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Roundup: Lana Del Rey, Lena Dunham, and MoMA’s Second Fashion Exhibition Ever

Culture

Roundup: Lana Del Rey, Lena Dunham, and MoMA’s Second Fashion Exhibition Ever

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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 exhibition: MoMA announced their second-ever fashion exhibition, “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” this week. Slated to open on October 1 (mark your calendars), the show will feature new and archival items divided into 111 ‘types’, like leather jacket, little black dress, and classic denim in an attempt to answer that central question. A spiritual follow-up to the museum’s seminal 1944 show “Are Clothes Modern”, the exhibition will feature clothing by everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Eckhaus Latta.



The political statement: Americana has historically been as big a part of Lana Del Rey’s schtick as bee-stung lips and flower crowns, but apparently, that’s all about to change. In an interview this week with Pitchfork, she admitted the Trump presidency has changed her feelings on all-out USA pride. “I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos,” she revealed. “I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing ‘Born to Die’. It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now — it didn’t feel weird in 2013.” Cue crude tweet from Trump about Lana Del Rey in 3, 2, 1…



The oops: Ryan Murphy announced this week his decision to cast pal Lena Dunham in the new season of American Horror Story, and fans are, well, not pleased, to say the least. The show’s seventh season is apparently “election-themed,” whatever that means, so it makes some degree of sense that Dunham, an activist and avid Hillary Clinton supporter, would be included. But that doesn’t mean she won’t be killed off in some horrific way and it doesn’t mean haters won’t be thrilled when it happens.



The winners: Not only did this week bring us the list of nominees for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, but it revealed the winners of the Woolmark Prize’s North American regional pre-finals. And, drum roll please, it’s Dyne for menswear (which also happens to be a CFDA nominee) and Zaid Affas for womenswear. Thanks to judges Steven Kolb and Stefano Tonchi, they each walk away with $70,000 and move onto the Woolmark finals. And yes, the whole thing does seem an awful lot like a beauty pageant. That’s because it kind of is, only with a lot less hairspray and a lot more haute couture.



The collab: Images from the J.W. Anderson for Uniqlo collab, which drops September 19, are upon us and they are very, very plaid. What did you expect from an Irish dude working in London and releasing a collection in the early fall? But, if tartan’s not really your bag, then fear not: there’s also plenty of fisherman sweaters and jaunty trench coats in the mix.