Things are looking bright in 2009 — at least for fashions. A leading color source announced this week that sunny yellow will be the influential color of 2009.
Pantone, which provides color standards to design industries, cited “mimosa,” a vibrant shade of yellow illustrated by the flowers of some mimosa trees as well as the brunchfavorite cocktail, as its top shade of the new year. In general, Pantone expects the public to embrace many tones of “optimistic” yellow.
“I think it’s just the most wonderful symbolic color of the future,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s invariably connected to warmth, sunshine and cheer — all the good things we’re in dire need of right now.”
In the spring fashion collections previewed earlier in the fall, pops of yellow brightened the runways of Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen and Michael Kors, who included a retro yellow polka-dot bikini that clearly harkened back to a more upbeat time.
Suzanne Bishop, owner of Frankie & Julian’s fashion boutique on Frazier Avenue, said yellow can be a difficult color to wear.
“It is, hands down, the hottest color for 2009,” Ms. Bishop said. “But you’ve got to find shades that are right for your skin tones. Fairskin people, for example, look best in lighter shades of yellow, while darker-skin people look good in almost all shades of yellow.”
Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...