Those colourful folks at Pantone have announced the colour of the year, and it’s Emerald Green – 17-5641 to be absolutely precise. This is good news for me, because I LOVE Emerald Green, it’s one of my very favourites.
It first began when I was four and me and the boy from down the road, (whose name I think was Peter – where ARE you Peter?) were taken to see Return to Oz at our local cinema. Do you remember that movie? With the crazy-arsed Wheelers and the headless screeching tyrant Queen Momby? Yes, despite the certification, it was totally and completely unsuitable for a child of my age, especially an impressionable one like me. Perhaps that’s why I adored it so.
There’s a bit in the film when Dorothy’s friends are transformed by the evil queen Bitchface into ornaments and placed in a great hall full of countless other pretty things (it looks a lot like a really posh antiques shop). Dorothy has to find her friends in object d’art form, and she only has so many goes before they are all, like, turned into stone or whatever. Spoiler Alert: Her friends have all been turned into objects of a specific colour – guess which! To be honest, it’s a good job I came out of that theatre with nothing but a love of flea markets and a thing for Emerald Green, rather than a penchant for putting roller skates on my hands and feet and slicing the heads off pretty girls to add to my ‘collection’.
God, I love that film.
Emerald Green was the accent colour at my wedding. I had emerald votives on the tables, emerald invitations and my sister and mum both wore it head to toe. I remember finding it extremely hard to match the exact right shade so I must confess to being a little irritated in the knowledge that it’s going to be everywhere this summer – five years too late for my big day. Still, I’ve had fun putting together this little Etsy edit. Enjoy.
Swing Coat Available from Etsy here
Earrings Available from Etsy here
Pug Print Available from Etsy here (if I haven’t already bought it)
Cushion Available from Etsy here
Emerald City pencils Available from Etsy here