Are there really fifty shades of grey in the color chart? Pantone recently came out with its Fashion Color Report Fall 2013, among the colors a shade of gray called Turbulence. While the company’s “official” color for 2013 is Emerald, the picks for fall are:
- Mykonos Blue
- Linden Green
- Deep Lichen Green
Do you know how to make these colors work in your wardrobe? Color expert Jill Kirsh of JillKirshColor.com advises celebrities, musicians, news anchors and Fortune 500 C-suite executives on the colors that make them look their absolute best. Now, she is sharing her take on how these Pantone colors could work best with specific hair colors.
Kirsh’s Color Cheat Sheet for Your Best Pantone Fall Fashion Looks:
• Deep Brunettes (Salma Hayek, Lucy Liu, Selena Gomez) – Pantone colors Vivacious, Turbulence, Acai, Samba
• Golden Browns and Redheads (Debra Messing, Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon) – Pantone colors Koi, Deep Lichen Green, Carafe, Mykonos Blue
• Warm Blondes (Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Elisabeth Moss) – Pantone colors Linden Green, Mykonos Blue
• Ash Blonde, Platinum and Gray (Cristina Aguilera, Helen Mirren, Kelly Osbourne) – Pantone colors Emerald, Turbulence
How Many Shades of Gray?
Now, to the burning question: how many shades of gray are there, actually? According to an article at Gainesville.com, you might guess there are 50 shades, thanks to the much-buzzed-about E. L. James book Fifty Shades of Grey, but there are hundreds of versions – maybe thousands.
“We have only touched the surface of gray,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the research division of Pantone Inc. “In our guide, you’d see gray on ‘gray’ pages, but you’d see some degrees of gray in the green families, in blues and browns. Gray is often on the cusp of another color.”
Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color. Every year the company announces its choice for Color of the Year. The color of the year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions.
Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.
For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
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