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Not-so-quiet pastels offer an instant blast of spring

By David Syrek, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Fashion Daily News

Designers in both fashion and home design have infused a new crop of must-haves with cool, calm, pastel colors for spring. This time around, soft shades are showing up in hip, unexpected ways. Take Kim Markel's edgy Glow line of furniture, where the designer recycles and reimagines discarded plastic waste into ethereal, translucent pieces that are both sculptural and functional.

On the guys fashion front, pastels have taken over streetwear, but iconic Brit designer Paul Smith has put his spin on casual warm-weather suits by recasting them in sky blue or pale pink. Paired with a white or gray T-shirt and a pair of old-school kicks, this will be the coolest look in your wardrobe.

Look to designers like Blu Dot to perk up the party with their geometric trio of 100% Trays, powder coated in stormy spring shades of dusty blue, mint and lilac.


This season, the quiet shades are making some noise.

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