For the first time ever, Pantone has announced that the 2016 color of the year is in fact a blending of two – Rose Quartz and Serenity. Unlike past colors of the year, like Marsala and Radiant Orchid that evoke very strong, bold emotions, this year’s color combination exudes an aura of peace and harmony, which is definitely something the world needs.
What’s interesting about this mix is the feeling of opposition that has traditionally existed between these two colors. Rose Quartz, a light shade of pink, and Serenity, a cool, pale blue, have represented the female and male genders, respectively, in our cultural history. As we enter a new year, Pantone joins these two shades together as a reflection of recent societal shifts pertaining to gender. In the fashion and entertainment industries, especially, we have seen a blurring – or fluidity – between the two. Caitlyn Jenner is perhaps the most popular transgender celebrity to step into the spotlight in 2015. Even Karl Lagerfeld’s new muse, Lily Depp, opened up to the press about gender fluidity, at the tender age of 16.
In any case, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity is a symbolic choice. Pantone has chosen colors that reflect mood and attitude instead of a selecting bold tones that dictate fashion and design trends. Rose Quartz’s gentle, warm tone represents a sense of love and compassion, while Serenity expresses the light, airiness of a blue sky. Because of this, consumers are encouraged to reconsider color association. In this digital age, we are more comfortable using color as a form of expression, and therefore, creativity is more fruitful.
Let’s hope these two colors usher in a tranquil and harmonious year to come. Click through our slideshow for Roberto Coin’s jeweled interpretations of Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year.
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