December 24, 2014

Marsala: The Colour of 2015

Since  2010 I have been blogging little bits and bobs of things that interest me and little projects or shoots I've worked on. For some reason, this almost "cult" of the Pantone Colour of the Year has me hooked again, for the 6th year in a row now.

Maybe because it's so easy, relatable and finite, like the Chinese horoscope; next year is the Year of the Sheep, and we all want to know what that means for us. With the Pantone colour of the year, it is actually a prediction, based on current situations on a global, social, cultural, economical, political, etc. level we can all relate to.

Here are the previous years I've blogged (you can find them in each year's archive):
  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)

So what does Pantone 18-1438 Marsala mean for us? Of the five million colours our eyes can distinguish, why was this one chosen? Prepare for seduction!

2015 is all about richness and being grounded. Satisfying and earthy red-brown like a deep, rich glass of wine, Marsala is sophisticated, natural and "earthy". (I can already hear the earth-loving hipsters rejoicing).

Hearty and stylishly sophisticated, this tone will appeal universally and easily lends itself to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.


Ever elegant as a statement colour for its full-bodied qualities, designers such as Hervé Léger and Max Azria have already used Marsala on the runways for Spring 2015 collections. Used as an accent colour when paired with other colours, it can be quite subdued and sophisticated. Or for more drama, pair it with neutrals, such as warmer taupes and greys. Because Marsala has burnished, sultry undertones, it is very complimentary with amber, umber and golden yellows, even greens in turqoise and teal, and vibrant blues. 

As florals and stripes continue in popularity, you will know doubt see Marsala make a presence in 2015 in both men's and women's clothing. This also includes jewellery and accessories, look out for leather especially for handbags, hats, footwear and the newly emerging market of wearable technology.


Marsala is flattering against many skin tones and eye colours, and pairs really well with monochromatic mixes of peachy pink, and sparkles against antiquated gold metallics (and rose gold!) great for lipstick and blush options. Marsala smokey eyeshadow can be worn from day to night, will make you look like a femme fatale in lipstick and nailpolish. Make up artists rejoice! Look for Marsala featured in beauty editorials in future magazine shoots!

Wishing you all a very safe and happy Christmas, and I hope you ring in 2015 in style and maybe with a little (or a lot!) of Marsala, enjoy!

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