The Polka Dot Comes Full Circle
As we launch our Cruise 2016 collection, in which polka dots are one of the key patterns, we couldn't help but notice the enduring appeal of dots. From the days of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, polka-dots have been a symbol of femininity (read: a bit girlie). As time went by, they evolved thanks to designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons (bold pink and red cover-up, second left) and the house of Balmain (bottom left). In art, some of the biggest names such as Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama gave dots a new vibe with their wildly popular multicolour Spots paintings (centre and below) and red and white dot patterned works (top and centre right) respectively.
Simple yet stylish, polka dots remain fun, lighthearted and carefree. For Cruise 2016, we made them oversized and featured a pattern where one has playfully fallen out of the grid for a directional take on the traditional polka-dot print. Playful, feminine (but not quite girlie).