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Spicy red tipped to be the hottest colour of the year

A shade of red called chili pepper will be the colour of 2007, according to Pantone, the company that examines global colour trends. The colour's predominance would make 2007 a year of 'passion, exoticism and individualism', the firm claimed. The colour, which is Pantone number 19-1557, was seen on the Paris couture catwalks of Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood last month. Pantone executive vice president of fashion, home and interiors Lisa Herbert described the shade as an engaging, deep, spicy red.

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