A combination of strength and optimism, Pantone has named Ultimate Grey and Illuminating as its two colours of the year for 2021.

The selection comes as the world remains gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illuminating is a bright, cheerful yellow, while Ultimate Grey is emblematic of solid and dependable elements.

Pantone, the global colour authority, says the two hues come together to create an aspirational pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day.

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director.

Here is a selection of eyewear styles that exemplify 2021’s colours of the year.