Color of the Year: Radiant orchid

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

THE Pantone Color Institute has been selecting a Color of the Year since 2000. With the arrival of a new year, it’s time to welcome a new color.

For 2014, Pantone has selected radiant orchid. explains its choice: “An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile radiant orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, radiant orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.”

To attract joy, love and health, or simply because you find the color attractive, here are some ways to combine radiant orchid with the season’s trends from designers’ Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

Metallics were all over the runways, perfect as a day-to-night trend. If you’re not ready for full-on metallic on top and bottom, try a metallic shirt with jeans or sleek black cigarette pants, or a metallic skirt with a casual tee and statement jewelry. So fun for a night out!

Christopher Kane

Good news for those who love all things comfy: The lowly sweatshirt has been elevated to designer wear. But resist the urge to pair them with your favorite ratty denim cutoffs. Try them with other trends to make an actual outfit: an artsy print on a fuller skirt or well-fitting trousers.


Hit three trends with one stone: pastels, sheers and sporty chic. Orchid and mint create a pretty color combination, just like this sporty suit and sheer, floaty cover-up.

Emilio Pucci

Whether in pastels or bolder hues, colors on colors were seen on many a runway. Pucci combines his signature vibrant prints with a pastel cropped jacket, another trendy silhouette. Suede isn’t the best fabric for our tropical weather, but pull it off with a faux, lighter version in radiant orchid.

Carolina Herrera

The midi length and tea length continue to be on trend. Somehow, having a skirt or dress ending halfway down the calf also makes it seem halfway between casual and formal.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 03, 2014.


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