What is the colour of the year?
A few weeks ago I discovered that there is a colour assigned to our wardrobes every year. In 2012, the colour of the year was Tangerine Tango. In 2013, the colour was Emerald.
So I thought to myself, who commissions these colours? Is it a well-respected fashion journalist? Is it a group of stylists trying to challenge each other? … Is it God? Well, it isn’t God, but perhaps a prophet of fashion, Pantone! Pantone are the global authority for colour standards. In my opinion, the best part of it is that you can use different hues of the colour to enhance an otherwise boring look.
The colour of the year does have a large impact on the fashion industry; Sephora released a makeup line in alliance with Pantone based on the 2012 colour of the year, Tangerine Tango.
And so, 2014 will be laced with Radiant Orchid. The Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute said, “Purple is just that kind of complex, interesting, attracting kind of colour… The back story to purple is that it inspires confidence in your creativity.” I am personally excited to explore infusing my wardrobe with this colour and so here is my advice to effectively, affordably inspire you.
How can I incorporate it into my wardrobe?
As i said, you can use radiant orchid in different hues to set a tone to your outfit. For example, Mindy Kaling oozes sex in a darker shade whereas Allison Janney uses a lighter shade to radiate her flirty spirit.
1. Let your shoes do the talking! Using a pop of colour is often unexpected in shoes these days but a powerful shoe can really hold an outfit together.
2. This Burberry trench coat is not only following last year’s metallic trend. This is a piece used for those of you who tend to wear ‘the all-black uniform’, head to toe black to play it safe.
3. This scarf I own is something I am looking forward to wearing this winter season. Although a generic winter garb, it so easily makes you look more expensive.
For the cosmetically challenged:
Use the subtlety of makeup to freshen up your face. My favourite pieces are eyeshadow and lip gloss because they are simple but alluring.
THE ONLY RULE: Do not wear Radiant Orchid with other pastel colours. The point of radiant orchid is that it is a statement colour and would not support other strong colours well. It needs to be worn with dark colours, like navy, or creamy neutral colours, like beige.