Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.
Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, is the color of the year. Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama are fans.
Bright, but far from electric; 'dazzling blue' earned top place on list, making it your go-to colour this time next year.
A high-impact, reddish orange described as “a little bit exotic”, ‘cayenne’ can be easily introduced to one’s wardrobe via statement accessories and eye-catching trims.
Also the trademark colour of Hermès, ‘celosia orange’ has strong connotations with luxury goods and aspirational shoppers.
‘Hemlock’ is definitely the season’s colour wildcard. While greens have been popular for some time (emerald green took out Pantone’s colour of the year award for 2013), this particular shade of green is far more versatile, meaning it will work well with many different colour stories.
Freesia is a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season. This beautiful floral colour has positive connotations and conjures up a vision of spring.
Paloma serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise.
Placid Blue, like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness.
Sand, a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. A beige tone with a hint of warmth – setting it apart from typical ‘tan’ and ‘beige’ colours and making it all the more appropriate for the spring/summer season.
Violet Tulip is a romantic, vintage purple that evokes wistful nostalgia. A member of the purple family, this romantic shade's ranking has been attributed to its flattering effect on various skin tones.