This is the time of year when style gurus from Pantone and all the paint companies come up with their trend forecasts. I think it’s fun in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way, but on a creative level, it always bothers me. There is no better way to date and – outdate – yourself than to be a slave to trends. And trendy colors when applied indiscriminately are a little like that disappointing spicy dish that is all heat and no body – devoid of all supportive flavor networks, other than the five basic ones your tastebuds can detect. Meh! It lacks both relevance and nuance.
I get that there is lots of watching of societal trends, fashion, and pop culture going into these nominations – that the current Zeitgeist is distilled by the style committee into a single color – which is then blasted through the ether as The Color of the Year. I get that its nomination is not completely taken out of thin air, but I still find how it happens kind of amusing. I am a firm believer in cyclical rotations of human affectations and fancies – no less so with color than with anything else. If you wait long enough, the color will come back around again, to enjoy its rather finite time in vogue. To boot, the great irony of this year’s selection is that is said to represent the absolute opposite of trendy:
“Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”
You gotta love that! My vignette for this week, is the color wise most conforming bit of foliage I could conjure up in my garden. A close contender would have been the Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’, but this Heuchera offered a better photo, so it will get to represent the hot shot color of 2018. It is with a great sigh of relief that I can truthfully let the world know that I am indeed ‘on trend’. Phew! I will sleep well tonight!