For Fall 2011, viagra approved Riccardo Tisci ignited the viral fashion 2013 christopher kane graphic print t shirt riccardo tisci men runway trend shopping louis vuitton dries van notenGivenchy men’s runway with the instant classic Rottweiler print t-shirt, and for Spring 2013 the graphic t-shirt trend is still red hot. Make no mistake, this look is not for wallflowers. Inspired by a motley mix of hip hop, skate and graffiti culture influences, graphic t-shirts are a bold way to stand out in a crowd of crewnecks and cardigans. Sported by everyone from Kanye West to Rihanna, the aforementioned Givenchy Rottweiler t-shirt was an instant wait-list, anxiety inducing must-have for the fashion set and is still enthusiastically exchanged on eBay and rhapsodized on style blogs. Other high fashion houses, however, feel this dog has had its day and are clamoring to make the next coveted t-shirt print.

viral fashion 2013 christopher kane graphic print t shirt riccardo tisci men runway trend shopping louis vuitton dries van notenFor Spring 2013 menswear designers are wearing their influences on their shirt sleeves. At Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones, in his third season as men’s style director for the house, plays on the classic springtime nautical motif showing t-shirts with maritime tattoo-inspired graphics. Dries Van Noten reinterpreted camouflage for the urban soldier. The look is extra stark when paired with classic crisp summer whites as shown on the runway. The painter’s tools and temperament are Christopher Kane’s muse, with either a single violent brush stroke ripped across just the front of the t-shirt or a maniacal coup of color taking over the entire thing. And of course Tisci returns to the style he pioneered, this time examining one of his favorite inspirations, Catholicism, or as he said directly, “the cult of communion”. The Virgin Mary is scrawled at the front with a sense of punk rock urgency that bears comparison to a vigilante underground poster, like something out of George Orwell’s “1984”. Perhaps it is a literary allusion to Tisci’s Catholic upbringing: “Big Mother is watching you”?

So now it’s up to you to choose what kind of message you’d like to deliver. But remember this: wearing a graphic t-shirt will guarantee all eyes will be on you and your sense of style.

– Mac Smith