Pantone Colour of 2021: Illuminating & Ultimate Grey

Pantone Colour of 2021: Illuminating & Ultimate Grey

by HULA on Jan 01, 2021

Pantone Color of the Year 2021: What to Know | Time

"The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit."  -- Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute. 

    Pantone selects colour(s) of the year annually, and this year -- 2021, is no exception. Yellow and grey or PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a combination that represents sturdiness and optimism, two things that we desperately need after weathering the storms of 2020. Netizens, as always, responded with creativity and humour, pointing out the similarities between the colours of 2021 and a certain "roadwork aesthetic". We definitely think the colour combination is unusual for fashion so we decided to put together a mood board full of bright yellow and grey items. What do you think? Are you a fan of the "roadwork aesthetic" or do you think this colour combination is better left on pebbled roads?       

PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

Thomas Wylde Chanel Roksanda Ilincic
Bottega Veneta Gianfranco Ferre Aquazzura
Miu Miu Fendi Oscar De La Renta
Tory Burch Roksanda Ilincic Red Valentino

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray

Chanel Tom Ford Jil Sander
Zadig & Voltaire Theory Aquazzura
Thierry Mugler Gucci Jil Sander
Marni Peter Do Celine