Marsala described as an earthy tone following 2014's Radiant Orchid.

The Pantone Institute has named ‘Marsala’ – a red wine hue with hints of rusty reddish brown – as its Colour of the Year for 2015.

The colour is expected to influence men’s and women’s clothing and accessories over the next 12 months.


The Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman commented: “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

An official press release continues: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

The colour is also said to exude confidence and stability, perhaps implying that upcoming trend will revert to classic, wearable pieces with a more traditional aesthetic.

Marsala replaces 2014 Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid, which proved popular with jewellery designers from Katie Rowland and Astley Clarke, to Shourouk Rhaiem, Kiki McDonough and Marco Bicego.

To select its Colour of the Year, Pantone studies art, entertainment, film and travel to discover the stand-out shade that’s likely to have influence over design decisions.