Farewell Radiant Orchid, Hello, Marsala! Pantone’s recently announced color of the year for 2015 is Marsala, a dusty red-brown shade reminiscent of Turkish rugs, Indian saris, red clay soil and sandstone in addition to its namesake fortified wine.
According to Pantone, “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
An earthy tone, Marsala will bond well with sandy tans and browns as well as other earth tones. Autumn color wearers, rejoice! But don’t despair if you wear more Spring or Summer shades, as Marsala will play well with summery swimming pool blues, lighter yellow shades and aquas. Winter palette fans may find more of a challenge, but by wearing your Marsala selections away from your face, you’ll be successful pairing it with berry tones and blue shades. In addition to navy and dark blue, teal will also create a winning combination.
So, what does this mean for devoted consignment shoppers? Do I expect a flood of Marsala items rushing in the door for spring consignment? Hardly. What this tells me, as a consignment shop owner, that we’re headed back towards earthier tones, with more red undertones to brown, and a higher demand for neutral and natural colors as a backdrop. No doubt some of you already have items that will fall into the Marsala camp. Your mission is to combine them in new ways, with new shades to make them feel and look fresh for 2015. Of course, we’re always available to help you adopt this color and blend it into your resale wardrobe!
My prediction is that this color will be a greater influence on interior design, furniture and decor than it will on clothing, at least for Spring. For one thing, the fashion designers’ spring lines have already been introduced and Marsala didn’t factor in as a big influence. So even if clothing designers had the inside scoop on Pantone’s selection, they weren’t persuaded enough to steer them solidly in that direction for spring.
Fall may be a different matter, and I for one, hope to see a lot of designers rolling out this wonderful, rich shade in clothing, designer handbags and shoes!