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Spring 2012 Color Report — A Pastel Parade

From tangerine trinkets to neon knicknacks and mint green modes, we’ve taken you through some of the most predominant color trends for the spring season — but, of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include section on pastels in our Spring 2012 color report. From dusty rose to tender sky blue and faint yellow, the pastels we’re seeing this season feel romantic and vintage-inspired, but they’re often incorporated into silhouettes (be it handbag shapes, garment constructions, or shoe forms) that convey a contemporary point-of-view. Below, you’ll find some of our favorite pastel pieces, all of which you’ll want to wear well past Easter!


Stuart Weitzman Capsize Mary Jane, $375. Available at StuartWeitzman.com

Forget trumpette socks and pleated skirts. You’re not that innocent (to quote Britney Spears), and these pointed toe Mary Janes will perfectly capture the good-girl-gone-a-bit-bad transition ever so subtly. Available in mint green, blush pink, and glossy black, the patent leather shoes feature a 4″ heel, a silver capping detail along the toe, and a dainty ankle strap with a buckle closure.

RED VALENTINO Ruffled Stretch-Cotton Dress, $675. Available at Net-a-Porter.com

Embrace your prim and proper side with this damask rose frock from Red Valentino’s Spring 2012 collection, which features a squared neckline, cap sleeves with ruffle accents, and broderie anglaise needlework along the waist and the skirt (creating the accent lines that add definition to the form). Steeped in tradition, then, this stretch cotton dress will be one for your personal fashion history books.

Swarovski Crystallized Stella Cuff by Schield Collection, $639. Available at Swarovski-Elements.com

The stars on Wonder Woman’s cuffs will look dim when placed next to the supernova at the center of this Schield Collection cuff, which features a gold-plated star burst motif created using Swarovski elements.The star’s points, meanwhile, seem to “shoot” out rays of light, which translate into raised golden strips accentuating the light blue enamel surface of the cuff.

Alexander McQueen Skull-Clasp Brittania Box Clutch in Rose, $1995. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com

This dusty rose number features a Union Jack pattern made via tonal whipstitching and incorporated the skull clasp closure we’ve come to affiliate with Alexander McQueen’s box clutches but gives it a softer edge through the addition of pearlescent beads at the eyes. Juxtaposing tradition and modernity, soft and hard, dainty and daring, this clutch shows Sarah Burton’s understanding of  McQueen’s vision and her desire to remain true to that aesthetic.

See by Chloe Bilbao Pump, $290. Available at Piperlime.com

This See by Chloe Bilbao pumps capture both this season’s emphasis on pastels and the continuation of color-blocking theme. The whimsical suede pump features a rounded toe, a 4″ block heel, and an ankle strap in a cornflower blue hue that adds a bit of depth to the dusty rose and light yellow color combination.

MoutonCollet Light Pink Earrings, $432. Available at Yoox.com

These brass and crystal earrings, measuring 3.1 inches in length, resemble mini chandeliers, with pyramid-shaped, peachy pink, triangular posts with silver-toned bottom tips, two silver-toned rings attached via three pastel pink rings (threaded through the center of the metal rings) , and faceted rectangular crystals along the periphery of the metallic rings.

J Brand Midrise Twill Skinny in Sky Blue, $170. Available at IntermixOnline.com

These stretch cotton skinny jeans feature an 8″ rise and a 30″ inseam, and they’re now available in this lovely sky blue hue.

Diane Von Furstenberg Adele Croc-Embossed Leather Clutch, $395. Available at Saks.com

The silver croc embossing along the top flap of this envelope-shaped, blush pink leather clutch adds a hint of flash to an otherwise traditional silhouette, Measuring 13 1/4″ in width, 8″ in height, and 2″ in depth, the sophisticated DVF clutch also includes a chain-link shoulder strap with an 11″ drop.

Christian Lacroix Oversize Round Sunglasses in Transparent Light Teal, $245. Available at Nordstrom.com

These Lacroix sunnies feature a classic round shape, with plastic frames in a transparent sky blue hue with gradient blue-and-gray lenses that offer 100% UV protection.


Matiko Echo Wedges, $199.95 . Available at Solestruck.com

These sweet confections feature a 6″ wedge heel and 2″ platform with glossy sky blue along the base of the outsole and the back of the heel and ankle;  butterscotch yellow along the inside of the platform and heel, creating an acute triangle shape; and glossy cotton candy pink double straps at the vamp and hugging the ankle.

Rebecca Taylor Anicka Tote, $495. Available at RebeccaTaylor.com

Measuring 14.5″ in height, 13″ in length, and 5″ in width, this structured leather handbag features round perforations  along its upper half that create an eyelet-like effect, along with a metallic buckle accent, tubular top handles with a metallic sheen, and gold hardware accents.


Helene Berman Lace Pencil Skirt, $85. Available at TheOutnet.com

This snug, knee-length lace skirt is a pretty Robin egg blue color reminiscent of Tiffany & Co. boxes.

Nissa Jewelry Riva Earrings, $98. Available at NissaJewelry.com

Made in NYC using recycled metal and vintage stones, these earrings measure 2″ in length and feature a turquoise domed stone at the top, a light cornflower blue rectangular stone at the center, and another domed round stone, this time in a teal hue, at the bottom, with three diamond-shaped white stones on either side to complete the retro geometric motif.

Fendi Silk Draped Bodice Dress, $649. Available at MyTheresa.com

This sleeveless beige silk dress features a draped light yellow bodice with a cross-over construction and ruffled fringe at the waist, creating the right amount of volume to counteract the form of the straight pencil skirt.

Stephen Webster Blue Crystal Haze Earrings, $495. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

These dainty earrings feature white mother-of-pearl under blue cat’s eye with a clear quartz overlay, sculpted and rimmed with dome sterling silver spikes.

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