Although amethyst is the official birthstone for the month of February, a lovely shade of purple reigns supreme for the entire year as Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year.
Radiant Orchid Owns 2014
“Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” she continues. “It inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
“With Radiant Orchid running the color scheme in 2014,” notes JCK, “this is, in fact, the year of amethyst.”
The Color Purple
Not only imagination, the color purple matters the mind, too – it quickens the intelligence and dispels evil thoughts, according to Leonardo Da Vinci.
Part of the charm comes from purple’s long association with royalty across a variety of cultures. Worn by Roman Emperors, Roman Catholic bishops and English monarchs, in China, the color was so esteemed that the emperor lived in Beijing’s “Forbidden Purple City.” Even the personal crown we all “wear”, our crown chakra, is always depicted as a vibrant violet.
Purple shades have been popping up in the pantone charts season after season. The love-happy 60’s featured an appropriately trippy purple called Bright Violet.
Dialed down as Lavendula, it dominated the 80’s color palette along with another luminous purple currently enjoying a huge comeback as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014.
How to Wear Purple
However, much of the allure of purple and versions like Radiant Orchid are the way they produce such a healthy glow when you wear them – be it on your head as a hat or a coiffure (a la Kelly Osbourne) or as jewelry or in your wardrobe. The way it blends both cool and warm undertones makes purple a flattering choice for so many different hair, eye and skin tones. And nails, too! (Why not book a mani and match your tips and toes to your amethysts?)
If you want to pair your purple or radiant orchid with other shades, it looks especially spicy with neutrals like beige, gray and taupe, gorgeous combined with bright blue (especially turquoise and teal), rich with deep hunter or olive green and eyecatching with natures yellows such as amber.
Radiant Orchid on the Runway
For Spring 2014, designer Tadashi Shoji featured the amethyst-inflected Violet Tulip, a reflection of “the femininity and strength of a woman.”
Emerson designer Jackie Fraser-Swan found herself entranced by classic amethyst-purple. Again. “I always circle back to this color,” she says. “It works beautifully with this collection and it looks great on everyone.” And their walls. “I have four daughters and I had their playroom painted this color, she adds. “They love it!” Her love of lavender continued into Fall 2014, where it has the place of honor as “the most important color in the collection. It’s such a soft and comforting color; it brightens up the collection without being overpowering.”
Tadashi Shoji. Photo Style.com
Christian Siriano. Photo Style.com
Ralph Lauren. Photo by Style.com
Snapshot of Trina Turk dress.
Trina Turk used a bright Red-Violet “that pops the prints in the collection and is a beautiful, wearable solid.”
And Whit NY, Max Mara, Juicy Couture, Yoana Baraschi and Cynthia Steffe all featured Radiant Orchid. Steffe observes that it “makes women look and feel beautiful.” However, in its most classic, deep, dark incarnation, amethyst called to designer Kora Rae. She loves its “richness with a delicate note that is fierce yet feminine” and its imperial, romantic side “that harkens a midnight walk in Paris.”
Photo: Vision Magazine
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