You'll see 2015s top color everywhere. It is Youll be seeing the color Marsala on everything, from dresses to cars (AP photos)
You'll see 2015s top color everywhere. It is
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Let's hear it for Marsala, the wine-influenced, red-kissed color of 2015, as chosen by Pantone.

"Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there's a certain glamour that's attached to this color," offered Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Pantone's yearly picks can herald a marked presence of a color in fashion, beauty, housewares, home and industrial design and consumer packaging. Though some years the influence is stronger than others.

The 2014 color of the year from the forecasters and industry consultants was Radiant Orchid, a deep tropical purple. The year before that it was Emerald green. Tangerine Tango had legs in 2012.

The idea, Eiseman explained, is not to choose a color that will necessarily "overtake the world." In Marsala's case, she said, the shade is complex but grounding. It is brown-red with blue undertones for a dark blush effect.

Eiseman and her team travel the world to observe color at play. For Marsala, they see an accent wall in a living room or office, a swipe of eye shadow mixed with bronze for a metallic look, a throw pillow, the exterior of a car or a bit of jewelry evoking the 1950s.

To her, there's a natural earthiness to the shade, a full-bodiedness like the cooking wine it is named for, without being overpowering.

"It really does embody a certain amount of confidence and stability," Eiseman said.

The hue isn't a risky one. It can work in a nail polish, a frock on a runway, or a pattern of stripes in a men's tie or florals for table placemats or bedding.

The cosmetics giant Sephora plans a limited-edition collection of beauty products based on Pantone and its latest pick. Marsala has been widely used in lipstick and hair color for years.

One of the color's strengths, Eiseman said, is the ease in combining it. It goes with gray, black, beige and other neutrals.

"It's a color that you can mix with what you already own," Eiseman said. "You can add just a touch of it. That's the intent and purpose. It is not the color that swallows the world."

Critical thinking challenge: How can Marsala affect the world without swallowing it?

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COMMENTS (81)
  • jaedons-Orv
    12/11/2014 - 09:08 a.m.

    Ummm well let me start off saying I haven't seen this color yet. I've seen red but not Marsala. They mine as well call the color red or burgundy. Wel anyways, good job Marsala!!!

  • ThomasC-2
    12/11/2014 - 10:50 a.m.

    Red has always been a very popular color in the fashion industry but now they're taking it to new heights. "Red is the new color for 2015 and will continue to be for awhile" says the fashion designer. The color is supposed to meant to be to add a little touch but I think that people will get a different idea of red. I like red on my clothes but not too much because then it overpowers my outfit.

  • CHB2001aaa
    12/11/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    (It can affect the world by giving it a better touch, but since this is color isn't so bright, and bold, it won't take over the world. You will probably just see a lot of people wearing it.

  • L2000neon
    12/11/2014 - 01:05 p.m.

    I would of thought that a color of the year would be a dark color because they are more common like a lot of people have that color car. You don't really see that many red cars that much.

  • LuanaI-Cal
    12/11/2014 - 02:18 p.m.

    The article,'' You'll see 2015's Top Color Everywhere. It is...'' written by Leanne Italie is about the new color of 2015 which is a redish brown color. The person picked this color is Marsala. The color will be in stuff from eye shadow to ties to place mats.

  • matthewj-Fit
    12/11/2014 - 05:10 p.m.

    Marsela can affect the world without "swallowing" it if people only use a touch of Marsela, mixed with other colors, instead of replacing all your colors with Marcela. The color goes with many other neutral colors, so if you only use a little bit of Marcela with other colors, it can look good without "swallowing" the world.

  • MGallagher
    12/11/2014 - 05:44 p.m.

    Marsala red is the "top color" for the year 2015. The color has been used in places such as fashion, beauty, housewares, home and industrial design and consumer packaging. "It really does embody a certain amount of confidence and stability," Eiseman said. People that work at sephora beauty products said that the color marsala has already been used for most of their products.

  • AdamYY-5
    12/11/2014 - 08:30 p.m.

    The new color of the year is Marsala, a red-wine color. It will be on cars, makeup, and fashion. Pantone picked it because it was,"Hardy, robust, satisfying, and fulfilling." Marsala will effect the whole world and swallow it. I think this new new color is kind of cool. It will be nice to have it for 2015.

  • sophies-4
    12/11/2014 - 08:49 p.m.

    This article is about 2015's top color. Marsala is the chosen color for 2015, picked by Pantone. It is a wine-influenced, red color. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone color institute, called it "Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling". Last year's color was tropical purple, the year before was emerald green, and 2012 was tangerine tango. Marsala can match with any neutral color, so it can go with most of the clothes you already have. I think it is interesting that a company chooses the best color of the year. I would have never guessed.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    12/11/2014 - 09:33 p.m.

    I think that this is cool to know about because this shows that a lot of people like the same colors so much, that it became the most popular color of the year. I think people would be very cool to see that lots of people like the same color. I also think Color of the Year is a good title for certain colors because people can admire them and then use the colors sometimes. It is weird because people make one color the Color of the Year and then move on to another color. They are forgetting the past Colors of the Years and I think people should keep track of the Color of the Years.
    Critical thinking challenge: How can Marsala affect the world without swallowing it?
    Answer: Marsala would affect the world by its shade of color. People would use it for clothing, nail polish, and other brands of fashion and merchandise.

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