Marsala: Color of the year

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Yesterday I spoke briefly about the color of the year, and thought it would be fun to take a deeper dive into the colors of the year.  There is a uniform industry standard known as Pantone – they set the standard for colors, and the naming of colors.  And each year the fashion industry wades through the full spectrum of colors to establish a fall and spring color palate.  They also select one color as the “color of the year”.  This year the choice for color of the year is Marsala.  Named for the fortified wine product of Spain and Portugal, this color offers layers of vibrancy and depth.

We have looked at the idea of color carrying mood, and certain attitudes, and as i read the press release for this color there it was…. spinning the story of what this color evokes:

While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, 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®.

“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.”

Words like sophisticated, earthiness, hearty…. this evokes a certain image.  But this color can cross genders, and is not limited to the color of clothing… it is a rich choice for a pop of color in a room that harmonizes with a large palate of other colors.

Color does carry a certain impression.  For 2015 look for lots of sightings of Marsala, including in my silk.