THIS is 2016 Colour of the Year..?!

Bye, Bye, Marsala.

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Pantone Colour Institute has been brightening up our worlds for years
and years, predicting what will be on trend, what will be in fashion
and what this all means (well, maybe not that last part). Following on
from last year's Marsala (which Kylie Jenner pretty much hijacked for
her lips) Pantone has announced the two colours that will be trickling
into our lives in 2016. Everyone give a warm welcome to Rose Quartz and Serenity, or as we like to call them, pink and purply-blue.

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The Pantone website explains that the Pantone Colour of the Year is a
"symbolic colour selection; a colour snapshot of what we see taking
place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an
attitude."

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So either it's going to be a boy or a girl OR… "Rose Quartz
is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of
composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue
sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in
turbulent times", according to the Pantone
website.

The latter definitely makes more sense, but the former shouldn't be dismissed too quickly.

Pantone usually only chooses one colour each year, so it was interesting to find out why they have opted for two in 2016.

"In many parts of the world, we are experiencing a gender blur as it
relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout
all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to colour is
coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity,
the consumer's increased comfort with using colour as a form of
expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or
judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our
eyes to different approaches to colour usage", they said in a statement
on their site.

Nawww, who knew so much thought and meaning went into colours!?

With the world feeling a little bit chaotic at the moment, it's no
wonder that these two harmonious and calming tones have been chosen as
the desired palette for 2016. Mindfulness and meditation was trending
big time this year, and we feel like this is also a continuum of that.

Be prepared to see these colours in your clothes, in your home wares and even your beauty cupboard.

This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.au

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