Radiant Orchid and Dolls – How To Rock it!

Late last year Pantone released the results of the company’s color trend research for 2014. Among the exciting results, the color which was considered the color of the year, based on an interpretation of social behaviour and responses rather than straight color consultation was…

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid stands for a splash of humour in fashion and decorations next year.  Here’s an exerpt straight from Pantone website: “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

 “Radiant Orchid for Fashion
Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. Fashion designers featured in the
PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.”

If during the Spring 2014 catwalks the color was rarely seen, on the Pre Fall 2014 fashion shows orchid made a less timid appearance though. But differently from our very own womenswear universe, in which colors like orchid come and then disappear completely for a while, orchid variations are very present on the doll collecting world, usually coming from Mattel Barbie outfits. I guess all of us collectors are more than used to seeing colors from the lilac and rose palette every year, right?  But since Integrity Toys follows color and cut trends from the human adult fashion world, orchid isn’t such a common color in it’s collections either, though it made a cameo appearance at Integrity Toys’ Fashion Royalty 2011 main line too….

Fashion Royalty Breaking The Mold Veronique Perrin Doll (2011)

The Orchid trend isn’t much of a favorite among doll collectors because of the excess of rose and lilac palettes coming from Mattel, but if you’re a fan one clever way to start rocking it might be through the accessories, or through matching an orchid piece with more neutral and traditional patterns…

Doll: Nu Face Lady In Red Erin S. Blouse: P.S. Deesigns, Jeans: Clear Lan, Bag: La Boutique, Shoes: Mattel Silkstone, Jewelry by me.

Photos Taken by me. Camera: Canon Powershot A 620

The color trend is supposed to be in full by Spring, but if you think your dolls should take it further as the weather starts growing cold next fall too, why not mixing it with a traditional fall print like houndstooth as well?

Doll: Premiere Convention Hair Workshop Elise Jolie. Jacket: Mattel Silkstone Fashion Insider Ken, Blouse: Fashion Royalty Breaking The Mold Veronique Perrin Doll, Shorts: Mattel America’s Next Top Model, Clutch: Mattel Rhapsody In NY Barbie, Shoes: Fashion Royalty IFDC Convention Rock Me Baby Rayna Doll.

All Photos by me. Camera: Canon Powershot A 620.


And how about you? How would you (or your dolls if you’re a collector) rock this color? I’d love to hear it, or see pictures!


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