See You in Elle: Announcing the Yours by Design Contest

template.jpgDesigner Chris Rubino says that one of the most exciting moments of his life was when he first spotted someone on the street in Tokyo wearing a t-shirt that he designed. Soon you could be saying the same thing, but first you have to create the winning design in Yours By Design, a new contest sponsored by, designer Thakoon Panichgul, and the tres chic boutique Kirna Zabete. The spoils include a feature in Elle, a $1,000 Kirna Zabete shopping spree (may we suggest heading straight for the Lanvin?), and the thrill of having your t-shirt sold at the boutique in New York, Tokyo, and online. The prize also includes a “virtual mentorship” with Thakoon, which we kinda hope translates to interactive holographic likenesses of you and the designer but more likely involves e-mails.

Your canvas, should you choose to accept it, is Thakoon’s ruffly sleeved t-shirt. Just print out the online template and go to town. The only directive is that your design be in keeping with Thakoon’s aesthetic. So you have until December 15th to figure out how to be “sophisticated and ethereal.” Need a client to have mind as you design? Think corporate lawyer/mermaid.