I've got the polka dot version from last winter and while it's not quite as dark as the picture you were hoping for, it was definitely a nice deep indigo. There's definitely some variation on the fabric though, which may due to the dying process, I guess. Thinking about it, that might be why you think it may be a bit faded.
Just hit the report button in the PM, will probably be quicker
Yes, it's from the washing. The stars are not really white.
I'll stick to non-wash versions in the future.