Pantone’s Pick for 2012’s Top Color: Tangerine Tango

Every year, Pantone makes a bet for the color that will become the shade of the year. Last year's pick was Honeysuckle, and this year, the industry leader is betting on a saturated reddish-orange.

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A tangerine look on the runway at Christian Siriano mimics Pantone's prediction that the color of 2012 will be "tangerine tango."
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Every year, Pantone makes a bet for the color that will become the shade of the year. Last year's pick was Honeysuckle, and this year, the industry leader is betting on a saturated reddish-orange. Here, the hue hits the runway in the form of a feathery dress at Christian Siriano.
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A vivid collared dress with patterned panels on the spring runway at Derek Lam.
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Oscar de la Renta incorporated the color in a shade that felt a bit more "tango" than "tangerine" in his Spring 2012 collection.
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A long, simple dress in a saturated shade of reddish-orange at Derek Lam.
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Jean Paul Gaultier paired a crochet tank dress with shades in the same vibrant hue.
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Red and orange are layered together in this wispy gown from Bottega Veneta to channel Pantone's pick.
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More than appearing in color-soaked dresses and separates, however, we spotted the hue more often as part of a pattern, or a detail on an eye-catching ensemble, like this look from Matthew Williamson's spring runway.
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A patterned shirt boasts splash of the reddish-orange color in Thakoon's Bollywood-inspired Spring 2012 collection.
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Also present in Thakoon's collection: vivid orange lace against a bright blue jacket.
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Nanette Lepore took a similar take in using the color to line a transparent blue lace dress.
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Splashes of reddish-orange decorate a dazzling dress on Etro's spring runway.
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Burnt tangerine panels line a pleated dress in Chloe's Spring 2012 collection.
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The Rag & Bone designers went for an electric shade of the hue, glimpsed on the underside of skirts and in statement clutches.
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On Alexander Wang's spring runway, graphic orange chevrons cropped up on a crisp white sweater.
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At Milly, a reddish shade of orange could be glimpsed in a panel of this color-block dress.
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Christian Siriano's spring collection for Payless -- glimpsed on the designer's Spring 2012 runway -- featured a double-take-worthy glimpse of the hue.
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To a more limited degree, the reddish-orange color could also be glimpsed in the beauty on the spring runways. At Jen Kao, lips and cheeks had a bold, tangerine look.
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Yves Saint Laurent offers a great similar shade called "Le Tangerine" for about $30.
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For the truly brave, we'd suggest trying the bright orange streaks we spotted on Peter Som's Spring 2012 runway.
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