Marsala is 2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Think Garnet & Jasper

Marsala the Color of 2015
Marsala – Pantone’s Color of 2015

International color authority Pantone has announced that the 2015 Color of the Year is “Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” I am squarely in the camp of those who think that this wine-with-everything shade is rather a safe choice after last year’s “out-there” Radiant Orchid. However, we can’t really whine about wine: Marsala is already a staple of the Spring 2015 runway shows. In fact, it was among the Spring 2015 color recommendations Pantone named earlier this year; perhaps that’s why its Color of the Year designation seems a tad underwhelming.

Models Wearing Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015 - Marsala
Models Wearing Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015 – Marsala
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Jasper necklace
Jasper Necklace
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Marsala-Colored Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, Marsala evokes Red Garnet, a January birthstone, as well as some hues of Spinel and Tourmaline. Personally, I think Marsala best resembles reddish-brown Jasper, a stone that is somewhat underrated and under-loved. Jasper looks terrific when set in sterling silver, especially when mixed with Turquoise, and it is considerably easier on the budget than wine-red gemstones.

Retro print dress from the Carolina Herrara 2015 Resort Collection
Retro Floral Print Dress
from Carolina Herrera
2015 Resort Collection

How to Wear It

If you plan on investing in Marsala-colored fashions (and you’ll see lots this coming year), think of pairing them with grays, pinks, and pale blues. In addition, neutrals like warm taupes, as well as golden yellows and green-blues — including turquoise and teal — will complement warm Marsala.

If you’re not committed to Pantone’s Color of the Year, or think it might be a passing fancy, try just a small taste of Marsala by limiting it to your accessories—jewelry, bags and shoes.

I especially love the Marsala and turquoise retro print dress from Carolina Herrera’s 2015 Resort Collection. Look for this refreshing color combination in fashion jewelry, cosmetics, and home décor in the months ahead.

Red Garnet Gemstone
Red Garnet Gemstone, Photo Courtesy of Pantone Color Institute

And look to OBJ for our January Birthstone Report, when we’ll round up new and vintage Red Garnet jewelry.


What do you think of the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala?


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