Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala

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.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, Fair Trade Jewelry and Home DecorWhile last year’s color (Radiant Orchid) focused on innovation, creativity and originality, Marsala is much more grounded. A deep, rich color that feels like a robust and earthy red wine, the warm brown undertones of Marsala offer sustenance and stability.

Lee Eisman, Executive Director of Pantone color institute, explains that when it comes to choosing the color for the year, Pantone responds to its sense of the psychological need that fashion and color can fill at a particular time in culture and world events. This year’s need has to do with wanting something real to feed the mind, body and spirit.  Like a glass of wine or a hearty, satisfying meal, this color can nourish our minds and bodies.

Here are some of our Marsala-inspired picks for 2015:

2015 Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, Fair Trade Jewelry and Home Decor

Ecuadorian Poncho

This poncho captures the sentiment of Marsala because not only is the color a warm red, but the design of the garment is something you can wrap around yourself—fulfilling the need of the body as it searches for warmth.

Carmine Cascade Necklace

Seashells are dyed a deep red and clustered together for a unique and natural look in a color that complements many skin tones.

Berry Red Capiz Earrings

The color of this delicate capiz has a staggering diversity, ranging from  deep texture or shimmery sheen.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, Fair Trade Jewelry and Home Decor

Like a glass of wine or a hearty, satisfying meal, this color can nourish our minds and bodies.

Autumn Blossom Coin Purse

Along with hue, texture is also important when considering the use of this year’s color.  Velvet has the depth we seek when it comes to comfort and support.

Bamboo Barrette in Red

Just as warm colors remind us of the past, accessories like the barrette are now coming back into style as current versions of their ancestors.

Shades of Marsala have always existed in our makeup, especially as lipsticks and blushes.  This year, try to incorporate the color into your wardrobe as well to complete the look and stay on trend. We welcome this color that celebrates life, nourishment and nature.

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