Pantone Color of the Year 2016 – A Little Leopard
Pantone Color of the Year 2016 – A Little Leopard

Pantone Color of the Year 2016 – A Little Leopard

For the first time ever, Pantone has named not one, but two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. According to Pantone, the colors represent our search for tranquility and balance in a crazy world, as well as “societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

I’m already kind of obsessed with rose quartz and its minimal-feminine feel. (But anyone who takes a quick look at my header/logo can probably tell I like pink, generally.) Together, though, I am getting some pretty strong baby color vibes from the pair – though it’s way better than last year’s muddy marsala color pick.

The color of the year is always a big reveal because it both references and influences trends in fashion, design, beauty and home decor. From the runways to Sephora’s yearly Pantone collection, the color of the year reflects consumer sentiment and weaves itself into our lives.

In fact, designers are already embracing the colors – some even before the official announcement. Carolina Herrera showed the Wall Street Journal a mood board full of pink swatches and flowers before showing her spring 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week – “I’m in my rose period,” she told the newspaper.

It all sort of reminds me of this scene from one of my absolute favorite movies, The Devil Wears Prada:

What do you think of this year’s colors? Despite slight baby shower connotations, I think I’m a fan of this year’s pair!

Images: Pantone, Popsugar, Vogue