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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enigma on

These dresses are a poor example of “Trompe L’Oeil”…from an artist’s “trained eye” point of view….

A better example of Trompe L’Oeil, in the fashion world would be, when Sports Illustrated did the painted body suits a few years back…remember those?? those were really cool and the only issue of SI I have ever purchased because of the art value of it all….

Well, that is the visual definition of “Trompe L’Oeil” which in french means “make believe”.

Anyway, in painting, it’s a hard techinque to master and takes tons of time but, when you “get it” it’s not soo bad when you sit down and paint. The effect is wonderful. I commend those that have the patience to do it!!!


enigma on

Hey Gracie,

3d is short for Three Dimensional.

3d or Three dimensional definition is, #1. a). of or having three dimensions b). appearing to have depth or thickness in addition to height and width. #2. having a convincing or lifelike quality.

Well, I hope that helps you out a bit more!!


enigma on

I promise I won’t write anymore on the subject after this, but, here is “The Artist’s Handbook” definition…

Trompe L’oeil, Illusionistic painting that deceives the observer into thinking the objects depicted are real.

Krista on

yes, esp since Scarlett is sporting it. I LOVE HER. She is so glamorous and fashionable. Of course, im a TRYsexual… I’ll try anything once

Julianne on

Wow! I think Lucy Liu looks great!

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