Emerald for 2013

The big news in the design and fashion world yesterday was that Pantone announced its color of the year. According to Pantone’s forecasting department, emerald will be the color of 2013.

Clockwise from top left:
dress by Ellie Saab, Spring 2012, photo by Juju Ivanyuk, from Style.com
dress by Charles James, 1954, from Metropolitan Museum of Art
Juliet, Daughter of Richard H. Fox of Surrey, by Alfred Lambart, 1931, from BBC Your Paintings
sketch, by Dior, from FIT Library Department of Special Collections Flickr photostream
detail of man’s ensemble, 1810-20, from Kerry Taylor Auctions

Pantone is best known for its Pantone Matching System, a standardized color reproduction system. This is the 14th year it has declared a “Color of the Year” for the upcoming year.

Is it possible Pantone is secretly tracking my movements? I just bought a vintage, ultra-suede dress in emerald two evenings ago! Just kidding, but it’s cool to be a fraction ahead of the trend.


  1. Amanda says:

    Oh I love it. Along with red, green is my favorite color ever (hah even my blog is green).

  2. Katie* says:

    I will be interested to see how that color translates to summer!

  3. Emilia Jane says:

    I could not possibly be any more excited about this!!!

  4. Liz says:

    I really like this color for stationary, home decor and general environs. However, the cool undertones don’t look good next to my face. I guess if you lent me the Elie Saab above I could make something work though….

  5. Sparty says:

    I approve!

    Go GREEN!

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