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So, by now you've seen Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015. Marsala. Raise your hand if you're NOT a painter and you've heard of this shade before. Anyone? Beuller?
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Yeah. I am a painter and I hadn't actually heard of it. If I had, I've forgotten.
The first question I always have when they announce what shade will be be forced upon me for the following year is "who ARE these people at Pantone?"
Well this year, I decided to look it up. Now I didn't actually "research" it, mind you. I merely Wiki'd it. I wasn't really looking for any more in-depth explanation than I was likely to find there anyway.
This is what I found...
Annually Pantone declares a particular color "Color of the Year". Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; for example, the color for summer 2013 was chosen in London in the spring of 2012. The color purportedly connects with the zeitgeist; for example the press release declaring Honeysuckle the color of 2011 said "In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues." The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View ($750), which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies purchase to help guide their designs and planning for future products.
In 2012, the color of the year, Tangerine Tango, was used to create a makeup line, in partnership with Sephora. The product line, named Sephora + Pantone Universe collection, features Tangerine Tango–embellished false lashes; nail lacquers, cream, glitters, and high-pigment lip glosses.
As you can see, the text isn't really up-to-date, but you get the idea. Okay, so I really didn't know that they had a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups. I'll admit, I was picturing some lone "Ugly Betty" behind a computer screen laughing maniacally at the fact that she could decide what every company in the entire world would inundate the buying public with every year. I'm actually pleasantly surprised it's not that way. Exactly.
However, I am a redhead. I am stubborn. I have a mind of my own. I know my tastes. And by now, I know what looks good on me and what doesn't. So basically all the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year tells me each year is whether I'll be spending money or not.
When jeans started giving everyone over the age of 18 and over 100 pounds a muffin top and produced an entire generation of people who don't actually know where their actual waist is, I decided right then that no one was going to tell me what to wear. What to buy. When designers went through a phase where their main goal seemed to be dressing everyone in the way that made their bodies look the worst they possibly could, I stopped being influenced at all by them. I mean what is the point of TRYING to make people look bad? They could have taken Raquel Welch and made her look deformed. But I digress.
I didn't think too much about Pantone's choice for 2014 because I'd been trying forever to get anyone to make ANYTHING in that color. So I had a good year. I was thrilled. My wallet? Not so much. Clothes, purses, nail polish, home decor. Pig in slop I tell ya!
After Radiant Orchid, I knew I would be disappointed in anything unless they broke tradition and declared it 2015's Color of the Year as well.
But so far, most of what I've seen hasn't been positive. It's about like my reaction when they pulled out EMERALD for 2013. You'd think being a redhead, that would be a great shade on me. It's not. Especially most of the so-called emerald shades they tried to force on us. Nope. And I thought I was just going to have to hibernate for the entirety of 2009. Yellow? Yeah, ain't happening for me.
But actually, marsala is not a bad shade. It's not a POP or even a great accent shade, but more of a base. A staple. Something to build around. And it's not offensive to my senses. So I'm okay with it. It will at the very least be a shade that everyone can wear, if they're so inclined.
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This photo below is just a screenshot of a google image search for "marsala color" - none of the photos are mine.
But it doesn't look bad to me at all. Some of the shades we will have to contend with though will probably remind us of the 80s. I've already seen a few lipsticks like that. For me it's going to be about getting the right shade/saturation to make it work for me.
For example, I just put on Zoya Marney and realized I already have quite a bit of that shade. It could easily, with a bit less pigment or a little more pinky/mauve tones, turn into the 80s shade I am SO over. But it's perfectly saturated and it not only goes well with my skin tone, but I can see it going great with a warmer skin tone as well.
So if you want to get a head start on Marsala, grab a bottle of Zoya Marney. Wear it when you're shopping! Get a jump on them!
I do have more polish in the "marsala family" that I'll pull out to show you soon.
So what do YOU think? Do you let Pantone's Color of the Year dictate your choices? Is this a shade you will embrace or avoid.
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