Kermit, my favorite frog, is probably a very happy fellow right now. His life just got a little easier since Pantone announced Emerald as it's Color of the Year for 2013. We're all going to be wearing green now.
I'm always fascinated at the whole Color-of-the-Year thing. Apparently they study trends on the runways and red carpet as well as send out inquiries to interior designers and manufacturers of textiles and other home goods to see what colors are in the pipeline or gaining popularity and then in what surely must be a dark, smoky room, they come up with their prediction. It's a self-fulling prophecy from there as Pantone carries a lot of clout in the color world. If they say it's the Color of the Year, those who didn't already have it in their design future are likely to add it.
Emerald, huh. I don't think there's a single article of clothing in my closet that comes close to it and that's not likely to change...although I wouldn't turn down a nice emerald ring if someone offered me one. What green I do own leans more to the lime side of the hue and that's been the more popular shade for the last decade. Emerald, however, hasn't garnered much attention since the 1980's. Retro, it seems, is in.
It is, however, the most abundant color in nature, and tThe human eye sees more green than any other color. It's the color of growth, luck and riches and it's thought to be powerful and energizing as well as healing. That's a lot for one color to live up to. Then again, with all that's going on in the world, we can use a little emerald as long as it isn't at the end of a yellow brick road.
So if you're still looking for a special dress for a Christmas party or to wear on New Year's Eve, think green. You'll be on the cutting edge of color trends. Me? I'll leave the color to redheads and frogs.