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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Your Eyes Aren't Deceiving You (I'm Just This Good Looking)

One of my favorite things in the world is trompe-l'oeil. I may have suggested once that a trompe-l'oeil tattoo of a watch would be the coolest thing ever...unfortunately I couldn't decide on a significant time to permanently brand on my body and a wrist tattoo is difficult to hide.
This technique is all about creating the illusion of dimension. Just see these amazing chalk drawings by Julian Beever.
The runways are not immune to the beauty of this style either. From left to right we have Zac Posen, Viktor and Rolf, Gaultier, and my favorite Christian Dior.
And there are always the ubiquitous t-shirts. The stylish man on the right was snapped by the Sartorialist, his t-shirt is by Paul Frank.

34 comments:

MR style said...

in love them in art but in clothes it can be quite risky :!!! and unsensational

In Yr Fshn said...

What an interesting collection of photos... that last one is adorable. I like the idea of a watch tattoo but feel the same way about covering up the wrist. I decided to think about it for a couple of years and my deadline is approaching. It's hard to decide if it's worth not getting it...

Sarah said...

I love Julian Beever, I wish he would come do work on the streets of Boston.

Unrealized Fish said...

Omg, I was like "wtf?!" when I saw the pictures, but it's incredible..!

diamondcanopy said...

Wow those chalk drawings are amazing! I find that trompe-l'oeil really fun on clothes but i think there is a fine line between it working and looking a bit cheesy.

dlittlegarden said...

Fantastic! Thank you for sharing the Julian Beever works- I'd never heard of him.

I just bought these booties on sale at Urban Outfitters. They're not technically trompe l'oeil, but similar effect.... http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp;jsessionid=982B14173D3B84D295381D7A84B18274.app13-node3?itemdescription=true&itemCount=60&id=14142772&parentid=W_SHOES_SALE&sortProperties=+product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=357&navAction=poppushpush&color=

Secretista said...

This is pretty neat.

K.Line said...

I love the baby in the carrier picture - unbelievable! K

Belle said...

i remember those street pictures from my days stumbling upon the intarwebs! and that shirt was the reason i became obsessed with white shirts. Nice to see it again. =D

bigglassesgirl said...

I love the sailboat pond in the middle of the street. It sounds like a perfect gift invention for city children!

WendyB said...

I love trompe l'oeil! I'll post a photo of my trompe l'oeil t-shirt on my blog with a link to more for you.

WendyB said...

Okay, I take that back because you can't really see it in the photo. But it's by a brand called Insideout and you can see some of their pieces here:
http://www.aloharag.com/highseas/
dept.asp?s_id=0&dept_name=INSIDEOUT
&dept_id=4579&WT.svl=deptnav2

Jello on Springs said...

I found out about Julian Beever a few months ago and I thought his artwork was just amazing. Before seeing that picture on the Satorialist I contemplated getting that t-shirt for a friend of mine. They were selling it on fredflare at the time I believe.

indi said...

i have to agree trompe l'oeil is fascinating. i need some in my wardrobe.

coco said...

that t-shirt with the baby on is so funny!
great post!

coco said...

also i have finally linked you (I don't know why it has taken me so long - I'm so lazy with links) into my front row!

bronwyn said...

Those chalk drawings are amazing...I'd really like to see them in real life. I adore the sequined tuxedo dress with tie - pure fantasy.

Isa said...

those paintings are amazing, I don´t like the effect on clothing that much, though. I´d rather wear a real necklace than a shirt with such print on it.

another creative idea for a post, though!

hannah said...

i love the first zac posen, gorgeous.

and i think i need that baby t shirt. that is hilarious.

sridevi said...

Ah, my mom showed me those painting things a while ago! They're so cool!

Andy said...

wooow. this is amazing! the draws are just fantastic. really good idea, i love this post ! a lot !


Btw, i finally posted something new if you wanna check :-)

susie_bubble said...

I'm a trompe d'oeil obsessive... those drawings are freakily deceptive....

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I love all the collections they are amazing.
that tshirt with the baby made me laugh, I want it!

lara said...

the baby t-shirt is really funny :D I wouldn't wear it but it's great!!

Miss Woo said...

The man in the baby shirt must have a great sense of humour! Love it with the gold chain too..

Luna said...

I love your blog:)

the iron chic said...

My friend just got an amazing tattoo of a corsage on her wrist.
It goes all the way around and the underside of her wrist is the ribbon part.
Nice idea.

Cordie said...

the fourth dress embodies an amazing concept of las vegas glmour with a little french chic et al.....i looooove itt

Natasha said...

those are so cool! I like when clothes do this tongue in cheek, like the classic tuxedo tee.

Jamie said...

I love trompe-l'oeil too! It's that shock factor that gets me every time. Those chalk drawings are incredible! I really like the first one, with the little ship in the puddle. And the baby tee is hilarious!

Taida Celi said...

Great!

riz said...

i love the close up of the man's tee in the last pic on the right...

enc said...

I love it, too! Nice post.

ambika said...

That tee shirt is too funny.

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