Trick Your Eye With These Digital Prints

There's nothing like a good print to take a simple garment to the next level, but weaving and dyeing techniques are sometimes not as advanced as the minds who dream prints up. Now that some technologies have caught up with the most creative of designers, we've got digital prints at our disposal—fabrics which are printed with computers and lasers that create intricate designs. These super-sharp graphics can play tricks on the eye. 2D "textures" can mimic 3D fabrics, varying degrees of blur can mimic depth, and patterns can be as complicated as you can dream them up to be. Check out our digital print picks for the season: From a pair of reptilian leggings to an Ikat dress that isn't made with a loom, these are some digital prints that elevate the art of fashion.
Above, from left: Mara Hoffman Swimwear Modal Tank Dress in Kaleidoscope Digital Print Dress, $176, available at; Erdem spring '10 image via Erdem; Forever 21 Digital Silk Front Top, $13.80, available at Forever21; ASOS Digital Gemstone Slinky One Shoulder Dress, $93, available at ASOS
Above, from left: Mary Katrantzou, image via Mary Katrantzou; Ostwald Helgason Jaguar Butterfly Digital Print Dress, $65.95, available at ASOS; Nicholas Kirkwood Digital Leopard Bootie, $895, available at Kirna Zabete; Zimmermann Printed SIlk Cutout Dress, $320, available at Net-A-Porter; Alexander McQueen spring '10, image via Alexander McQueen.
Above, from left: Gucci Spring '10 Runway, image via Gucci; Markus Lupfer Digital Printed Leggings, $245, available at Opening Ceremony; Christopher Kane Midnight Cloud Print T-shirt, $265, available at Net-A-Porter; Vena Cava Swatch Top, $295, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.