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2012's colour of the year: Vibrant, bold and tangy Add to ...

Have you heard? The colour of the moment is … Tangerine Tango! In early January, the Pantone Color Institute in the U.S. announced that 2012's colour of the year is a striking shade of orange. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the institute, Tangerine Tango is "reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset" and "marries the vivaciousness and adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy." Having tangerine fresh in my mind, I couldn't help but notice this vibrant and cheerful hue jumping out at me in all sorts of stores recently - whether in the form of a shirt, a shift dress, a cushion or a throw. Fashion and home decor, it seems, are experiencing a winter wake-up when it comes to all things citrus.

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