Lines, squares and geometric figures become repetitive patterns and play together with colors to create the illusion of movement. These are the key elements of Opt Art that, looking back at the modernity of 20’s Art Deco, was one of the most interesting artistic experience in the Sixties. The success was immediate, and so the first connections with fashion, with optical dresses so similar to the paintings appeared.
Today, following the 60’s revival, fashion designers such as Dsquared2, Sportmax, Michael Kors, Valentino and Prada, propose all kind of geometric illusions in their collections, using stripes and motifs with a very contemporary approach.
Not only black and white, the classical optical duo, but also color block effect and mix of different colors and patterns, all together. The secret to have a subtle look is to match the prints with more sophisticated accessories in plain color, giving importance to refined details.
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The first artistic movement that studied the effect of lines crossing and designs based on the black and white opposition was Art Deco. Applied to fashion pieces, the result is really stylish and chic, specially mixing retro style with clean silhouettes and modern accessories with an artistic touch.
Embossed jersey wool blend coat by Dsquared2, Sleeveless striped sheath dress by Neil Barrett, Embellished wool necklace by Paolo Fiorillo Capri, Bow-Cut bag by Givenchy, Suede boots by Roberto Festa.
At the beginning it was only a dual mix, but now the most innovative optical outfits use black, white and dark blue to give life to uncommon combinations of colored stripes. Conceptual design that wants geometrical lines and color blocks sweetened by a bit of softness in the use of precious materials as fur and velvet.
Selce striped coat by Sportmax, Colour block crop T-shirt by Tara Jarmon, Optical print pleated skirt by Michael Kors, Ribbons detailed fur neck by Blugirl, Cross body Atlantic bag by Bottega Veneta, Lavinia Veronica sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti.
Sometimes it might appear strange and difficult to mix and match so many different colors and prints, but using the right accessories and palette, and it’s all fixed. Playing with red, brown and pink geometrical patterns, the black of accessories and details can become the link between all these elements for a truly chic and creative outfit.
Patchwork jacquard coat by Valentino Red, Striped silk slim shirt by Equipment, Gabardine wool trousers by Prada, Supreme reversible belt by Gucci, Small bucket bag by Dolce & Gabbana, Heeled lace-ups by Paloma Barcelò.