Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year Is a Complete Surprise

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Every December Pantone picks not only their color predictions for the upcoming season’s most popular colors for fashion designers and more, but they tell us what they think THE hottest color will be for the entire year.

Last year Pantone picked Marsala for their Color of the Year (which we’re a big fan of) but this year they’ve done something a bit outside the box: they’ve picked TWO colors that they think will be equally as popular. And the winner(s) for 2016 are…

Rose Quartz AND Serenity.

You might be wondering if Pantone randomly picks these colors and then we all just follow suit…the truth is that the have a team of experts who look for trends around the world in fashion, home decor, and design before picking their winning combination. And, if you followed the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 collections, you might have noticed some of these colors coming down the runway already. For example, Chanel used a similar pink/blue combination for their latest collection, as have Fendi, Prada, and Roberto Cavalli. So you can definitely expect to see a Rose Quartz and Serenity color theme popping up at weddings in 2016 and beyond, not only for bridesmaid dresses but wedding invitations, wedding flowers, and more. Here is a bit of insight about the color selection process from the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman :

“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” Eiseman said. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

We think the Pantone 2016 Color of the Year (well, colors) could work for SO many aspects of your wedding. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite looks inspired by the Pantone 2016 Color of the Year–Rose Quartz and Serenity–below. Note that when looking for ways to incorporate these colors into your wedding, searching for Pink and Blush or Periwinkle and Pastel Blue will yield similar results that might not be an exact match to the Pantone 2016 Color of the Year but come awfully close.

What do you think of the bold color selections? Let us know in the comments!

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Celestine dress by BHLDN, $320

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Shoes via Karen Millen

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Photo by Mimmo & Co

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Via Deer Pearl Flowers

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Via Jewelsalem, $15

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