“When you look at the history of emerald, from the standpoint of the gemstone, it is the color of beauty, the color of new life, the color of growth, the color of renewal. So many of those words we bear in mind as we look to the future. Yes, we are interested in renewal, we are interested in growth, especially in the face of the challenges we have faced in the past few years,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute.
Leatrice Eiseman sharing her in-depth forecast of 2013’s colour trends, in South Africa:
Connoisseur: A sense of history and elegance with colours both sophisticated and refined, yet not without a touch of understated drama. A combination of monochromatic violets and orchids, liquid pink nectar, deep mahogany, white alyssum and beechnut green, all reflected against champagne beige and silver.
Glamour: Sleek and sensuous, reminiscent of the art-deco era interpreted with contemporary influences. There is something very personalised and unique in the beguiling styling that involves both confidence and flair. Colours reflect the mood of a bygone era: Rio red and Monaco blue, deep tap shoe black, chinchilla, ethereal grey moon mist and jasper teal.
New Old School: This palette emphatically connects heritage and history with a twist of somewhat preppy collegiate. It celebrates the hues found typically in iconic flags and banners. There is ribbon red, bright white and sodalite blue, while nautical blue salutes breen and ultramarine green. Gargoyle and microchip greys draw a visible link to the contrast between the old world and new.
Rugged Individuals: Ranging from the outback to the ole of the gaucho, cowboy and cowgirl styles ride firmly into interiors. These are the rugged individuals who inspire the natural shadings of the prairie and polished leather, weathered wood and animal hide while the earthiness of raw sienna tones blend with the inevitable classics of both vintage indigo and stonewash blue jeans.
Extracts: Taking orangey and spice tones to a new level, “extracts” employs flavourful notes of colour along with suggestions of appealing scents to create combinations that are zestful, pleasing, piquant and often unexpected. There is a subtle taste implied in the palette that evokes a somewhat exotic top note in spiced coral, brandied melon and apple cinnamon. The quiet presence of dusty pink and baked clay are refreshingly balanced by a tart green banana.
Footprints: This leads us down a path to vibrant tribal colours. These are steps that are not taken lightly, but instead are bold, forthright and very directional. Following the seductive rhythms of tangerine tango are peacock blue, a fiery pink flambé and a solar powered yellow. A verdant yellow-green called oasis provides respite from the heat of Sudan brown.
Sojourn: Magical and intricate, reflecting in a compelling mixture of a heady syrah wine hue, the purpled intensities of a blackish plum, the rosy glow of foxglove and baton rouge fuchsia against pampas and the green winter moss.
Surface treatments: This is a highly textural palette that adeptly utilises smooth and nubby; polar opposites in a tactile world. It likewise embraces the liquid colours of the ocean, sea and air such as Maui blue, vapour blue and a more tempestuous tornado grey along with the land-locked colours of rock, birch and vegetal agave green. Medal bronze adds yet another dimension.
Out of the Ordinary: Quirky, odd, whimsical and even a bit obtuse, out of the ordinary products or displays immediately capture the imagination of the beholder. Most frequently, it is the colour or the colour combinations that capture instant attention and awareness. Colours like bonnie blue, pureed pumpkin and chocolate truffle are deliberately enticing, while amber green and linden green, golden rod, bright violet and rosebud round out the creative array.
Color Forecast for Spring 2013 @ DenverPost