Recently, Priyanka Chopra wore a pair of polka-dot pants from ASOS at a film awards, Katrina Kaif wore a very Bobby-esque polka dotted knotted blouse and Kareena paired a pencil dotted top with a pair of denims. Kajol was spotted in a sheer polka dotted Sabyasachi sari and Vidya Balan opted for a black and gold silk polka dotted sari. Dots — whether polka, abstract or pencil — are classic and they were all the rage in the last two years, and summer of 2014 doesn’t see them going out too.
Geroge Clooney recently dandied on an artisanal cover of W magazine and Kate Middleton’s penchant for dotted dresses is well known. Two seasons ago, Louis Vuitton had collaborated with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s whose signature splash of dots on bags, sunglasses, shoes and coats had injected a new energy into the French luxury label.
Recently, Pero by Aneeth Arora showed her anti-fit baby doll dresses accessorised with polka dotted hair ribbons and red bindi dots on bare feet. What is it about dots and fashion that go so well together?
“I see polka dots and even abstract dots in fall 2013 and also spring and resort of 2014. They are versatile and make the best vintage statement with the current trend of high-waist trousers and cropped tops. You can easily clash them with other prints — you can be girly, vintage or rock with polka dots. However, don’t overdo it and if your body is on the plump side, then go for smaller dots. If you have a heavy chest then wear them on trousers,” says designer Nishka Lulla.
70s cinematic influence
“Polka dots were a big rage last year with brands like Zara, H&M, Bebe showing them and also a lot of international celebs wearing them. I don’t see them disappearing this year too. They are a classic print like tartans and stripes which never really go out of fashion. Dots are neither formal nor casual and exude a girly playfulness. I grew up watching films of ’70s and my impression of polka dots is a blouse worn by Dimple Kapadia in Bobby,” says designer Pria Kataaria Puri.
“Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and Dimple in Bobby are the first two visuals which come to mind when I think of polka dots. We’ve all grown up with a fascination for Mickey and Mini Mouse so it’s ingrained in us. Also, dots are the easiest motifs on the loom too,” says designer Shruti Sancheti.