Mapping Out Fashion Month By Color

Fashion week has come and gone. In the collections we saw a lot of white, and even a lot of black and white prints, but designers can't help themselves when it comes to painting the runways red (and blue, and yellow, and green, and... well you get the idea). And what would fashion be without color? Pretty depressing, if you ask us. So let's talk about it.
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Fashion week has come and gone. In the collections we saw a lot of white, and even a lot of black and white prints, but designers can't help themselves when it comes to painting the runways red (and blue, and yellow, and green, and... well you get the idea). And what would fashion be without color? Pretty depressing, if you ask us. So let's talk about it.

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Fashion week has come and gone. Tear.

In the collections we saw a lot of white, and even a lot of black and white prints, but designers can't help themselves when it comes to painting the runways red (and blue, and yellow, and green, and... well you get the idea). And what would fashion be without color? Pretty depressing, if you ask us. So let's talk about it.

We like to report on color trends, and what better way to do so than actually mapping the colors of fashion week? Fashion is visually oriented, so a visual guide to the color trends seems logical, right? Don't worry, we did the hard work for you. After wading and sorting through the collections from spring 2013, we've divided up the looks and colors by city. The results, to say the least, were very pretty. And also very informative.

Broadly speaking, blue was most represented across the board, followed distantly by green. Tints and hues depend on the city, but there is no question as to blue's dominance. We're not exactly caught by surprise by this as cooler colors tend to be favored for spring collections.

Meanwhile, purple ended up by far the biggest loser of the season. It made up less than 5% of color looks in every city. Ouch. You'll notice it as a hanger-on for all cities, it's miniscule representation making it the skinny Chile of all our color maps.

The differences may look subtle, but they're there. And don't worry, we'll help you through it. Click through to see each city.

Photos: Style.com, StyleBistro

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NEW YORK Minty greens and seafoams, like those at Cushnie et Ochs and Oscar de la Renta, may have been the trend we noticed first in New York (you'll notice that big chunk right there), but hues of blue made it into at least 100 collections, no easy feat. That's about twice as many as any shade of green. Purple managed to make up a total of 3% of the color looks. Yikes, fall is more your season anyway, purple.

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LONDON The trend of seafoam continued--seen at shows like Mulberry and Clements Ribeiro--while the rest of London's color distribution was relatively balanced. Except for blue, of course, which proved dominant again. Proper primary and secondary colors were under-represented, however. Notice the lack of clear-cut green, yellow and orange.

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MILAN Milan was also very diverse in color, despite how minimal and sedate the collections were. Well, at least as much as Milan can be considered sedate. That 60s trend infused many collections with vivid pops of color, including lots of pastels like powder blues and pinks (think Gucci, Alberta Ferretti), which definitely made it the brightest city of all four. In terms of distribution on the spectrum of color, Milan was the most evenhanded, and in the spirit of equality have thrown purple a very small bone. We think it makes for a very pretty rainbow, actually.

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PARIS There was a dark overcast in Paris, and no, we are not talking about a war of words between a certain designer and critic. You might notice that ominous cloud of dark blues and greens stretched across the bottom of the map, two colors which were clearly most dominant. Also noticeable is the shock of blood orange and red, emphasized by collections from Elie Saab, Cédric Charlier and Gareth Pugh. And unlike elsewhere, Paris did not favor the minty greens and powder blues as other cities did. Other than purple, yellow got the least amount of love. It was practically strong-armed off the map by the darker colors.

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Here is a quick look at all 4 cities and how they stack up against one another. And don't forget, you can click on each of the cities for a closer look!

So remember--4 (cities) for you blue. You go blue. And none for purple.