Pantone Strawberry Ice for Spring Summer 2015 Wardrobes
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
At first I thought Pantone Strawberry Ice, a dusty pink for spring and summer 2015, was a little too soft and wimpy for my taste buds, but then I started noticing how this cheery hue acts almost like a flattering neutral when combined with all the colors from the current season and from last season. So, I said to myself, "Yeah, I can dig this pale, wispy hue. I'm down with the Strawberry, baby."
What's up with pink?
This fashionable strawberry color is divinely chameleonlike. It adapts to different color combinations. It changes other colors when it bumps up against them. And, just like the blush of a young girl's cheek, it seems to go with everything. Giving outfits a young freshness... without the bubblegum cutesiness of those tinselly versions of soft pink.
Pink Strawberry Ice Printed Shoe:
Look at the rainbowlike color chart above. All of the hues in that rainbow were taken from the print of the sandal. And, the pink background color on the chart is Strawberry Ice (found in the print in small doses).
- When you look at the browns (on the left), the Strawberry Ice is the color that 'pops'.
- When you look at the pinks (on the right), the pinks are the colors that 'pop'.
- When you look at all the other colors, from green to chartreuse to red to orange, your perception of Strawberry Ice changes as you move from color to color. Well, that isn't the weirdest part....
What is strange is that this dusky neutral pink somehow GOES with all of these colors, either as a backdrop or as a counterpoint.
There aren't many colors that can do this. Okay, I should say there aren't many beautiful, flattering colors that can GO with so many different kinds of colors.
Gray can. Black can. White can. Brown can.... but, I look sick (sallow) in most grays, stark black or white, and most browns. So Strawberry Ice is a standout.
Strawberry Ice may not be my best color... but it may be the most flattering neutral I've ever seen.
I don't know if the "Pantone Powers That Be" intended pink to be a neutral, but this muted pink can be used as one. And, I think that's just what many women are going to do. I've already seen quite a few handbags and shoes in Strawberry Ice, so fashion designers must be seeing the same potential I'm seeing.
Strawberry Ice Becomes Blush:
This color is so many different things to different people. It's been turned every which way but loose. And, the fashion season is just beginning.
See the Blush Jacket above.
If you dilute (lighten) Strawberry Ice, it doesn't turn into a sticky, cotton-candy pink from a Rainbow Brite movie. It turns into a chic, elegant blush, worthy of the most tasteful of outfits. And, there might be women, somewhere, who can't wear this color, but I don't think I'm one of them. And, if something looks halfway-freaking-decent on me... it's going to look fabulous on you, dollface.
Strawberry Ice Becomes Bright:
If you turn up the intensity of Strawberry Ice, making it a bright, it's still a beautiful color. Of course, when it's a bright, it can no longer be used as a neutral, but you can still tell it's still part of the Pantone strawberry family.
I don't know exactly what it is about this stupid little color, but the more I play with it the more I like it.
Let's dissect some other prints and see what other color palettes we can build.
The first example (near the top of the page) with the brightly printed sandal may have been a bit too much for most of you. If you're on a phone, the colors in that first chart probably look like a DayGlo poster from the 60s. Let me try to find something that's easier for you to see.
Kaleidoscope Tunic Top in Strawberry Ice:
Speaking of DayGlo paints, here's a groovy women's tunic made from an amazingly honest semblance of a typical 1960s feeling. These psychedelic colors are slightly more muted than anything I recall from the good old days, but staring at this fabric will surely bring out any black-light memories hiding deep within your brain.
I don't think I need to make a chart to show how Strawberry Ice blends with all the Pantone hues in this pattern. And... I'm not 100 percent sure that all the trendy colors from the 2015 palette are here, but at a quick glance, it looks like they might be, with the obvious exception of Toasted Almond (beige) and Glacier Gray... for obvious reasons. (The obvious reasons being that neutrals would weigh down the floaty feeling that the designer's got going on.)
Yes. You can see all of the main fashion colors for spring summer 2015 if you look closely. If you don't see Custard (yellow) right away, look closer. It's there.
What a cool, ethereal expression of the latest colors. This tunic beams me back to 1967 in a single beat.
Move over Rover, and let Jimi take over. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Yeah, get on with it, baby... and let's party in pink.
Printed Kimono Robe in Pantone Pink for 2015:
I made a this chart using the Strawberry color (found in the print on the robe) and pulling out three other colors at random. The lavender color is a darker version of Mauve Mist from last season, the khaki green is just a neutral I saw on the robe, and the yellow is a warm color found in many summery prints. You can look at all the colors on this chart together or you can cover one or two of them up and see what Strawberry Ice does.
While Strawberry goes with all three colors, I think the most interesting combo is the khaki green with this pink. You can totally imagine wearing Strawberry Ice for the next few years if you imagine a khaki winter parka with a handbag in Strawberry Ice pink. How gorgeous. I love it. I think I want it.
Or, think of a khaki wool coat and a chunky Strawberry Ice scarf.
Well, I'm done talking about how much I like this color. The only question I have is, "Why didn't Pantone make Strawberry Ice the fashion color of the year?"
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Photo Credits: prshots.com.
- Main Photo: Wallis (2), DebenhamsUK.
- Printed Sandal for Spring & Summer: DebenhamsUK.
- Pale Strawberry Ice Clothes for Women: Marks & Spencer, Dorothy Perkins (3).
- Blush Jacket: Marks and Spencer.
- Bright Strawberry Ice: Simply Be.
- Kaleidoscope Tunic Top: Wallis.
- Printed Kimono Robe: DebenhamsUK.
What do you think of this article? Do you like this Pantone color? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page.