PANTONE HONORS PRINCE
In tribute to one of the most iconic musicians of our generation, color authority Pantone has teamed up with The Prince Estate for a specially released purple hue: Love Symbol #2. The Pantone color was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely death at the age of 57.
When Prince tragically passed away on April 21, 2016, the music and fashion worlds were devastated to lose a star who had marked both industries forever with his award-winning records and inimitable aesthetic. And while Prince created a whole world of signature style motifs that he will long be remembered for-- ruffled shirts to guyliner to bedazzled everything--no visual calls him to mind more efficiently than the color purple.
In honor of this legacy, Pantone Color Institute and the Prince Estate have partnered to unveil Love Symbol #2, a custom color intended to honor the icon. Inspired by his Yamaha purple piano and referencing one of his best-loved Grammy-winning hits, "Purple Rain," the Pantone hue will now be the "official color across the brand he left behind," according to a release from Pantone.