Every year Pantone selects a Color of the Year – “Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.” This year’s color is Radiant Orchid – a color “Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health. ” Doesn’t that sound just marvelous?
While it may not be a color that you can incorporate into your wardrobe in a big way – it might be fun to play with it as an accent color (maybe in a scarf or a nail color), teamed with your favorite neutral.
Pantone also releases a color chart for the seasonal colors. For Spring 2014, the colors run the gamut of Easter-egg pastels to vivid floral brights.
Showing strongly in their midst on the runways during fashion week was white, as a stand-alone or in combination with (wait for it….) black! Another runway favorite was pink – in all of it’s varying strengths.
The colors of Spring are decorating retail windows even while we’re still in our winter boots, so take a stroll in the Mall or at your favorite department store and start to get a feel for what speaks to you – what lifts your spirits. Then start to think about which ones you’d like to incorporate into your wardrobe, and how; you may already have some of them hanging in your closet from past years that you can revive and breathe new life into!
P.S. If you’d like more insight into Pantone’s selection process, visit their website.