Little is more exciting than Pantone’s colour of the year. The creme-de-la-creme of palettes, Pantone has been releasing a statement colour each year, since its venerable founding date in 1963. The colour of the year is a cornerstone in the world of art, global trends, and the general consensus among industry professionals.
Pantone asked this question, in addition to a more potent question: which colour represents our time? If the epoch we’re currently living in, with all it’s faults and blessings, could be described with one colour, what would it be?
Well, Pantone’s secret meetings were fruitful in their discussion, and found that the key topic being in everyone’s eyes in 2016 will be gender. Gender roles, gender biases, the importance of women receiving equal pay to men, equal opportunities and so on. There’s also talk about trans gender, fluid gender and other labels and definitions.
Pantone then decided to release not one, but two colours of the year. The duality between Rose Quartz, a soft, fluffy pink, and Serenity, a smooth, calming blue works perfectly. We associate blue with boys and pink with girls, but Pantone says they intentionally picked these two colours as a way of asking a question: “Is blue really for boys, and pink for girls?” And the answer Pantone hopes we achieve is a loud NO.
Women’s fashion through the Rose Quartz and Serenity prism
Rose Quartz and Serenity already have a cult following in the fashion industry. Chanel took interest and assembled the two colours in its fall 2015 haute couture collection. The next company that followed suit was Prada, with their own interpretation of the balance of these colours. As did Fendi. The colour merge was selected by Thom Browne to be the centerpieces for his 2016 resort collection for women.
You can rock either of these colours with shades of gray, black, and white. Try a black leather jacket, with a clean white blouse, and match with Rose Quartz pants, or Serenity jeans. Accessorize with a Serenity hat and gold sunglasses. The secret when working with pastel colours is to keep it light and simple. Feel free to remix the base colours with gold, too.
Accessories that match and celebrate Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue
There’s a lot of smart wearable technology coming our way. Some of the most popular choices are Apple Watch straps – an aluminium space grey Apple Watch with a Rose Quartz strap is a fashionable statement piece with the same verve and power as Lana Del Rey’s harrowing cravings towards auto-destruction through love and lust.
Be sure to go beyond Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue! Sometimes the best way to accentuate the two colours is to grab a completely different colour but within the same hue group. The best treatment you can do is add some gorgeous, quality handmade leather goods. Nothing says style and class than good leather.
Have Fun Makeup Experiments in Rose and Blue
The biggest surprise that came with the Pantone announcement was that Sephora made two lipsticks based on exactly these two colours. You can pick them both up, but Rose Quartz is much easier to pull of than Serenity. Check Sephora’s official website for good advice on what to do and how to match the new lipsticks.
Delicious Candy-Coloured Unicorn Hair
Unicorn hair is one of the hottest trends right now. But to get that gorgeous gradient from Rose Quartz to Serenity Blue, you’re going to want to hug your hairdresser. The candy colours need your hair to be bleached prior, but if you’ve got the knack for it, any general colour you already have in your nearest store will do. Just be mindful and pick the colour closest to Rose Quartz or Serenity. The best effect is to mix them with a little blonde or ash silver. Not a fan of unicorn hair? Just dip your ends and create a smooth, pure eye-candy gradient and watch as people can’t keep their eyes off of you.
Have fun exploring all the ways you can mix and match Rose Quartz with your style!