Friday afternoon, I sat down for an hour with Daphne of Balenciaga NY. We chatted about new styles, the official color names, and more info about the upcoming Trunk Show. She was nice enough to show me the swatches without me having to ask. The swatches are very tiny but it gave me a better idea of what the colors will actually look like. According to Daphne, GRAPE and STEEL have been the two most popular colors so far...waitlists left and right. Let's begin... FALL WINTER 2007 COLORS First let’s start with the OFFICIAL BALENCIAGA NY NAMES for the Fall Winter 2007 Collection. There was a bit of confusion with Cinnamon, it’s actually Mogano/Mahogany…and Rouge is Tomato. top row, left to right BLACK (noir) SIENA (tabac) It’s the shade of brown in between Truffle and Marron (FW 06) OCEAN (bleu) I love this color! I’d describe it as a true Blue. DARK OLIVE (vert fonce) middle row, left to right PAPRIKA (rouille) More orange than SS 06 Rouille, gorgeous nonetheless. TOMATO (rouge) Remember Nicole Kidman’s Balenciaga dress at the Oscars? This is the color. A shade in between 03 Red, and 05 Rouge Theatre. STEEL (plomb) A deep rich gray...reminds me of FW 05 Grey. What I thought Anthracite was going to be. CRÈME (ivory) I think Crème will be the underdog for the FW season. Remember how quickly Naturel GH sold out? Crème, in my opinion will have the same impact as it would look good with both Silver and Gold hardware. bottom row, left to right PINE (previously unnamed green swatch) A bit darker than Emerald. The love child of Grass Green and Sapin. GRAPE (violet) Darker than I've seen in the pics of the Barneys Trunk Show...Grape has more red than blue. CINNAMON (mogano) Very deep brown although it has that reddish brown tine to it...keep in mind that I was looking at very tiny swatches so it's a bit difficult to tell. MARIGOLD (jaune) Sorry but this is NOT THAT Marigold. It has more brown to it, very much like lemon curry. I’d describe it as a mustard – saffron color. I actually compared the Marigold swatch next to a Silver Giant Hardware and I’m not crazy about it. Since Marigold turns out to be a warmer temperature of Yellow it will look amazing with the Giant Gold hardware...but I'm ready to be proven wrong. OATMEAL (mastic) Golden Brown, much darker than Sandstone. One of my favorites from the color swatches. ***I forgot to ask...didn't Bal NY refer to Marron (FW 06) as DARK OLIVE as well? I remember Terry sending me their inventory list and she kept referring to Marron as Dark Olive and Origan as Light Olive. Oh the confusion!