Prior to 2016, Pantone announced the colour of the year. For anyone who have no idea, Pantone pick a certain colour and announce it as the "colour of the year" annually. However, 2016 marks the first time for Pantone to declare two colours for the year . Yes, two — rose quartz, a warm soft pastel pink and serenity, a cool dusty pastel blue that reminds me of periwinkle and cornflower blues combined but lighter. In contrast to previous bolder and vibrant picks, Pantone has 2016 drawn into a softer, more elegant and sophisticated take. As a fan of pastel and soft colours, I really love them and have been making my way into collecting several findings found on the interweb.
Colour is a subjective topic. To me, the combination gives off a soothing, relaxing vibe. I was never a huge fan of bolt and hot pinks but softer shades of pink? They're alright. As a graphics designer, I also lean more towards softer pinks as opposed to bold ones. For me, pastel colours — especially the likes of rose and lilacs — are gentle, sophisticated and adorable and Pantone colors are definitely my favorite to work with when it comes to print design. Pantone states that the balance between these two colours are to bring the "inherent balance" of "connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."
Regardless, I think they are pretty and remind me of the color scheme from Wes Anderson's movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" even though that may sound so random.
Sweatshirt / Blouse: Uniqlo / Bag: Dogdog / Nike shoes: BSTN / Headphone: Urbanears / Eyeshadow: Colourpop "Taco" / Nail Polish: Essie "Saltwater Happy" / Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day in Periwinkle / Eyeshadow Crayon: Bobbi Brown Long-wear cream shadow stick "Iced Blue"
Lipgloss: Mac Lipglass "Angel" / Blush: Tonymoly / Eyeshadow: Colourpop "Bubbly" / Shoes: Dogdog / Keyboard: Filco / Nail Polish: Essie "Romper Room" / Shirt: Dogdog / Sweatshirt: Dogdog
images via Sephora
Sephora actually collaborated with Pantone to create the 2016 lineup "Sephora + Pantone Universe" consisting of an eyeshadow palette, a set of lip gloss and two lipsticks all in watercolour pastel shades. I really love the packaging, especially their lipgloss collection but the shades are not something I'd use. Still, it's a unique collection to commemorate the event.
Beautezine wrote a good review on this collection, which can be viewed here.
And I wish these were (or are) real...
Zkay Yong, a graphics designer based in Singapore, designed a concept for the Nike Air Force 1 Low by rendering and painting it in rose quartz, serenity and a half-half version.
*breathes* Why, won't you look at those beautiful pairs of shoes!?
It's sad that these were not a real thing. It would have been awesome if they were, just like how Sephora turned Pantone's colour of the year into reality. I don't know why Nike didn't do this for real because ombre colored shoes can be really cool if the colors are done properly.
Overall, I really am digging into this year's Pantone pick. I also plan to make this post an annual staple in which I will curate things based on Pantone's colour of the year. I have also decided to call this column "Flavored Milk" because it will be a post that talks about colours other than white — unless of course, Pantone's colour of the year is anything from the white shades family.
On a completely different note, I decided to go with my real name now — which is Elisa — on the internet instead of an alias since there are a lot of Alice on the internet already. But of course, do call me whatever feels familiar — Elise, Alice, whatever... I don't really care. It's just that I'd use my real name now to comment on blog posts. It'd be nice if I can have my name edited on your blogroll page (if my blog is listed, that is) however, it's all completely up to you. No pressure or anything!