Fashion

Checklist #1 | Colour Hues | Trends for S/S 2014

It is that time of the year again, yes we are just a few weeks away, from the weddings, first holy communions and confirmations season. To date I have four weddings and my nephew’s first holy communion so it was only natural for me to do my research and check out which colors are the it colours for this S/S season.

According to Pantone, who for the past 20 years, has been the global authority that has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you each year the season’s most important color trends. At first glance you will surely notice that the this years trendy are not much different from the shades we had for 2013.

Executive Director of Pantone Leatrice Eiseman believes the reason behind this, is because of the fact that the modern woman needs stability in their life and this need for stability is reflected in the composition of this year’s palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations. Therefore, in the new season, we will see old “acquaintances” and will get a chance to try colors that up till now we did not dare to try.

First off we have the three very adaptable pastels that sit on one end of the palette. We are accustomed to seeing these colours as nature’s background, easily combined with any other color in the spectrum. The light blue shade Placid Blue, the picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness. On the other hand the lavender shade of Violet Tulip, is the overly romantic, vintage purple, evoking wistful nostalgia. Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage comes the light green, almost pistachio, Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that’s very different from the greens of recent seasons, gives perfection to the look, it is very different from the trendy mint and emerald hues with its tenderness. All three of these shades go perfectly with each other and with more bright colors.

Moving on to a personal favourite that is Sand, the lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance. The Grey shade Paloma serves as a quintessential neutral. Interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for that sophisticated poise and looks excellent as solo, as well creates a balanced look in combination with other colors.

Coral red Cayenne, a high-pitched red that adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, heighten the excitement when mixed with bright sunny Freesia, a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season. It’s nice that so radiant color will not be forgotten in the next season. Continuing the theme of the sun, a tropical, floral-inspired shade, Freesia’s warmth and energy help set the stage for Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue. Try pairing Celosia Orange with Violet Tulip for that captivating vision, reminiscing the setting summer sun.

The palette is brought to a full circle with the must have colour for the upcoming season Radiant Orchid, a little more pink than its pastel colleague Violet Tulip, and Dazzling Blue, a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue. Surprisingly, these strong, vibrant colors also pair well across the palette: They are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors.

I truly hope that you find the perfect colour for that special occasion, I already chose my colours for this season, let hope I find exactly what I am looking for.

Until next time

XOXO
Caroline

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