Down to a T

The hum­ble T-shirt goes chic

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Paco Ra­banne re­sort 2019. Dan Ahwa Hel­mut Lang T-shirt, from Work­shop. Vic­to­ria Beck­ham 10th an­niver­sary T- shirt Kow­tow x Mi­rador T- shirt Christopher Kane T-shirt, about from Net-a-Porter

As streetwear be­comes ubiq­ui­tous sev­eral lux­ury brands are re­pur­pos­ing the T-shirt as an easy, en­try-level item. Re­tail­ers and de­sign­ers have re­worked it by us­ing ir­rev­er­ent prints, pos­i­tive slo­gans and flour­ishes of pop cul­ture nos­tal­gia. Lo­cal stal­wart Nom*D has reis­sued its pop­u­lar Comic tee, a cult favourite and avail­able in a range of colour­ways, pro­vid­ing the per­fect con­trast to a floaty sum­mer skirt or a part­ner to a pair of blue jeans. The T-shirt has long been used as a quick­fire way to get a mes­sage across, from Katharine Ham­nett’s in­flu­en­tial po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist slo­gans em­bla­zoned on T-shirts dur­ing the 80s to Frank Ocean’s an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion T-shirt fea­tur­ing the words “Why be racist, sex­ist, ho­mo­pho­bic, or trans­pho­bic when you could just be quiet?”. But a well-se­lected T-shirt also of­fers up cues about your per­son­al­ity with­out hav­ing to ut­ter a word, from art-in­spired prints, band T-shirts (only wear these if you re­ally love the band), or your sense of hu­mour – like Vic­to­ria Beck­ham’s 10th an­niver­sary print T-shirts fea­tur­ing Posh Spice stuck in­side one of her own shop­ping bags. $329, $219. $129. $377,

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