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With spring (theoretically) just around the corner, we’re dedicating this month’s trend post to color. For years our preferences have bounced around the color wheel, shaped by the prevailing social, cultural and economic climate of the times. Soothing blues, back-to-nature greens and the occasional, revitalizing pops of red, pink and orange have all been favored at one time or another over the last decade as we’ve encountered war, natural disasters and financial volatility. Most recently, Pantone has dubbed “Radiant Orchid” the color of 2014. Already appearing in fashion, beauty and design palettes, captivating shades of purple are adding an invigorating air of confidence, joy and creativity to runways and home interiors this season. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described Radiant Orchid as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” that “encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” As individuality and ingenuity become prized assets in our fast-paced world, we’re looking for easy escapes – if only in the form of a flower, a coat of paint or a new piece of clothing – to remind us to stand out from the crowd, have some fun and live a little.
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