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The key to any trend is of course silhouette, styling but most of all, the colour palette. It’s with this in mind that most designers and beauty insiders will seek the next best colour trend to base their concepts and ideas around. Pantone have been providing colour stories and trends for many years and their work is easily recognisable within any design setting. The hottest trend it seems for 2014 is the clever mixture of vivid brights with a dash of pastel shades. This gives a cohesive and super rich colour palette.
Out of all the shades forecast for success in 2014, I would have to say that Pantone: Freesia and Hemlock are easily the best marriage of confident bright and paired down pastel. A gutsy citrus, yellow tone which can be likened to canary yellow and a soft green shade, which harbours a similar tone to mint. Now as with all trends, it is sometimes a wide misconception amongst consumers, that one must follow the trend to the letter ‘T’. However cherry picking elements will give the same desired look, whilst catering to personal requirements.
Make-up will further cement the look and give the trend substance. For those wallflowers out there, not keen on adorning their bodies, with an array of colour, make-up is the ideal way to work a trend. A pastel colour softly pulled across the lid and finished with a vivid bright eyeliner, will captivate and add an essence of laid-back elegance. To amp up the look add a splash of colour in the guise of a strong lip. An acid bright will work well on the lip if the eye make-up is kept subtle and understated.
Accessories of course are another way to add colour to any outfit, without looking like you’ve jumped out of a Crayola box head first. If you decide to opt for a scarf for instance, try to make sure the colour works with your skin tone. It’s great to envisage a swathe of pastel wrapped around your neck, but if like me you have the same skin tone as Edward Cullen, it will make you look washed out. For fairer skin tones, opt for the punchier colours such as freesia and royal blue. Mid to deeper skin tones really have the ability to monopolize on all colours.
I recently bought a ‘love or hate’ baby pink fur phone cover by a great company, known as Skinny Dip. This is the ideal accessory to keep colour soft and flowing with an outfit. Chanel was also influential in fur pieces with the infamous ‘supermarket’ collection. Granted it looks like I’ve picked up a furby to make a call, but it’s so crass it goes full circle into an incredibly kitsch accessory. If this doesn’t appeal to your personal taste, then check out their site, which has an array of stunning designs which really push the boundaries of the often watered down phone cover trend (skinnydiplondon.com)
As we shake off the bitter winter and look forward to summer, stay ahead of the game with this colour trend.