The results are in: Pantone, the global authority on all things colour-related, has recently announced their selection for 2014’s Colour of the Year: PANTONE 18-3224, aka “Radiant Orchid”.
Radiant Orchid “encourages expanded creativity and originality,” says Pantone. When I first looked at the pictures, I have to admit that I was a bit confused. What exactly is Radiant Orchid supposed to be? This muddled colour of purple and pink with grey undertones? Isn’t that… Mauve?
Then I saw this colour swatch and was already a lot happier:
It’s actually a bit brighter than mauve with more pink and violet undertones. At the same time it is a lot lighter than the Colour of the Year in previous years (Emerald in 2013 and Tangerine in 2012), which makes it easier for more people to wear.
Also, use pastel pink as the focus colour of the outfit and combine it with neutral colours like black, white, grey or with other pastel colours. Don’t try to colour-block with bright colours. It will ruin the classy effect.
And lastly, keep in mind that pastel pink is a light and cool colour. If you have warm and dark colourings in your hair, skin and eyes, then I’m sorry to inform you that pastel pink is not a good colour for you and you should stay away from it completely. (But don’t be sad, there are other iconic items that are just made for you, like the iconic MaxMara camel coat.)
With my little tribute to Jackie O, I hope to show that fashion runs indeed in cycles and essentially, nothing is ever truly new. But why reinvent the wheel when we can enjoy a classy look over years?