You can relax: Pantone has released its pick for the 2012 Color of the Year, and it is "Tangerine Tango." (You may remember that last year's CotY was "Honeysuckle.")
“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
"Pantone's obviously behind the times," said the Stranger's own Bethany Jean Clement. Years ago she was lucky enough to meet John Waters, and he told her then that "orange is the new black." Take THAT, Pantone.