This Week in Culture: The Best New Record, Fashion from Afropunk Festival, and High Tops for your Pickup Game

This Week in Culture: The Best New Record, Fashion from Afropunk Festival, and High Tops for your Pickup Game

What did we think of the big GOT finale, huh?  I got to watch it on a real TV and see this, from my culture post last week!

 Issa and Daniel, Insecure, Season 2, Episode 4. 

Issa and Daniel, Insecure, Season 2, Episode 4. 

FASHION/BEAUTY:  Speaking of finales, I couldn't keep my eyes open for Insecure last night, but I can't wait to watch tonight.  I've been really into Issa's style this season!  Costume designer Ayana James describes her deliberate choices in this piece from a few weeks ago.  

For many of Issa’s looks, James says she’ll deliberately source from fresh black indie talent and give them the same boost that Sex and the City gave to Manolo Blahnik.
— Dee Locket, Vulture, Why Everyone on Insecure Has Better Clothes This Season

I hear that Issa's clothes are selling out within days of each episode drop.  So, seems like it's working.

 The author of  On Beauty  being beautiful (from  Vogue )

The author of On Beauty being beautiful (from Vogue)

Author Zadie Smith caused beauty controversy by blaming celebrities who contour (i.e. the Kardashians) for her daughters "infuriating" interest in her own reflection.  

I saw that she had just started spending a lot of time looking in mirrors... It was infuriating me. I decided to spontaneously decide on a principle: that if it takes longer than 15 minutes don’t do it.
— Zadie Smith, Edinburgh International Book Festival

She then instituted a 15 minute makeup limit for her 7 year-old!  I think I'm annoyed by this on so many levels.  What do you think?

 crazy cool fashion from Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

crazy cool fashion from Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn

Check out seriously some bold fashion from NY's Afropunk Festival.

Oh and Nike's finally giving a WNBA player a shoe contract.  Get ready to hoop it up in the Air Jordan 10 Retro, mom!

 The Air Jordan 10 Retro, a shoe created for WNBA player Maya Moore.  

The Air Jordan 10 Retro, a shoe created for WNBA player Maya Moore.  

LIT:  Did you know Lena Dunham (and co-writer of Girls, Jenni Konner) has a new publishing "venture" with Random House, called Lenny Books.  Maureen Corrigan of NPR says their first book is good.    

 Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, the first book published by Lenny Books

Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, the first book published by Lenny Books

It's all book of short stories about an immigrant family living in New York.  I love this genre (particularly this book and, now, this book).  What are your favorite coming-to-America books?

MUSIC: Pitchfork says the new War on Drugs album is a big hit (Best New Album, 8.7 rating).  A Deeper Understanding is their 4th record.  Here's the single they released a two months ago as a teaser:  

I'm feeling that... cause I have two more days of summer!  Here's an oldie but goodie for those back-to-school jitters.  

Have a great week!! 

 

Cover photo by Hannah Starkey

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Be More with Less: A Capsule Closet with 33 items

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