Top Colors for Spring 2014

Pantone Names Top Colors for Spring 2014

Pantone, the color experts known in the fashion and fine jewelry industry for their biannual trend forecasting tool, surveyed designers at the fall 2013 New York Fashion Week and found pairings of “soft pastels with vivid brights.”

“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional, and artistic equilibrium,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Below are all ten of Pantone’s 2014 spring colors, with the company’s commentary:

Placid Blue (Pantone 15-3920)
“Like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness… Pair with a bolder hue for an au courant look.”

Violet Tulip (Pantone 16-3823)
“A romantic, vintage purple [that] evokes wistful nostalgia… Pair with a bolder hue for an au courant look.”

Sand (Pantone 15-1225)
“A lightly toasted and amiable neutral…conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance.”

Hemlock (Pantone 15-6114)
“A summery, ornamental green…provides a decorative touch that’s very different from the greens of recent seasons… Pair with a bolder hue for an au courantlook.”

Paloma (Pantone 16-000)
“Serves as the quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise.”

Cayenne (Pantone 18-1651)
“A high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, and heightens the excitement when mixed with Freesia.”

Freesia (Pantone 14-0852)
“A tropical, floral-inspired shade… [This] blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season.”

Celosia Orange (Pantone 17-1360)
“An optimistic, spontaneous hue. Pair Celosia Orange with Violet Tulip for a captivating vision, much like the setting summer sun.”

Radiant Orchid Pantone 18-3224)
“A bold counterpart to Violet Tulip.”

Dazzling Blue (Pantone 18-3949)
“A scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue.”

Author: Shawn

Indiana University Alumni GIA Graduate Gemologist Student

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