"This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium," notes Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute about how the zeitgeist has impacted the colors fashion designers have chosen to work with for Spring 2014. "While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations."
The stability part I'm thinking means the tranquil Placid Blue & its zippier sibling Dazzling Blue, calm Violet Tulip (the guys' version is Purple Haze), voluptuous Radiant Orchid (or, in the case of the fellows, the less girlie Magenta Purple) and verdant green Hemlock & Comfrey. For versatility, you can't beat neutral taupe (Sand) and medium gray (Paloma). And spicy red Cayenne, blazing yellow Freesia & optimistic Celosia Orange definitely make for color combos with serious pizazz.
Interestingly, Facebook Blue, er "Dazzling Blue" was selected by the powers that be at Pantone as the top color for Spring 2014.- Lesley Scott
(Image of Dazzling Blue via WWD)