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Roundup: Virgil Abloh, St. Vincent, Mario Testino’s Art Collection and More

Culture

Roundup: Virgil Abloh, St. Vincent, Mario Testino’s Art Collection and More

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A lot goes down in a week. From the latest celebrity drama to the new must-have fashion trend, it can be hard to keep up. Luckily, we’re here with a curated list of the week’s most can’t-miss cultural moments. No need to thank us.



The collaboration: No, it’s not just your imagination. Virgil Abloh is literally everywhere these days, and the Off-White designer’s latest endeavor involves reworking ten classic Nike sneaker designs for a capsule collection called The Ten. Iconic styles like Vapormax, Airmax 90 and Chuck Taylor are deconstructed in two ways: “ghosting,” which reimagines the shoes with several see-through panels, and “revealing,” which involves cutting up and reconstructing the shoes. Sounds very cool, very technical, and very Virgil Abloh.



The documentary: You pretty much can’t be a pop star these days without having your own documentary (see: Katy Perry, Beyonce), and Lady Gaga is the latest singer to get the treatment. Gaga: Five Foot Two (yes, that’s the actual name) drops on Netflix on September 22, but in the mean time, here’s a couple little teasers, courtesy of Gaga’s Instagram account. Apparently, even she has yet to see the completed film, as she fears she “can’t be objective.”



The exhibition: You know Mario Testino from his energetic, ultra-glamorous photographs of people like Gisele, Kate Moss, and Princess Di, but did you know he’s also an avid art collector? Well, he is, and more than 300 works from his extensive collection, which includes names like Adam Pendleton, Tauba Auerbach, Anselm Kiefer, and Wolfgang Tillmans, will go on display (and be subsequently sold) at Sotheby’s London. “Shake It Up” will be on display from September 8 – 13. Expect the fashion crowd to be out in full force for that opening night.



The cover: Perhaps you’ve noticed that the August 28th issue of the New Yorker is, strangely, covered not by a cartoon, but by the beautiful, blurry face of one Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. While fashion’s various September issues duke it out for most mediocre, this cover manages to be simultaneously subtle and jarring, glamorous and raw. That’s probably because it was created by Marilyn Minter, an artistic force known for her freakishly photorealistic paintings that examine femininity and its trappings. In an interview with the Observer, Minter said of the shoot: “I’m not interested in just another pretty face. And she’s not interested in being one.”



The must-have: Another week, another unattainable Balenciaga thing to both giggle at and pine over. This time it’s not a bike nor a Bernie Sanders-inspired pencil, but a clutch that looks like a car’s side-view mirror (you know, the one where “objects in mirror are closer than they appear”). Unfortunately, it costs $2,395, but hey, think of how easy it would make fixing your lipstick!