The Rainbow Connection – Pantone Colours For 2013

Someday we’ll find it,
the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me…

How many of us can remember this sweet song sung by Kermit the Frog?

It has stuck with me since I was about 7 years old, and immediately conjures technicolour visions in my head.

He also sang “It’s not easy being green”.

Kermit might disagree this year, as the Pantone colour for 2013 is Emerald.

I am a lover of colour. I think it can stir strong emotions in all of us.

Any shade of blue can have me transported to a heavenly place.

The French painter Paul Cezanne’s (1839-1906) use of this superb shade has moved me to tears, such is the power of the palette.

Take a minute to think about your favourite shade.

Does that thought bring a smile to your face?

Do you find yourself gravitating towards clothes and furnishings in this tint?

Every year Pantone predict the hottest shades for the year.

How is this possible I hear you ask?

Pantone is the world renowned authority on colour.

Created in 1963, by Lawrence Herbert, it is an unprecedented system of communicating colour between designers of any kind.

His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by the individual led to the Pantone chart.

It has become an indispensable tool for artists in every medium, in short a brilliant colour communicator!

From designer to manufacturer, then retailer and finally to customer, it makes sure we are all on the same page.

For more than 20 years, Pantone has surveyed fashion designers around the globe to inform the masses of the most important colour trends of each season, and here they are…

In 2013, Emerald was named the colour of the year.

Sumptuous, bold and rich, emerald, described by Pantone “a luminous, magnificent hue, the colour of beauty, new life and prosperity, is it!

A lush decadent shade, emerald is a welcome edition to any wardrobe.

The other major tints are;

Nectarine, a gorgeous orange with coral undertones. This hue provides a zesty burst of freshness.

African Violet, feminine without being too girly. It can work in unexpected combinations.

Grayed Jade, calm and relaxed. This is a classy, subtle green.

Monaco Blue, offer stability and depth. It is a classic shade and can be used to anchor any trend.

Lemon Zest, lively and fresh. The flawless, feel good tint, adds a refreshing twist to any neutral.

Dusk Blue, serene and sophisticated. Try mixing with nectarine for a sexy modern vibe.

Poppy Red, warm and sensual, the perfect pop of colour vibration.

Linen, a divine warm neutral, ready to be a fabulous base in any wardrobe. The quintessential nude.

Tender Shoots, a blend of lemon and lime that has its origins in fluro. We have seen this shade all summer long and it managed to trickle into autumn and winter.

Pantone is a great resource that anyone can access. Think about using it as your crystal ball to the future of colour in fashion.

You may find your favourite shade is the colour of 2014. With colour anything is possible

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?

Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.

So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.!

Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered when wished on the morning star?

Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.

What’s so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.


CiaoJo Bayley, Fashion Editor The Culture Concept Circle 2013






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