Weekend Reading: November 3, 2017
Weekend Reading: November 3, 2017
- Words Grailed Team
- Date November 03, 2017
Weekend Reading is a weekly rundown of our favorite stories from around the web.
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Paul Manafort’s Shopping Sprees Hit Home
Of all the damning details in the Justice Department indictment accusing Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, a campaign adviser, of money laundering and tax fraud, the one that seems to have caught the imagination of many is the approximately $1.3 million Mr. Manafort spent during two shopping sprees in New York and Beverly Hills.
via: The New York Times
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Five decades of Hollywood glory have given us a pretty good idea of who Jeff Goldblum is on-screen. The actor is charismatic (Jurassic Park), surreal (The Fly), legendary (Annie Hall), eccentric (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), brilliant enough to save Earth from aliens (Independence Day), and core-meltingly handsome (imdb.com/jeffgoldblum). But the thing about Goldblum that puts him next to Bill Murray in the pantheon of cult figures is that he’s just as charismatic, surreal, legendary, eccentric, brilliant, and handsome in person—at least according to 34 of his famous friends, who, along with the man himself, spoke to GQ about the greatness of Goldblum. He’s an icon to icons, inspiring everyone from Woody Allen and Christopher Walken to Sarah Silverman and Paul Rudd to live their most fun, most delightful, most Goldblum-iest lives. We think there might be a few lessons in there for you, too.
Michèle Lamy Knows How to Push Creativity
I meet Michèle in between two workshops she’s leading at Nike, where she asked participants to slice right through the iconic sneakers. Turn out, her approach to the project was revealing of her general view on fashion, and life: don’t follow dogma and leave nothing intact.
via: 1 Granary
Yes, Breitbart News Has a Fashion Critic
Yes, Breitbart has a fashion critic (!), a man who by his own account is uniquely cut out for the job. Mr. Binder has been following his twin passions, fashion and politics, since his student days at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. His professors were all too predictably liberal, he said in a phone conversation last week. Which left Mr. Binder, a contrarian by nature, to take an opposing position. “The university turned me into a total right-winger,” he said.
via: The New York Times
‘I, too, am part of the problem’: A Designer Scolds Fashion for Its Silence on Terry Richardson
After this week’s revelation that Condé Nast International had banned the work of photographer Terry Richardson from its glossy magazines, the designer Prabal Gurung began to consider the fact he had long been aware of the allegations that Richardson was sexually abusive towards models.
via: The Washington Post
Why Snapchat Spectacles Failed
How come only 0.08 percent of Snapchat’s users bought its camera sunglasses? Hundreds of thousands of pairs of Spectacles sit rotting in warehouses after the company bungled the launch. Initial hype and lines for its roving, limited time only Snapbot vending machines led Snap to overestimate demand but underdeliver on quality and content.
Thom Browne: My Shows
Are Not As Intellectual As People Think
But as any customer of the designer knows, what Browne exhibits at his otherworldly and at-times bizarre shows bears little resemblance to the striped cardigans and button-down shirts one typically finds at more than 200 stores that carry his wares. Why is that? “I feel the shows should be conceptual. They should tell a story, and they should make the more plastic things that you do seem more interesting,” the soft-spoken Browne tells Vogue from his seat at the waterbar in the basement of the Parisian concept store Colette, where he is staging a takeover during the month of October. “I have a strong and classic part of what I do… what people see when they come to the showroom. There’s no reason I need to show that.”
Here’s Why Streetwear Culture Is Obsessed With Anime
In case you’re living under a rock, the artist behind the famous manga Akira will soon get the Supreme treatment. Artist Katsuhiro Otomo teamed up with the label for a series of tees, hoodies, and ceramics that are set to drop this week. While it’s Supreme’s modus operandi to regularly work with artists and labels that are a bit against the grain, the idea of the collaboration makes total sense, albeit the final products may have received mixed reactions from fans of both Akira and Supreme. That said, it isn’t hard to see the parallels between hardcore streetwear heads and weeaboos.
Why Aren’t There More Black Fashion Designers?
Try to think of prominent black designers currently in the industry – the list is embarrassingly small. It isn’t just limited to design though, it is the same across the board for stylists, photographers, writers and art directors too. As for any who are working for established fashion houses, you’d struggle to think of anyone other than Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. That isn’t to say that there aren’t talented and successful contemporary black designers – Martine Rose, Grace Wales Bonner, Virgil Abloh, Samuel Ross and Telfar Clemens are a few who immediately come to mind. Still, why aren’t there more?
What the Civil Rights Movement Has to Do With Denim
But do you know what else is all-American? Having the weekday lunch special hurled at you during a counter sit-in, facing a raised baton during a protest march, and walking a mile to work because your civil rights boycott has reached the bus, all while wearing those same cuffed jeans. The only difference is that while history likes to recount the Americana-heavy scenes of gold rush camps and Route 64 drives when discussing denim’s past, it’s not often that you hear about the freedom fighters who, in large part, helped bring the look to the mainstream.