Weekend Reading: May 17, 2019
Weekend Reading: May 17, 2019
- Words Grailed Team
- Date May 17, 2019
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Scott Disick Is Finally Comfortable
"Disick’s unlikely reinvention is what brings me to his baronial home on a Thursday afternoon in April. Outside, a Bentley and a Rolls-Royce sulk in the driveway, so ostentatious that they’re almost subtle: it would’ve been far more noteworthy to show up and find a Hyundai. Within the house, the high ceilings and white everything give you a sense of what it must feel like to be inside of an unbroken eggshell. Near the glass doors leading onto the patio, a Greco-Roman statue of a nude man stands, gleaming. In the back, the pool is empty, looking Brutalist and abstract, less a pool than a dream in which a pool appears. The view is so soft and lovely that it makes you want to punch right through a Monet."
Inside the London School of Taste-O-Nomics
"There's a silver town house on the corner of Chance and Redchurch Streets in London's Shoreditch, a neighborhood that was once gritty but now boasts apartment developments with breathy taglines promising 'luxury-living in an exciting and vibrant urban landscape' and pop-up shops where you can get vitamin IV drips. Amid all this is the metallic novelty that is Blue Mountain School. Arranged across six floors, it is a retail space meets art gallery meets fashion archive meets restaurant meets perfumery meets listening studio. The brainchild of James Brown and Christie Fels of Hostem, Blue Mountain School is one of London's more experimental fashion stores and has achieved a cult status for highly cultivated bohemia and an obsessiveness around craft. It is the apex of this preoccupation—a mecca for those who like to, say, tenderly place a single tiny ceramic on an otherwise empty marble coffee table. It is the mother ship of those who have Marie Kondo-ed their wardrobes to feature just seven carefully hung gray handwoven tunics. Spend too much time there and you may never want to encounter bright color again."
via: GQ Style
When Grunge Made Blue-Collar Culture Cool
"There were many reasons for a 16-year-old boy to love the noisy, brooding music known as grunge, but here’s a personal one: The bushy-bearded, drowsy-eyed guitarist for Soundgarden, Kim Thayil, looked like my uncle George. My father’s younger brother had been a sporadically employed welder and pot smoker who wore a ponytail, which was a mild embarrassment to the family. He was still those things, but now, in 1992, he also resembled a rock star whose face I saw on MTV."
via: The New York Times
Dressing for the Dock: The Psychology of Courtroom Style
"Since attending trial at Manhattan state court wearing her oversized Celine spectacles, black choker, and a roll call of womenswear by Saint Laurent, Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Chloe, Sorokin’s demure wardrobe has been more talked about than her crimes. This was intentional. Sorokin’s lawyer raised 'concerns' over the Rikers prison-issued uniform and enlisted the help of Anastasia Walker—Courtney Love’s stylist, no less—to help her guide the jury’s eyes and minds."
via: The Guardian
How Prada Became the Number One Brand in Hip-Hop
"For decades, a velvet rope separated high fashion from the world of hip-hop, a genre of music once kept on the sidelines, with its artists often only able to experience luxury fashion through high-grade bootleggers such as Dapper Dan. But as hip-hop assimilated into pop music and its faces became some of the world’s biggest stars, that barrier has come down."
Why is Everyone Still so Obsessed With Tie-Dye
"However partial you are to a tie-dye t-shirt, there’s no denying that we’re in the middle of a tie-dye renaissance. Once reserved for scumbro skaters, hippies, and Jonah Hill, tie-dye has made its way onto the runways of high-fashion brands Proenza Schouler, Prada, and Eckhaus Latta, and into the hearts of, what feels like, all supermodels on Instagram. Plus, Beyoncé wore it to the beach."
Meet the Supreme of the Fragrance World
"Taino said he wears the “fruity rich” fragrance sparingly. Mostly he flips bottles to other collectors. His greatest score: stumbling upon three 100 ml. bottles for sale at Costco for just $220—about half the typical retail price—that he then sold for over $650 each. Rare bottles, including those from legendary batches starting with the numbers 12 or 13, can fetch over $1,000 on eBay. He knows he’s onto a good score by the fragrance’s colour."
via: Business of Fashion
Surfing, Mint Tea and Moroccan Silk: 24 Hours with French Montana
"Last year, French Montana released his single “No Stylist” and has just made good on that titular laid-back premise. Though he said in the first verse that he’s iced out in new Chanel, Saint Laurent, a Gucci bag, and other designer threads, spending 24 hours with the Moroccan-born rapper, as Vogue has discovered, is less a guide to brand-name posturing and more a lesson in the art of chilling out."
Naomi Campbell on her Activism for Africa, Nelson Mandela’s Wisdom, and Karl Lagerfeld
"Naomi Campbell may be known for her catwalk antics, early-career shenanigans and Amazon-like beauty, but the 49-year-old supermodel, who has been at the top of her game for an amazing 33 years, is now a bona fide activist. We’re meeting Campbell in Paris at the unveiling of the new J12 watch from French luxury brand Chanel. Trailed by a couple of handlers as she roams the hallowed grounds of the city’s Hotel Ritz, Campbell looks nothing short of regal in a stunning black cape from Chanel’s autumn-winter 2019 collection."
The Fashion Collective Challenging African Stereotypes
"London menswear designers Olubiyi Thomas, Daniel Olatunji and Foday Dumbuya are on a mission to prove that when bureaucracy bites, and the funding runs dry, you can still make it in the fashion game. They each helm independent labels—Thomas’ is self-titled, Olatunji’s is called Monad and Dumbuya’s is named Labrum. But as 419 Collective they’ve achieved more together than they ever could apart, starting with a locked-off joint show for Autumn/Winter 2019 – off-schedule, and entirely self-produced—that was over capacity even though they barely got their invites out. All in the punk spirit of DIY."
via: Another Man