Pantone 2014 Color of the Year

Get ready for a whole lot of purple in the next year…

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid

The Pantone Color Institute today announced that the 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, succeeding 2013’s Emerald. This pinkish-purple shade appeared in Pantone’s Spring 2014 color report and was seen quite a bit on the Spring 2014 runways. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” I imagine it will be a booming year for pinkish-purple sapphires, tourmalines and spinels!

A ring from Tiffany & Co.'s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

A ring from Tiffany & Co.’s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

L'Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d'un Style Orchid Brooch  featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

L’Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d’un Style Orchid Brooch
featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps 'Dentelle de Monograme' Ring  featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps ‘Dentelle de Monograme’ Ring
featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

The 2013 September Issues

Lanvin PFW Fall 2013

Lanvin PFW Fall 2013

I’ve finally had the chance to wade through/iPad-ogle all the major September fashion issues and share some of my jewelry findings…

When it came to jewelry off the runways there were two clear winners among editors across the world, both of which were necklaces. Lanvin’s golden oversized statement pieces that said things like ‘Happy’, ‘Cool’, ‘Love’ and ‘Help’ made it into the editorial of nearly every issue, as well as the covers of US Elle and Seventeen. It was fitting, seeing as big gold chains were definitely a noticeable trend.

Kate Upton on the cover of US Elle in Lanvin jewelry.

Kate Upton on the cover of US Elle in Lanvin jewelry.

In a close second was the sculptural silver piece from Céline, which was featured on one of Vogue China’s eight covers. It also got considerable editorial coverage, but it’s more at odds with the general trends that I noticed.

Céline necklace in Harper's Bazaar UK editorial.

Céline necklace in Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Céline necklace in Japan Vogue.

Céline necklace in Japan Vogue.

On the whole it seemed there were three things of note that are quite different to each other. First, the aforementioned big gold chains, as well as over the top sized pieces in general layered together are definitely having their day. In the opposite direction though, are very delicate metal pieces, generally sans gemstones, also layered together. And finally, pearls are popping up everywhere in fairly lady-like ways of studs and single strands. It seemed that a more punk-ish aesthetic was going to take hold when it came to pearls, but the edge has been kept rather subtle with the studded Valentino necklace being quite popular.

Lots of layers of gold in Japan Vogue.

Lots of layers of gold in Japan Vogue.

Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry stacked in US Harper's Bazaar.

Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry stacked in US Harper’s Bazaar.

A whisper of gold in British Vogue.

A whisper of gold in British Vogue.

More delicate gold pieces in US Vogue.

More delicate gold pieces in US Vogue.

The studded Valentino necklace in Harper's Bazaar UK.The studded Valentino necklace in Harper’s Bazaar UK.

A Mikimoto single strand in Japan Vogue.

A Mikimoto single strand in Japan Vogue.

A more bohemian look for pearls in US Vogue.

A more bohemian look for pearls in US Vogue.

An editorial piece in Vogue China featuring Valentino's studded pearl necklace.

An editorial piece in Vogue China featuring Valentino’s studded pearl necklace.

As a final note I have to say that the Bulgari ads that ran the world over featuring Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in the new Diva collection were by far my favorite jewelry campaign. The color is just so…juicy!

Bulgari Diva ad campaign featuring Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Bulgari Diva ad campaign featuring Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.