“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth”.

-Leatrice Eiseman

Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

  If you haven’t already heard, The quintessential color of 2015 is the invigorating Marsala. Last December, the red-brown shade was named Pantone’s color of the year— and rightfully so. Similar to its namesake Italian wine, this color is undeniably fortifying and tasteful. As a popular choice for summer wedding decor to high fashion apparel, Marsala has transitioned effortlessly throughout the warmer seasons.
Now that the temperature  is declining, I’m especially excited for its appearance this fall.

Marsala has graced many aspects of the fashion world, from international runway apparel to a wide range of cosmetics. Now that autumn is just around the corner, you’ll be seeing splashes of this warm wine color on soft fur coats and knee high boots everywhere. Marsala complements most skin complexions. It is especially appealing on the lips as a matte or sheen finish; and it certainly adds a dramatic effect when applied as an eye shadow.

The most impressive quality about this wine colored hue is its versatility. Marsala can be worn alone, or with other complementary colors and accents. Marsala works well with other earthy colors like bronze, greens, and yellows; metallic colors are also flattering against the reddish hue. Since Marsala can be a considerably robust color, I love when it’s paired with soft pink shades like mauve, which emanates a more feminine appeal. But don’t get me wrong,this color is super sexy on its own. Being that Marsala is an androgynous color, it becomes equally appealing for both men and women. Men shouldn’t be too bashful about sporting Marsala because it looks amazing on suits, ties, and most menswear. Marsala looks great on everyone, and those who wear it will surely turn heads this fall.

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Credits: Naomi in gown by Zac Posen • Clutch by YSL • Watch by Marc Jacobs • Necklace by Versace • Ollie Edwards shot by Doug Inglish • Shoes by Oscar Tiye