Purple has certainly taken its place amongst today's leading trend colors. It has been forecasted for some time and it's now really started to earn a spot on retail shelves.
It can take on more of a red-ish hue, like a plum, which seems to be most popular at this point, or it can be cooler with more of a blue cast. It can be both warm and cool, depending on the shade. Either way, it's a color that can look soft and feminine or powerful and punchy.
This color is associated with both royalty and spirituality and a shade of it was selected as Pantone's color of the year in 2008. Now that it's finally hitting the marketplace, it's has come in like a lion. Keep watching this color, as it'll be a major player in the trend world over the next several months.