The American company Pantone is world famous for the color charts it produces. Each year, after analyzing burgeoning trends, it selects one color that will set the tone (and landscape) for designs over the next twelve months.
The chosen color is called upon to inspire designers across the board, whether they work in interior design, fashion, or any other artistic domain.
This year, it’s Classic Blue (otherwise known as royal blue) which has been named the color of the year for 2020. This radiant blue tone brings to mind the sky at dusk, inspiring calm, confidence and connection, according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute:
“Imbued with a deep resonance, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening, it encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking, to think more deeply, to increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”
Classic Blue lends itself perfectly to a monochrome silhouette. Worn as a head-to-toe look, it can effortlessly pull an elegant outfit together. Just take a look at recent catwalks: Elie Saab, for example, sent a monochrome silhouette down the runway with an asymmetrical jumpsuit in a deep, powerful royal blue for her fall-winter 2019/2020 collection.
Similarly, the icons of the British monarchy are sporting the trend: Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are putting the royal back into classic blue, wearing this classic shade from head to toe. We’ve been inspired to put together a monochrome outfit to match these Vanessa Wu blue ankle boots with equestrian detailing, which radiate the same timeless elegance and simplicity as this classic hue.
THE RADIANT BLUE SPECTRUM
It may shine as a centerpiece when worn as an all-over look, but that’s not to say that Classic Blue loses its poise when worn with other shades – quite the opposite, in fact.
A strong color, classic blue can always be teamed with other blue tones without fear of diluting its majesty. Take note how it crops up in Salvatore Ferragamo’s SS20 collection; teamed with baby blue, it creates beautifully subtle marine contrasts. Embrace the blue spectrum in a pair of Vanessa Wu monogrammed sneakers with a blue heel counter, which perfectly set off a long spotted dress (also in blue) for a look that is both classy and cool.
The depth and richness of classic blue can also be used to subtly elevate the colors it is teamed with. Since it generously revitalizes and spotlights the shades close by, it can easily be styled with warmer colors such as plum. So why not strike a dynamic balance of tones and add a twist with a colorful pair of Vanessa Wu lace-up tennis sneakers?