New Le Creuset Color for Fall 2011: Aubergine

We know how much you all love Le Creuset so we had to point out their new color for fall. In my personal opinion it's one of the best new colors they've released in a while.

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Le Creuset went in the purple direction a year or two ago with their Lilac and Cassis colorways, and I know those were very popular with many of you. But I was not a huge fan of their next major color, Fennel. It felt a little anemic to me. I really prefer their bolder black and white colorways.

So this new Aubergine color is the first one in a while that makes me wonder whether I should add another Le Creuset piece to my collection. It's not royal eggplant purple, as you might guess from the name; it's actually a very deep purplish blue. I haven't seen it person yet, but I plan to soon.

This is currently a color exclusive to Williams-Sonoma. What do you think of it? Does it tempt you? Or do you prefer other, brighter colors?

More at Le Creuset: French Ovens at Le Creuset
At Williams-Sonoma: Le Creuset Signature Round Wide Dutch Oven, $129.95 (pictured at top of post), plus more in Aubergine

Related: 5 Great Dutch Ovens: And 10 Recipes to Put Them to Work

(Images: Williams-Sonoma; Le Creuset)