Trend Watch: Pastels Straight Off the Spring Runways

These soft shades are a perfect alternative to the season's ubiquitous ultra-bright colors.

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If saturated brights aren't really your bag, there were plenty of softer, pastel shades to choose from on the spring runways. At Diane von Furstenberg, pale pink pailettes and mint green beading give this angora sweater a '50s feel.
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Rebecca Minkoff's sunny spring collection featured a range of pale lilacs, peachy pinks and mint green separates, including this semi-sheer silk tank.
Herve Leger's signature body-con dresses were given a softer look for spring with baby blue and pale violet shades. Here, a fringed lilac look with contrasting black piping.
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Phillip Lim explored a feminine, sorbet-colored palette for spring with long asymmetrical layers and elegant drape details.
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Calvin Klein's spring collection was dominated by crisp white looks, but the few pastel-colored pieces that went down the runway -- like this soft violet tank dress -- added a ladylike touch.
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Jonathan Saunders rendered lacy brocade separates and cozy knits in strong pastel shades for spring. Here, an elegant knee-skimming skirt gets a more casual look when paired with a slouchy green pullover.
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Christopher Kane has historically opted for mega-bright hues, which made his transition into soft, pastel shades for spring even more refreshing.
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Erdem's signature floral-print dresses always have a ladylike appeal, but spring felt even more romantic with splashes of pale pink, yellow and lilac.
Fendi's '50s-inspired spring collection included a range of seemingly simple mini-dresses finished with unusual layering details and exaggerated pleats.
A shimmery meringue shell and a pink, A-line skirt pair perfectly at J.Crew's playful spring presentation.
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Despite its girly color, splashes of gold and ornate, geometric detailing make this fitted Balmain dress anything but prissy.
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A dramatic one-shoulder gown at Lanvin is given an edgy appeal with the addition of oversize safety pins.
Giambattista Valli's candy-colored spring collection included soft textures layered atop contrasting silks and chiffons.
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Louis Vuitton's entire spring collection wouldn't have looked out of place in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, with feminine lace or feathered looks dip-dyed in pinks, greens and blues.
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A structured evening look from Carolina Herrera features an origami-like folded bodice and subtle ruching along the skirt.
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