What’s a designer to do when told to pair down and get back to basics? Do precisely that and wow their customers with innovative new staples. One route that appears to be gaining traction this upcoming season mimics the designs of the illusionary master, M.C Escher. This month’s cover of SOMA showcases a black and white checker print organza blouse by Alexander McQueen. This sophisticated style transitions sharp geometrics into softer organic shapes. We wonder if Ms. Winehouse has had an influence on this trend, as she’s sported this punk tank top for some time now. Be it bird silhouettes or leopard print, we love it when math merges with nature for tactile wear.