Described as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Interestingly enough, here at Highbrow Hippie, we’ve been rocking variations of this hue for years, starting with NARS Funny Face semi-matte lipstick, to respective closet favorites from American Apparel and Diane Von Furstenburg that have long been in steady rotation in our wardrobes.
According to Pantone, “Radiant Orchid is a modern and surprisingly versatile shade. It enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. This multifaceted hue pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, and also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.” We couldn’t agree more. Our hands down favorite nail polish interpretation of this vibrant color is Habit’s Cosmetics ‘The Sweet Life’, proving to be the first choice and official “February Mani of the Month” for clients at Myka’s own Buff Nail Bar in Atlanta.
Radiant Orchid, when used in the home, offers a gorgeous combination when paired with light yellows, turquoise or teal, and can be an amazing accent color, especially when paired against olive and deeper hunter greens. The color is sure to add vibrancy when paired with neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Think gorgeous peonies in a classic vase, or a single stem of orchid used as an accent when paired with a multi-hued green arrangement.
Designers such as Nili Lotan and Manolo Blahnik have also included versions of this rich color in their current collections, and Diane Von Furstenburg recently used Radiant Orchid as the accent color for the gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of her iconic wrap dress. From disco balls to the floral accents throughout the party, the color of the year could not be missed.
This is a color that has already demonstrated true staying power for us. We’ve been wearing it for years and are super happy to keep bringing it into our wardrobes, and our homes.