Radiant Orchid – 2014 Color of the year

While visiting La Rinascente beauty department in Milan two years ago, I feel head over heels in love with Tom Ford’s Violet Blond make-up series. I’m typically quite traditional in my make-up colour choices and do not experiment too much. That was until the talented make-up artists at Rinascente lured me to get a full-make-over – lips, eyes and nails – all in the captivating Violet shade. I left Italy this time with bags as light as when I arrived: just with a new favourite colour and an overfull make-up bag. Tom-Ford-Violet-Blonde_ad__2_ Two years later, I still love this elegant-yet-modern colour and was over the moon when Pantone announced it as the 2014 colour of the year – namely Radiant Orchid (PANTONE®18-3224). “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Radiant Orchid is a blend between cool and warm hues, making it an excellent compliment to your Winter and Spring wardrobe. The colour is extremely versatile colour and flattering to many hairs, eye and skin tones including pale blonds like myself. It’s sophisticated in similar manner as burgundy but with a more childish-attention-getter-personality – making it a less predictable and safe. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society, ” said Leatrice Eiseman.

On the runway: Labels such as Temperly London, Missioni, Max Mara, DKNY, Gucci all showed pops of Radiant Orchid – ranging from the fabric, prints and accessories – in their Spring 2014 runway collections. Marc by Marc Jacobs F/W 2013 and Gucci S/S 2014 paired the colour with a 60′s inspired palette of blue, orange and red prints – all reflecting its wide colour matching ability; Termperly London S/S 2014 brilliantly connected a minimal yet cute silhouette in a spectrum of different violet shades;  Max Mara S/S 2014 continued the head-to-toe-trend in Radiant Orchid.

Temperly London S/S 2014, Gucci S/S 2014, Missioni S/S 2014, Max Mara S/S 2014, Marc by Marc Jacobs F/W2013

On the streets: The Radiant Orchid trend has been seen across the streets as well – fashion taste-masters, models and bloggers – all show how well this colour works in real life. Oversized coats, all-over-prints and tailored dresses – there is something for everyone. An easy colour to dress up or down, you could casually pair it with a denim jacket like Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific or with bold coral blazer like seen at Stockholm Street Style (read the full post about the Swedish Street Style Post here). Radiant Orchid is the perfect shade for the-smart-casual-professional as it works in the boardroom as well as on the beach.

Add some vivid Radiant Orchid pieces to your wardrobe from Shop des Créateurs now. Below is a selection of a few of my favourites! shopdescreateurs

  1. Gold frame pendant with printed fabric in shades of purple from Shanny Alon. 
  2. Leather Canvas Purple Painted Clutch from Assemblage Unique 
  3. 100% made in Spain purple espadrilles from Castell 
  4.  Azteca Abalone Brush Silver Ring from Niin Jewellery 

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Pictures via Style.comStockholm Street StylePantone.com and  Atlantic-Pacific

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