2015 Pantone Color of the Year

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

Nope, not for the reason you are thinking, at least for me. Every early December, Pantone, the “the global color authority,” announces its Color of the Year. The color that Pantone picks makes it way into fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors markets the following year — even your coffee machine (photo at right courtesy of Keurig). Waiting for that press release hit my inbox is like my version of Christmas morning. I love to see what Pantone picks every year, and since I’m the writer of the Carolina Parent Style column, this is my news beat (check out previous columns here and here).Courtesy of Keurig
Ladies and gents, I present to you the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala. Wait, what? Like Chicken Marsala? Precisely. Pantone states, “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.” Marsala has already proven to be a hit on the Spring 2015 runways. Yes, those happened already and, yes, it’s still December. Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso all incorporated this hue into their collections. 
coy-2015-18-1438-marsala-mini-swatch-card.jpgNow, I do love this somewhat-spicy color in the context of fall and winter, but as for the entire year? It’s falling a bit flat for me. I was a huge fan of Pantone’s 2012 Tangerine Tango, 2013’s Emerald and 2014’s Radiant Orchid so this jewel-tone loving gal is a bit disappointed. Marsala doesn’t have the richness of burgundy or the depth of oxblood. Marsala’s matte-like hue resembles dried blood, 90’s lip liner or perhaps more poetically, a muted-out southwestern color palette that just doesn’t speak to my love of brights.

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Everyone carries around a fox mask, right?

As far as a 2015 Marsala fashion forecast goes, I predict the color will make its way into the market this spring, subtly, via chintzy floral patterns, and this summer in tribal/southwest patterning. It will it sit comfortably next fall and winter in sweaters, footwear and accessories — where the season suits it.

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So what do you think of the Color of the Year? It makes me thirsty! Share your thoughts below.

Lauren Isaacs, mom of one and digital media specialist for Carolina Parent and CarolinaParent.com, writes about everything that’s popular in modern motherhood. She also writes the Carolina Parent Style”column.

Photos couresy of Pantone. This post was not sponsored. All opinions and selections are purely mine.

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