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Radiant Orchid: PANTONE Color of the Year 2014

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PANTONE Radiant Orchid

radiant-orchid-2As a designer, I’ve spent much of my career working with PANTONE colors. So it’s always a little exciting when they release their color forecasts and yearly colors. This year, get ready for an explosion of fuschias, plums and violets – PANTONE’s 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is already popping up on designer runways. And thanks to PANTONE’s attention, you’ll see it trickling down to handbags, couches and house paint in no time.

Even though Radiant Orchid’s selection was just announced, you can already snag some pretty amazing purple gear in shades from burgundy to lavender and everything in between. Here’s a round-up of my favorites:

Radiant Orchid collage

1. Layered rhinestone necklace, Dorothy Perkins, $29
2. Vivacious and Vibrant Dress in Magenta, ModCloth, $47.99
3. Velvet Bow Cloche Hat, Topshop, $50
4. Hunter Original Gloss boots, Zappos, $140
5. Ralph by Ralph Lauren Eyewear Aviator Sunglasses, Lord & Taylor, $89
6. Tina and Bette nail color, Julep, $14 each
7. Palace Steps Printed Dress, Ruche, $44.99
8. Drawstring Pouch Bag, Kate Spade Saturday, $95
9. Grin N’ Berry It flats, Chromatic Gallerie, $88
10. Wonderland Wool Collarless Coat, French Connection, $149.99
11. Twinkle In Purr Eye Tee, ModCloth, $24.99
12. Purple Rain Tights, Topshop, $20

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