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Pantone's Top Fall Colors Are Here, And They're Majorly '70s

Desert sage, cadmium orange, and dried herb: all these colors are pretty hippy.

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Here's yet more evidence that the '70s are back in style. Pantone just released its color chart of the top 10 fall colors for 2015, and everything is looking very earthy. Olive, sage, golden yellow, rose, and dusty orange make the list, as does marsala, Pantone's 2015 color of the year.

There's a serious side to these retro colors, though. Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman told WWD that designers are looking back to the '70s because that era's concerns mirror our own, with the same worries about finances, the environment and trouble abroad. "The Seventies were also a time when the public was emerging from a recession [in the early part of the decade]. There also was a growing interest in the preservation of nature. Utilizing earth tones gives people a sense of rootedness and grounding, similar to what people were feeling the need for in the Seventies," she said.