The design is UPSIDE DOWN which I didn't realize at first, and honestly, it looks a little like fish scale. I really loved the gray/silver brocade they had a few years ago on this pant and wish they had done something more classy. I finally found a blue top to match and also wish the company would colour match their tops and bottoms. As well, ladies, they are not "tall" but I try to buy as many Reitman pants each year that are tall. This year was my smallest purchase. I really could only find two decent pairs (navy and black classic) as the straight leg design is NOT for tall women that have hips. I am getting a little worried about the store.