Marsala: Pantone’s Color of The Year 2015

Posted on December 15, 2014, 7:11 pm
4 mins


If you were waiting anxiously to hear what the next Pantone Color of the Year was going to be, you are in luck. Last week it was announced that the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year is to be Marsala—more specifically, Marsala Pantone 18-1438, a “naturally robust earthy and wine red”, which replaces the 2014 color, Radiant Orchid.

I like the way the OPI nail color people name their colors a little bit better. After all, how can you not love wearing “I’m Not Really A Waitress” on your nails? But let’s talk more about Marsala and the who and what of Pantone itself.

Tramp Stamp by Butter London

Tramp Stamp by Butter London

Since 1963 Pantone has been working with color and trend forecasting, creating a standard color for design markets, including women’s, men’s, active, cosmetics, interiors and industrial design. Originally, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created a system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to produce accurate and consistent color matches in the graphic arts community. Because the color spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by everyone, he created the Pantone Matching System, a book of standardized color in fan format. Today this color-matching concept is used in many types of business, including digital technology, fashion, interior design, architecture and paint.

Want to find out more about this wine inspired color and how to wear it? A softer version of Oxblood, which was seen everywhere this fall, Marsala is very flattering on most skin types. It has a chic appeal because it partners well with other colors, including soft pink and blues, grays, white and cream, and of course black. You needn’t cover yourself head to toe in order to make a statement, a splash of color with a scarf or a gorgeous lip or nail color can also do the trick. Marsala is considered a bold neutral, meaning it is versatile and can be paired with almost anything.

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 Celebration Pack Women’s Running Shoe

Personally, I think Marsala is a sophisticated color that can be worn now and as the seasons change, and it shows a beautiful little drama without actually being overly dramatic. You can find Pantone’s Marsala in a special edition collection at Sephora, and under different names, such as the Elizabeth and James Cynnie Mini Tassel Bucket Bag in “Merlot.” A gorgeous Marsala colored nail, like this delicious chocolate brown color, “Tramp Stamp” by Butter London, or Bobbi Brown’s “Rum Raisin” Lip Color are also spot on. Show some bold style with a cool coat like this ASOS Isabella Oliver one, or incorporate this earthy tone into your fitness gear, with a pair of cool Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 Celebration Pack Running Shoes.

Out and about holiday shopping last week, I heard talk of this Pantone color of the year no less than five times that afternoon. Clearly, people are both fascinated and amused by the announcement, but intrigued as well. No matter how invested you are in what Pantone has to say, looking at color in a new way can always be inspirational when it comes to showing your style.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog,, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.

2 Responses to: Marsala: Pantone’s Color of The Year 2015

  1. Karen

    December 16th, 2014

    Now that’s a color I could add to my wardrobe!
    Thanks Lisa!