August 4, 2016 |
They both wore white: Melania Trump in a beautiful sheath, and Hillary Clinton in a chic pantsuit. For both, it was a great choice. The color is trendy, and it symbolizes clarity, honesty, purity, and fresh starts, all important to the public images and brands of Trump and Clinton. Yet I couldn't help but see them differently. I wrote that white gave the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party a soft, strong, and most important, presidential look. Could it be she also was trying to send us a message about integrity and trustworthiness, her glaring weakness no matter what poll?
January 14, 2016 |
First Lady Michelle Obama enforced her husband's fiery message of hope for America Tuesday night in the form of a Narciso Rodriguez sheath the designer named marigold. "The design of the dress was very simple, but that shade is always the color of optimism," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Even before I heard the president's speech, I got a sense, just from Mrs. Obama, there would be a sense of looking toward the future. " With a wispy long bob, Obama waved and beamed in that pretty yellow dress - in a sea of grays, greens, and unfortunate ornate hats.
December 5, 2015 |
In a nod to gender equality and the quest to be mindful, the Pantone Color Institute released two colors of the year Thursday morning: a blush pink it named Rose Quartz, and a baby blue called Serenity. This is the first time the New Jersey authority on all things color has predicted two shades would drive our home decor, fashion, and beauty moods. In the last year, Pantone's specialists have watched dusty rose and sky blue dominate showrooms and runways - separately, color-blocked, in mixed-print patterns, and melded together as ombré.
December 6, 2014 |
There are few things more comforting and satisfying than a glass of full-bodied red wine. And that is why Pantone - the home-decor and fashion-industry leader in color forecasting - named the 2015 color of the year "marsala. " "It is robust, nurturing, and earthy," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute in Carlstadt, N.J. "But it is also gorgeous, luxurious, and sultry. There is a complexity to it that is fascinating. " The muted-brown undertones in marsala are grounding, much like the yoga sun-salutation pose that evokes sinking your feet into the earth.
December 7, 2013 |
It's the shade of sweet pea, flushed ebony cheeks, or the deep pink swirl in a psychedelic pattern. However you describe the hue, the world's leading color experts have labeled "radiant orchid" the 2014 color of the year. Time to step aside, last year's emerald green. "Emerald served as a symbol of growth, renewal, and prosperity," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Radiant orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark imagination.
December 13, 2012 |
Everything about emerald green, Pantone's 2013 color of the year, says refresh, renew, rewind. It's the color of one of the world's most majestic jewels. It speaks to the nostalgia of yesteryear - remember that green bathroom tile? And as the hue of spring, it's the hope of tomorrow. It's powerful, grounded, manly even. Most importantly, however, there isn't much of the shade in our closets, on our walls, or atop our kitchen counters. So that makes emerald, with all of its rich connotations, its earthy vibe, and its cool mood a natural choice for the moment's top color.
March 23, 2012 |
Bold, dramatic, and invigorating, tangerine tango is dancing its way into home-decor trends in 2012 with a punch of reddish-orange panache. The hue is a vivacious alternative to last year's honeysuckle, and design experts say it's easy to incorporate. Pillows, bedspreads, and tabletop accessories in this high-impact color can add spice to any room. Or add tangerine appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Institute, the research arm of Pantone Inc. of Carlstadt, N.J., which sets color standards for the home and fashion industries.
December 14, 2011 |
It appears our warm-hued friend orange will color our world next year beyond the season of candy corn, cornucopias, and clementines. The color czars at Pantone last week named Tangerine Tango (or red-orange in the Crayola box) as the 2012 Color of the Year. Tangerine Tango is a specific mix of crimson with a dash of yellow. Commonly found in sunsets and Hermès prints, it will likely spice up our wardrobes, automobiles, and home decor in coming months. "Tangerine Tango takes on the spirit of red with the warmth and cheerfulness of yellow," explained Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the New Jersey-based Pantone Color Institute.
January 26, 2011 |
H oneysuckle reminds me of my grandmother's dining room. When I was a little girl, the sweet scent wafted from her backyard through the screen door, signaling the first full days of spring. The yellow flower reminds me of a simpler time and Sunday dinners. But now the Pantone Color Institute wants me to associate honeysuckle with high fashion. And they want me, and likely every other Northeasterner, to forget about my memories of the plant's yellow flowers, and channel the color found on its pink cousin from southern Russia.
October 28, 2009 |
Red nail polish is my absolute favorite. My iPod is the perfect splashy shade of a fire truck. On my wish list: a General Electric vermilion washer-dryer set and a pair of scarlet-bottomed Christian Louboutins. I'm so in love with crimson I wanted to pledge Delta Sigma Theta until I realized it required more discipline than I had at 19 - not to mention that the Deltas are more about community service than fashion. Red is why I prefer cabernet over chardonnay, why I'm partial to Campbell's over Progresso.