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.

CONVERSATION

34 comments:

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

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  2. 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...

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

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

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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=

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

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  8. 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

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

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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

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  12. 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.

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

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

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  15. 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!

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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!

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  18. i love the first zac posen, gorgeous.

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

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

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  20. 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 :-)

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

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

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

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

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  25. 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.

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

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

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  28. 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!

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

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