Just before Christmas Pantone released their Colour of the Year for 2016. As we all waited with anticipation to see what colour was going to be chosen, no one knew what Pantone were about to do…
They didn’t release just one colour for 2016, but for the first time in their history they released two colours; Rose Quartz; a soft, ethereal blush pink and Serenity; a delicate, smooth blue hue. But hold on, there’s more… it’s the blending of these to shades where we really get to see Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2016.
This fusion represents more than just colour, it represents the cultural changes that are happening in the World right now, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. In their announcement Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s Executive Director explains:
“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security.Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”
These colours also represent the gender blur that certain parts of the world and also modern cultures are experiencing within fashion and social movements. More and more people are worrying less about being judged or typecast within a certain “group”. Our eyes are open wider and our hearts are even more accepting than ever before and this is what the 2016’s colour of the year truly means.
1. Jacquard-Weave Blanket from H&M 2. Anchovies Tin from Dotcomgiftshop.com 3. Camera on London Map Notebook from Oh What Lovely 4. Small Porcelain Plate from H&M 5. Light Blue Storage House from Block Design 6. Garden Birds Tea Towel from Dotcomgiftshop.com
As you all know I love patterns, I’ve posted about them many times, but recently there’s one pattern which is very on trend at the moment and one I used to love even before stars (yes i know!) and I’d completely forgotten about it until now; the Navajo print. This beautiful Native American pattern, with it’s mix of bold and pale colours, used to adorn my bedroom and I can’t believe I forgot about it, but I’m so pleased this graphic print is back.
When researching for this post I found this print everywhere, even in places I was’t expecting to see it, including the coffee machine in Starbucks (a quick photo was needed whist I waited for my caffeine hit.) I also found Navajo patterned skirts, blouses and scarves; two of which I had to buy purely for reminiscent reasons.
I also love old Native American photo’s, they are very powerful shots and the faces of the natives hold so much history within them. I’m beginning to realise that my love of Native America and the Navajo tribes has always been with me and long may it continue.
Skirt and blouse from H&M, Scarf from Primark
There’s a new trend on the horizon; still within the tropical realms but we’re moving on from pineapples and tropical leaves and onto Flamingos. This magnificent bright bird, who gets it colour from eating shrimps, is fast becoming the new must have in homeware trends.
I’ve noticed that the flamingo trend has been around for at least a year now, and has steadily been growing in the background whilst the other tropical trends have been popular, but now is its time to shine and the flamingo trend is here.
1. Vintage Wallpaper from Sanderson 2. Flamingo Cushion from Caitlin Rausch 3. Vintage Dictionary Page Pink Flamingo from Whimsical Heart 4. Frank the Flamingo Greetings Card from Beast Couture 5. Flamingo Cup and Saucer from Lou Rota London 6. Flamingo Brooch from Luvbirds
For a while now there has been a new trend emerging in photography, particularly flower photography. The trend I’m talking about is the flat image, where there’s little tone and shadow within the photo and it appears to have a subtle white film over it, creating a delicate vintage feel to the overall image.
I guess you could say this trend has been prominent in photography for quite a while now and this is down to the rise in photography apps. Some say this is a cheats way to create this effect, and I tend to agree, but it lets the novice photographer create an image they might not necessarily be able to do otherwise. Controversial I know! When I take my photos, as long as the image is right in my camera first, then the app just enhances the overall look instantly. Here’s a few photos I’ve been experimenting with, I’m getting there!
It’s not just photography that features this flat photo trend, more and more products on the high street and online are applying this design and the results are wonderful and elegant…
1. Wondland Floral Face Watch from Olivia Burton 2. Peonies Hand Stitched Journal from Paperchase 3. Like Yesterday Pillow from Sylvia Cook Photography 4. Technicolour Xhatch iPhone Case from Ted Baker
So next time you photograph your favourite flower, food or building why not apply this flat style, it will enhance your photos more than you think.