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Pantone says 'tangerine tango' to be tops for 2012

Pantone Tangrine Tango
Pantone announced today that a shade of orange dubbed "tangerine tango" is set to take top honors as the 2012 color of the year, inheriting the crown from 2011's reigning hue, honeysuckle.

Known as Pantone 17-463 among members of the interior and fashion design community (and simply "Tangie" to family and friends),tangerine tango is described by the color-matching company as "a vivacious, enticing hue," "a provocative go-getter" that's "a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way" and "a spirited reddish orange ... [s]ophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive."

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, refers to the up-and-coming color as "an orange with a lot of depth to it ... [r]eminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset."

Pantone SwatchWith the latest recognition, tangerine tango becomes a slightly more elite spoke in the world's color wheel, joining, in addition to 2011's honeysuckle, such hallowed hues as turquoise (2010), mimosa (2009), blue iris (2008), chili pepper (2007), sand dollar (2006), blue turquoise (2005), tigerlily (2004), aqua sky (2003), true red (2002) fuchsia rose (2001) and cerulean (2000).

But unlike in years past, Thursday's announcement of the radiant, reddish orange's rising-star status came with an unprecedented level of merchandising in place, including messenger bags (by Rickshaw of San Francisco), coffee mugs, journals (by Chronicle Books), coffee mugs and even wedding attire (by Dessy), all imbued with the soon-to-be hot hue.

Perhaps most noteworthy was the announcement of Pantone's collaboration with Sephora on a first-ever, limited-edition Color of the Year beauty collection, which will include eye shadow, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish and accessories. It is scheduled to hit Sephora stores in March.

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Photos: Fashion designers whose spring and summer 2012 collections include the reddish-orange shade tangerine tango shade that is the 2012 color of the year include Tommy Hilfiger (left) and Nanette Lepore. Bottom, a swatch of tangerine tango, also known as 17-463. Credits: Associated Press (Hilfiger); Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press (Lepore); Pantone

Nanette Lepore’s retro inspired swimwear


While much of the fashion community was putting on their most eye-catching designer dresses for Monday night’s Met Ball, Nanette Lepore had models stripping down to teeny bikinis and sexy one-piece swimsuits from her new swimwear line, which she presented poolside at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Monday. Vargas-flame

The scorching afternoon was a perfect setting for the designer’s candy-colored bikinis and heavily printed suits. Much like her ready-to-wear line, the swim collection is a nod to retro motifs and is full of feminine details such as floral prints, polka dots and dainty tie closures.

Dashiki_0026[low] “With this swimwear collection, I’ve been able to go back into my old archives and revive some of the bold and bright patterns that were shelved,” said Lepore, who has been on a bit of a whirlwind tour. She flew into L.A. after attending the White House Correspondents dinner for which she dressed Arianna Huffington in a textured gold dress that the Huffington Post founder plucked right off the runway. “There’s a real feminine moment happening in fashion right now, and it’s great to be able to capture that.”

The suits are certainly for the girly girl. Lepore’s included everything from a vibrant pink-and-purple, rose print two-piece (with high-waist bottoms reminiscent of a voluptuous pinup), a flame colored bikini with boy short-esque bottom and even a “dashiki” print suit that’s got a summery yellow and green pattern emblazoned all over its small surface.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Top photo: Provence Rose Coquette swimsuit top ($81.00) and Provence Rose Sweetheart bottom ($75.00). Credit: Nanette Lepore

Bottom left: Dashiki Vixen top ($77.00) and Dashiki Vamp bottom ($69). Credit: Nanette Lepore

Bottom right: Vargas Coquette top ($75.00) and Flirt bottom ($69.00). Credit: Nanette Lepore


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