You think attending fashion shows does not present any danger to your eyes? Think again! Bright neon-colored hair and shoes, all sorts of prints and optical patterns? Your eyes both love them and hate them! Lines and optical patterns can make you feel quite confident in dresses and the opposite. It’s a well-known fact that vertical lines tend to make you look slimmer, and the horizontal ones have the opposite effect. According to the fall 2014 print trends, optical patterns are very fashionable, mesmerizing and one-of-a-kind. So why not plunge into this fab and kind of “dizzy” trend this fall?
When we talk about optical patterns on clothes, we can’t but mention Marc Jacobs, the man who is deservedly considered to be one of the popularizers of the trend. The Parisian show that he staged for Louis Vuitton a couple of years ago was something to remember. The famous show with escalators made many people cry: some of them cried because of joy and delight (something that happens quite often at Marc Jacobs shows) and others cried, well, because everything was too bright and their eyes just couldn’t handle the abundance of colors and patterns. The models stood on the escalator steps and moved up and down, wearing patterns made of black, white, burgundy and yellow squares of different sizes. It was crazy! Many other labels such as Michael Kors, Sportmax, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada supported Jacobs’s idea and presented their own share of dresses with vertical stripes, checkered and dotted patterns for the new cold season.
If we go a little bit further into the history of Op Art (the visual art that uses optical illusions), the name Victor Vasarely is sure to pop several times. One of Vasarely’s paintings called Zebra is one of the earliest examples of Op Art. The movement became more popular during the 1960s and it has never been as popular as it is today, although today much more attention is paid to modern technology. The dresses presented by Christopher Cane similar to those 3D computer models, are one of the key items of this fall. We can easily add the pixel patterns by Peter Pilotto, electronic neon flashes on square Alexander Wang dresses or Balmain outfits to this collection.
Some designers prefer to stay true to traditional patterns, others try to innovate and perfect them, making them their own. Dries Van Noten’s psychedelic stripes twist and turn on dresses and appear in acid colors on the chests of models. Bottega Veneta dresses seem to abide to all the laws of geometry and it is not surprising that Thomas Mayer has prepared the same ideally geometric ad campaign starring Eddie Campbell for the collection.
Optical illusions are generally difficult to perceive in motion: we need several seconds to see and realize that the size of the rings, surrounded by strips of different widths do not differ, and what seems to be a spiral is actually a pattern made of several circles inscribed into each other. If you want to lose all sense of time, try staring at a black-and-white heart print for a little longer.
Trends in fashion come and go, but optical patterns are something that have been here for a while and we believe they will stay that way for years to come. Whether that makes you happy or not is something you need to decide for yourself!
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