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August 06, 2011  | by: Svenja van den Woldenberg

Polka Dots on the Runway

Since the late nineteenth century, the polka dot pattern has survived as a fashion trademark, whether in a fun summer dress, a yellow polka dot bikini or a fashionable cocktail dress, and this fall is no exception, in fact it might be the biggest polka dot season ever.

Diane von Furstenberg presented her 2011 Fall Collection with a multitude of these cute little spots this summer, incorporating the sheer cloth trend and the trend towards bright, neon colors that most fall collections have showcased, but she seems to be the only one bold enough to pull all three elements together.

Of course von Furstenberg was not the only one who decided to revamp this old favorite. L.A.M.B. presented a beautiful flowing, sheer black dress, sleeveless, with large and small white polka dots. Gucci presented a similar idea, sticking only with small white polka dots on a sheer black dress, adding long sheer sleeves and a large white bow at the collar.

Several other designers presented shorter black dresses and incorporated some other fall trends. Lanvin flattered his runway model with a white polka dotted, black shoulder-free cocktail dress that accented the left arm with an evening-glove-length sleeve, half covered by a black leather glove. Leather, like the polka dot, has also been prominent in many fall designs.

After the parade of black dresses, Christian Dior’s refreshing, soft strawberry red dress with uniform, pink and gold polka dots, and a small bow at the collar, was a more than welcome change. David Koma was the only other designer, besides Dior and von Furstenberg, that used a little more color with his design.  He added a fluffy, neon blue on the left and right sides of the jacket his model was wearing.

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