THE T ZONE
Byline: Agnes Cammock
NEW YORK — Jazzed-up T-shirts and tops are everywhere. In fact, they’ve become so popular recently that some designers aren’t stopping at one or two — they’re offering what amounts to mini collections of them. Case in point: Anna Sui, who’s doing a grand total of 59 interspersed throughout her signature collection for resort.
“Decorating is the way to go,” says the designer. “We’ve combined both printed effects and decorative details to make them look different.” Why T-shirts, and why now? “With the economy being the way it is right now, they can be both fashionable and economical,” Sui says. The trend, she adds, started when girls began slashing their Ts and tying the loose fabric to fit the contours of the body. However, she cautions: “They have to have a feminine touch –anything that gives you a shape — ribbons that tie in the back, ruching. You get more bang for your buck. You can even do it yourself.” Her favorite details run the gamut from beaded parrots and printed kittens to fabric flowers, lace, hologram effects and plenty of sequins.
“When you go out at night, everyone is wearing jeans, a T-shirt and high heels, ” she notes. Best of all, the shirts come in a range of prices. Sui’s run from $19 wholesale for a top with a fabric rose to $38 for one with beading and ruffles.