Color Me Curious

Fashion and color are both universal phenomena — one societal, and one (arguably) scientific.

While fashion trends are known to be erratic and seemingly unpredictable, the domain of color is finite in comparison. Despite a variation in culture, do different designer lines necessarily reach for disimilar color palettes depending on where they are from, where their work will be presented, or what season it is?

Join us in our curiosity.

Step through the seasons of Fashion Week, where the most prolific designers show their colors.

Every Artist has a Method

From NowFashion.com, we scraped content (don't worry — we checked their Terms of Service to make sure we wouldn't get in trouble) from Ready To Wear designer lines from Spring/Summer 2012 through Fall/Winter 2016, for a total of 10 seasons.

We then filtered out the designers missing a season here or there, and found the most prevalent Fashion Week locations: Milan, New York, and Paris. If designers didn't present their work at these popular sites, we filtered them out, too.

Only the most productive designers made the cut, giving us over 6373 images across 14 designers from 11 different countries. We made sure to clean the datasets of irrelevant or dirty images, and cropped each set separately from one another to focus on the bulk of the outfit at hand.

We implemented color quantization to each outfit for its top three colors via k-means clustering. Background color became a non-issue, as it took on a hue represented on the female figure. Skin color was also treated as an important trait, as models are relevant design decisions as well.

Once the images for a particular season's line were merged, they were then compressed and fashioned upon a lovely lady below. Feel free to filter our data in any way you like, and observe commonalities and differences across designers, seasons, designer citizenship, and fashion show location.

We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor!

Your Data-Obsessed (Fashionably Dressed) Friends,
Dina & Natalie

Walk, Walk, Fashion, Baby.

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Designer's Country of Citizenship

Fashion Week City

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Manish Arora

"It is not too difficult to describe Arora's style. He undoubtedly loves colour, and has combined it with his astute craftsmanship in a creative way to exhibit his effervescent style."
Author UNKNOWN, 2014

Shiatzy Chen

"I think tradition comes in many forms. They include the traditions in one’s family and morality. While fashion is an ever-changing phenomenon, tradition is a staunch, unwavering entity that needs to be cherished and preserved."
Wang (Shiatzy) Chen, 2012

Oscar de la Renta

"I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes."
Oscar de la Renta, 1960s

Salvatore Ferragamo

“How else can I explain my sense of design? I do not have to search for styles. When I need new ones I select from those that present themselves to my mind as I select an apple from the laden dish upon my table.”"
Salvatore Ferragamo, 1985

Diane Von Furstenberg

"The woman I design for, who's independent, beautiful, in charge of her life."
Diane Von Furstenberg, 2014

Prabal Gurung

"There has always been a strange sense of antagonism between fashion and powerful women, a belief that women must sacrifice femininity to gain power, authority and respect ... I have never understood this notion, and I wouldn’t be doing what I do today if I believed it."
Prabal Gurung, 2013

Moon Young Hee

"Through her study of early 20th century French fashion, Moon Young Hee was able to combine her personal style, Korean influence, and European designs to create something uniquely her own."
Engracia Ang, 2015

Michael Kors

"I think to be empathetic is the greatest gift you can have as a designer. Hopefully, people will look at me and say, 'He really loved women.'"
Michael Kors, 2011

Ralph Lauren

"I was lucky. I never went to fashion school. I had an innate thing I never even knew I had. And it’s about my own taste and my own ideas."
Ralph Lauren, 2014

Moschino

"Known for his witty designs and outspoken comments Moschino subverted the time's "more is more" culture - emblazoning clothes with slogans like "Good Taste Doesn't Exist" and "Fashion, Fashoff" - and in doing so defined a decade."
Lauren Milligan, VOGUE, 2009

Ralph Mouret

"I grew up as the son of a butcher; I would watch my father drape and fold his apron to hide the stained pattern of blood, which has inspired my technique."
Roland Mouret, 2014

Vera Wang

"So that was a major goal for me—to be able to reach and encourage more women, to encourage them to express themselves and be what they want to be."
Vera Wang, 2010

Yohji Yamamoto

"Men's clothing is more pure in design. It's more simple and has no decoration... When I started designing, I wanted to make men's clothes for women. But there were no buyers for it. Now there are. I always wonder who decided that there should be a difference in the clothes of men and women. Perhaps men decided this."
Yohji Yamamoto, 1983

Valentin Yudashkin

“My wish is that design and culture help people communicate better. We have all become very politicized, which is not a really good thing. I hope that culture will help correct these misunderstandings on both [American and Russian] sides.”
Valentin Yudashkin, 2014

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Spring/Summer 2012

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Fall/Winter 2012

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Spring/Summer 2013

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Fall/Winter 2013

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Spring/Summer 2014

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Fall/Winter 2014

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Spring/Summer 2015

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Fall/Winter 2015

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Spring/Summer 2016

Manish Arora from India in Paris during Fall/Winter 2016

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2012

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2012

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2013

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2013

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2014

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2014

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2015

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2015

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2016

Shiatzy Chen from Taiwan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2016

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Spring/Summer 2012

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Fall/Winter 2012

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Fall/Winter 2013

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Spring/Summer 2014

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Fall/Winter 2014

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Spring/Summer 2015

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Fall/Winter 2015

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Spring/Summer 2016

Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic in New York City during Fall/Winter 2016

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2012

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2012

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2013

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2013

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2014

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2014

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2015

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2015

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2016

Salvatore Ferragamo from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2016

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Spring/Summer 2012

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Fall/Winter 2012

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Fall/Winter 2013

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Spring/Summer 2014

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Fall/Winter 2014

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Spring/Summer 2015

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Fall/Winter 2015

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Spring/Summer 2016

Diane Von Furstenberg from Belgium in New York City during Fall/Winter 2016

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Spring/Summer 2012

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Fall/Winter 2012

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Fall/Winter 2013

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Spring/Summer 2014

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Fall/Winter 2014

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Spring/Summer 2015

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Fall/Winter 2015

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Spring/Summer 2016

Prabal Gurung from Nepal in New York City during Fall/Winter 2016

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Spring/Summer 2012

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Fall/Winter 2012

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Spring/Summer 2013

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Fall/Winter 2013

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Spring/Summer 2014

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Fall/Winter 2014

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Spring/Summer 2015

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Fall/Winter 2015

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Spring/Summer 2016

Moon Young Hee from South Korea in Paris during Fall/Winter 2016

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2012

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2012

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2013

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2014

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2014

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2015

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2015

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2016

Michael Kors from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2016

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2012

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2012

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2013

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2014

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2014

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2015

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2015

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2016

Ralph Lauren from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2016

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2012

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2012

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2013

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2013

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2014

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2014

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2015

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2015

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Spring/Summer 2016

Moschino from Italy in Milan during Fall/Winter 2016

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Spring/Summer 2012

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Fall/Winter 2012

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Spring/Summer 2013

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Fall/Winter 2013

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Spring/Summer 2014

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Fall/Winter 2014

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Spring/Summer 2015

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Fall/Winter 2015

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Spring/Summer 2016

Roland Mouret from France in Paris during Fall/Winter 2016

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2012

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2012

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2013

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2014

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2014

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2015

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2015

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Spring/Summer 2016

Vera Wang from USA in New York City during Fall/Winter 2016

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2012

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2012

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2013

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2013

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2014

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2014

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2015

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2015

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Spring/Summer 2016

Yohji Yamamoto from Japan in Paris during Fall/Winter 2016

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Spring/Summer 2012

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Fall/Winter 2012

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Spring/Summer 2013

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Fall/Winter 2013

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Spring/Summer 2014

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Fall/Winter 2014

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Spring/Summer 2015

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Fall/Winter 2015

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Spring/Summer 2016

Valentin Yudashkin from Russia in Paris during Fall/Winter 2016