Polka Dots or Parkas?

Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2011It is once again that time of year when we start debating what key pieces to invest in for the Autumn/Winter season. Polka dots first became popular on garments in the late nineteenth century and have been re-appearing on catwalks worldwide ever since. This coming season you can expect to see the polka dot reinvented in a range of different sizes, colours and distortions.


Paul Smith uses polka dots on his clean, sharp-cut tailored garments, David Koma uses larger vinyl spots on panels of leather, whilst Stella McCartney has created elegant circular sequins embroidered into a transparent tulle. Marc Jacob’s trademark across the past twenty years has been polka dots and this year he does not disappoint. Spots appear small and large across the majority of garments in his Autumn/Winter 2011 collection and even in three-dimensional forms on ponyskin sweaters.


For those of you looking for a more practical style, parkas are back next season. Designers appear to have been inspired by last years bitter winter and have created luxury parka coats to be worn with everything from casual wear to stylish evening wear. So rejoice! This winter keep warm without compromising your look.


John Paul Gaultier’s quilted black belted parka with copious amounts of fur trim make this garment a high contender for statement outerwear of the season. Moschino Cheap and Chic offer the most sleek, youthful, fresh parka with a voluminous fur hood. D&G present this seasons wildest parka, a sixties inspired blazing orange coat with fur cuffs and inner lining.


Wear both of these styles together this winter to stand out in the crowd.