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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Tangerine Tango: Pantone’s color of the year in fashion

The color of 2012 is a citrus-red hue that will give your weary eyes a break from all of those neutrals. Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, was selected because, “there’s the element of encouragement with orange, it’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things. I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, told the Associated Press.
A swatch of Pantone's Tangerine Tango. (AP - AP)

The Pantone color of the year — which, last year, was a bright pink shade called Honeysuckle — is an annual influence on fashion and design. Tangerine Tango has already begun to pop up in fashion and cosmetics, with a strong showing in New York’s fashion week this fall. The bright orange is not an especially tricky color to wear, but it’s also not universally flattering — especially when it comes to cosmetics. Can you picture Tangerine Tango-hued eyeshadow? Pantone can.

Tangerine Tango makes an appearance on a Betty Jackson vest at London Fashion Week. (JANE MINGAY - AP)

Nanette Lepore's Spring 2012 runway show featured looks in tangerine, lime, cobalt blue and bright-colored patterns.

A model wears a set of tangerine-tipped pumps during the Mila Schon Fall/Winter Collection at Milan Fashion Week. (STRINGER/ITALY - REUTERS)

Alberta Ferretti showed soft but geometric tangerine looks in the Spring-Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection at Milan's fashion week. (OLIVIER MORIN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

A model walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2012 show at Paris Fashion Week in a tangerine dress. (Pascal Le Segretain - GETTY IMAGES)

: Creative Director and President of J. Crew Jenna Lyonshas made tangerine-hued lipstick her trademark. (Cindy Ord - GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ F)

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