Shopper: Pantone's 2009 Color Creates Sunny Shades for Bleak Times
Mimosa in any form is irrepressibly cheerful. The warm spray of the tree's blooms, the bubbles and crisp tang of the cocktail (and the giddy result, of course). Even the word sounds happy.
Which is exactly why Pantone -- which dubs itself the "global authority on color"-- deemed mimosa 2009's color of the year. The color experts' take: Not-so-happy times call for happy, hopeful hues. Though somber black might have been a more appropriate choice for this year, the folks at Pantone were drawn to brilliant marigold. And they weren't the only ones: The warm, lively tone popped up on runways for spring from the likes of Vanessa Bruno, Nathan Jenden and Carolina Herrera.
These sunny shades rarely have more appeal than in the dreary doldrums of February, when inspiration is a hard sell against the black and gray and beige of both the sky and your closet. Embrace mimosa wholeheartedly with an uplifting, floaty piece, such as Phillip Lim's Tinker Bell-approved silk mini-dress. Or try a structured, tailored sundress from Diane von Furstenberg, its glow tempered by crisp black and white. Design History's ultra-soft tee takes a classic style from basic to girly with artfully draped sleeves.
Feeling a bit shy? Add a splash of the sprightly shade with a mimosa-hued accessory, such as Delman's D'Orsay-Mary Jane hybrid, Virginia Johnson's oversize, elephant-print scarf or Tano's broken-in leather wallet.
Welcome to the bright side. Now let's hope the economy is inspired to follow suit.
-- Michelle Thomas