After a financially glum 2008, it seems as though many individuals have taken a turn to optimism, and the chosen color of the year proves this. The world-renowned authority on color, Pantone, Inc., has announced the official for 2009 to be Mimosa. The felicitous color will undoubtedly be prevalent throughout boutiques and in design motifs. Last year’s chosen hue was “Blue Iris” which made huge strides in the fashion and design worlds. There were even claims that “purple was the new black,” though many disputed this statement. The Pantone Color institute explains the decision for 2009 saying, “The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance. Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation; a little yellow can go a long way.” It will be interesting to see where and when this hue shows up.