What will be hot fashion color for 2015? PANTONE® , the global color authority, announces it will be Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red.
The color takes its name from the fortified wine. The 2015 Color of the Year, grounded in red-brown roots, creates an earthy and interesting tone.
Fashion designers didn’t wait for PANTONE 18-1438 to be named the Color of the Year. Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Jenny Packman, Burberry Prorsum and Dennis Basso all splashed Marsala on the runway for their Spring Collections. Gap is evening using Marsala on corduroy pants for women and little kids who wear toddler sizes.
I’m looking forward to using Marsala for a colorway in Sydney's Closet 2015 plus size special occasion dress collections
. Probably, not alone. I see it more as a compelling accent when paired with versatile neutrals like a warmer taupe or rich grays. Hopefully, I can find a floral print with a hint of Marsala in the graphics.
Ideally, the spring would have golden yellows or vibrant blues or turquoise and teal shades of green. I am tempted to try it with an antique gold metallic for a holiday look. But I’m concerned the browns in Marsala will miss the mark for a festive look on a party dress. It might just lack the power to pop!
The color gurus at Pantone favor Marsala as a feel-good hue that “enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.” I’m not sure I’d go that far. Marsala doesn’t have the rich body or depth that you find in a Cabarnet or a Merlot. I see Marsala as far more of a earthy color when used as a palette for dresses. Some fashionistas claim the color to be sophisticated but, I most respectfully, disagree.
To me, the brown undertones make the hue slightly too casual to carry off the glamour on an evening dress or a cocktail party dress
, unless you add shine and sparkle. And until I see a sample beading swatch, I'm struggling to imagine how the bling would pair with Marsala. Just not too sure if there would be enough contrast to create a gorgeous look.
And, the Marsala is such a deep departure from the Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: a radiant orchid that exuded femininity.
2015 Color of the Year Everywhere
But I'm enthralled with Marsala as a new neutral for accessories like handbag. What a fresh, innovative new neutral to replace black, gold and silver evening purses
and capture a big trend in a small, but stunning way. Imagine a Marsala evening bag to update a long black formal or your favorite Little Black Dress. The result: a very personalized and polished look that is so on-trend!
Look for Marsala to not just make a splash in fashion. The hue is cued to show up in cosmetics as a sophisticated shade that flatters many different skin tones. And even home and industrial design. Think of a table set with Marsala plates or even linens.
Pantone's Previous Winning Colors
Pantone has pronounced the Color of the Year for 15 years. Here's a list of their choices:
PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
What's your favorite? Let me know.