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Emerald the colour of 2013

Burgundy, muted pastels and fuchsia which have dominated 2012 are now history, as Pantone have just announced that Emerald is set to be the colour of 2013.  And it’s not a huge surprise; the shade was certainly a great hit backstage at the spring/summer 2013 shows.

At Stella McCartney emerald liner was swept across the lower lash line, while the Christian Dior models sported rich emerald pigments on crystal-encrusted lids. 

Pantone, the team of internationally renowned colour charters, has unsheathed its Colour of the Year for 2013 and the hue is set to pop from shelves of handbags, dresses, scarves and shoes across the retail world.

"The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a press release.

Pantone's announcement of its impending Colour of the Year has become almost as much of a Yuletide tradition as family rows and hangovers. 2013, we are told, is going to be all about Emerald, or Pantone 17-5641 to its friends.

"This colour will be seen over the next 12 months across the fashion industry, beauty, interiors, plastics & packaging, print and graphic design," Pantone said.

Pantone continues: "The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons now, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet."

Luxury womenswear labels including Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Jonathan Sanders incorporated emerald in their current autumn/winter 2012 collections, while trendsetters Kenzo, Acne and Marios Schwab continued the love affair for spring 2013.

Also, a few trendsetters have already been snapped in various shades of the official tint.

Take Kate Middleton for example who wore an emerald Mulberry dress for a public appointment at the Natural History Museum two weeks ago.

Apparently, emerald is also a winner when it comes to beauty products as it "dramatises all eye colours as it beautifully enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasises the green undertone in hazel eyes and intensifies brown eyes to make them appear deeper."

So there you have it: 2013 will be all about Emerald. Good news for Ireland, Kermit and Celtic supporters who now find themselves not only through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League but also at the forefront of fashion.

And just in case you missed them, here is Pantone's previous Colour of the Year selections:

· PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)

· PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)

· PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)

· PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)

· PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)