Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

Colors are all around us, the identifying feature of nearly everything we see. Pigments interacting with light like the refraction of prisms through the receptors in the eye. It’s a simple concept that we learn as children—the Roy G. Biv spectrum of the rainbow. But there’s a deeper meaning to colors. They can make us feel things, changing the mood of a room or the way we choose to express ourselves in what we wear.

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Pantone provides “color forecasts” based on products in the marketplace, as well as, what’s appearing on the streets. They are a company dedicated to providing color insight for design strategy that spans different industries and continents.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

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Amethyst, the birthstone of February, has changing tones of purple as it is maneuvered in the light. Eiseman is captivated by the magic of these changing purple tones. It is exactly this magic that Radiant Orchid is meant to capture.

The name Radiant Orchid is meant to evoke the sensation we feel as we take the color in.  Radiance is indicative of a lustrous sheen where Orchid gives us an exotic feel. When this particular shade of purple radiates against the skin, it provides a healthy glow and an exotic sensibility.

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This year, choose fashion accessories that capture the spirit of Radiant Orchid in stunning shades of purple!




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