Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

Color of the Year 2014

Color of the Year 2014

November and December are two of my favorite months of the year for a few reasons. In particular, they contain holidays that revolve around spending time with family, relaxing, and celebrating. That being said, after December I typically don’t welcome January with open arms as I should. January and February are two of the coldest months of the year. There are hardly any holidays during these months (besides MLK and Valentine’s Day) and my bank account is dry from buying gifts. I’m done complaining now.

This year, instead of focusing on the negatives, I would like to turn January and February into ‘reviving & redecorating’ season. In my latest post, I showcased home décor inspiration. This post concentrates on color, specifically the Pantone Color of the Year & Fashion Color Report. Let’s get started.

Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, seemed like a fitting choice. The Wizard of Oz remake (Oz, The Great and Powerful) came out in the spring and the central color of the movie was Emerald. For Pantone, Emeraldserved as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity,” according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This year, Pantone chose Radiant Orchid, which Eiseman says, is “an invitation to innovation,” and “encourages expanded creativity and originality.” She also states that Radiant Orchidreaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.”

To read more click here for a fabulous post on Dexigner featuring Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid

Dexigner also released an intriguing article featuring the Pantone Fashion Color Report: Spring 2014. Inside you’ll find a link to a free report, which provides an overview of select designer’s (Rebecca Minkoff, Tracy Reese, and Christian Siriano-to name a few) upcoming use of color in his or her newest collections. The main theme of the Pantone Color Report for spring is “a season of colorful equilibrium.”

Pantone Color Fashion Report

The women’s Pantone palette includes placid blue, violet tulip, hemlock, sand, cayenne, freesia, celosia orange, radiant orchid, and dazzling blue. While each color is unique and exciting on its own, the combination of colors is what I’m looking forward to most. Spicy cayenne reds paired with calming violets, or dazzling and placid blue prints- I can’t wait!

Eiseman sums the fashion report up by saying, “This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.

The entire Pantone Fashion Color Report is fascinating, especially the designer’s inspiration behind his or her color choice(s). Not be left out, the men also have a Pantone Color Report for spring 2014.

Radiant Orchid is extremely versatile and flattering. The color is energetic and blends both warm and cool undertones. It pairs well with lavenders, blush tones/pinks, reds, turquoise teals, and light yellows. Radiant Orchid is “bold without being overpowering” and livens up a neutral palette.

Pantone Color Orchid

Look out for the Sephora + Pantone Universe collection coming out this spring. Pantone Universe is also partnered with Lowe’s and Valspar paintsJCP, and Ice Watch.

Orchid Everything

On my radar-

  1. Butter London Nail Polish
  2. YSL Lip Gloss, Violine Out of Control
  3. Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Pink Violet
  4. Benefit, Lollitint, Candy Orchid
  5. Ardency Inn Modster, Eyeliner, Lilac
  6. Marc Jacobs Bold Blush, Outspoken
  7. Laura Mercier Eye Color, Orchid
  8. Valspar Radiant Orchid Interior Satin Paint
  9. Ice Watch
  10. iPhone Case
  11. Coffee Mug
  12. Ikat Orchid Pillow
  13. Monique Lhuillier Grey Orchid Votive
  14. Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfume
  15. Halogen Cashmere Wrap
  16. Sophia Webster Heels
  17. David Yurman Ring
  18. Sam Edelman Flats
  19. YSL Eye Palette

Here’s to you Radiant Orchid, enjoy your reign!



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