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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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Anatomic Tights
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
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
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
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
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
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
Curvy Figure Purses
Curvy Figure Purses
The Contour Canvas Bag by Molla Space is Slimming
If you’re too lazy to go on a diet, you could try the Contour Canvas Bag by Molla Space instead. This clever design has the picture of a well-fit women on the side that aligns perfectly with... MORE
Optical Illusion Collections
Optical Illusion Collections
The Jonathan Saunders Fall 2012 Pieces are Visually Texturized
Although spring is buzzing in the air, the release of the Jonathan Saunders Fall 2012 collection has already made viewers anxious for the coming autumn season. Tailored to suit the empowered working... MORE

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