December 11th, 2014 / posted by paularath
Marsala 1

Photos courtesy of Pantone.

MARSALA is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015. Why should we care? A few years ago we didn’t. It was something you could ignore unless you were knee-deep in a profession such as interior design, furnishings, textile design or makeup.

Now, however, the Pantone Color of the Year rocks. It has spawned numerous collaborations between Pantone and major corporations that create color lines, such as Sephora. It is picked up by every fashion blogger and magazine and spun into a whirlwind of stories. Companies of all stripes jump on the band wagon and tout products that have even a smattering of the color du jour. I have already received news releases from companies that make pillows, stilettos, sunglasses, jewelry, dresses and makeup, all clamoring to show me their Marsala-colored goods.

Marsala Swatch Card

Deborah Lippmann has already introduced a Marsala-hued nail enamel called “Let’s Misbehave,” while Cle de Peau offers a lipstick that nails the hue.

For inspiration, the Pantone Color Institute‘s style sleuths look to the fashion and entertainment industries, as well as art, trendy travel destinations, technology and sports.

Marsala makes a warm, inviting color for the home.

Marsala makes a warm, inviting color for the home.

Marsala, which is the name of a wine, is an earthy, warm red-brown sort of hue. It reminds me of antique bricks, lived-in and comfy. It’s a great color for upholstery, an accent wall or table linens. Picture a Marsala table cloth with a crystal bowl full of pomegranates. Marsala will also be beautiful in lipsticks, nail enamels, blush and eye shadows.

Marsala in the kitchen - and not just in a wine glass.

Marsala in the kitchen – and not just in a wine glass.

I would like to see Marsala paired with some soft and lovely neutrals such as tan, navy, a blue-gray or slate gray.

If you have olive undertones in your skin, be very careful with Marsala. Try, try, try before you buy – and be sure to check it out in natural light, whether it’s a lipstick or a blouse.

– Paula Rath

Berry-stained lips and pomegranate-stained fingers come to mind.

Berry-stained lips and pomegranate-stained fingers come to mind.

 

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