Friday, April 20, 2012

Polka Dot Cool

January Jones (Betty Draper) in Mad Men
I have always been a stripey girl. I guess because they are kind of rockabilly. My sister Banana meet-cute has always been into polka dots. At the moment she is rocking an array of polka dot Gorman shirts (by the way, Gorman has just opened in Auckland) A bit like we are into the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, respectively. I'm Alison Mosshart - she's Zooey Deschanel! Below are some polka dot pics I love, from her Instagram.
 Top Shop Nail polish
Saturday Night Connect Four
I just got back from London where I (unsuccessfully) tried to get into the opening weekend of the Damian Hirst retrospective at Tate Modern. Musing upon his works, I found myself drawn again to his dot paintings. Many people say "What's the big deal? Why is it art? He doesn't even paint the dots himself!" But having assistants paint for you is no new thing in the history of art, and there is something about his dots. They are beautiful. Symmetrical, colorful, peaceful. Maybe it's the Libran in me - we love colour, calm, prettiness and balance! The dots embody these traits.
 Opium by Damian Hirst, 2000
Also paired with the Hirst exhibition was Japanese artist Yayoyi Kusama, whose art is also full of polka dots. Kusama says “I love Damien Hirst, I respect his work a great deal and I am very happy that the polka dots that I started using (as a young girl) have become a symbol of love and peace around the world with everyone joining hands to use them together in this way.”
 Yayoyi Kusama 
 The Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life (2011)

Musing upon these works drew me to the influx of polka dot designs that have been permeating the fashion landscape lately - namely Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney. Marc Jacobs says, "A dot is timeless and a pattern I always love, and round shapes are always beautiful". Here is a compilation of some of my fave latest dotty looks.

Stella McCartney dots

Natalia Vodianova for Stella McCartney
Stephanie Seymour
Jane Fonda
Doutzen Kroes
 Katy Fogarty
 Kate Winslet
Olivia Wilde
Liv Tyler

Marc Jacobs dots
Marc Jacobs Spring 2012


 Rihanna and Scarlet Johannsen
Zooey Deschanel
  Marc Jacobs Dot perfume
Gucci Polka dot dress 

Little Beauties from Kate Sylvester


 See more Kate Sylvester here.

Dotty celeb looks
Zooey Deschanel
January Jones & Jessica Alba in Madewell sweater
 Alison Mosshart in dot print blazer
 Camilla Alves in Zac Posen 
Portia de Rossi in Zav Posen
 Ashley Olsen in vintage Dior
 Katy Perry in Wheels & Dollbaby
 Mollie King in Wheels & Dollbaby
Elizabeth Banks in Chadwick Bell
Dita Von Teese 


Isabelli Fontana in Dolce & Gabbana
Olivia Wilde in Gucci
 Ali Larter in Dolce & Gabbana
VB in Loewe shirt
 VB in Comme des Garçons trench
 Even baby Harper's rocking the dots
 Nikki Reed
 Olivia Palermo in Marc Jacobs
 Emma Stone in Luca Luca


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