Introducing THE Color to Wear in 2015: MARSALA

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“This tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,”

Drumroll please… international color house Pantone has announced the it-color of 2015: Marsala. Like the rich, sophisticated Sicilian wine. We love!

Though this deep reddish hue is now destined to be the big color of all things fashion, beauty and interiors the world over in 2015, we’ve already seen it all over the catwalks this year. Oh yes, we’ve been paying attention, prepsters!  Think of Burberry’s divine blanket poncho capes, for example. That catwalk was positively dominated by huge, geometric swathes of Marsala in 2014.

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The deep and natural tone of marsala is some departure from the previous Pantone colors of the year, if you cast your minds back to last year’s popping Radiant Orchid and 2013’s dazzling Emerald. The three years previous to that yellows, pinks and a bold turquoise got the official nod from Pantone, and it’s actually been eight years since a deeper, richer hue was made color of the year, with Chili Pepper in 2007.

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Marsala is thought to be both a ‘stirring and flavorful shade’ for all things fashion, and one that really encourages color experimentation. Yippee! So with that in mind, let us advise you that marsala looks especially alluring with other earthy natural hues like lilac and heather, but equally divine with pinky terracotta shades and a splash of stony oatmeal, or bold, zappy blues as demonstrated by Burberry. And we absolutely love marsala with a complementary color, like mustard: chic and playful in one.

And if you’re not sure whether it’s really a color for you, use it in a print with other colors you love. Go for small accents, like a few stripes of deep marsala on your plaid scarf, for example. Or why not introduce the shade to your 2015 palette via your jewellery, and let it speak for itself in a bold statement necklace against neutrals like black, cream or navy? Check out Pantone’s handy swatch guide here so you can work out what you’ve got in your wardrobe already that you can pair with 2015’s most important shade.

And where all things beauty are concerned, marsala is great news for a whole range of colourings and skin tones, with lots of product options for lips, cheeks, nails and hair. Yippee, we say! “This color flatters the mouth’s natural pigments, so it works for everyone,” says make up artist Bobbi Brown.

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You heard it here first, Sloanies. Expect to see this full-bodied hue splashed all over everything from home appliances to manicures to home interiors to ball gowns in the coming weeks. Show us your marsala hues on Instagram by tagging @SloaneRanger in your next selfie or group shot. We’ll regram our favorites as always!