On 28th May 2009 Topman will launch the fourth in a series of projects which invites a handful of designers to create their ideal version of a staple wardrobe piece.
This season sees the humble t-shirt reworked by designers Richard Chai, Phillip Lim, Christopher Shannon, Juun J, JW Anderson and Henry Holland alongside Topman Design.
Phillip Lim: The US designer famed for classic designs, takes inspiration from Asia using origami style folded pleats to create a bib front t-shirt design, a leisurewear piece that has transpired from a tailored shirt design.
Richard Chai: New York based designer has gained cult following as part of a new wave of American menswear designers. Chai keeps the design simple using asymmetrical patchwork shapes to create a simple yet effective t-shirt design.
Juun J: Originally from Korea Juun J made his debut in 2007 at Paris Fashion Week, now he is a regular on their schedule. Juun J has produced a poncho style t-shirt design, the oversized, hooded t-shirt has a distinctive streetwear feel.
JW Anderson: Having shown as part of MAN AW09 Anderson is being hailed as one to watch. His design uses an eclectic mix of details; a long raglan sleeve finished with a shirt cuff, split shoulder button detail and a scoop back hem. The overall look is reminiscent of a traditional shirt.
Christopher Shannon: Twice shown as part of MAN and renowned for re-working sportswear, Shannon has designed a t-shirt using his trademark all-over print design. This design is available in two colourways; one a tonal white-on-white print and the other a black-on-white contrast print.
Henry Holland: Famed for his tongue in cheek slogan t-shirts, this time Holland has gone for a simple approach by producing a straightforward monochromatic t-shirt with a contrast ‘H’ appliqué which is complimented by a square neckline.
Topman Design: Designed in house, Topman has produced two design options. The first is a boxy oversized t-shirt with a non-functional oversized pocket design. The second a double layered t-shirt composed of two varying neck lines with a tubular folded hem.
The White T-shirts will be available in the London and New York Flagship stores as well as on-line and across selected stores worldwide.
Click below to view the Topman White T-Shirt designs: