WHAT TO READ THIS WEEKEND
Wayne and Birdman are back to talking every day, usually about the Red Sox. But Wayne is less trusting and focused on his album. “Not even just with him, but my relationships with a lot of people have become different, just because of how different I work now,” he says. “I’m submerged in everything about myself, trying to be better at who I am. It’s something where you have to cut some things off.”
"Before Supreme and Stadium Goods brought skate culture to the mainstream, before streetwear hit the runway and sneakers became the new stilettos, there was Alleged. In 1991, Aaron Rose bought a cheap Lower East storefront, unaware that it would become the destination for a budding art collective where he, his skater friends, and really anyone could hang out, create, and exhibit their work at little cost." Remembering the Scene at Alleged, Where ’90s Misfits Found a Home.
The Life and Art of Wolfgang Tillmans: For three decades, the photographer has explored the fragility of the political consensus on which his personal utopia depends.
Michael Jackson's transcendental status as an inspirational idol is the touchstone of the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition, On the Wall, which features a rich array of work from quite the collection of important artists, all of which use Michael Jackson as the subject. Last week, office had the enlightening privilege of chatting with MJ’s personal photographer, Todd Gray, who has an entire room of work in the show.
Influential fashion educators: Simon Unglass. The fashion education system is outdated. In an industry where fame and celebrity are valued more than raw skill, it is apparent that PR cannot provide the longevity young graduates require to sustain a brand. In this ego-centric habitat, we must question whether what fashion institutions provide is more self-serving to the university as a business than to their students’ skill sets. Press show runways provide an unhelpful conclusion to a degree. Early coverage is dubious: premature, immediate exposure can damage graduates’ prospects. Fashion education needs to be more introspective than promotion-centered.
Luckily, Ungless is asking those questions and he even has a few answers ‒ early collaborations are one step in shifting the focus away from individual fame. “Do you have a sex tape? Otherwise, I suggest you start designing.”