Meet “The International Color Guru!”

Leatrice Eiseman

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting color expert Leatrice Eiseman, who works directly with the Pantone® Color Institute to forecast the color trends. In fact, when Pantone® introduced the color of the year for 2017, “Greenery,” I immediately thought of Ms. Eiseman and her vision and creativity. Green is not my color and I won’t be following this particular fashion color trend, but I am reminded of that conversation with Ms. Eiseman, and why she is called the “International Color Guru!” Here is Ms. Eiseman …

MKG: What is the Pantone® Color Institute?

Leatrice: At its core, the Pantone® Color Institute is a think tank for Pantone®; a place for people to go to find out about the psychology of color. I have been the Executive Director since its inception in 1985, when the (then) owner of Pantone® wanted to go beyond the technology of color. Today we are involved in color consulting, color forecasting, and we help our clients make informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge.

MKG: How does Pantone® come up with its Color of the Year?

Leatrice: It is an interesting process. I and my team comb the world to investigate what colors we feel are on the ascending. When you travel as much as we do, we have a good idea where color is heading. We look to various indicators: the art world, entertainment, the film industry, social upcoming events (is it an Olympics year, etc.), and of course, the fashion industry. We ask where are the top designers going with the color family. There is no magic bullet; it takes a lot of homework and asking a lot of questions to find the Color of the Year. Continue reading

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This year, I felt a special connection when PANTONE® revealed its Color of the Year 2016 – because I had the pleasure of interviewing  Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone® Color Institute last February on TFIO. In her comments, Ms. Eiseman said, “At its core, the Pantone® Color Institute is a think tank for Pantone®; a place for people to go to find out about the psychology of color.” It is clear that much time and thought went into the decision to select the soft hues of Rose Quartz and Serenity. For the first time Pantone® introduces two shades for the color of the year – colors with the purpose of bringing calm and relaxation – even during turbulent times. And if you’re not sure how to incorporate these colors into your wardrobe, I recommend starting with a nail polish color. I’m buying it!

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Colorful News: A Summer Sale Just for You!

Cindy and Rivka

Cindy and Rivka

Rivka: “Once you have the right colors on, everything looks better. You feel better. It’s undeniable … You just need to see yourself once.

Cindy: “Your colors are unique to you. No two women are alike, so your own unique colors are really determined by you.”

My life changed color after I completed a color consultation with Rivka Grubb and Cindy Joseph as I noted in a recent post called, Embracing my Color Palette. Now, Rivka and Cindy want to offer my TFIO readers an opportunity to do the same with a summer sale: Rivka and Cindy are offering a $50 discount from the original price of $250, a total of $200, to get your own Forever Ring of Colors FROC to identify your personal colors that will guide you as you shop and go forward. And your FROC will be unique to you and you only.

To find out more simply email Rivka and Cindy at this link using the code TFIO50 (note: offer ends July 16, 2015). Rivka and Cindy will send you a set of instructions on how to take the best photos possible so they can hand select your Forever Ring of Colors.

A colorful gift you can give yourself! Happy Summer!

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Embracing My Color Palette

My Forever Ring of Colors!

My Forever Ring of Colors! Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

There is a quote from fashion icon Coco Chanel: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” I think the same could be said about dressing with color: wear the wrong color and you notice the color; wear the right color and you notice the woman … Let’s talk color palette.

I thought I knew my best colors – the ones that bring out the best me. I know, for instance, that the moment I put on a cherry red, I feel happy. I see my eyes pop and my skin shine. I know that I have always loved wearing pink and have a long history with pink (my mother tells me I have been a fan of pink since I was three years old). And I know that I wear a lot of black and white and have come to love wearing brown – but I can’t tell you why. Because I realize that I don’t know it all. I still make mistakes with color – and more often than I would like to admit. And because I want to understand my colors and make good choices and fewer mistakes, I took matters into my own hands and had a color consultation with experts. Continue reading

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A Culture That is Not Afraid of Color

Myriam (left) in Bali

Myriam (left) in Bali

My friend Myriam, my world traveler, just returned from Bali. And when she travels, she takes me with her; every sight, every sound becomes mine too. Here is Myriam …

I love a culture that is not afraid of color. Bright, bold and brave, the island of Bali is such a place. Inundated with a lush vegetation and illuminated by the brightness of the tropical sun, this island in Indonesia is home to more than four million people, whose Hindu origins can be seen everywhere, from their magnificent temples to their colorful clothing. Balinese people are friendly, welcoming, and warm. But what impressed me the most was their genuine smiles. They are happy and grateful people and they are not afraid to show it. Their open-hearted culture is reflected not only in their smiles, but also in the way they dress. Despite the fact that black and white are the religious colors of Hinduism and are printed like a checker board in most all fabrics that wrap statues in temples and squares, Balinese men and women are not afraid to wear bright colors.

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Meeting the “International Color Guru!”

Leatrice Eiseman

Leatrice Eiseman

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting color expert Leatrice Eiseman, who works directly with the  Pantone® Color Institute to forecast the color trends. In fact, when Pantone® introduced the color of the year for 2017, “Greenery,” I immediately thought of Ms. Eiseman and her vision and creativity. Green is not my color and I won’t be following this particular color trend, but I am reminded of my conversation with Ms. Eiseman, and why she is called the “International Color Guru!” Here is Ms. Eiseman …

To see the world in all of its splendid color is a gift and Leatrice Eiseman has that gift. In fact, Ms. Eiseman was born understanding color. And today Ms. Eiseman is the color expert: as Head of Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and Executive Director of the Pantone® Color Institute she is responsible for forecasting and selecting Pantone®’s Color of the Year. In addition, Ms. Eiseman is the author of nine books on color, including: More Alive With Color, which outlines the color/fashion connectionYou can imagine how excited I was to speak with Leatrice and learn her story and the magic behind color’s poignant power. Here is our conversation …

MKG: What is the Pantone® Color Institute?

Leatrice: At its core, the Pantone® Color Institute is a think tank for Pantone®; a place for people to go to find out about the psychology of color. I have been the Executive Director since its inception in 1985, when the (then) owner of Pantone® wanted to go beyond the technology of color. Today we are involved in color consulting, color forecasting, and we help our clients make informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge. Continue reading

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In search of the Color of The Year

Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Each year Pantone selects a color to inspire and provide a catalyst for creative spark. Last week, Pantone selected its Color of the Year: Marsala, an earthy red-brown, like the red wine itself. I hesitated at first because the red I favor is more of a clear, bright apple-red but I kept an open mind as I went in search of a richer, deeper red – to see if it has a place in my wardrobe.

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I even searched Chanel:P1050454 Continue reading

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Wearing a pop of color amid a sea of black!

IMGP0461I love black. The minute I feel the cool temperatures, I welcome wearing it. But about this time of year, especially during a harsh winter like the one we have had, I start to see black and only black in my wardrobe choices. And I know I am in a rut. When this happens, just adding a pop of color around my face brightens my mood every time. Today it’s purple, a fantastic color but one I rarely wear. Why, I’m not sure, but today I am stepping out of my comfort zone. My colorful blouse of choice? EILEEN FISHER, of course!

Photo by Alexandra

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The best gifts are the ones made by hand

Optimized-IMGP0256No question that the best gifts are the ones made by hand. My friend Alexandra made me a knit scarf for the holidays. She was very sneaky about it; asking me first, what colors I like to wear around my face. My answer, by the way, is red – always – bright, cherry red! And I have been wearing it ever since. Especially wonderful, since I and most of the country got blasted this week by a wave of arctic air. What did they call it? A Polar Vortex? OMG! A homemade knit scarf, sweater, hat or gloves are always the warmest. My homemade scarf kept the sub-zero temps away from my face and looked oh-so-chic at the same time.

Photos and scarf by Alexandra

My cherry-red handmade scarf

My cherry-red handmade scarf

 

 

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Fashion’s IT color 2014: you IN?

Milan 2014: Radiant Orchid was highlighted at the Max Mara Fashion Show  Photo Credit: Getty Images

Milan: A variation of Radiant Orchid was highlighted at the Max Mara Fashion Show                         Photo: Getty Images                                                                                                                                                                   

Radiant Orchid:a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple,” meant to “intrigue the eye and spark the imagination” and “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health,” according to Pantone, a 50-year old company, considered the global authority on color in paint, fabric and manufacturing. Move over 2013 IT color, Emerald: The new IT is here and IT sounds good to me.

How strong is the power of perception? Apparently very strong, since many designers featured various shades of Radiant Orchid in their fashion shows this fall. Pantone itself predicts the color will be popular among both women and men and will mix very nicely Continue reading

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