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Trendwatch: Trompe L'Oeil

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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