Pantone Color of Spring 2014: Dazzling Blue

Posted by Jane Cruz
on Friday, September 13, 2013

Just the other day I was talking to Kelsey Lawler of Bead Style magazine about Pantone’s color of the year for 2014 and I mentioned that I was hoping it would be a bright blue. I love the color blue and that would mean that I might actually be on-trend for the first time in years in my bright blue Madeline-style coat with matching shoes and purse. I can’t say that I really care too much about what the color of the year is except that so many things become available in that color, and if it’s a color I like, whoo-hoo! If it’s a color I don’t particularly like, well, life goes on and I take no notice of it.

I couldn't resist these beautiful blue pearls from Swarovski!
While at my local bead store today, I spotted these beautiful blue Swarovski pearls and I realized this could be big for me. I love this shade of blue and could always use more clothes in my favorite color. Plus, I’m working on a design for an upcoming issue of Bead&Button magazine using pearls. . . Can you hear the wheels starting to spin?

When I got back to the office, I decided to see if the Pantone color of the year had been released for next year yet. I quickly found several headlines announcing “Dazzling blue is Pantone’s color of the year for 2014.” Without waiting to read any of the articles the headlines referred to, I bolted out of my office and down the hall to Kelsey’s office where I jubilantly shouted, “Yes! Blue is the new color for 2014!” Kelsey, slightly less exuberant than me, calmly responded with, “What shade of blue?” My mental response was, “Does it matter?” But I stopped just short of blurting that out and instead told her I didn’t know. I had been way to excited to actually READ the article.

To make a long story short, it turns out VanityFair.com erroneously announced dazzling blue as the Pantone color of 2014, when it is actually the color for Spring 2014 (who knew there was a distinction?). I see some similarity between my own reaction and that of Vanity Fair. Blue is an exciting color and elicits strong emotions from over-eager people like me. At least I only announced it to Kelsey and Lora, our editorial assistant. VanityFair.com announced it to the world. For your reading pleasure, may I suggest this humorous post by VanityFair.com writer Juli Weiner explaining the gaffe? All I can say is, “Well said, Vanity Fair.”

Be sure to watch for these beautiful blue pearls in action in the February issue of Bead&Button. At least we will be on-trend with the color for Spring, right?

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