When Pantone announced in late 2012 that this year’s fresh, exciting color would be Emerald Green, fashion mavens and trendy people in general took their cue and accessorized with the refreshing hue. For 2014, Pantone continues with the gemstone palette by selecting Dazzling Blue, a color that has all the beauty and class of a flawless sapphire. It is safe to predict that colors inspired by precious stones will remain Pantone favorites, so we’re taking a closer look at some of them for a springtime fashion and jewelry color palette.
Dazzling Blue came out on top of the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014, and it’s a subtly gorgeous hue for the coming season. Fashion designers foresee light, airy travel clothes in this color, as well as in Placid Blue, which recalls calm waters and skies. Of course, sapphire and blue diamonds would be the best choice of gemstones for jewelry pieces. Blue sapphires run the full spectrum of blue hues, allowing anyone with fashion sense to match without clashing or being too matchy-matchy. Blue diamonds, with their subtle color, call up the calm water and sky, adding a sense of lightness to an outfit.
There were already hints of rich pinks and purples in many of this year’s weddings and formal occasions. For 2014, Magenta Purple makes a bold statement in an official way as one of 2014’s chosen top colors for spring. Expect belts, scarves, cuffs, hosiery, and collars in this color, as it may prove too bold for some as a main article of clothing. However, a subtler pick from the same color report, Radiant Orchid, can serve well as its calmer counterpart. Floral accents on clothes and accessories will look great with this hue, and pink sapphire, tourmaline, rose quartz, and amethyst are the obvious gemstone picks, helping to tie together an outfit and make it a complete look.
In line with the calm presence of Dazzling and Placid Blue, Pantone also selected Sand to complete a muted, tranquil palette. Its neutral tone will go well with the other colors in the collection, adding sophistication and a hint of class. Pretty much any gemstone color goes great with it, but multicolored stones such as opals, tourmaline, and topaz add layers of mystique and elevate the sophistication of the neutral Sand.
Spring needs some spicing up, and Pantone’s pick for that is Cayenne. Great with neutrals and the pastel hues of the other selected colors, Cayenne can definitely add panache to a more subtle wardrobe without overwhelming it. Wear it as a main accessory such as a scarf, belt, or shoes, and pick out rings and brooches with tourmalines, garnets, and rubies to really liven up your Spring wardrobe. A statement piece with garnets or rubies will go a long way with this color palette.