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The Cadillac XT5 and Parallels by Design: Colour

At the intersection of two seemingly unrelated philosophies, we find parallels: dualistic principles of mutual understanding. Parallels by Design embarks on an exploration of concept, craftsmanship and the artisans who make innovation tangible. Take a closer look at the first-ever Cadillac XT5 and our journey with Public School to discover the parallels that unite our distinguished crafts.

Expressing personality – At Cadillac, color is used to complement a vehicle’s form and highlight each decision made by the designers. The first-ever Cadillac XT5 debuts an entirely new approach to black. Featuring some of the same pigments found in makeup, the new Stellar Black color accentuates the vehicle’s exterior contours.

Every aspect of a vehicle’s color portfolio is carefully considered.

The five Cadillac color and trim experts come from an array of design backgrounds—product design, industrial design, fashion, jewelry design, footwear and textiles. Their understanding of color philosophy allows them to curate color combinations that enhance the driving experience.

Exploring color is a team effort. The Cadillac color and trim designers must work closely with the interior and exterior design teams as well as the vehicle sketch artists—the gestures and moods expressed in the concept sketches dictate which colors will best suit the surfaces of the vehicle.

The design team treats the color portfolio like a wardrobe—the color selections express a variety of personalities. From the essentials to the unexpected, each vehicle’s color palette must accommodate an array of driver personalities.

"Once they’ve addressed the essential colors, the designers begin experimenting with something that’s slightly different and creates a unique point of view."
SHARON GAUCI, CADILLAC GLOBAL COLOR & TRIM
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New opportunities – For Public School, color offers a sense of identity. Characterized by a muted palette, the Public School aesthetic can be considered an aggressive understatement. The blacks, whites and greys that span every collection evoke the sensibilities of New York and express the pride that designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow reserve for the city in which they grew up.

But Public School is constantly challenging itself to grow. Each season is viewed as a maturation of the brand. Featuring more color than any collection before it, the Pre-Fall Collection may be the ultimate testament to this statement. Its color palette will have undergone countless revisions by the time it arrives on the runway.

In order to broaden the brand’s color vocabulary, Public School’s design team must be resourceful. It involves making careful decisions that will ultimately elevate the bigger picture.

"We’re always looking for creative ways to use more color. We probably know every trick in the book."
MAXWELL OSBORNE, PUBLIC SCHOOL

Variations of shade and color blocking create diversity throughout the collections, while colorful print details introduce a sense of excitement that still feels very Public School.

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