Radiant Orchid

Kate Middleton, Marc Jacobs, and More Inspired by 2014’s Color of the Year—Radiant Orchid

Pantone has officially announced 'Radiant Orchid' as the 2014 Color of the Year. The bright shade of purple—described as "captivating, magical, and enigmatic"—calls for confidence, joy, health, and love, and "encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” The color, which occupies the space on the color wheel opposite 2013's winner, emerald, is meant to be flattering on all skin tones and can easily permeate fashion, beauty, and interior design. While 'Radiant Orchid' may be designated as a 2014 trend, the past year saw the shade of purple beginning to appear on runways and red carpets. From the dress Kate Middleton wore in Prince George's official royal portrait to Jennifer Garner's Oscar gown, a look at how the color of the year has already been (and will continue to be) influencing style everywhere.

Jason Merritt


Jennifer Garner stunned in an orchid-colored Gucci gown at the Oscars in February.

Tullio M. Puglia

Simple Slip

Max Mara transformed the subtle slip dress into a statement piece by showing a spaghetti-strap, orchid version in its Spring/Summer 2014 show during Milan Fashion Week.


First Lady Approved

FLOTUS is on trend, as usual. The First Lady arrived at Dallas Love Field Airport in April wearing a dress in Pantone's 2014 hue, topped with a black cardigan and belt. This wasn't her first time sporting 'Radiant Orchid,' however. It seems that the pinkish-purple hue is one of M'Obama's favorite colors to wear. 

Airport Chic

Musical diva Mariah Carey kept her travel-wear on point, rocking an orchid-colored, cotton dress through Heathrow Airport.

Andreas Rentz

Leather and Knits

During Milan Fashion Week, Missoni incorporated 'Radiant Orchid' into its signature knitwear, showing a leather top and printed skirt, both featuring the pinkish-purple hue.


Made for Royalty

The highly-coveted Seraphine dress Kate Middleton wore in the family's first official photo shoot was, naturally, a perfect shade of 'Radiant Orchid.'

Peter Michael Dills

Pajama Dressing

Back in January, Marc Jacobs proved he was way ahead of the game, showing silk, pajama-inspired pieces in the purple color.