Trompe-L’Oeil is an old art technique that involves extremely realistic imagery to create an optical illusion and makes objects appear three-dimensional instead of being simply a two-dimensional painting. In the modern world of fashion this trick has been used on many occasions. My latest favorites are the Ballerina Tights from Chanel:
This simple sheer stocking incorporates a matte criss-cross weave that is reminiscent of traditional Spanish lace-up espadrilles.
The following four breathtaking images, taken by legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, showcase the same product in black:
The idea of something that is very flattering and yet easy to wear (ever tried keeping those espadrilles' lacing in place?) is liberating!
Another similar find are these provocative Black Mock Garter Stockings by the British-based House of Holland, available at Seven New York:
Seductive, but comfortable, these tights give enough freedom to move around and not be afraid to lose your nylons.