The ever-popular polka dot once again lands itself a place on the list of top sartorial trends for summer, but, per usual, designers spun the repeated circles into something more whimsical. At Rodarte, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy flecked tiers of tulle with Swiss dots, lending a sweet edge to a saucy midriff-baring getup. Prada deconstructed polka dots on glossy coats, Blumarine sexed them up with lace and Carolina Herrera texturized them as blink-and-you’ll-miss-it itty-bitty sparkling specks converging to make larger spheres. Oversize spheres at Junya Watanabe echoed the iconic circular shapes found in Marimekko textiles—and, for good reason: The Finnish design house opened its fabric archives to Watanabe to peruse and use for his collection. With so much spotting on the runways, you’ll want to pick up your dotting tool and get to work! Follow guest artist Rose Velez’s lead by using ready-made circular embellishments, like Mylar or rhinestones, and affixing them in perfectly repeated patterns. Or, dot gel or polish onto the nail and then deconstruct the spots’ perfect shapes for a more modern rendition of the trend.
-Karie L. Frost
This article was first published in the August 2018 issue of NAILPRO