What will Pantone’s Color of the Year be for 2014? As we wait patiently for the answer, the color forecasting company has released its 2014 fashion color report which includes prominent hues seen on the runway—from pastel blues and greens to vibrant reds and oranges.
"This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “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."
Three very adaptable pastels sit on one end of the palette, and, because designers are so accustomed to seeing them as nature's background, they can be creatively combined with any other color in the spectrum. Placid Blue, like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness, while Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia. Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that's very different from the greens of recent seasons.
In 2013, we saw the transition from Tangerine to Emerald. What will be our next stop on the spectrum? Editor At Large host Kelly Edwards gets a full palette of predictions at the Spring 2013 High Point Market, from leading designers Amanda Nisbit, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, Amy Archer, Marilyn Russel, Christine Lemieux, Jennifer Chused, Michelle Wiebe, Christian May, Aerin Lauder, Laura Kirar, Mark Moussa, Stacy Borocz, Greg Dunlop, Celerie Kemble, Cisco Pinedo, Norman Coley, Jason Horvath, Keith Baltimore, John Loeck, and Lori Dennis.
Sand, a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Paloma serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise.
Cayenne, a high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, and heightens the excitement when mixed with Freesia, a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season. A tropical, floral-inspired shade, Freesia's warmth and energy help set the stage for Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hew.
The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, and Dazzling Blue, a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue.