A lot goes down in a week. From the latest celebrity drama to the newest must-have fashion trend, it can be hard to keep up. Luckily, we’re here for you with a curated list of the week’s most can’t-miss cultural moments. No need to thank us.
The campaign: Acne’s FW 17 campaign dropped this week (unfortunately too late to be included in our best and worst list), and it features Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony, a gay couple who went viral in 2014 after posting a picture of themselves styling their two daughters hair. The photos feature Lewis, Anthony, and their four children decked in Acne and, in one shot, jumping on a bed.
The must-have: After seven limited-edition product releases, some of which sold out in minutes, cult beauty brand Pat McGrath Labs is releasing its first permanent collection. Dubbed the Unlimited Edition, it will feature 31 lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes in three colorways, mascara, lip pencils, and eyeliners. Oh, and according to McGrath, a makeup artist who got her start working with Edward Enninful at i-D and is now the most requested in the biz, the collection is about 25 years in the making. The range drops September 16 on McGrath’s newly-launched site and October 4 at Sephora.
The must-read: There’s nothing like a beautiful coffee table book, and Beyonce is releasing one that feels poised to put all others to shame. It will be available as part of her How to Make Lemonade box set, which features a double vinyl LP, audio and visual album downloads, and the 600-page book featuring behind-the-scenes shots from the creation of Lemonade, a foreword by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, poetry by Warsan Shire, and writing and lyrics by Queen Bey herself. Your coffee table and the guests who sit before it will thank you.
The splurge: It seems the hot new trend in the fashion industry is for labels to release random household and lifestyle items — like, say, boomerangs, chopsticks, and bicycles — with the major markup that only a big-name label can justify. Not to be outdone by competitors like Chanel and Balenciaga, Hermès has joined in on the action, hawking $3,000 skateboards that are sure to be a hit with rich hypebeasts everywhere.
The press release: Press releases aren’t exactly known for being boundary-pushing, must-read material, but leave it to artist Kara Walker to change the game. The art world was set ablaze this week when Sikkema Jenkins & Co. sent out an advertisement-style release for Walker’s upcoming show — written by the artist herself — which was apparently inspired by the events that occurred in Charlottesville last weekend. “I don’t really feel the need to write a statement about a painting show,” Walker writes. “I know what you all expect from me and I have complied up to a point. But frankly I am tired, tired of standing up, being counted, tired of ‘having a voice’ or worse ‘being a role model’.” Read the full letter here.
The release: In the great tradition of surprise album drops, ex-Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass released her six-track self-titled solo EP this week. It’s available for streaming here, as Glass is soon to embark on an international tour alongside Marilyn Manson. Last week, Glass dropped the single “Without Love,” which features on the album.