Listed 001: What Was "For The Culture" This Week
By Jaylin Paschal
"Listed" is a series where I (very) briefly discuss cultural happenings that caught my eye throughout the week. Each Friday, expect to find a list giving you a rundown of what's been on my radar.
"I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO" BY JAMES BALDWIN
"In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished." IMBD
This film is more thoughtful and artistic than your average documentary. And like most writers, I admire James Baldwin's powerful writing style. It was nice to be able to get inside his head, and I definitely recommend the film to everyone interested in justice and the preservation of humanity in this God-forsaken country.
SOLANGE COVERS ELLE
My auntie, mama, sister and bff Solange covers the March Issue of Elle. March is my birthday month, so I'm considering this to be a collaborative gift from Solo and Roberta Meyers. Much appreciated, and I can't wait to get my hands on the hard copy.
Check her out on Elle.
MUSIC FROM BIG SEAN, SAMPHA, SYD
RECHO OMONDI, "003"
Editors' Dinner & Coveteur Feature
"Last night we hosted a private dinner of 15 editors to preview our newest collection, "003." In this digital landscape, fashion shows seem to be a thing of the past and what I was looking for was an intimate conversation with the press. Using clothing as a vehicle to communicate a story is my job, but it's the relationships and the ideas that push the world forward." RECHO OMONDI INSTAGRAM CAPTION
Now, Omondi doesn't participate in Fashion Week, so I was super excited to see her taking a creative approach to showcasing her work, especially to my favorite EIC in the game right now, Elaine Welteroth. Particularly because she's my favorite designer. I think of her as more of a fashion theorist. She gets it. And she's just so much "cooler" than the rest of us. She showed her luxury brand to the top fashion editors in the industry in a t-shirt and a ponytail. I like her.
Read up on Omondi's Fashion Week stance on Coveteur.
"003" by Cary Fagan
To make me even more excited for the Omondi collection that I can't afford [insert broke college student trope], one of my favorite photographers, Cary Fagan, shot the portraits for the collection. I can't wait for the images to be shared.
MF DOOM CELEBRATES DILLA DAY
Legends respecting legends is always dope. Watch the birthday shoutout here.
DIVERSITY CONFERENCE by VOGUE
DeRay showed up to a fashion conference in this damn blue vest. Sigh. Either way, kudos to him for expanding his social advocacy out of the realm of politics and into the fashion industry. And kudos to Anna for that bob. It's that precision that keeps me motivated.
JOEFRESHGOODS x TEEN VOGUE
As someone who's been following Joefreshgoods since his "Fuck Trump" t-shirts, I was super excited to see his clothes from the Chance the Rapper-endorsed "Thank You, Obama" collection on Elaine Welteroth's Instagram. Hopefully there's a feature coming soon, but if not, at least we got this photo of Joefreshgoods at media giant Conde Nast's Teen Vogue headquarters in a durag.
Shop Thank You Obama.
VOGUE 125TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Vogue has been around for 125 years. Here's a look at photos from their birthday party and their archives.
"NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED:" ELIZABETH WARREN READS CORETTA SCOTT KING'S LETTER
Senator and superhero Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Republicans when attempting to stop the confirmation of infamous racist Jeff Sessions to attorney general. Why? Because she was reading a powerful condemnation of Sessions written by the legendary Coretta Scott King. Mitch McConnell's attempted scold of Warren was turned into a rallying cry for women everywhere: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." Word to Liz. Thank you, Coretta. Unfortunately, Sessions was confirmed. Persistence and resistance is still necessary.
"EVERYTHING IN QUOTES" by VIRGIL ABLOH
Designer Virgil Abloh spoke at Columbia's school of architecture about vision, design, culture and influence. The lecture was entitled "Everything in Quotes."
Watch his "lecture."
KERBY JEAN-RAYMOND (PYER MOSS) IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
One of my favorite designers out, Kerby Jean-Raymond was featured in The New York Times. Safe to say he made it. He also uses this platform to tell a very important story about immigration.
Read the personally and artistically moving story, A Designer, and a Collection, Inspired by an Immigrant Father.
RIHANNA FOR HARPER'S BAZAAR
I'm convinced that there is no look Rihanna can't pull off, and no editorial concept she can't embody. I'm so damn impressed by her Amelia Earhart-esque shoot in the 150th Anniversary Collector's Edition of Harper's Bazaar. Check out the story on Harper's.
FASHION WEEK BEGINS
This year, 8 days and 187 shows make up New York Fashion Week. I'm desperate to be in New York, but since I'm at school, I'll be tuned into the runway shows, street style blogs and fashion vloggers.
That's all I got. We'll chat next week.