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This article originally posted by Angela Wolf on PatternReview Blog

It’s that time of year again! Pantone announced emerald green as the color of the year.  Have you ever wondered how and why they choose a specific color?

I found the reasons for this year’s pick very interesting, and the choice is not only relevant to fashion.  Interiors such as table decorations, dishes and appliances (wait until you see the new color in Kitchen Aid mixer), vehicles (the new emerald Camaro), and beauty products are just a few of the other industries included.  Here are some of the details recently shared by Pantone:

The power of green reflects the current age with the green movement and saving the planet, green strategies that businesses are trying to put into place, and the health benefits of green.  Research has shown that green has a relaxing effect on the body.  Green represents sophistication, luxury, growth, clarity, renewal, and rejuvenation.  Elegance and beauty, green enhances the sense of well-being.  

Pantone Emerald

Since the only green thumb I will ever have is from dyeing fabric, I think I will resort to fake plants and adding some green to my wardrobe, along with the other colors for spring.

Speaking of the other colors, all the colors for spring 2013 create a balance with neutrals like dusk blue, greyed jade, and linen.  Combine these with the vivid emerald, African violet, or nectarine for a soft, fresh look.  Need a touch of vibrancy?  Try the lemon zest, Monaco blue, or poppy red.

Popular Fabrics for spring:

  • Lightweight
  • Fluid with drape
  • Sheer
  • Densely woven
  • Reversible
  • Prints
  • Luminous and sparkly

For those of you that dye your own fabrics, Dharma Trading has special limited selection of fiber reactive dyes in all the spring colors.

Pantone 2013 Trend Colors

Angela Wolf is the designer and founder behind ABO ApparelAngela Wolf Ready-to-Wear and ABO Sport. An A-list clientele has given Angela more than fifteen years of experience dressing and fitting many diverse women and has enabled her to understand the different styles that compliment each individual woman.