Somewhere in fashion stratosphere, someone has decided that dots are du jour. Round in shape, joyous in spirit, the polka dot is an offbeat, emphatic motif that ends and transcends, and Marc Jacobs cleverly captures all that dottimania in a lush, juicy floral scent encased in a transparent red glass orb topped off with a giant, over-sized butterfly cap.


Having tried and tested quite a few perfumes of late (spritz into the air, walk into the mist, live in its heady haze for a few days, you get the idea…), I’m finding that I rather enjoy being the amateur perfumista (i.e. getting used living in a haze of different scents in different seasons and the emotions they evoke). DOT’s a pretty straight forward one, save for its slightly, very faint hint of feminine sensuality in the form of vanilla, driftwood and musk as its base.

Other than that, it’s happy and vivacious, and doesn’t need or pretend to be anything other than what it is. It’s top note captivates with a delectable blend of red berries, dragon fruit and honeysuckle, with jasmine, coconut water and orange blossom as its heart.

The advertising campaign was shot in the Maldives, featuring a very young, fresh-faced Codie Young, who, in my opinion, embodies the upbeat spirit of the scent, not unlike Marc Jacobs’ previous ingénue perfume muses.

As for me, the DOT bottle in all its black and red, pearl embellished butterfly glory is sitting prettily among the other flacons and scents I have amassed, lending its happy, unpretentious, offbeat summery appeal.

Available at all leading multi-label perfume stores as well as at the Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs boutiques, the 50ML Eau de Parfum is retailing at S$125.

Images: Marc Jacobs