Weekend Reading: January 11, 2019
Weekend Reading: January 11, 2019
- Words Grailed Team
- Date January 11, 2019
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How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
'I tried to register for the 2016 election, but it was beyond the deadline by the time I tried to do it,' a man named Tim, age 27, explained to New York magazine last fall. 'I hate mailing stuff; it gives me anxiety.' Tim was outlining the reasons why he, like 11 other millennials interviewed by the magazine, probably wouldn’t vote in the 2018 midterm election. 'The amount of work logically isn’t that much,' he continued. 'Fill out a form, mail it, go to the specific place on a specific day. But those kind of tasks can be hard for me to do if I’m not enthusiastic about it.'
Why Do Artists Make Toys?
Where there is art, there are snobs. It has always been this way. Michelangelo was criticized for taking on what was seen as too much commissioned work. The purists saw him as a sell out. Little has changed in today’s art world. Popular artists—dare we say successful ones—are subject to the same rebukes that Michelangelo faced centuries ago. But few things draw the ire of the art world elite like toys. Toys? Yes, toys. Art toys, to be precise—the kind made by Medicom Toy or the Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a. KAWS.
The Margiela Tabi Boot Is Going To Take Over In 2019
On last night’s Golden Globes red carpet, Aussie actor Cody Fern rocked up in a black shirt with a sheer shoulder cutout and matching asymmetrically pleated trousers—a rare bold, androgynous style statement even by the standards of the loosest black tie awards show in Hollywood. But the internet’s collective eye was drawn elsewhere: down to his shiny black Maison Margiela boots. Specifically, to the boots’ two-inch slits, the ones that bisected Fern’s big and index toes. The Internet freakout was severe. Hooves! Goat feet! Cloven shoes of the devil! This magazine’s Twitter feed noted that we have not seen split-toe Margiela “Tabi” boots, as they are known, on the red carpet before. At least not on men. Though Margiela Tabis first debuted 30 years ago (and have been regularly worn by the likes of Chloë Sevigny since the early aughts), they have only been widely available for men as of last season. For his part, Fern also wore a pair of white-painted Tabis two evenings prior to a W pre-Globes fête. The message was clear. Whether you like it or not, you’re gonna be seeing a whole lot more split-toe boots this year.
Surviving R. Kelly Is an Uncomfortable, Visual Testimony
'Robert is a master manipulator,' the R&B singer Stephanie 'Sparkle' Edwards says in the second episode of Lifetime’s new docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly. 'Everybody knows it now. They didn’t know it back then.' Her voice is resigned in this sequence, a precursor to forthcoming scenes in which Edwards tearily expresses remorse for introducing the singer to her then 12-year-old niece, the alleged victim at the center of Kelly’s 2002 child pornography case.
via: The Atlantic
Frank Ocean is Peerless
This past December, Frank Ocean got on the phone with Vegyn and Emmett Cruddas, the co-hosts of his Apple Music show, Blonded Radio, to discuss Ocean’s evolving approach to music, his recent relocation to New York City, his pop-up activism in the 2018 midterms (he made T-shirts to reward people in swing districts who could prove they voted), and his fashion plans for 2019. What follows is a snapshot of the mind of an artist as the world eagerly awaits the arrival of his next big project.
The Making of Craig Green’s Neon-Bright Fall Collection, in Pictures
One of the most prominent materials in the British designer Craig Green’s fall 2019 collection, which he showed this week in London, was a thin glossy plastic akin to the polyethylene of a trash bag. It came in a range of vivid neon hues—highlighter yellow, shocking pink, radioactive green—and was used for slim-fitting pants and tops with billowing extensions and abstract hoods. Green had been concerned with 'ideas of tradition and craft,' he explained backstage: There were 'a lot of medieval techniques that we attempted to make lighter or used in a way that you’re not meant to.' Elsewhere in the collection, he experimented with tassels and crochet. While Green, who founded his brand in 2012, is best known for his utilitarian work-wear-inspired silhouettes, these handmade elements added softness and even a little romance. ;Emotion doesn’t mean weakness,' he said. 'It can also mean strength.'
via: The New York Times
Sotheby's is Auctioning off a Complete Collection of Supreme Decks
Since 1998, Supreme has released 248 unique skateboard decks. For the first time, ever a complete collection, assembled over the last 20 years collector by Ryan Fuller, is being auctioned off by Sotheby’s. The impressive archive not only serves as a historic document, charting Supreme’s evolution, but it’s also a testament to the streetwear brands’ influence and intersection with the art world.
Meet Your Favorite Fashion Designer’s Favorite Vintage Dealer*
There’s a romantic notion—spread throughout popular culture by the likes of Project Runway—that fashion begins with a blank sheet of paper, a pen, and a designer with a singular vision. But few designers actually start from scratch. Many work off of existing garments. And ever since Gauthier Borsarello opened his private vintage showroom in Paris three years ago, more and more designs have begun in his presence.
via: GQ Style
At Pitti, Proof That Real Fashion Revolution Starts with Product*
It's hard to stay enthusiastic these days. Fashion is no longer a laboratory of progressive thinking. The profit motive killed the magic, and Instagram did the rest. Fashion is so last century. Influencing is the art du moment. Does anyone actually care about the product? Actually yes, but today’s product seems to need more and more storytelling to prove it’s not just stuff.
via: Business of Fashion
Think Streetwear Is a New Phenomenon? Meet Luca Benini, Who Started the Hype 30 Years Ago*
Much like the brands it works with, Slam Jam is a bit of everything. Founded by Luca Benini in Ferrara, Italy, in 1989, the business started as a distributor and importer. Its biggest success story in its early days was bringing Stüssy to Europe, introducing a generation of Italian kids to SoCal skate culture and its associated, almost anti-fashion nonchalance.