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Emerald green colors 2013 fashion, beauty choices

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  • A dress from the Zac Posen spring 2013 collection features the rich, vibrant shade of emerald green.

      A dress from the Zac Posen spring 2013 collection features the rich, vibrant shade of emerald green.
    Associated Press

  • Emerald green is Pantone LLC's Color of the Year for 2013 and is showcased in this spring 2013 collection of Nanette Lepore in New York.

      Emerald green is Pantone LLC's Color of the Year for 2013 and is showcased in this spring 2013 collection of Nanette Lepore in New York.
    Associated Press

  • A dress from the Zac Posen spring 2013 is showcased during Fashion Week in New York.

      A dress from the Zac Posen spring 2013 is showcased during Fashion Week in New York.
    Associated Press

  • Even jewelry, like this Tiffany emerald and diamond ring, features the color of the year.

      Even jewelry, like this Tiffany emerald and diamond ring, features the color of the year.
    Associated Press

 
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NEW YORK -- Emerald is no longer green with envy. The green shade is Pantone LLC's Color of the Year for 2013.

The company, which creates and matches colors for the fashion, home and beauty industries, picks its top hue based on both how it's already being used and a prediction of sustained popularity.

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Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone's research arm, says green has been riding a wave of awareness since the 1990s thanks to the environmental movement.

She says emerald is a "balanced color," exuding growth and unity.

Emerald green had a presence on the spring runways of Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore and Vivienne Tam. Sephora is building a limited-edition beauty collection around it.

An orange color called Tangerine Tango was last year's pick.

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