Pantone Color of the Year

by abeadstore on January 16, 2015

So I am taking a slight break from 2015 Trends to reveal Pantone’s color of the year.  I suppose this is a trend too and if the past is any indication, you will start seeing this color everywhere.  Every year since 1990, the Pantone Color Institute  has nominated a Color of the Year, forecasting which specific hue designers and consumers will all supposedly be using, wearing, and buying for the following 12 months. Last month, Pantone announced that the 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala.

In a company press release, Pantone described the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” While last year’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, “encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.  The color is set forth below:

Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” Pantone proclaimed.

While I actually like the color and think it provides a warm hue for our winter collection, not everyone was as enthusiastic about the color. New York magazine’s The Cut called Marsala “icky.” In a post titled “The Problem With Pantone’s Color of the Year,” the Atlantic pointed out that Marsala reminded some people of “rust, the grimy, gag-inducing type that lines corners or frat boy dormitory-style bathrooms. Or blood, the freaky dried kind whose iron content has been exposed to the air long enough to evoke a dull brick.” Instead of the gourmet associations of Marsala wine and pomegranate fruit, as featured in the color campaign’s marketing images, the magazine suggested that it conjured visions of elementary-school mystery meat, liver, and meatloaf.

Whatever you think about the color you can be sure that the runway will be full of it.   So investigate the many variations of this color, check out what Marsala glass beads and gemstones are out there and then order your beads online and get going.  This color will be perfect for elegant pieces made for Valentine’s Day!

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