Pantone’s unveiling of its Color Trends for Spring Summer 2014 showed us that Radiant Orchid will be the new Tangerine Orange. I haven’t succeeded in finding any wearable piece in that color, not even a pair of socks or underwear which usually are in stock in every color possible. Last year the Pantone color was Emerald, but it didn’t become a huge trend and our lives were made easy with black and white for summer. This year’s color palette is amazing but it will be difficult to follow without some shopping. The only color which might save us is Dazzling Blue, which should sound familiar because it is the color of everyone’s favorite hang out place, Facebook. Dazzling blue is a brighter version of navy and there is a high chance you already have it in your wardrobe, or in my case in the hair color. As far as regards the other colors, I’m digging Hemlock and and Cayenne.
I tend not to get fooled by the fancy names, as most of them are just a slightly different shade of a main color. But this is fashion and a shade lighter or darker seems to make all the difference. We all know the infamous scene from The Devil Wears Prada with Andy telling that the blue belts looked the same :
Miranda: “You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”
So this summer we are required to refer to red as cayenne, beige as sand, orange as celosia and so on, feeling a little bit more fashion experts and not getting yelled after by our imaginary friend Anna Wintour.
Cayenne: The name of the color comes from the cayenne peppers. Spotting a cayenne dress will be a problem because I can’t really tell reds from one another except for oxblood red and orangey red. Even when picking the images for this Cayenne moodboard I couldn’t decide which one was more cayenne-y, and you can tell by looking at the Elie Saab dress which doesn’t have the same color as the other 3 images. Lets put it this way, the Elie Saab dress is amazing and is the red I would think as a pepper red, while the other 3 photos are a closer representation to the Pantone Cayenne sample.
Celosia Orange: The name comes from the Celosia flowers as seen in the moodboard. As soon as I saw the color sample it reminded me of Vivenne Westwood’s hair color and later on I found this image of her, photographed by Tim Walker, holding a celosia orange rose and the initial idea came full circle. I’d say the color looks better on pale skin, rather than tanned one, this because the tan has enough orange hues and you don’t want to add more. So the color is best for spring when we haven’t been kissed by the sun yet.
Dazzling Blue: Pantone says that this was the color used the most by the New York Fashion Week designers and I also saw it down the runway at Fendi and Prada. It is a strong and vibrant navy blue that will be easy to spot and even easier to wear. It goes well with every skin tone and hair color. As for the styling the safest would be wearing it with white, light beige or light gray, but if you want to risk I’ve also seen it worn with bright yellow.
Hemlock: The color might refer to the poisonous plant or the hemlock tree, lets hope is the later even though I checked Wikipedia and none have this color shade so this will remain an unsolved mystery. I really love this color because it is a very different green from what we have seen in the past years. I find it a very romantic color and would love to get a knitted sweater in Hemlock. It looks better on blondes, but won’t look bad on brunettes either.
Paloma: Paloma means ‘Dove’ in spanish, so I guess there are slightly grey-ish doves somewhere in the world apart from their famous white brothers. This is a very neutral color which goes well with any color. It is a great idea to have a summer bag in Paloma so that it won’t clash with any print or bright color we use in the warmer season.
Placid Blue: the name is obvious and the color is great. Get it on dresses, bags, shoes, make up, or even home design and this baby blue will make you calm and give you some color therapy.
Radiant Orchid: Pantone has declared this the the color of the season. It is a perfect choice given that for sure we don’t have it already in our wardrobes. Radiant Orchid is the new Tangerine Orange of summer 2012. A bold color that gets noticed but with which we need to be careful and invest very little given that it might be out of fashion in 3 months time.
Sand: Another neutral color which is a slightly baked beige which goes well with pastel color and is my color of choice for the shoes when I wear a bright colored dress.
Freesia: named after the freesia flower which comes in many different color including yellow. It is regarded as one of the difficult colors to style but actually it gets easier if you get inspiration from nature. You can get inspired by bees and pair it with black, pair it with green and you’ll look like a flower, or go with blue to honor the swedish flag.
Violet tulip: A light purple which makes for a perfect wedding color palette. As an everyday color I think it looks better if styled with something darker, otherwise the overall look would be too pale. It is my least favorite color on the Pantone SS14 Color Trends because I hate purple in every shade and I consideri it too much of a Disney princess color.
Burberry Spring Summer 2014 ad campaign is the best representation of the color trends for this spring, so feel free to draw inspiration from the color combinations.
What is your favorite color for Spring Summer 2014?