“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
Pantone announced their Color of the Year for 2014 today: Radiant Orchid. Their press release sums it up best:
Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Pantone released its Spring 2014 Fashion Color Report on Thursday. The report highlights the top 10 colors used by 25 fashion designers in their forthcoming women's and men's collections, along with insight into their choices and inspiration, as well as color commentary from a number of current "fashion influencers".
The theme for the Spring 2014 report is "Colorful Equilibrium," which it achieves with an unexpected blend of mild pastels and bold brights. Inspiration for the palette includes travel, spring flowers, and a desire from consumers to find something fresh and new, yet balanced.
For more in-depth information and inspiration, you can download the full report for free on the Pantone site.
In honor of Spring, we thought we'd take a look at the colors of the season. Pantone’s Spring 2013 palette is called “Balancing Act.” In it, “designers overwhelmingly address consumers’ desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energize.”
You can download Pantone’s Spring 2013 report for free. In this report you will find numerous designers describing how they interpreted the colors you see above for Spring. Not only are their interpretations enlightening, but the illustrations showing their designs are fabulous!
The designers in the report include Tracy Reese, Peter Som, Herve Leger, Rachel Roy, Ella Moss, Charlotte Ronson, Tadashi Shoji, Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo, David Meister, BCBG, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Cynthia Steffe, Barbara Tfank, Lela Rose, Bibhu Mohapatra, Sachin + Babi, Tommy Hilfiger, NAHM, Karen Walker, TiA CiBANI, Marimekko, Wes Gordon, Cushnie et Ochs, Custo Barcelona, Saunder, and Elie Tahari.
Benjamin Moore’s fantastic color presentation is back at this year's Design San Francisco event at the San Francisco Design Center. The title is “UNEXPECTED COLOR.” Mary Hoffman, Color and Design Specialist for Benjamin Moore, will be showcasing Benjamin Moore’s newest color collection — Color Stories — with a discussion on the complexity of color and a look at today’s color and dynamic combinations.
There are two available presentation times:
February 6, 2013, 3-4pm, SFDC Galleria 407
February 7, 2013, 10:30-11:30am, SFDC Galleria 407
This is a very popular presentation and requires RSVP by Feb.1. To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org, and please indicate which presentation you are attending. There is no cost to attend this event. RSVP early as these presentations tend to book up.
The Benjamin Moore presentation is part of the larger Design San Francisco event put on annually by SFDC. It is a 3-day event that is open to the public. There is no cost associated with attending and there are lots of presentations related to textiles. For more information, visit www.sfdesigncenter.com
(click on "View full program here" to find a PDF with specifics).
Good bye Tangerine Tango, hello Emerald--Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013! In a jump from 2012's energizing red-orange hue to this bold jewel tone, Pantone's 2013 choice reflects a trend towards regrowth, contentment, and a little luxury. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® sums it up best on their web site:
"The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."
Although I still have a thing for Tangerine Tango, it might be time for a little more harmony and lushness in my color palettes. What about you? Do you plan to use Emerald in any upcoming designs? What are your thoughts on color trends? Do tell . . .
Benjamin Moore's popular Color Pulse presentation is back at Design San Francisco, the annual show at the San Francisco Design Center. Because of the popularity of Color Pulse, you must RSVP. All three times shown in the flier below are at capacity, but they have added a fourth time on Thursday, February 2, 3:00pm - 4:00pm.
Stuck for a palette? Then check out this blog: www.design-seeds.com. Inspirational palettes are posted daily based on gorgeous images. But it’s not just the fabulous images that make this site worth a visit. If you like a particular color, you can hover over the swatch to the right of the image and the hex code for the color will appear. You can enter the hex code directly into Photoshop or Illustrator, and voilà, you have the color in your own designs!
But the real magic starts on this site when you click on the color swatch (to the right of the image). Here, I clicked on the dark teal color. When I did, several palettes with that dark teal appeared (so many choices!).
There is also a fun RGB tool, which allows you to move the sliders to make a completely new color. Find new palettes for your new color by clicking on the “go get it” link. And if you don’t have a particular color in mind, you can search for palettes based on a theme like “vintage” or “autumn.”
You may actually find, like I did, that great stretches of time mysteriously disappear when you visit this site! Great eye-candy, super useful, and super easy!
The Surface Pattern Design Guild is pleased to kick off this year's meetings with an exciting first guest speaker, Fran Yoshioka. Fran is an independent consultant specializing in trend forecasting, product development, and visual merchandising for apparel, home furnishing, and retail businesses. She works with an international network of leading trend forecasters, attends major trade shows and researches product and retail trends in London, Paris and New York City. With over 25 years of professional experience, she has worked with Sears, Wal-Mart, Bon Ton Stores, Beall’s, Fossil, and Crate & Barrel.
At our upcoming meeting, Fran will discuss her decades' worth of experience in the fashion/textile industry, as well as give insight into why keeping up with fashion trends is so vital for surface pattern designers. Event attendees will also be treated to a sneak peak of Fran's trend presentation for Spring 2013, including color direction, fashion influences, and key design points. This presentation will be coming straight from her recent appearance at Printsource New York, one of the leading surface design trade shows in the world, and it is not to be missed! Fran has been generous enough to take photos at the latest show and will be sharing them, along with discussing the role of trade shows like Printsource in our industry. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, so feel free to come with questions!
We can't wait to hold our first meeting for 2012 and meet all of our newest members!