2017 was the year of the graphic T-shirt. From the politically charged, Planned Parenthood-benefiting “Nasty Woman” tees that walked in January’s Women’s March to Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s misbegotten hip-hop merch to Dior’s $710 “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt to Dolce & Gabbana’s cheeky, $245 “#Boycott” top, the past 12 months saw the birth of more than a few iconic graphic tees.
Per the Cut: “T-shirts are a blank canvas in a culture where we try to communicate huge, complex personal beliefs via carefully-curated images, viral hashtags, and 140 (sometimes 280) characters. In fashion, the T-shirt has also become an integral part of the current athleisure movement, replacing button-ups as we trade suits for more casual uniform.” (We’d add that the logomania renaissance has certainly helped the graphic tee’s cause.)
And if the Spring 2018 collections are any indication, fashion’s graphic tee obsession is going nowhere fast. Case in point: Sasha Pivovarova opened the Dior show in a soon-to-be-released-and-go-viral Breton-striped shirt that read, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” — the title of Linda Nochlin’s 1971 essay on patriarchy’s lasting effect on art. Nicolas Ghesquière, who’s apparently just as obsessed with Stranger Things as the rest of us, struck a deal with Netflix and put Sora Choi in a tee with the cast of the hit series printed across its front (this he paired with sheer pink trousers and a voluminous, bubble-sleeved blouse). Elsewhere, Marco de Vincenzo, Fenty x Puma and Loewe showed beach-stall-ready souvenir tees complete with digitized sunset graphics, images of palm trees and loads of fun, swishy fringe.
That’s far from all. Click through the slideshow above for 32 cool graphic tees (of all sleeve lengths) we spotted on the Spring 2018 runways. Mark our words, they’ll be all over #influencer Instagrams come spring.