Marsala: The Color to Have and to Hold for 2015

THE Color to have and to hold for 2015?  Marsala; if you aren’t already aware.

“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in
to its embracing warmth. ” – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute.

marsala intro

For 2015, I’m, personally, THRILLED about Pantone’s color pick of the year, Marsala (Pantone 18-1438). This rich, oxbloody/wine (obviously) shade is somewhat of a neutral in its own right with the ability to play well with others (colors, that is), while also holding it’s own as that pop shade against a neutral background. Prior to hearing about Pantone’s 2015 pick; rich, rusty reds and wine hues have always been a go-to for me when choosing staple accessories. For example, a bag I’ve carried like crazy over the years, is a nice, earthy-red hue. I’ve had it for what feels like eons and always felt compelled to carry it through Europe. It’s a bold, mystical color.  The color of love, fine wine, and always has an old-world flair.  Serving as a welcomed pop of color to my mostly neutral/black wardrobe at the time, nostalgic feelings come to mind when I wear this color, reminiscing of our years “across the pond”.

Rebecca Minkoff MAB mini

Another accessory; a pair of classic penny loafers that I know I’ll probably own forever is more of a true ‘Marsala’ shade. These Cole Haan loafers truly do work year-round and have that relaxed, classic cool look that’ll remain timeless, regardless of what’s trending in footwear. I love pairing these with everything from cuffed trousers, simple sheaths, skinny jeans, and this spring, a new pair of shorts I recently snagged at Charleston’s boutique, V2V. They’re comfy, classic and work overtime  in my closet during all four seasons.

Cole Haan marsala shoes

Marsala will be happy partnering with sandy neutrals for SS15, as well as blues (hello, denim and navy), earthy greens, crisp whites, soft blushes, grays, black, and even buttery yellows!  This is a friendly color that’s still bold and can stand its ground as that “pop”, just as easily as its ability to play well with others, providing an interesting contrast to collaborations with mint and even (wild card alert!) chartreuse, for example.

pantone report for spring 2015

This Hobo International ‘Lauren’ clutch, for example, is a simple way to work the shade into a seasonless wardrobe, and who doesn’t love Hobo’s fan favorite ‘Lauren’ clutch?!

Hobo Lauren clutch

Naturally, this post wouldn’t be complete without discussing Marsala in cosmetics. It’s a universally flattering shade, so be excited! Remember, this is a “friendly” color.  Those with neutral, cool and warm undertones, make friends with 2015’s color of the year.  Fashion’s version of Pantone’s Marsala gives off a warmer, earthy red. However, you’ll notice versions that are slightly cooler with bluish undertone that designers swear by in the “Marsala trend”.  Whatever the case may be, this timeless color will look just as great on your face and nails as it does in your wardrobe.  A true makeup classic that you can never go wrong with is Clinique’s Black Honey lipstick! Another “tried and true” that’s been tested and adored by many for decades.

clinique black honey

One of my all-time favorite nail polish and lipstick duos is Chanel’s ‘April’ (my birthday month)! The nail polish is equally as gorgeous as the lip color, and you’ll find me happily wearing both throughout my birthday month and well beyond.

Chanel vernis April nail polish

Enjoy the warmer weather with Marsala, and not just throughout spring, but all during 2015!