The Pantone Spring Palette for 2014 – Colour Your World

Sometimes you may wonder how a colour trend will hit the runway and the pages of our most revered fashion bibles. Well it’s all about Pantone and this season is no different!

Pantone is THE colour bible! Designers of all ilks can’t live without the invaluable information the Pantone Colour Institute provides. The graphic arts community has depended on it for years.

We have only just just inched into 2014 and the March cover of Australian Vogue is in full bloom with Radiant Orchid, the ‘hot’ Pantone shade 2014.

It perfectly sets off Vogue Australia’s stunning photograph of Mia Wasikowska, Australia’s hottest young actor whose movie Tracks is receiving rave reviews.

She is also adorned with glittering jewels designed by Ryan Storer.

In fact, the Vogue Australia cover alone features seven of the ten hottest Pantone hues.

Spring will be a gorgeous garden of earthly delights, violet tulip, celosia orange, freesia, and radiant orchid beaming like a fresh bouquet of divine blooms.

This hothouse is off set by dazzling blue, placid blue, sand, paloma, hemlock and cayenne. There is a shade for everyone to embrace.

Let’s start with THE colour of the year, Radiant Orchid.

A beautiful shade with fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, it emits joy, love and health.

Radiant orchid looks divine with turquoise, teal and light yellows. Just picture a gorgeous tea dress in this shade paired with a teal heel. Divine!

It also compliments olive and dark hunter greens, which will see it migrate into winter beautifully, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

Next are the three adaptable pastel shades, Placid Blue, Hemlock and Violet Tulip.

Violet Tulip is a romantic purple with its roots firmly in vintage.

Visions of chiffon enter my head when I see this shade.

A gentle, beguiling hue, it is already a hit on the runway, being seen at Emporio Armani interpreted in relaxed suiting, Zac Posen who used it for luxurious satin evening gowns, and Vionnet, where Hussein Chalayan used the juxtaposition of structure and draping to his advantage.

Hemlock is a summery ornamental green. Calm and fresh, John Galliano worked his magic in chiffon evening wear using this hypnotic hue, as did Jason Wu, in silk.

Meanwhile over at Jil Sander it was structured sports luxe.

Placid Blue is as tranquil as a summer sky and goes with Hemlock like peaches and cream.

Think quilted chambray style at Balmain, relaxed shirt dressing paired with sand at Paul and Joe. Oscar de La Renta models carried off structured bodices and full bodied skirts.

Here come the neutrals, Paloma and Sand.

Paloma, meaning dove in Spanish, is just that.

A charming, sophisticated soft dove grey that works alone or paired with practically any other shade.

Very Armani. Class all the way.

Sand is a lightly toasted neutral, ready to be integrated into any wardrobe, in any season.

Sand screams Max Mara to me.

I would suggest investing in any accessories in this neutral.

They will be wardrobe staples for many seasons to follow.

Now for the big guns, Cayenne, Freesia, Celosia and Dazzling Blue.

Cayenne is a high pitched red, exciting and fresh.

Freesia, full of warmth and energy is a blazing yellow.

Try pairing this shade with sand or placid blue for a fresh spring look.

Or for a retro ’70’s feel, work it with dazzling blue or radiant orchid.

Celosia is an optimistic orange.

Think of the ultimate luxury brand Hermes, and there’s Celosia.

Mix with Violet Tulip for a sunset vibe.

Dazzling Blue is a strong, stand alone shade, and personally one of my faves!

It is a perfect companion to any pastel.

With these brights, if you aren’t confident with colour, just use a pop.

Try a clutch maybe, or a scarf or a belt to ease into these terrific tints.

“This season, consumers are looking for a thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

These hues have a sense of balance.

They mix, but stand well on their own.

So will you embrace one or all of these super shades?

Go ahead and colour your world using Pantone colour style…


Jo Bayley Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2014

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