As every year, Pantone Fashion Colour Institute, names new colour of the year and 2019’s is:
And as many times have happened, it is kind of witchery or something, but few months before this announcement I bought the wide silk pants in this vibrant, magnificent colour of coral.
Don’t you think it would be a shame not to make some photos and write about them, about pants, but even better about corals?
Specially when their existence is critical and they could be extinct from the sea.
Corals are sea animals living in compact colonies of identical individual polyps.
Some of them need sun to create energy and nutrients and therefore they could be found in very shallow waters reachable to many but there has been discoveries of corals in much deeper and colder waters too.
They are important reef creators mostly inhabiting tropical oceans like Great Barrier Reef in Australia, but there are small colonies in other seas around the world, like for example, Mediterranean Sea.
Coral reefs are extremely important for the maritime ecosystem hosting over 4000 species of fish, cnidarians, molluscs, crustaceans and other animals.
Because of the pollution, overfishing, coral mining and other outside threats corals around the world are under stress and endangered to be extinct.
Many of that stress is to thank humans who either over harvest them or pollute the Earth so the temperature and salinity of the seas are killing some of the coral species. Under such environmental stresses we get what is known as coral bleaching.
Hopefully, corals won’t disappear totally thanks to the world environmental organisations and they will be preserved in its whole beauty.
This years colour, Living Coral, that’s been presented in many fashion spring/summer ’19 collections is helping at least to keep the name and vivacity of colour alive.
Pantone writes, and I couldn’t agree more: “Living Coral is an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge”.
It’s a colour found in nature and has that charming and evocative allure, energising and yet very subtle to the eye.
Colour of coral was used in Renaissance art and Toulouse-Lautrec drawings of the Moulin Rouge dancers but in fashion it first appeared in 1950 March issue of Vogue with Elsa Schiaparelli’s coat, Cristóbal Balenciaga’s pinky orange tones and Christian Dior’s velvet swing coat and matching hat.
This year is its beautiful fashion comeback and with the idea of sustainability and nature protection here are few brands that represent exactly that.