Reinforcing the folk wisdom that color is the best antidote to gray economic times, designers have been choosing brighter hues, according to Pantone Inc., whose swatch cards are used by clothing and textile manufacturers.
Black, which was No. 1 in 1989, has slid to 24th in Pantone's sales. That means yellow-green, or chartreuse, so popular in recent seasons, has also faded out of favor. The leading three colors this year are all variations on navy blue, followed by antique white and burgundy.