Colour me fancy

With the new year just around the cor­ner, now’s the time to find out which colour will flour­ish in 2014.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS -

“It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, it’s a lit­tle off the beaten path, and it’s not a pri­mary colour,” ex­plained Leatrice Eise­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Pan­tone Color In­sti­tute in a re­cent AP re­port. “It’s an in­vi­ta­tion to in­no­va­tion. The pur­ple fam­ily of­fers (an) op­por­tu­nity to do cre­ative things.”

Ac­cord­ing to Eise­man, peo­ple will take to it quickly be­cause it’s a flat­ter­ing colour for many skin tones and com­ple­men­tary neu­tral colours. “This is an op­por­tu­nity to look at what you’ve al­ready got in your closet and add to it. It will feel like the right amount of change,” Eise­man was quoted as say­ing.

Al­ready, we can see that fash­ion run­ways and red car­pet pre­mieres have had a few orchid mo­ments.

An orchid-coloured Gucci hand­bag has been pho­tographed for a Saks ad, and it is said to trans­late just as well into lip col- our and eye shadow, and in home fur­nish­ings.

It’s a colour that Amer­i­can first lady Michelle Obama is of­ten spot­ted wear­ing. (And we know what hap­pens when she en­dorses a par­tic­u­lar trend.)

Even menswear has seen hints of it, with Er­mengildo Zegna and Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo in­cor­po­rat­ing it into ties and trims.

But be­fore you go all Ra­di­ant Orchid, you must be in­formed that another colour has also been deemed as ma­jorly im­por­tant.

Ak­zoNo­bel, a lead­ing coat­ings com­pany, un­veiled Teal as its “Colour of the Year 2014” at the World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val in early Oc­to­ber.

In this case, Teal was cho­sen by a panel of in­ter­na­tional colour ex­perts as­sem­bled by Ak­zoNo­bel’s Global Aes­thetic Center. Th­ese ex­perts ar­rived at their de­ci­sion af­ter dis­till­ing and dis­cussing trend and colour con­cepts that made waves over the past year.

“Teal was cho­sen as the Colour of the Year 2014 as it is the amal­ga­ma­tion of blue and green,” en­thused the com­pany’s press re­lease. “Sit­ting some­where be­tween th­ese two colours, it rep­re­sents bal­ance as well as so­phis­ti­ca­tion, tran­quil­ity and ver­sa­til­ity.” Well, colour me con­fused. But whether you choose Ra­di­ant Orchid or Teal to rock your wardrobe, that’s en­tirely up to you. As long as it’s not Ic­teri­tious (jaun­diced yel­low); now that’ll be a dif­fi­cult shade to pull off.

Wil­liam is pe­ti­tion­ing for Ban­dung Pink to be the colour of 2015. What’s your pick? Send your feed­back to star2@thes­

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