Sunday, 13 March 2011

dot to dot

New seasons are always set to draw many a trend; either to be discarded in the the archives of fashion history or, if lightening strikes, to capture a moment in time and reflect an era of style.

As we dedicated followers of fashion WELL know; the spring/summer 2011 shows were awash with animated bombs of colour within kaleidoscope prints or ladders of stripes and surprisingly, the darker, colder autumn/winter seasons were able to maintain the vibrancy but with a brush of subtle and mature dignity. much loved digital textile prints and splashes of acidity are set to survive the elements with Jeremy Scott, Jonathan Saunders, Maria Grachvogel, Manish Arora and, of course, bfc/vogue fashion fund winner 2010; Erdem Moralioglu, to name a select few.

1980s power dressing also made a "fond" catwalk comeback with less of the tack and just enough structural tailoring (and plenty of bore if you're asking for my opinion but i'll try keep this as impartial as possible) Almost EVERY show of the coming season incorporated a sleek fitted suit or masculine overcoat to fulfill desires of work-wear sophistication.

HOWEVER, amidst explosions of feathers, asphyxiating furs, military chic, high profile antisemitc criminal activity and Lady Gaga, one trend prevailed to ultimately conquer a/w2011. So, without any further ado and unnecessary momental build-up,  it shall be my pleasure to announce to thee, which fabulous fashion movement has emerged from catwalk shows and spanned the globe to become accessible for all. drumroll plleeeaaaseeee........IT'S POLKADOTS!!!

Marc Jacobs was perhaps the first big name to pioneer the seasonal discovery within his collection of "sex shop meets insane asylum classics". Dashed upon a 1940s silhouette of pencil skirts and tightly strapped fascinators, Jacobs' take on the trend was favoured by raunchy materials such as latex, rubber and plastic.

Stella McCartney stepped out of her boring box (sorry) to climb the wall of concept and create beautiful feminine pieces with spots stategically sprinkled softly over sheer coverings for sumptuous sensuality

Miuccia Prada also jumped on the chicken-poxed bandwagon to stamp her quirky aesthetic upon the a/w catwalk. Oversized shavings of perspex sequins, resembling fish-scales, moved like glistening chandeliers , and offered a futuristic vision with retro shaping.

My favourite interpretation however, was that of David Koma who embraced the creative affection of japanese artist,  Yayoi Kusama, whose work challenged the idea of hallucinations and obssessive repitition to capture a haunting darkness fused with cinematic pop-art influence.

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