Weekend Reading is a weekly rundown of our favorite stories from around the web.

If I Could Speak to My Younger Self
In my time as a man interested in men’s clothing and style, I’ve made many mistakes, some of them very expensive. If I could speak to my younger self, I would give the following advice. Note, I don’t pretend these are universal truisms, but from my experience building a wardrobe, and seeing others go along the same path, I think these are more often true than not. So, if you’re just starting out, perhaps you will find these useful.

via: Put This On

The Best Styles Photography of 2016
This year, our photographers captured subjects of all kinds: famous and little-known, athletic and political, human and canine. Here are our favorite shots from their assignments.

via: The New York Times

Has LA Fashion Week Finally Found Its Feet?
Despite its best efforts, Los Angeles Fashion Week has never managed to find its footing within a crowded global fashion calendar. This season, however, marks a turning point with New York-based designers Tommy Hilfiger, Rebecca Minkoff and Rachel Comey choosing to show in the City of Angels rather than their home base.

via: The Business of Fashion

Nasty Everything
A$AP Nast, the rapper and 26-year-old cousin to Rocky, stands by a rack of clothing. He inspects the fabrics and fits with unusual precision and tries on a pair of ballooning Yohji Yamamoto pants. Nast’s love of fashion is emblematic of a movement in rap, one that the A$AP Mob collective has popularized and propagated. At this time, the job description of the hip hop star has ventured into areas previously unknown—from mentoring fans in his Instagram comments to preferring thrift shopping field trips over breakfast. Nast’s grunge-inspired music taps into the soul of ultimate teenage angst to create work that represents the hybridized magic that is the future of hip hop. And the collective that surrounds him has perfected the solitary art of this rewritten rule: loneliness is fun when you do it together.

via: SSENSE

Yang Li's Industrial Music Merchandise
A confession. My knowledge of industrial noise music is zero. And yet when I met Yang Li and designer Federico Capalbo in Li’s studio (which is hidden behind an all-black Dickensian shopfront in the shadows of the Royal London Hospital), it became clear that they don’t so much know about it as live for it. They spoke with the fervour of love-struck teenagers, the unflinching, fierce dedication of disciples and, at times, in the foreign lexicon of the expert nerd. But here’s the kicker: it’s impossible not to be captivated.

via: Another Mag

Undercover Journalist Infiltrates Uniqlo
In her Dec. 14 Tokyo Shimbun column, media critic Minako Saito mentioned how the press is excited about the buzzword of the year and the kanji of the year. They are much less interested in another annual prize, the Black Company Award for the firm that most egregiously exploits workers. The nominations were announced and Saito says the media, “especially TV,” mostly ignored them, since many of the companies mentioned are advertisers. Consequently, those who have won the dubious honor in the past, like Tokyo Electric and 7-Eleven Japan, have never felt pressured to improve labor conditions.

via: Japan Times

What's Next for Influencers in 2017
For years, the fashion industry has been fascinated by the massive paychecks bloggers take home for branded content. Perhaps the most famous cited figure is the $15,000 that WeWoreWhat's Danielle Bernstein once claimed she could charge for a single Instagram post, but those numbers can climb even higher — after all, many bloggers are now making at least six figures a year from their deals and product placements. But what once commanded a high paycheck may now be a major roadblock: The higher the follower count a blogger has on Instagram, the harder it is for him or her to reach a high engagement number, a key factor in determining who is chosen for partnerships.

via: Fashionista

Brave New World: Rick Owens and the New Era of His Brand
November marks the first time Rick Owens has voted in an American election. 'I shouldn't say this, but I've never really cared. If I had children I would take all this more seriously, but I ended up being a selfish creator. I'm kind of living in my own little sandbox,' he admits, looking out on the Adriatic Sea from a sofa in his Venice condo. 'But on this one, we can't let 1939 happen again,' he shrugs. Owens has been in a reflective mood this summer, in self-imposed exile from his Parisian headquarters in his new home on the Lido, o solo mio bar the employees, who take turns staying in the guest apartment downstairs while Owens designs his women's collection. It's not far from the abandoned Grand Hotel des Bains where Thomas Mann's brooding protagonist first disembarked a boat in Death in Venice circa 1912. Immortalized by Dirk Bogarde on Luchino Visconti's silver screen half a century later, his ghost still haunts the Venetian sandbar.

via: i-D

In rare interview, John Galliano explains how Maison Margiela helps him be freer and more calm
Since John Galliano joined Maison Margiela in Paris in late 2014, there have been no live interviews, no post-show comments about the collection, not even a catwalk bow. He has been a completely enigmatic presence – a contrast to the flamboyant person who took his bow at the end of the Christian Dior and his own runways shows, prior to his very public breakdown in 2011, which led to his dismissal from Dior.

via: South China Morning Post

Fashion's Top 10 Newsmakers of 2016
BoF compiles the people and companies behind the biggest fashion headlines of the year.

via: The Business of Fashion

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