2016 marked the first year that Pantone, the colour experts, chose two shades to carry its ‘colour of the year’ emblem: rose quartz and serenity. They talk of rose quartz as a soothing symbol for wellness, peace, compassion and composure. They talk of it as a pairing for cooler tones and pastel partners. All true. You see a pale pink backdrop in a room and calmness washes over you, dusky pink skies as night-time tiptoes in has the same effect. But there’s more to pink than that.
Enter Fashion Week, New York in particular. Completely unexpected, designers like Ulla Johnson and Marissa Webb made us gasp (and then applaud) at pastel pink and marigold yellow ensembles. Of course Pantone had seen this coming, prophesying a colourful clash of the titans. Red on pink, green on pink, and the pinkest of pinks, on pink. You heard us.
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