The Pantone color of the year for 2015 is Marsala. This earthy wine color is the perfect blend of red with brown undertones that is both rich and seductive. It works with both cool and warm shades which means it will be relevant throughout the year. Marsala is the grounding color of 2015 and it works on all skin tones. I really loved listening to Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of Pantone Color Universe describe how and why Marsala was chosen as the color of the year for 2015. Here’s a quote from the video:
“We felt it was time for something that spoke to people’s real needs. The need for nurturing, the need for something that was more robust, that had a life force that was intrinsic to it. And the most interesting thing about Marsala, I think, is the fact that even though it has this grounded influence, this kind of earthy undertone that we see in this wine red, at the same time it has a sophistication. So there’s something very versatile about the color.” – Leatrice Eiseman
While some people are unenthusiastic about Marsala being this year’s color, I find that it’s a hell of a lot more accessible than Radiant Orchid. That bright purple had its place but as a wine lover and someone drawn to sultry burgundy and oxblood shades, I welcome Marsala and am happy to have such a warm, luxurious color popping up in stores. There are two things I imagine when I think of Marsala, one, a large dinner party where everyone is sitting around a long wood table with wine glasses in hand. And two, I think of Blake Lively’s gorgeous thigh-high slit dress at the 2014 Cannes film festival.
With all of the blues that we saw on the runway during SS 2015 I was pleasantly surprised that Marsala was the color chosen. But don’t forget about those blues, because Marsala will pair beautifully with them. It will also look great with the turquoise, green, and copper and metallic shades. Over the next few weeks we’ll show you how to wear this warm, rustic color so you can experience the spiciness that Marsala brings to the table.
– Julia of Style and Cheek