As I’ve already lamented on Facebook, Pantone has come out with their Color of the Year for 2015 and it’s a reddish-brown or brown-mauve called Marsala.
Marsala is a town in Italy and the term is more famous as the region’s eponymous red wine. It’s also the name of the evil guy in Ben-Hur. No, wait, that was Messala. At any rate:
I don’t generally care for this color but hey, it’s no big deal and will not keep me from having a Merry Christmas or whatever. In fact, until just a few years ago, I was blissfully unaware that there even was a Color of the Year (CotY). And as I said in the post about 2014’s CotY, Radiant Orchid, who picks these things? A committee? A Magic 8 Ball? Is it random?
Some colors will flatter some of us and not others. This Marsala is OK for me in small doses or on an occasional product, such as the Revlon lipstick Toast of New York, which I do love, but only in the fall and only for a short time. This color in clothing or nail polish makes me look sallow. As an example, here’s Pepper from Zoya.
In general the color of the fabric swatch shown above makes me think “grandma color” and late 1970s or early 1980s. Don’t mind me — I’m just being grumpy today. It’s one of those days when nothing’s gone right.
Now, you may have a warm complexion that will rock Marsala. Go for it!