Aqua Blue Crush

A first glimpse at the new black. And who decides this stuff anyway?

THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED question in fashion has to be, What's the new black? And sure enough, there's always an answer--one color that keeps popping up on clothes, housewares and paint chips. Ever wonder how they figure it out? Or, for that matter, who they are? It turns out, there is a global network of color analysts and trend forecasters who spend their time determining just what the hot new color will be. They set trends in fashion and also in interior and industrial design.

While black will never exactly be dethroned, a new hue is starting to seep through the...

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