Trendspotting: Paint it Black

Tired of doodling on paper or the soles of your Converse? How about your arm? Your thigh? Your chest? Rodarte kicked off the body art trend in New Yor
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Tired of doodling on paper or the soles of your Converse? How about your arm? Your thigh? Your chest? Rodarte kicked off the body art trend in New Yor

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Tired of doodling on paper or the soles of your Converse? How about your arm? Your thigh? Your chest? Rodarte kicked off the body art trend in New York, covering their models with Sharpied tribal shapes to complement their primitive, deconstructed collection. James Kaliardos pulled from a variety of inspirations to come up with the black curvilinear designs that ended up the perfect armor for Rodarte's futuristic warrior girls.

In Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier's models were painted with their names in large, gothic typeface giving the collection even more attitude. (Also great if you're still having problems identifying the new girls.) At Chanel, there was a daintier, and infinitely more wearable, approach. Heidi, Freja, Lara and co. were decorated with temporary chain tattoos on their wrists and thighs. While the wrist tattoos had that air of comedy and kitsch that Karl loves so much, I thought the thigh tattoos were a little too racy and distracting for the light and lovely collection, but maybe that's just me. Will temporary tats translate well in real life? Judging from the hour long wait for Mulberry hearts at their London fête, yes. Instead of toughening up your cocktail dress with a pair of booties, maybe your boyfriend should be drawing on your arm.