Words by Síomha Connolly
May 8th, 2016
Taking inspiration from fashion, art, design and daily life, every year Pantone selects a colour that symbolises and reflects the current modern movements and trends and announces it as their ‘chosen one’ and colour of the year. This year Pantone have decided to blend two colours – mixing Serenity and Rose Quartz to create a soothing and calming colour combination. These soft pastel shades are a nod to the tendencies of mindfulness and well-being which are used today as a way of overcoming the stresses of modern life. Pantone have also said that the symbolic meaning behind the mixing of the two colours is a reflection of the ongoing gender campaigns and the moves towards further gender neutrality. Designed to transcend cultural and gender norms, these colours, once significant in terms of gender, are moving away from their stereotypes and are open, as they should be, to both male and female alike.
Both shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity were seen in the SS16 shows from Salvatore Ferragamo to Simone Rocha, and from Chloé to Chanel. These soft pastel colours are a perfect introductory palette for spring/summer. Reminiscent of cherry blossoms, light blue skies and aquamarine seas, these shades represent the best of spring. Seen on the runway in floaty, wispy outfits that will sway perfectly in the (hopefully) warm breeze this season, and also in of-the-moment shoes and accessories as seen at Salvatore Ferragamo among others.
However, this season is not only about serenity and mindfulness in colours, it is about bold bright hues that offer alternative vibes to softer pastels as celebrated by Pantone. If you’d rather go for bold, let us introduce you to your new summer staples; Sulphur, Fiesta, and Reflex Blue. We’ve rounded up some of the other key colours from the Pantone chart to make it easy for you to update your summer wardrobe. Providing a stark contrast to the softer, calmer palettes of the season, these bright pops of colour are an exciting way to revamp your wardrobe as we enter into warmer weather. Pantone’s Sulphur is a gorgeous yellow mustard that will shine golden with a suntan. Sizzle your way into summer with Fiesta a fantastic fiery red, and electrify the colour block trend with Reflex Blue. Keep these colours in mind and you’ll be right on trend all summer long.
When deciding which Pantone shade you are, think about your existing wardrobe. Whites work so well with Sulphur providing a refreshing and easier way to inject some colour into your life. Fiesta is a big and bold colour that can be matched in so many ways; for hard blocks, team with black, or even better, pink for a truly eye catching statement. Reflex blue is a stunning shade that suits all skin and hair tones so adopt with pride and team with navies or whites for an understated way of letting the true beauty of the shade speak for itself.
So are you Rose Quartz and Serenity or Sulphur, Fiesta, and Reflex Blue? We’ve rounded up the best in colour below to help you decide.
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