The Color of Spring 2014

Research for a freelance project recently led me to the Pantone Color Institute website. I was already familiar with the Pantone Institute to a certain extent; they are after all, the leading world authority on colour that not only provides continuity of colour for graphic art and media everywhere, it also predicts (or dictates, even) which colours will be featured in future fashion collections. However, upon visiting their website, I sort of felt like how one might feel if she opened her closet and found a smiling George Clooney riding atop a unicorn in a tux with two glasses of champagne in one hand an a plus-one ticket to the Met Ball in the other. In other words, it's surprising and awesome.

The idea of an organisation that does nothing but eat, sleep, breathe, and think about colour likely seems frivolous to someone who is not inclined to think artistically, as if there were a giant, silver-bearded colour deity reigning from on high, directing us to decorate our kitchens in avocado green and harvest gold and wear cobalt booties with a black skinny pant.  The reality is that colour is a highly influential medium, and can be employed strategically in everything from marketing to emotional manipulation. Ever visited a day spa that had neon pink walls or a hospital with red rooms? No? Exactly.

What impressed me most about my wee visit to Pantone's website was this Spring 2014 Color Report by the very eloquent Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Her love and enthusiasm for colour is hard to ignore, and you can't help but get excited about colour right along with her.

The artsy-fartsy part of me loves that there is an entire industry based around colour and our perceptions of it. I plan on joining the ranks of the Pantone Color Army, using this information to inspire my style as we head into (and then back out of) the fall/winter season and into spring. Celosia Orange, here I come!


  1. mmm, Hemlock for me! Color is powerful, isn't it, in marketing?

  2. Colour fabulousness! We read so many sub conscious meanings into colour don't we.

  3. Oh my, I love all of these colors for spring...they shades of green brown, and orange are beautiful. Now you have me excited for spring...I am not a fan of pastels!!

  4. Really enjoyed the video. Thanks. Such an elegant and enthusiastic presenter.

  5. That was a very interesting talk! After wearing mostly black and neutrals for many years, I tried brighter colours in spring and summer which I am not attracted by any longer during this colder season. Now I am more into softer colours again and I am really looking forward to spring (well I do that anyway) and how we will see the mentioned colours in the new collections.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  6. Hi Kristin, great post (as always). I have been a "stalker" of your great blog for awhile now, so you were, of course, the first person who came to mind for fashion advice! I live in sunny Brisbane (Australia) and am heading over to your neck of the woods with my family for December. What do I pack? I seem to have a major style crisis every time I travel, the tiny bit of style I have seems to leave the building when I'm packing a suitcase! I would be very grateful if you could give me a few tips on the type of clothing I will have to get for the trip & how to look my best while sharing the wonders of the UK. Thanks, understand of course if you are unable to assist.

    1. Deb, always happy to help. The key to dressing in the UK, particularly in Scotland (it rains here, maybe you've heard…) is layering. Key pieces to bring are a pair of shoes you can walk for miles in, a waterproof jacket (a warm one if you are here in December), and One or two outfits that are your standbys for going out in (dinner, theatre, whatever). When I travel someplace cold, I usually rely on cashmere and jeans, and bring tall boots so that I am practical and still feel chic. There may be snow there in Dec, depending on where you are, so ask your family before you come, but a pair of snow boots may be a good idea of there is snow. Here is a link to a post I did waaaaaaay back when about dressing for travel…maybe you will find it helpful. If its too cold, just add more layers! I hope this is helpful.

  7. Thanks Kirstin, great advice! I'm heading off now to read your older post. Thanks again, Deb


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