Fashion Week in New York City began a few days back, and the big designers trotted out their lines for the Fall 2011 season.
Normally, I don't pay much attention to high-fashion news, other than to occasionally watch "Project Runway" with Lovely Daughter #2.
But I heard or read that polka dots were big news this time, and so I took a look. Seems like Marc Jacobs is leading the charge. Here are some of his dotty inspirations:
Okay, the hat's a bit of a reach, but the tights are cute.
I could totally wear the blouse or the small-scale dotted hose, both above. I'll leave bolero jacket and skirt to somebody else.
This outfit, above, makes me smile. It reminds me of Disney's "101 Dalmations."
I love that the polka dots on the hat above are actually buttons.
There is nothing about this outfit, above, that I'd wear--except for maybe the hosiery. But that coin-dot skirt is genius, nonetheless.
(All the Marc Jacobs creations, above, were photographed by Scott Schuman, the brilliant fashion photographer and blogger behind "The Sartorialist.")
If you find these a little extreme, don't worry! The nutty stuff on the runways just means that soon it will be easier to find polka-dot fashions for the rest of us. Whether you like your dots silly, saccharine, ladylike, or avant-garde, there will be polka dots enough for all.
Me, I'm loving this top for spring:
Nice that she's wearing it with dark-wash jeans, my uniform of choice.
Lovely Daughter #1 tipped me off to these adorable, dotty shoes:
The apple-shaped clasps are so unusual. As is the heel--somewhere between a classic pump and a kitten. They are darling for a mid-20-something, but for me, I prefer these beauties, below:
And for Lovely Daughter #2, I'm guessing these would thrill her to bits, because she loves sky-high heels and can never resist a peep toe:
Since all fashion shows seem to end with a bridal look, here's a polka-dot gown for you: