Comme des Garçons


Though I’m always wary of too much tricked-out fashion (the over-designed kind that screams ‘VICTIM!’), let it be said that these ii’s DO love a good trick every once in a while. And it appears that there were plenty of designers in the mood to turn them on the FALL 12 runways.


3.1 Phillip Lim

Marc Jacobs



































For Fall 2012, examples of trompe l’oeil ranged from the outrageous to the seriously sophisticated. Many designers used panels to create a visual affect that lent a slimming quality to the garment and, hence, to the woman’s figure. Often the illusion bordered on caricature. Regardless, all varieties were derivative of one word, ‘clever!’—give or take a few exclamation points.




Kevork Kiledjian



The Row


Elie Saab
































































































































Always on the lookout for an ironic twist, or something to satiate my voracious sense of humor, I certainly got an eye-full this season. So much so that my laugh lines were camped out overnight awaiting a glimpse of the next showing.

So, stay tuned! And expect to see more fashion trompe-l’oeil-ing through the streets soon.

All photos are from Fall 2012 designer collections @