With the New Year approaching, most websites are busy churning out best-of and worst-of lists for 2013. This is surely a noble pursuit, as it is generally worthwhile to take stock of what we’ve collectively learned over the past 365 days in the fashion industry via the internet. Most other websites will have you covered in terms of dissecting the many trends of 2013 - from man skirts to all leather everything in July. So, we thought we’d take a slightly different approach here at TFL. We’ve chosen instead to cast our vote for the one style trend we’re praying stays in 2013. And that trend is …
Like everything that has gotten stale and played out before it, the first sightings of t-shirts riffing on wildly expensive designer clothing was unique and a certain amount of knowledge was required to “get” what the shirts were trying to say. It was a point of access to streetwear, fashion, etc., as long as you had done the requisite INTERNET FASHION research. Plus, it has roots that go way back in the streetwear and skateboarding worlds.
So, if you were in on this early, you not only copped major points, but you simultaneously let your classmates/co-workers/guy who works at the bodega know that not only were you up on high fashion, but were so far beyond it that you were actually dissecting the very notions of what it means to be high fashion on your t-shirt. But just kidding, your classmates were just super confused as to why you dropped $150 on a t-shirt that nobody understands in real life.
But, down the line, after witnessing elite designers throwing tantrums in public (Hedi Slimane and Colette), brothers suing each other over perhaps the worst entry in the field (What up Lichtenbergs. How awkward was your Thanksgiving this year? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS, HOMIES.), and your favorite designer’s favorite rapper shamelessly ripping off pre-existing parody tees (think: A$AP ROCKY, but he gets a semi-pass because there’s no way he even knew he was doing anything wrong). Oh and there have been enough corny “street style” shots featuring said parody tees to kill any trend ever anyway.
So, with that, can we please leave parody tees in 2013 and find a new way to all be subversive and unique together in the New Year?