Color of the Year: Marsala

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Color of the Year: Marsala

A new year means a new color! As for 2015, the color of the year is Marsala.

If you do not know, there is always a color of the year. It is chosen to represent everything in the fashion trend. The color of the year is selected by the Pantone Color Institute where they provide the color forecast and insights to help companies decide on color for their brands or products.

Marsala is terracotta red with a brown undertone giving you a red-brown color. It is not a color that is attractive to our generation or even the younger generation. It seems more like a color geared towards older people, reminiscent of the 1970s.. The brown shade has not been chosen for many decades and with Marsala in store, it has a stirred a conversation of “why red brown?”

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According to Lee Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute, Marsala is a grounded earth tone catering to the inner needs of people. Before looking at the surface color, she tends to look at what is the undertone of the product color. In an interview that was conducted Eiseman’s response was, “There is that need for rootedness. You know, we always look at what the public is telling us what they want, what they’re seeking. And in this point and time we feel that, that idea of nurturing, doing something that feeds ourselves, feeds our mind, feeds our body, feeds our soul, and we feel that a color like Marsala fits all of those categories.“

Marsala is a universal color for men and women that it will be easy to accommodate. With the brown undertone, Marsala is best represented through texture-silk, suede, gloss, or leather. It harmonizes well with metallic-bronze, umber, or copper. Because it can be an undertone color, it compliments well with complimentary colors such as teal, orange, or blue-green.

The first time I saw Marsala, I thought it was such a hideous color. It was a color that my mother would gravitate towards while I would stay away from it. But that was because it was a poster hanging on Sephora’s window. The photo was just a box with the color inside of it but after watching Eiseman’s interview and understanding her choice color, my love for color has made room for Marsala. Once the color is put into texture, it looks amazing! When it comes to beauty, it really compliments every skin tone. In beauty products the color seems browner but it does have a hint of red wine giving it a classy yet bold look. In the fashion world, Marsala is elegant and versatile for winter or summer. It works well in the winter because it is such a bold and dark color that would stand out. In the summer, Marsala brings out an elegant and mature style. Besides fashion and beauty, it goes create for home décor and kitchen décor because of the earthy tone and vibe that it gives. As you can see from the celebrity’s gowns, Marsala in texture and fashion is incredibly striking.

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It does take some time to get use to Marsala but give it a chance and you’ll start to enjoy the color. You will also be seeing it at clothing stores, beauty places, and even on the red carpet!