Pantone 2015 Colour Of The Year – Marsala

Pantone 2015 colour of the year - marsala

The great and powerful Pantone has spoken, the colour matching specialist has announced the dusky wine shade marsala as its top colour trend for 2015. All well and good, but why did they choose it and how could it affect our fashion and beauty decisions?

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®, had this to say of the shade:

“…interesting on its own and a wonderful contrast for other hues. Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence. Its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness. Marsala is set to serve at the foundation to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette.”

Marsala for fashion

Being a bit of a hit on the Spring 2015 runways (marsala was incorporated into the collections of a number of top fashion designers), this shade has already began to filter down onto the high street. Expect to see shelves bursting with clothing, accessories and jewellery in this versatile shade. Here are a few ideas on incorporating marsala into your wardrobe:

  • Full-bodied and rich, marsala would make an eye-catching statement when worn alone.
  • Teamed with neutrals, including the more warmer tones, marsala could add a little bit of drama to an outfit.
  • Mix it up with floral prints or stripes.
  • Or, my personal favourite, how about pairing it with teal?

Marsala for Beauty

Marsala being quite a flattering shade for most skin tones makes it an incredibly flexible colour for beauty products:

  • Mix it with peachy pinks.
  • Allow your metallics to sing by blending marsala as your eye ‘base’ colour.
  • Use it in a smoky/neutral eye.
  • Add a hint of sophistication by using marsala as your nail colour.

I must admit, although not everyone seems to be a fan, I’m a bit smitten with the colour; I see a few marsala purchases in my future. What do you think? Are you going down the marsala route this Spring/Summer?


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