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Roundup: American Apparel, Marina Abramovic, Jay-Z and More

Culture

Roundup: American Apparel, Marina Abramovic, Jay-Z and More

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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 comeback: After a months-long hiatus in which their website went dark and all brick-and-mortar locations were shut down, American Apparel, purveyor of overpriced spandex to both hipsters and sorority girls, is officially back! Whether this is cause for celebration or exaggerated groans depends entirely on your feelings about leggings, v-necks, and hypersexualized ad campaigns, but either way, you can thank Gildan Activewear, who purchased the brand during its bankruptcy proceedings and is now attempting to make 2009 happen again (only this time without actually manufacturing most stuff in America). But hey, at least Dov Charney is out of the picture.



The reconciliation: To say that Marina Abramović and her ex-lover and collaborator Ulay had a dramatic relationship is the understatement of the century. I mean, the pair announced their breakup in 1998 by individually walking the Great Wall of China, meeting in the middle for what was supposed to be a wedding ceremony, and then just going their separate ways. Not exactly your typical breakup story. But it does have a (somewhat) happy ending. After years of estrangement, the pair recently reunited at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, whereAbramović told the museum’s Christian Lund: “Everything naughty, nasty disagreements or whatever from the past, we dropped. We became good friends again. That’s a beautiful story actually.”



The protest: There’s no shortage of undesirable animals to compare Donald Trump to (a donkey or some less intelligent version of an orangutan spring to mind), but a group of activists in DC is trying to make chicken happen. A 60-foot tall inflatable caricature of the president-as-chicken has been popping up all over in response to Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns (get it? He’s too chicken). The bird belongs to filmmaker Taran Singh Brar, who apparently purchased it for the best $1,300 he’s likely ever spent. Chicken Don, as he’s called, is currently perched outside the White House, where tourists are loving it.



The release: Alice Glass, the former Crystal Castles member who you may also recognize from Alexander Wang’s SS 16 campaign, dropped her new single “Without Love” this week, in advance of her upcoming tour with Marilyn Manson. There’s also a corresponding video, directed by Floria Sigismondi and featuring a whole lot of flowers.



The end: As one of the longest running collaborations in the game, Rick Owens x Adidas has been pumping out highly conceptual athletic shoes since 2013, but apparently, that’s all going to come to an end following the FW 17 collection. The collaboration, which started as a one-off and then just kept on going, has had its fair share of both die-hard fans and detractors and looking at the designs, it’s not hard to imagine how they might be polarizing. Owens, for his part, will continue making shoes via a partnership with Hood Rubber, while Adidas is onto pinker, pricier things.



The spoof: In one of the smartest music videos to debut in a while, Jay-Z reimagines Friends with an all-black cast (a joke on the fact that the show is known for its whiteness) for the track “Moonlight” off his new album. Starring Jerrod Carmichael as Ross, Issa Rae as Rachel, Tiffany Haddish as Phoebe, LaKeith Stanfield as Chandler, Lil Rel Howery as Joey, and Tessa Thompson as Monica, the video even spoofs itself when Carmichael breaks the fourth wall by walking off set and straight into comedian Hannibal Buress, who tells him: “It’s just episodes of Seinfeld but with black people … You did a good job of subverting good comedy.”