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Roundup: Princess Diana, Cara Delevingne, the New Helmut Lang, and More

Culture

Roundup: Princess Diana, Cara Delevingne, the New Helmut Lang, 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 campaign: The new Shayne Oliver-helmed Helmut Lang is undergoing a bit of a facelift, thanks in part to Dazed Editor-in-Chief Isabella Burley, who was tapped by the brand earlier this year as “Editor in Residence.” Burley and Shayne’s first campaign gives some insight into the new vision for the brand, and so far, we’re here for it. The pared-down, black-and-white photographs, shot by Ethan James Green, feature figures like Alek Wek, Kembra Pfahler, Chris Kraus, Larry Clark, and Oliver himself. The brand also announced it will sponsor a monthly image series called “Seen By,” featuring the work of photographers and creatives like Carolee Schneemann, Carrie Mae Weems, and Mark Morrisroe, to name a few.



The muse: It’s been 20 years since Princess Diana’s untimely death, and Off-White designer Virgil Abloh announced he’ll be commemorating her inimitable style in the brand’s Spring 2018 collection. He posted a mood board featuring some of her chicest looks — including a blue and green letterman’s jacket that wouldn’t look out of place in a contemporary street style roundup — on Instagram, along with the caption “one woman, 40 Off-White looks in the works come September.” Just one more reason to look forward to Fall.



The exhibition: It’s often easy in the art world to feel like you’ve seen (or heard) it all, but we’re guessing this will be a new one for even the most seasoned of art lovers. Viennese art collective Gelatin is currently showing a series of sculptures called “golems” at Greene Naftali Gallery. There’s more history about golems here, but suffice it to say that what makes these ones special is that they’ve been molded using the genitalia of the artists. “It bears marks of its creation in passion, molded by gelatin’s genitals and sometimes through the behind,” reads a press release for the exhibition. Now if that ain’t the perfect summer show, I don’t know what is.



The video: Consummate slashie Cara Delevingne is apparently trying to get a music career off the ground, and she’s doing it with a video that’s been said to have the overall aesthetic of “an edgy Banana Republic commercial.” Ouch. The “I Feel Everything” video, which also serves as a showcase for clips from the utterly boring-looking film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which Delevingne also stars in, features Cara, her suit, a lot of ugly wigs, some CGI butterflies, and a whole bunch of ill-advised text. Obviously, it’s a must-watch.



The cast: The cast for the upcoming Robert Mapplethorpe biopic is coming together, with Matt Smith in the leading role and Marianne Rendón slated to play Patti Smith (Zosia Mamet was initially attached to the role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts). This week, it was announced that model and Transparent star Hari Nef will bring some buzz to the project in the role of Tinkerbelle, a Studio 54 regular, Interview contributor, and Warhol gal pal. The real Tinkerbelle, a woman named Jeri Lee Veronica Visser, died by suicide at the age of 40. Nef wrote on Instagram: “quite proud and excited to announce that i’ve joined the cast of @mapplethorpemovie an upcoming film directed by @onditimoner portraying the life and work of robert #mapplethorpe say hi to tinkerbelle.”