Pantone’s Color of the Year

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Get ready for a radiant year. Radiant Orchid, that is. That’s the word from Pantone, which announced its 2014 color of the year: Radiant Orchid (18-3224).

According to the color forecaster, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

Pantone's mood board for the 2014 color of the year

Pantone’s mood board for the 2014 color of the year

I’m not sure what Pantone is trying to say with this image, which contains a purple hot dog, a purple baguette and set of chattering teeth, but anything that emanates great joy, love and health sounds like a great way to kick off a new year.

Designers who saw the radiant trend coming are already emailing me— including Voda Swim and Arthur and Livingston.

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Pantone made the announcement at its 2014 Color of the Year webinar, on Dec. 11.

Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone Color Institute, unveiled the new color and explained how it will turn up in fashion, beauty, home interiors and “the world of design.” She also gave some insight into how Pantone determines its annual color.

Pantone's recent colors of the year: Emerald Green 17-5641 (2013), Tangerine Tango 17-1463 (2012), Honeysuckle 18-2120 (2011) and Turquoise 15-5519 (2010)

Pantone’s recent colors of the year: Emerald Green 17-5641 (2013), Tangerine Tango 17-1463 (2012), Honeysuckle 18-2120 (2011) and Turquoise 15-5519 (2010)

Actually, the color forecasting service—which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year—comes up with a whole palette of colors for each season. We covered one of them—Dazzling Blue 18-3949—in our trend coverage of Los Angeles Fashion Week’s Spring ’14 collections.

Pantone's Dazzling Blue 18-3949

Pantone’s Dazzling Blue 18-3949

The first 1,000 to register for the Color of the Year webinar will receive a free one-month subscription toPantoneview, the company’s trend service.

 

Published Dec. 6 and Dec. 2 at ApparelNews.net.