by Julie | When Pantone announced the Color of the Year 2015, I admit to being underwhelmed at first. It felt done (did you see Chili Pepper in '07?), uninspiring, and a little muddy. Politically correct, even – or whatever you'd call the equivalent in the fashion world.
But. The more I look at it, the more it feels usable... I can see it on lips, cheekbones, and as a stabilizing factor in brighter palettes from home to accessories.
So, with an open mind, here's how I'm looking for it now that 2015 is off and running:
This color has the cozy factor down and is ready to mix things up in warm winter wear. Blazers, loose-fitting (in all the right places) tees, even taking the ruby slipper concept down a (more-wearable) notch – add some metallic filigree, fringed edges, cutouts, and boom. It's a wearable look that gives off a dressed-up feel. Bonus: This color seriously plays well with just about any skin tone.
For dark hair or ultra blonde, a lip slicked in marsala would really clinch a look. All of us could try filling in the hollows of our cheeks to get really sophisticated. Esther's personal recommendation: try it as a shimmery eye shadow. Luscious! My favorite: playing with highlights/lowlights. When primary-color red strands feel too bold or like college days, this shade is just the ticket for amping up your locks in a subtle yet fun way.
Wouldn't this be a great color for glasses frames? Watch for it to work its way through scarves, footwear (boots!), fashionable toppers, and (can it be?) the plucky little cape! I'd be cool with bringing that back.
IN TEXTILES: I'm looking for patterns anchored by this organically rooted tone but popping with brighter colors to adorn my windows and recover my furniture. Watch darker threads ground a look and give it cause to stick around longer than more poppy trends.
IN DESIGN: I'm sort of relieved, really, to see a heavier hue easing in. We endured neons, then pastels, and I'm looking forward to seeing marsala usher in more of-the-earth elements.
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