Before I took a job overseeing a small publications unit that had responsibility for designing and printing my former employer’s marketing ads and collateral (brochures, etc.), I didn’t know Pantone either. If you have any interest in design (fashion, interior, marketing or other), make your introductions here.
Pantone is a New Jersey-headquartered company best known for their Pantone Matching System (PMS) that allows designers and manufacturers using different equipment to know they are able to produce work in the intended color. I could paraphrase more of what Wikipedia contains in their overview, but let’s save some time and let you follow the link to that entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantone.
For an example of the color squares that designers are supplied in Pantone chip books see this Pantone Chart Image.
Each year, the Pantone Institute designates a Color of the Year. 2014 was Radiant Orchid (a color that to me looks like a pinker version of the Crayola “orchid” hue I remember from my elementary school 64 crayon-box collection — by the way, did you know that Crayola renames those colors so what you and I remember as the name for the same color might be different?).
2015 is Marsala, which Pantone’s site describes as “A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.” And to me, it does look like some earthier red wines I’ve experienced.
In addition to identifying colors that will travel across our life’s designs, Pantone publishes reports more specific to the fashion of the upcoming seasons. The Women’s Spring 2015 Color Report leads with the heading: “This season there is an emphasis on the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum, with bold color taking a more supportive role as an accent.”
The colors Pantone has posted as the Top 10 for Spring 2015 are:
- 14-4313 Aquamarine
- 16-4725 Scuba Blue
- 14-5714 Lucite® Green
- 19-4052 Classic Blue
- 14-1213 Toasted Almond
- 16-1720 Strawberry Ice
- 15-1247 Tangerine
- 13-0720 Custard
- 18-1438 Marsala
- 14-4102 Glacier Gray
It is written in many sources that the Pantone Color of the Year announcement and reports are growing in their influence on designers and merchants. Check them out and the details provided in the report to see what you feel about what you might see this season in your favorite boutiques. (Be warned that the colors you see on your screen are likely to differ somewhat from the actual true color you would see on the chips in a printed Pantone color book.)
The report is here: http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2015
I love the Scuba Blue, and it reminds me of a sunny day in front of the water. The Tangerine and Toasted Almond also attract me although probably not together. Anything bordering on navy, like the Classic Blue is likelier to find a home in my closet too.
Which colors grab you? What do you want to see in your closet?