The designers and the influencers have spoken. Pantone has released their colour of the year as the radiant orchid. Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health. It is spiritual, mythical, non-conforming, creative, original and tantalizing.
It is also a vibrant color used to liven up neutrals like gray, beige and taupe.
In the fashion world, Radiant Orchid, as Leatrice Eiseman explained, “…is an opportunity to look at what you’ve already got in your closet and add to it. It will feel like the right amount of change.” three remarkable women wore this shade of colour quite well. Check out how Michelle Obama, Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton and Her royal majesty – the Queen Elizabeth of England wore this stunning colour below.
and of course who could forget Kim Kardashian in that stunning blazing yellow that illuminated her fashion forward sense on the internet? This is a wardrobe must have this season. It’s fresh, inspiring, romantic and bold. No wonder high street retailers, boutiques and designers have stocked up and released this colour to suit the needs of consumers.
The palette for the year 2014 is quite remarkable. Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute® Leatrice Eiseman says that for spring 2014, “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.”
1. Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, and Hemlock are the new neutrals: Called “very adaptable pastels” these three colors occur often in nature and as such can be combined with many different shades of bold colors for an interesting and eye-catching look.
2. Sand and Pal0ma are still neutrals: Not to be displaced by the three natural colors above, the toasty tan and grey Sand and Paloma remain safely in the neutral category as well. Pantone suggests a marriage of Sand and Hemlock for a look of “perfect, natural balance.”
3. Cayenne, Freesia, and Celosia Orange are for fun: Cayenne adds spice to neutrals and excitement to Freesia. Love the look of a tropical sunset? Try pairing Celosia Orange with Violet Tulip like WHIT NY did here.
4. Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue work well with pastels: Balancing out the lighter beginning of this year’s color spectrum, both Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue are “perfect companions to pastels.” But don’t overlook pairing these bold shades with other brights–Tracy Reese’s design proves bright + bright can sometimes result in a perfect score.
For menswear (take note–slightly different palette):
1. Placid Blue remains a staple neutral: But the deeper Purple Haze and Comfrey replace their Violet Tulip and Hemlock counterparts from the women’s palette. Looking to color block? Try pairing Placid Blue with Comfrey, and Purple Haze with Paloma for a “modernized vintage” look.
2. Use Sand to tame down the more adventurous colors in the palette: Want to add some excitement but not look like a peacock? Use neutral bases such as Sand and Paloma and accent with Cayenne, Freesia, and Celosia Orange.
3. Mix in Magenta Purple to be more magnetic: Expect to see “vibrant patterning” come Spring 2014. You can create your own vibrant look by mixing Magenta Purple with the other high voltage colors in the palette such as Dazzling Blue and Celosia Orange.