2017 COLOR


I welcome 2017 with colours. specifically the PANTONE Colour of 2017 – Greenery.

Greenery represents nature and revitalization. Something we could all use after 2016. At the Spring 2017 shows, Louis Vuitton captured the essence of Greenery with sharp pantsuits that reminded me of tart green apples.

The Pantone Fashion colour of 2017 is Niagara. Flowing water and deep lakes, Niagara is also a revitalizing colour. Louise Vuitton also hit it with this lovely flowy dress. I want this so bad! This pleated shirt from Celine is a reminder of cascading water. Probably something you can pick up at H&M or Zara at a reasonable price point. Denim can also be an interpretation of Niagara and Altuzarra’s embroidered denim skirt is another item on my Spring “must-haves” list.

I created a cropped, bat wing top out of this beautiful origami paper from Muji.I love how fresh this shade of green looks. It gives the promise of a great year for 2017. Hope you enjoyed this colour report and let me know what your colour is for 2017. Cheers!


Colours of 2016

Pantone announced the colours of 2016. Yes you read it right – colours.

Usually Pantone chooses 1 colour to represent the year but for 2016 they chose Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919. Both colours are soft and soothing.They have a calming effect and with what is happening in the world they are needed more than ever.

Pantone sets the colour standard for the world. Product designers, graphic designers and fashion designers look to Pantone for pure colour.

Let’s take a look at some SS2016 collections and see which designers showed these colours.


I love this Alexander McQueen long dress. The transparency and ruffles compliment the softness of Rose Quartz. The Burberry dress in the center combines feminine edginess. Carolina  Herrera shows shades of pink including Rose Quartz.

Serenity was slightly more challenging to find. Chanel incorporates Serenity into a lovely textured dress. J Crew has a cropped pant suit as part of their collection. Marc Jacobs showed a long trench coat.

Think about these two colours when you’re planning your purchases for Spring/Summer 2016.


modacarta Doll

I created this cropped top and midi skirt from japanese paper in rose quartz and serenity. I really like how these colours look together and will definitely try to mix them in Spring and Summer.

Graphic Proposal

Another huge trend for fall is colour blocking. It was seen on many runways, and Zara has done a great job bringing this runway trend to mass market.

Here’s a look at this trend and on some how-tos.


BAL_subtleColour blocking can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. A subtle way of wearing this trend is by using neutrals with 1 or 2 bright colours. At Balmain, this look uses black and white to create the graphic look with green and yellow.


BAL_extremeAnother look from Balmain uses full-on colour and very little black. Both looks are colour blocked and graphic.

To achieve this look choose solid coloured pieces and put them together. Eg. Orange skirt with yellow top and red boots. Think of it as creating a striped pattern using separate pieces and your body.


You can also colour block with graphic patterns.

BV_coatBottega Veneta showed this fabulous coat (in modacarta’s favourite colours). It is a stand-out piece with a graphic pattern.

loewe_subtle loewe_bold

At Loewe, they used pattern and colour blocking together to create a graphic look. The red and navy patterned skirt is paired with neutrals and is a more subtle approach. The long dress of green, grey and black creates a bolder statement because of its large proportion of pattern. All three of these looks are very wearable and FUN!

“IT” Bag

Loewe_bagWishing for this pink, colour block bag from Loewe. Great size and the pink will transition from FW to SS easily.

Spring Preview

spring_skirtColour block will continue into SS 2016. Miuccia Prada showed these gorgeous skirts with a mix of neutral panels and tweed.

As Boho style went from summer to fall in 2015 in safe to say colour block will take you from fall 2015 to spring 2016 in style.

Doll is back!

I used some paper I picked up during the Fall Haul in Troy, Michigan for this dress. I love the turquoise colour and the white.

IMG_1346Photo Credits

All runway images are from Style.com.

Doll – Lori Tonizzo