Rose Quartz and Serenity – Fashion Inspiration for 2016

Pantone made an exception this year. The team chose two shades for the colour of the year 2016, proving that a colour is a symbolic reflection of the current stage of culture and society. Rose Quartz is a gentle, soft pink tone, while Serenity represents the blue sky above us. The blend of the two shades symbolizes harmony and peace the world does need today. On the other hand, the choice challenges traditional perceptions of gender as pink is greatly associated with femininity, while blue implies masculinity.

Women’s fashion in Rose Quartz and Serenity


The synthesis of the two tones retains the feel of the 50s as Felicity Jones showed us posing for the Vogue cover in January 2015. The same thing applies to the Lyn Devon’s Rose Quartz from head to toe look consisting of a pink dress and a pink cardigan. The catwalks featured another all pink outfit, this time by Vivienne Westwood. Ermanno Scervino showed us how to pair a rose sheath dress with red high heels, while Burberry opted for a pink dress and black-yellow high heels. Blue Serenity was a popular shade for Michael Kors, Emilio Pucci, Palazzo, Jenny Packham and Lanvin. The Thom Browne’s 2016 collection, Vionnet 2016 and Ermanno Scervino 2016 showed the trendiest examples of the ultimate blend of the two colours.

Men’s fashion inspired by Pantone colours


Daring men should not miss the Richard James’ 2016 collection as it unveiled stunning full-floral suits (both a suit and a tie) in blue, pink and the combination of the two. To copy the look, consider custom made tailored suits you can design yourself. The testament to, this time the 70s, can be seen in Roberto Cavalli’s menswear collection. Blue and pink dress shirts and the shoes in the same colour are the winning combination.

Accessories that match the fresh morning atmosphere


According to Pantone, the two seemingly opposite colours can be paired with other mid-tones, such as brown, green and purple as well as all shades of yellow and silver. As they can be combined with a huge number of other colours, this allows you to mix and match your favourite baby blue and soft pink accessories. Balance neutral tone outfits with a pastel pink bag, or blue high heels. Fashionistas can also opt for a dash of Rose Quartz and Serenity on scarves if they are not ready for the head-to-toe look. As the Pantone’s choice speaks on behalf of gender blur on the fashion scene, men can leash out their creative side and consider patterned blue and rose bow ties.

Make-up colour shades


Rose Quartz and Serenity allow you to play around with make-up, as well. The Sephora-Pantone collaboration produced a make-up palette based on Pantone colour of the year. Choose an eye-catching shade of baby blue for the lips, but leave the eyes and cheeks neutral, so that Serenity can take the centre stage. Or, go for the 80s look with daring blue eyeshadow and soft pink lips. You can also apply Rose Quartz on the inner corner of the eyes and limit Serenity for the outer corners. Coupled with nude lips, this rainbow eyeshadow is growing in popularity ever since Pantone announced the colour of the year.

Fairytale Hair


When Helen Mirren with her pink tresses appeared at the 2013 BAFTA British Academy Film Awards after party, no one suspected that this colour would be one of the biggest trends three years later. The two pastel colours can be combined in a variety of ways and they are an inspiration to everyone. If you do not want to commit yourself to pink and blue hair, try out the pop of colour on the ends, or on the roots. Blonde hair can be accented with pink, while dark hair goes well together with baby blue. Fairy-like blue ombré is another option. Grey hair was dominating in 2015, so having blue roots is an excellent way to refresh your look.

With the choice of the two hues for the colour of the year, Pantone highlights the importance of gender equality and fluidity as well as a sense of relaxation, peace and tranquillity. Like every year before, Pantone is a source of inspiration to designers all over the world who encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and find our own form of expression.

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