Style Trial: Venera Arapu trompe l’oeil printed silk satin dress

Venera Arapu trompe

Venera Arapu trompe l’oeil printed silk satin dress, £292

The more we look at this, the more it messes with our minds, and makes us wonder if it’s kinda cool or kinda creepy. It’s like a designer version of one of those novelty “bikini body” aprons people sometimes wear in the kitchen, to “hilarious” effect, isn’t it? It’s also like looking at a model with four arms. Which is… interesting.

This dress is on the flimsy side as it is. Add in the “come hither” pose of the model (the one ON the dress, not the one IN the dress), and we have to wonder how you’d feel about wearing this. It’s definitely going to be an attention-getter, that’s for sure, but would you wear it? Do you like it? Is it a crime of fashion?

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  • January 8, 2013


    If I had money to burn, I would give it as a gag gift

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  • January 9, 2013


    It would look better if the straps on the tromp dress went over the shoulder, along with the straps on the real dress. It would fool the eye more, that’s for sure!

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  • January 10, 2013

    La Frivole

    This is a Romanian designer (I’m Romanian too) and when I first saw her stuff it struck me as spot on Fashion Police material, only I didn’t think anybody outside Romania knew about her. Well… I guess I was wrong and I ain’t proud of it, definitely crime of fashion in my book!

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  • January 11, 2013


    I count six hands – two on the front, two on the back, and two on the actual model. I vote creepy.

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