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Blue Iris Pantone Color of 2008

Fashion and printing color authority Pantone has selected its “color of the year” for 2008: Blue Iris, aka Pantone 18-3943.

The company said the blue-purple blend combines “the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple,” and suggested this hue “satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement.”

“Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. She said Blue Iris “best represents color direction in 2008 for fashion, cosmetics and home products.”

Eiseman added, “Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic.”

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