If you’re a fan of rich and versatile neutral colors, this is your year. The Pantone Color Institute, the prominent leader in color insights and trend forecasting, has declared that Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. A warm and soulful shade of earthy terracotta, Marsala has exciting potential for adding an attractive pop to makeup, apparel and jewelry. According to Pantone, it effortlessly flatters a range of skin tones and welcomes trendsetters to experiment with their own creativity in flashing this fabulous shade. The color’s burnished blend of red and brown evokes a notable organic feel, but can also imply extraordinary luxury and sophistication when it’s combined with a desirable sheen. From home decor to manicured nails, this subtly sultry color is ready to make a resounding splash in 2015’s design scene.
But what is the meaning behind the name? For most of us, it probably brings to mind the Italian American dish chicken marsala, which is a delicious combination of chicken, mushrooms and a sauce made from a reduction of Marsala wine. It is from this wine that this year’s number one fashion color takes its inspiration. Marsala takes its name from the Italian city near where it was first produced in Sicily. It was originally crafted in the late 1700’s when English merchant John Woodhouse combined a locally produced wine with grape brandy to fortify the beverage for long ocean voyages. Marsala enjoyed a lengthy period of popularity with the British navy before eventually becoming more widely accepted as a cooking wine. However, it has regained favor with oenophiles in recent years. The color it has inspired is, as we know, nothing short of spectacular.
History lesson aside, how do you plan to rock this luxe hue? It pairs incredibly well with pink and lavender tones, giving you a chance to sport some feminine flair with a chic Marsala dress or covetable coat. Statement rings, dazzling dangle earrings, flirty bracelets and striking necklaces in these soft, pretty shades are surefire options for amping up the glam of your next cutting-edge Marsala ensemble.
Granted, not every lady is in love with the color pink. Never fear! If you prefer combining colors that are artfully vibrant without becoming too clashing, cobalt blue hues are the way to go for creating a truly memorable and modern look. Your jewelry collection will thank you for adding such attractive blue baubles to your Marsala style lineup.
Based on Pantone’s top color pick for 2015, we think it’s safe to say that this year should be nothing short of outstanding on the fashion front. Who could have guessed that a wine historically valued by sailors and chefs could inspire such a gorgeous hue? However you decide to sport Marsala and whatever glamorous jewelry you choose to wear with it, we hope you enjoy this stunning color of the year as much as we do!
by Sarah Clark