The polka dot pattern regardless of if it’s little, big, or irregularly shaped always adds a whimsical element to a style. They instantly make us happy and take notice without any premeditation. Upon slipping on a style adorned with polka dots one feels more youthful and jovial. These emotions are not surprising as the term “polka” comes from a Central European dance and genre of music that was very popular in the mid 1800’s. Due to the popularity of the dance, the textile circular “dot” pattern would start to be used by Flamenco dancers and performers which would inspire Balenciaga to use polka dots in his 1964 Spring collection. The polka dots would start to be seen in haberdashery, on scarves and blouses and would eventually become popular in the competitive sports arena. Dusty Rhoades, a wrestler from the 1980′s wore yellow polka dot outfits (see image below) while wrestling during his time in the WWF. Men’s fashion would see the trend of athletic leaders wearing polka dots also in cycling, in a portion of the Tour de France competition, the winner of the “King of the Mountains” is given an official red polka dot jersey.
In music most of us are familiar with famous novelty classics such as Polka Dots and Moonbeams from the 1940’s written by Jimmy Van Heusen and once recorded by the legendary Frank Sinatra. It also happens to be the name of a popular West Hollywood, CA boutique on 3rd Ave. The Summer Classic from the 1960’s Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss is also well known due to the dot print. Randy Rhoads a famous guitarist of the late 1970′s and early 1980′s that played with Ozzy Osbourne oftentimes embellished his guitars, and one of the most notable ones was adorned with white polka dots on a black background. Randy Rhoads was also well known for designing the Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar famous for it’s unique shape.
Our modern day fashion enthusiast may be most familiar with the usage of polka dots from Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera women’s collection of the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Carolina Herrera would also debut her popular perfume for both men and women with the polka dot print on the boxes. Polka Dots would pop-up all over Europe, UK and US again around 2006 being used primarily in bottoms this time with the pencil skirt seeing a lot of polka dots in various sizes. They were also seen again in various patterns and sizes in haberdashery, dresses, scarves and blouses during this time. This season we see a resurgence of the polka dot textile mainly on the red carpet at this year’s Billboard Awards, amongst many other events. However, we are going to see the continuation of the trend for FW2013 collections in contemporary fashion. Polka dots will be popping up literary everywhere this Fall from scarves, bow ties, to blouses and monochromatically over mesh in day tops, dresses and pants.
We are fortunate at Haus of Chic to get all of our designer collections a season before they make it to your favorite specialty boutiques and department stores. As we opened the Rachel Sin Collection our hearts raced as each piece was designed with so much precision and in perfect form- from the body con dress silhouettes, to the vibrant color polka dot blouses coupled with body flattering fabrications we were in lust and love simultaneously. Rachel Sin, is based in Toronto, Canada and formerly worked as an accomplished architect, so her collection is as polished and structured as the buildings she created in the past but with a wearable femininity and sophistication that is mastered through her design craftsmanship. The overall aesthetic of the collection is “Geek Chic” which is a theme that can be seen throughout the whimsical details in the designs. Check out the polka dot trend from her Fall/Winter collection. She plays with the theme by using youthful ladybugs on the Bow Tie mint blouse opposed to the normal circular dots. The usage of irregular circles is also seen in some of the styles. The dresses are to die for with normal shaped circular polka dots popping up over mesh in body contouring perfection. It is hard to choose a favorite but I love the “Ambriel” dress, but I may be a little biased as it was named after me. In addition, to polka dots Rachel’s full FW2013 collection is infused with warm solid colors such as emerald and orange with black and white added for balance. The collection also features unique day tops such as the cape blouse, zippered leggings and color block dresses with body flattering symmetry. The collection offers many options outside of polka dots, but we are happy Rachel Sin decided to add this timeless trend to her FW2013 collection. Which polka dot look do you want in your wardrobe this upcoming season? Please contact email@example.com for where to shop for the Rachel Sin Collection.
ON THE RED CARPET
POLKA DOTS IN MUSIC & SPORTS