A new year and a new shade for Pantone’s colour of 2015, Marsala.
It is interesting how colour can reflect the mood of society, how the general hoi polloi view their world.
Why do certain shades feel “oh so right” for the times?
Last year Radiant Orchid was the go to shade, with its vibrancy and expressive nature.
It was a tone that exuded joy, love and health and had such a happy vibration to it. For me, it encouraged creativity and innovation.
So what do we think of the 2015 choice, Marsala?
I must say when I first saw this colour, I felt a little disappointed.
We all have a favourite colour and I’ll be the first to admit I just don’t gravitate towards this colour’s palette.
Not surprisingly, I had a little difficulty with it at least at first. To be honest, the brown undertones of Marsala don’t usually grab me, at least until now.
However, I think the shade will be a slow burn.
It will just creep up and sneak it’s way into wardrobes and decor everywhere.
Marsala will work beautifully with its opposites, take teal for example.
Just love how this teal bedhead is teamed with marsala themed accessories. It’s so sumptuous.
Marsala has a strong unisex appeal and will not alienate either the male or female audience.
To quote Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, it is a “hearty yet stylish tone” “a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to it’s embracing warmth.”
Looking at the images for this hue, I have to admit she is right, it is a warm seductive tone.
Marsala has quite a 1970’s vibe about it, which is perfect for the big, upcoming trend of the season, seventies boho.
This combination has a hippie luxe vibe that I predict is going to be huge this year.
Think navy, cream, grey and rich green with a pop of Marsala in between!
For winter I would pair fabulous leather boots in Marsala with a classic navy coat.
Those same boots could be teamed with a floaty chiffon maxi dress and a navy hat for a ’70’s feel.
Diane Kruger absolutely rocking this dreamy Chanel number, and can you see the Marsala in this piece?
It was ever so quietly making its presence known.
And what about gorgeous Blake Lively last year at Cannes, sexy Miranda Kerr and the always classy Naomi Watts.
All working the hue, and with very different skin tones, just showing how versatile this colour is.
If you feel a little non-committal why not try a lipstick in this tone, or a nail polish.
Even a scarf is a cheap option to embrace the trend.
Just remember, if it isn’t great for your skin tone keep it away from your face and use another colour in between.
You couldn’t go wrong with a handbag in the shade, or a beautiful belt, just treat it as a neutral.
Marsala is the perfect shade to give a warm inviting glow to your interiors.
Think a glass of red wine by a roaring open fire, sitting on a Chesterfield.
You can’t get much cosier than that.
And for homewares, think soft furnishings like cushions and throw rugs.
Marsala, for me, conjures up visions of decadent fabrics.
Rich velvets, soft suedes and refined silks.
It envelopes the senses with its depth and solidity.
The natural earthiness of this shade makes us feel grounded and comforted.
Which maybe does reflect societies need for solidarity in 2015.
So on your next shopping adventure, keep an eye out for this on trend hue.
Our editor says she is mad for it. So, will you be seduced by Marsala, the Pantone shade for 2015?
Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015