Last week, at the debut of New York Fashion Week, color authority Pantone revealed its ten picks for next year’s spring “it” colors. The top color choice for the 2014 women’s spring season was a shade of cobalt blue that looks pretty familiar – perhaps because it’s the same hue as the Citi Bikes fashionistas have been using to zip around the city all week. Dubbed “Dazzling Blue”, the signature shade will likely be popping up on a lot more than just our bikes now that Pantone has had its say.
Every year, the Pantone Color Institute releases its Fashion Color Report, a palette comprised of colors carefully selected by leading fashion professionals that both predicts and defines the dominant color trends for the season. In addition to “Dazzling Blue,” the Spring 2014 report also included a mix of earthy neutrals and pastel colors that, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, represent a “state of thoughtful, emotional, and artistic equilibrium.”
Pantone Color Institute’s color predictions are so influential that their choices make waves far beyond the runway, factoring into other areas from manufacturing to paint production. This December, Pantone is expected to release their pick for the 2014 color of the year; the 2013 title went to “Emerald” green.
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