Pantone Unveils Spring 2012 Colors

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Sketches of Spring 2012 looks from Peter Som, Rachel Roy, and VPL by Victoria Bartlett.

We've seen the future ... and it's tangerine.

No, really. According to the just-released Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2012, the hot hue for women will soon be Tangerine Tango, which is described as an "enticing juicy orange."

Speaking of colors that sound like cocktails, Margarita, a "piquant yellow-green" will also be in-demand next season, along with the warm yellow Solar Power; the pink-tinged Sweet Lilac; "sensual and intense rosy-red" Cabaret; majestic purple Bellflower; nautical-inspired Sodalite Blue; invigorating blue-green Cockatoo; and "weathered" neutrals like Starfish and Driftwood.

All in all, it sounds like a pretty bright and energetic bunch.

“Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism, and the promise of a brighter day,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a press statement. “They have learned how color can help them alter a mood, while providing the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations.”

Men, meanwhile, will be also gravitating towards blues like Dazzling Blue and Hawaiian Ocean; the deep red Granita; Grass Green; and neutrals like Vintage Khaki and the bluish-gray Tradewinds.

The seasonal report also includes a preview of Spring 2012 color palettes favored by designers like Rachel Roy (who's big on tailored suits in cool tones like Iced Lemon with punchier details), Peter Som (a fan of Rose Violet), and VPL's Victoria Bartlett (she sketched a Tangerine Tango suit paired with a blush top).

Even Barbie had a say. Her color pick for the season? Pink—duh!

In the meantime, check out what Pantone colors you should be wearing right now.