Darren Kennedy: Dotty for dots - playful prints are back in fashion
The playful print is back in fashion
Not quite in the itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini camp, and not a Spanish flamenco dancer either. Still, polka dots do have a universal, timeless appeal. For Spring/Summer the print featured in abundance on the international runways.
In Milan, at Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Marni and Prada, the quintessential bella donna in a 1950s-style dotty dress was the reigning pin-up. For Hedi Slimane's debut for Celine, an ultra-short polka dot mini with a colossal bow gave his die-hard nu-goth fan club something to dream about. Elsewhere, at Carolina Herrera there was a divine two-piece with mix-and-match black and white polka dots, and at Jacquemus a low-cut maxi shirt dress with miniature black spots could take anyone from beach to bar.
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Emerging style star Laura Harrier showed that taking the maximalist route with your polka dot outfit can work. For the recent CFDA awards the actress was dressed by emerging designer nominee Cate Holstein of the brand Khaite NY. She wore a red and black gown in voluminous tulle, with a tiered skirt, puffy sleeves and high neckline. With the addition of a belt and a tousled ponytail, Harrier made the look entirely her own.
One for the boys
Granted, it's not the most glamorous of self-care topics to talk about - but it's a necessary one. As they are generally hidden away during colder months, we tend to neglect looking after our feet. Come summer time, it's not as easy. Between being barefoot on beaches and donning lighter shoes, your feet are going to be getting a lot more attention. For some TLC, soak them in a tub of warm water for five minutes and exfoliate heels and rough spots using a pumice stone. Keep nails trim and neat using toe-nail clippers and reward your over-walked soles with a generous slather of moisturiser. Repeat once a week because I promise: there's no fresher feeling in the world than this grooming ritual.
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Polka dots aren't exactly an understated print. If you want to dip your toe into the trend, a retro headband is a fun way to jazz up your look. Similarly, keep an eye out for quirky, dotty bags or slip-on mules, which can add an interesting element to a monochromatic outfit. If a dress feels like too much, tone down a polka dot midi skirt by teaming it with a simple knit tank top or a crisp white shirt.
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