Gaga and June need to make a reality show immediately
When asked to name Lady Gaga’s style inspirations, you might list Madonna (although you wouldn’t say it to her face), Isabella Blow, Donatella Versace, or perhaps her local butcher Bill. But, now you can add our very own EastEnders star June Brown (who plays Dot Cotton/Branning) to the list.
On The Graham Norton Show this week, Gaga shares the sofa with June and confesses, ‘I am a really big fan of yours. You are so fabulously dressed. I am honoured to be sitting next to you’.
Now, Gaga is admittedly a bit of an odd fish – there’s the crawling around on all fours on Saturday night prime-time TV, the propensity to de-robe at any given moment and of course the exuberant dress sense (though, we agree, why not have a dress that looks like a perspex bubble bath if you can?)
However, the Gaga one may have hit upon something with her tribute to Walford’s lady of the laundrette because, even if she was talking about June, we’ve long thought her alter ego Dot is a real trendsetter. Her penchant for twin sets, pencil skirts and pearl necklaces is also particularly apt this season with designers from Simone Rocha to Dolce & Gabbana and Prada paying tribute to the lady-like silhouette.
Plus, with the fashion front row opting for low block heels in place of vertigo-inducing stilettos and mid-calf length pleated skirts instead of the sexy mini, there’s no doubt granny chic is having a moment.
So, here’s five reasons why we’re channelling Dot Cotton’s inimitable style this season.
1. She could show J Crew a thing or two about clashing prints
The woman is a master at clashing prints. She loves a 70s retro pattern and she’s not afraid to mix it up with a little gingham. Jenna Lyons and Olivia Palermo learnt it all from Dot, you know.
2. Occasion dressing is her forte
Give Dot an Albert Square wedding or funeral (much the same thing – both involve tears, Mitchell faamily fights and the axing of tedious characters) and she’s in her element. She’s the queen of the hatinator, particularly the pill box style, and a well placed faux-fur.
3. She knows the value of a classic overcoat
Bianca may run around in her metallic puffa and Alfie might persist with that awful, cheap looking leather trench that makes us feel a little queasy, but Dot rises above it all with her classic camel single-breasted coat. Accessorised with a vintage brooch, it brings an air of sophistication to the seething mass of polyster and pleather that is the EastEnders wardrobe department.
4. She’s not afraid of girly pink
Some ladies of a certain age tend to shy away from the more girly shades like pink and prefer to fade away in beige and off-grey. Not Dot. She has always embraced the pink trend – she favours fuschia, in case you wondered.
5. She knows a statement necklace finishes any outfit
When we were still negotiating the minefield that was 90s sportswear – the shell suits and platform trainers – Dot was already sporting the fashion pack’s favourite trend du jour: the statement necklace. As Dot shows us time and time again, a simple strand of pearls or coloured stones will finish off any twin-set/knitted pencil skirt combo to perfection.