This Week in Culture: The Best New Record, Fashion from Afropunk Festival, and High Tops for your Pickup Game
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.
I hear that Issa's clothes are selling out within days of each episode drop. So, seems like it's working.
Author Zadie Smith caused beauty controversy by blaming celebrities who contour (i.e. the Kardashians) for her daughters "infuriating" interest in her own reflection.
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?
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!
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.
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