|Dolce and Gabbana AW 2010|
|Dolce and Gabanna AW 2010|
So fixated was I on all the sumptuous lace pieces and slinky tuxedo jackets emerging from Dolce and Gabbana's collection this season that this fun combination they worked on the catwalk completely passed me by. That is until I opened up this month's Harper's Bazaar and saw this spread. Who would have thought that leopard spots and polka dots could work so well together? I'm quite taken! I even found two items in the wardrobe that might fit the bill.
Courtney from Beauty and the Recession was recently musing from across the pond that in her efforts to combine new items from her wardrobe without repeating she inadvertently combined stripes and florals. She wanted to know who does that kind of thing. It got me thinking about working prints on prints as a look, because lets face it - it is difficult.
But I'll tell you Courtney who does that kind of thing regularly - Londoners!
I myself tend to shy away from the whole clashing prints thing generally when getting dressed. It's not that I don't want to try it, I just wouldn't know where to start. It is a strong style statement which I note many a London fashion obsessed teenager works daily in this city with ease and aplomb. They cast my shades of grey and black jersey into dreary shadow as they run rings around me in Topshop in combinations of the most jarring colours and prints imaginable. And most of the time they look quirky, modern, fun and fresh.
Now Harper's has kindly pointed out two items of clothing in my wardrobe in prints that might clash fashionably together this season if I want an outfit option that is diametrically opposite to an all black one. There is something inherently Italian donna about both these prints with the polka dot representing the demure and the ladylike, while the leopard is all about her racier side. That someone should think of throwing them together is a testimony to the wit of Dolce and Gabbana.
Now all I have to do is convert this flowing flamenco frilled polka dot skirt into a pencil skirt!
Polka dot skirt by Fenn Wright and Manson
Leopard Print Blouse by Topshop