SPOT ON! This Autumn the fashion pack"s going dotty…

SPOT ON!This Autumn the fashion pack's going dotty…



23:47 GMT, 26 August 2012

When Planet Fashion falls in love, it falls hard. A tiny detail, a certain shade or cut of fabric goes — almost overnight — from being something innocuous and unnoticed to being absolutely everywhere.
We’ve seen it with stripes, of course. For the past four years at least, there is not a woman in the land — from 16 to 66 — who has not fallen under the Breton spell.

Walk out your door and you won’t take more than a dozen steps before you come across someone sporting a stripy top. Usually with the equally ubiquitous skinny jeans and ballet pumps.

But there is a new crush on the horizon — and it’s so huge that for the first time in its history, Selfridges has devoted every one of its 24 windows to it. Yes, the fashion world has gone quite dotty.

Alexa Chung

Kelly Brook

On the dot: Alexa Chung (left) and Kelly Brook

Last week the London department store unveiled its pop-up shop, celebrating the collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

The 83-year-old artist, whose work was celebrated in a recent Tate Modern exhibition, is famous for her use of spots. She has covered whole rooms in dots and once described herself as ‘a dot lost among a million other dots’.

Marc Jacobs, the head of Louis Vuitton, has incorporated Kusama’s bold, messy spots in a capsule collection for the French fashion house. Expect big spots, small spots, monochrome spots, multicoloured spots. Even the famous Louis Vuitton monogram has been replaced with spots.


The polka dot first came into fashion in the 1850s, coinciding with the popularity of the polka dance

The collection marks the beginning of
dot-mania. Celebs are already in on the trend. Rihanna, Gwen Stefani,
Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung have all been photographed in spots this
summer — be it dotty blouses, dresses or jeans.

Lady Gaga, refusing to be outdone by anyone, modelled a more eccentric
take on the trend by matching a yellow spotty collar with an exact
replica on her pet pooch.

Even Victoria Beckham, a woman who can barely break a smile, looks as though she’s had fun sprinkling herself in eye-popping black dots.

So what’s new about this latest peppering of spots Well, first, the name. To be precise — and on trend — you need to call them spots, not polka dots.

The humble polka dot, with its
conservative regularity and tiny repetitions, are a tired cousin to the
latest wave of designer — and High Street — spots.

Gwen Stefani

Cheryl Cole

Victoria Beckham

Doing the polka! From left, Gwen Stefani, Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham

Where the polka dot revelled in navy
and white, today’s spots have panache and vigour: they spray clothes in
bold colour combinations and prove that large irregular repeats can be
surprisingly flattering.

Miu Miu, spots come in abstract, shiny concentric designs that made
kaleidoscopes out of royal blues and rich purples. Even the models’
eyebrows were replaced with graphic Sixties splodges painted on in
turquoise and white.

at cool Brit design house, J W Anderson, it was spotmania. Taking a cue
from summer’s trend for top-to-toe denim, it showed all-over spotty
riots that were not for the faint-hearted, but which looked super cute.

the notoriously conservative Giorgio Armani even went for candy spots
at his more affordable Emporio line. One of the best in his show was a
dark blue overcoat punctuated with candy- coloured cartoon circles.

This trend is about having fun — and nothing says unbridled joy like a cacophony of multicoloured Smarties all down your front. So how can you make these spots work in real life

The point (no pun intended) is to incorporate spots into your usual wardrobe. If you like to have fun with your accessories, pick spotty shoes or a bag ( have fun back-to-school spotty satchels, 91). If you want to make your workwear on trend, then how about a Betty Draper-inspired dotty frock Affordable High Street newcomer, A-wear, has some lovely ones (from 25.99).

If you’re ready for some real Kusama spirit, but can’t afford Louis Vuitton prices, then try playing with scale and colour. An oversized spotty print on a dress can look fabulous with tiny freckled shoes or a bag.

Or experiment with wearing one spotty colourway — monochrome, or red and white, for example — from head to toe.

It isn’t often that the fashion world drops its poker face and has a good time. So join the potty, dotty, spotty bandwagon and learn to inject a bit of fun into your late-summer wardrobe.