An earthy shade is great news for guys who may have had more than a little trouble working last year’s tone, 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, into their daily rotation. We suggest pairing Marsala with smoky neutrals, yellows, vibrant blues, earth tones—oh, and metallics, for the bold. (We’re seriously considering giving a Marsala suit a shot). Pantone’s announcement isn’t without controversy in the design world, however. Some critics are calling it dullish, bloody and, well, reminiscent of less tantalizing things such as mystery meat. Agree to disagree?
The masters of color-coordination over at Pantone have introduced their 15th Color of the Year, Marsala. Named after a fortified wine produced in Italy, the shade of red-brown (formally known as 18-1438) is described by the company as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” Other monikers that arise include “satisfying,” “sophisticated” and “hearty,” gearing it best toward home furnishings and interior design, but certainly suiting fashion as well.