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Pantone Names Fuchsia-Like ‘Radiant Orchid’ Color of the Year for 2014

Every December, the fashion and design worlds eagerly await the announcement of Pantone’s color of the year. Today, the company revealed that their official selection for 2014 is “Radiant Orchid,” a shade of fuchsia blended with purple and pink undertones.

Pantone, a 50-year-old company that’s regarded as the authority on color in paint, fabric, and manufacturing, called Radiant Orchid “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple” that’s meant to “intrigue the eye and spark the imagination” and “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said the color is “an invitation to innovation” in a news release. “Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Pantone predicts the color will be popular in fashion, beauty, and interior design in 2014, calling the hue a “modern and surprisingly versatile shade” that can be worn by both men and women. In decorating, the color pairs well with other bright shades like turquoise, teal and light yellows, as well as neutrals like gray, beige and taupe, the company said.

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  • So how is the hue of the year chosen, anyway? The forecasting process begins in the spring, when Pantone’s color experts begin tracking trends and meeting in secret to make a decision. “To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences,” the company said in a statement. “This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions.”

    Last year, the chosen color was “Emerald,” which was selected for its association with “growth, renewal and prosperity.” Here’s a look back on past colors of the year:

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