” while for fall, Who What Wear says square toes will be the only silhouette that matters.

What about color? Whether we are talking about fashion or home décor, here’s the Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral, “an affable and animating shade whose golden undertone gives it a softer edge.”

Pantone’s other colors for spring and summer 2019 include Fiesta, a festive orange red; Jester Red, with deeper tones; Turmeric, a pungent orange; Pink Peacock, a glorious fuschsia; Pepper Stem, a zesty yellow-green; Aspen Gold, a joyous yellow; and Princess Blue, a gleaming royal blue. There’s also a luscious brown Toffee, Mango Mojito (gold with a hint of orange), deep green Terrarium Moss, and lavender-infused Sweet Lilac.

Looking for a neutral? Pantone says Sweet Corn, a delicate off-white, “tempts with its soft and buttery attitude.” There’s also Soybean, a deeper hue than Sweet Corn; Eclipse, a deep, dark blue; and Brown Granite, a timeless classic.

Other continuing fashion trends include animal prints; bows, whether delicate or bold; and feathers.