Culture

Roundup: Banksy, Lady Gaga, Alexander Wang Condoms, and More

Culture

Roundup: Banksy, Lady Gaga, Alexander Wang Condoms, 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 Pride Stunt: As New York prepares for the rainbow-hued extravaganza that will be Pride, brands and designers are cashing in on the opportunity for brand recognition, and obviously, Alexander Wang is winning. He’ll be riding through the crowd on an all-black float (because he’s the ultimate summer goth) and handing out condoms that read “Protect Your Wang.” Get it?!



The Oops: The true identity of famed street artist Banksy is one of the art world’s biggest mysteries — or rather, it was, until a loose-lipped friend of the artist may have accidentally revealed his first name while giving an interview on a podcast. The culprit is Goldie, an English musician, who said: “Give me a bubble letter and put it on a t-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted,” he said, discussing the salability of all things Banksy. “We can sell it now. No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.” The slip seems to confirm a popular theory that Banksy is Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja.



The Must-Have: If you’re a hip, creative woman with an eye for style and a birth year that lands you in the millennial age bracket, chances are you’ve heard of e-commerce site Lisa Says Gah. The store is best known for its down-to-earth styling, “everygirl” models, and impressive selection of Maryam Nassir Zadeh slingbacks, but director Lisa Bühler is taking the next step and launching an in-house line of cool, wearable, and most importantly, affordable basics.



The Gaga Faux Pas: There’s no denying that Lady Gaga has toned down her style in the past few years. She went from rocking a meat dress complete with meat boots to mostly tasteful, monochromatic ensembles. And yet, a bit of that absurdist aesthetic still clearly lingers, because here she is hiking in a pencil skirt, a crop top, and heels (no, not wedges, not platforms, full on stiletto heels). Sure, Gaga, why not.