Trendwatch: Trompe L'Oeil

04/15/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

No, it’s not your eyes — these are fashion illusions. Translating to “trick the eye,” trompe l’oiel is a centuries old technique of making the 2-d look 3-d. Popular in design in the 70’s, the look is back with a vengeance for spring, showing up on stars like Julianne Moore, Scarlett Johansson and Lucy Liu. Their designer frocks are from Proenza Schouler, Louis Vuitton and Zac Posen, but don’t worry — we’ve got some ideas on how to get the look for less! Tell us: Is this a trend you’d try?

Try a trompe top from Tsumori Chisato, $230, at or this quirky t-shirt, $15, from

Just want a hint of trompe l’oeil? Try these adorable Roberta di Camerino wedges, $140, at or this little Anna Sui tank top, $34, at

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/WireImage; fame; Goff/INF

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Ava on

I have to agree with the first post – what 3-D? Just looks like very boring dresses. This is a trend I’ll give a skip.

KT from Cda on

I guess I just don’t see it.

design king on

Lucy Liu definitely looks the best! She is so fit.

Avery on

Scarlett, hunny – lose the tigths already. It’s Spring. Plus that dress with those tights are soo wrong together.

Rebecca on

I love Julianne Moore, but that dress isn’t doing anything for her. The other two are okay, but probably not something I would wear.

Gracie on

I very much like all these dresses….but what does 3d mean?

Ashley on

Lucy looks amazing as always. I guess I just don’t see the 3-d either. Weird.

j on

i’d try it. maybe. if it were flattering on me.

Elda on

i love Lucy’s outfit the best, hot mamasita!!

KT from Cda on

I keep on looking at these photos but I just don’t see it. I have a stigma so maybe that’s it. I’m glad that I’m not the only one!

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