Illusory Couture

Designers apply stunning visual effects to clothing
Implications - Graphic prints have always been beloved by the fashion masses, and now, more designers are taking graphics to the next level with eye-catching visual effects and illusions. Some are over-the-top and bizarre, while other designs showcase subtle optical illusions that are wearable for the day-to-day. This kind of trompe l'oeil design, which was popularized by Italian fashion designer Elsa Shiaparelli in the late '20s and early '30s, is making its way onto everything from leggings to full pantsuits, giving fashionistas another way to stand out and make a style statement.
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Hot Top 6 Examples: 151,110 Total Clicks Feb 12 - Jun 12
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Anatomic Tights - Black Milk Clothing Makes You Look Ripped
SCORE: 7.3
Viral 77,580 Clicks Pub: Feb 19, 12
Anatomic Tights
Black Milk Clothing Makes You Look Ripped
Shed that skin and show off those muscles with these leggings from Black Milk Clothing. These skin-tight leg-covers are an anatomical representation of the muscles that make up one's lower half. If you're… [More]
Funky Fish Tights - These Yosif Perez Leggings are Nautical
SCORE: 6.5
V. Hot 30,531 Clicks Pub: Apr 7, 12
Funky Fish Tights
These Yosif Perez Leggings are Nautical
Israeli fashion designer Yosif Perez recently came up with some fishy legging designs. Leggings are often an afterthought to more prominent features of one’s outfit, but even the most... [More]
Illusion-Inducing Catwalks - The JW Anderson Fall/Winter Offers Snowbound Geometrics
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Hot 10,558 Clicks Pub: Feb 26, 12
Illusion-Inducing Catwalks
The JW Anderson Fall/Winter 2012 Offers Snowbound Geometrics
Inspired by seventies mod, the new JW Anderson Fall/Winter 2012 collection, which was recently presented at London Fashion Week, showcased a diverse collection of contemporary sportswear in it latest showing.… [More]
Groin Anatomy Leggings - Bas Kosters Studio Presents Some Interesting Pants
SCORE: 5.8
Warm 8,554 Clicks Pub: Apr 15, 12
Groin Anatomy Leggings
Bas Kosters Studio Presents Some Interesting Pants
Bas Kosters Studio took the question ‘Is That A C*ck or Your Legs?’ and turned into a real product. These leggings are covered in a sea of endless shafts. Groovy eh? From far away the... [More]
Camouflaged Couture Captures - The Masha Reva 'Merging' Collection is Flamboyantly Concealed
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Warm 3,359 Clicks Pub: Jun 10, 12
Camouflaged Couture Captures
The Masha Reva 'Merging' Collection is Flamboyantly Concealed
The Masha Reva ‘Merging’ collection is breathtaking and beautifully camouflaged. The collection captures the relationship between the natural and artifice. In a world of over-information,... [More]
Locked and Loaded Leggings - These Machine Gun Stockings are Fierce and Ready to Fire
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Warm 20,528 Clicks Pub: May 13, 12
Locked and Loaded Leggings
These Machine Gun Stockings are Fierce and Ready to Fire
Illusionary tights are all the rage this season, and these machine gun stockings will have you dangerously prepared to kill it on the catwalk. The sheer tights feature a line art drawing of a heavy... [More]