GET SPICY IN 2015: Pantone’s Color of the Year

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We are influenced by color on many levels and it’s one of the most important wardrobe tools I teach my clients when they get “stuck in a rut”. Women who have lost confidence and find themselves with a stale image typically wear dark colors. If you look back at my old photos when I started my spiritual journey of healing, all I wore was brown… even in the spring! I even wore a brown lace dress to my wedding reception in Australia! I rarely wear brown now. I wanted to hide and blend in because I felt raw when I went in public. We can’t hide in color! You know I would NEVER wear a brown dress for a special occasion now.

photo-3072004: In the same spot in Australia that Aaron’s parents took their wedding photo! 

Wearing a certain color can change your mood instantly. Every woman should have her unique power color! Mine are deep violet, red and orange. When I wear those colors, I feel more bold and walk a bit taller. I realized years ago these were the colors I preferred wearing to auditions. But, in the corporate world certain colors are associated with different character traits:

 Black – Leadership

• Blue – Team Player

• Gray – Logical/Analytical

• White – Organized

• Brown – Dependable

• Red – Power

• Green, Yellow, Orange or Purple – all four colors were associated with creativity 


I am always anxious to see what colors are chosen by the Pantone Color Institute. The palette for Spring 2015 looks warm, soft and fun with “Marsala” being the leader of the pack.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

The Versatility of Marsala

  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury. via

This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®


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I admit, I’m not totally crazy about this entire color palette for Spring 2015, but I will definitely be rockin’ the marsala. Many skintones should stay away from that custard!





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