Transitioning from a tumultuous gray times, we have finally been able to soak in some sunshine this year thus, the Pantone colors of the year in shades of gray and yellow. The PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating are the new looks. The two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to support one another. Just the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the combination denotes strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly. So, this Spring/Summer 21 splurge in some sunshine!
Is the answer to yesteryear’s red and black to become the classic look. Except that yellow & gray together is more soothing, simple and suave- striking a great statement if paired well. So, here’s some insight on how to make the most of this combination and what the designers have to say about it.
The two colours sported individually are poles apart for fashion police but a good combination is a ticket to stardom. As designer Rina Dhaka puts it, “Yellow a big trend currently and always as a tradition, best paired with a gray. The skater dress worn by Ishitaraj is in a woven herringbone gray silk, contrasted with an ochre halter panel and an asymmetrical hemline.”
The beauty of the duo lies in the right mix. Just a hint of the other would accentuate the chosen prime colour. If you choose gray, a dash of yellow will look stunning but if you choose yellow as the prime colour you need more than just a dash of gray. It has to be visible enough to create the right look.
A gray lower can be highlighted with a bright yellow top. A jumpsuit in gray gets accentuated with a bright printed yellow scarf. However, a yellow lower will need more than just a gray top to tone down. The right accessories will play a key role if you choose to go with yellow in lowers.
Designer Jattinn Kochar says, “Yellow is my personal favourite. And I love wearing this shade of Mélange. I like how it’s neutral, it goes with light and dark colours both and it suits every skin colour and any age group. This my 31st year in the industry and I wanted to use the elements that I had used earlier. I did this melange some 25 years back. This year it’s cotton knit lycra fabric, it’s great fit, it’s young and modern and at the same time it’s classic. Also, yellow for me is a sunshine colour. For me, it denotes a new beginning thus motivating me to do things better.”
This Spring/Summer 21 splurge in some sunshine! And as Pantone declares – a message of happiness supported by fortitude, this combination is aspirational and gives us hope that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.