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The Marsala Question

Celebrity Scarf WatchSolveig Muus1 Comment

President Obama wore a "Marsala" colored scarf to the White House Tree Lighting Ceremony this year.

It seems that not everyone likes Marsala, the color Pantone finally selected as its Color of the Year for 2015 (Pantone 18-1438 TCX). It's a rich, warm, earthy red. If you're a fan of wine, you may know that Marsala is a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. In a company press release, Pantone described the color as "a naturally robust and earthy wine red." While last year's Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, "encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

I like the color. I'm not sure why it's so reviled, unless it's because the speculation by many of the the paint "trendsetters" was around lighter, pastel colors, and they missed the Pantone boat by a mile. New York magazine's The Cut called the color "icky." In a post titled "The Problem with Pantone's Color of the Year," the Atlantic pointed our that Marsala reminded some people of "rust, the grimy, gag-inducing type that lines corners of frat boy dormitory-style bathrooms. Or blood, the freaky dried kind whose iron content has been exposed to the air long enough to evoke a dull brick."

Many of you followers of our blog will know we've been anxious to know the color selection simply to see if we were even close to on trend, a Lo! and behold, not only do we have a scarf in the new color, but also Silk Road Spirit offers the very Cashmere Jacquard Scarf in the Marsala color that President Obama wore to the White House Tree Lighting Ceremony this year.