Joseph Akel

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The Balenciaga Summer/Fall Campaign is Gorgeous

A month after dropping the first batch of images, Balenciaga's fall/winter 16 campaign just released more Mark Borthwick-shot photos starring model Achok Majak.<p>Majak, who walked for Vetements' spring/summer show in Paris, compliments Demna's designs. Styled by Lotta Volkova, she looks impressive …

Acne Studios Release An Emoji-Inspired Collection - PAPER

After successfully integrating emoticons into our aspirational lifestyle, Swedish cool-factory Acne Studios have upped the ASCII ante with a new collection of Emoji-inspired apparel that hits their website on August 1. The collection features an array of tops and sweaters with immaculately …

Drake and Kanye reveal they are releasing a collab album

When news of a collab album drops there is an overwhelming feeling of “why the hell did this not already exist?" From those anxiously waiting for Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s possible musical alliance to the forever grateful Jay-Z and Kanye <i>Watch the Throne</i> enthusiasts, when two lyrical heavyweights …

Everything that’s happened since Frank Ocean’s last album

It was back in February 2013 that Frank Ocean first confirmed that he’d started work on his second studio album, the follow-up to 2012’s beloved <i>channel ORANGE</i>. That was three and a half years ago now, and it finally looks like that follow-up is ready: yesterday he started broadcasting a live stream …

Hear Grimes’ track ‘Medieval Warfare’ from Suicide Squad

We’ve not had anything musically from Grimes since the release of her killer album <i>Art Angels</i> last year, but rejoice, a new track is here, and it’s on the <i>Suicide Squad</i> soundtrack.<p>Grimes first announced the record’s impending arrival back in June, now “Medieval Warfare” has just premiered on Beats1 …

Searching for Transcendence with Radiohead

I took my fourteen-year-old son to see Radiohead the other night. He really likes the band, though maybe not as much as I do. He had never been to a concert at Madison Square Garden. I’ve been to my share, through the years. The first was the Rolling Stones, in 1981, when I was twelve. I got the …

The Bleakness and Joy of “BoJack Horseman”

With silly animal gags and harrowing themes, the animated series is one of the most emotionally ambitious and goofiest shows on television.<p>When “BoJack Horseman” débuted, in 2014, it didn’t look particularly original. It was the hundredth series about a middle-aged man—well, a horse, but still—who …

Julian Woodhouse, Breakout Designer and Army Officer, Isn't Afraid of a Little Makeup

At 26, Julian Woodhouse has already worked as a model and stylist, but that hasn't stopped the current Army officer from adding another profession to his resume: menswear designer! Last week, he went on leave to officially debut his label Wood House during New York Fashion Week: Men's – and he …

State of the Art | V Magazine

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Listen to M.I.A. "Go Off" On New Track | V Magazine

Four months after the release of her controversial song "Borders" that shined a harsh light on the refugee crisis, M.I.A. has dropped yet another …

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Ai Weiwei, Patti Smith to Honor Oscar Wilde with New Art Project | V Magazine

As one of Britain’s literary heroes, Oscar Wilde was a multi layered, complicated character. His works delve into the unconventional romantic …

Literature

Street Style Is All About Self-Expression

Photographer Craig McDean captures 12 girls of the moment in clothes that express her individual style in a fashion story inspired by <i>i-D</i>, the magazine <i>W</i>'s guest art director Terry Jones founded in 1980.

Catherine Martin decodes the epic street style in Baz Luhrmann's new Netflix series 'The Get Down'

Even if you have not heard of <i>The Get Down</i> yet, soon it will be all you're talking about. Baz Luhrmann’s highly-anticipated first television series, which lands on Netflix next Friday<i>,</i> charts the beginnings of hip hop in the late 70s, following the teenagers who discover Grandmaster Flash’s …

A Brief History of Rihanna in W Magazine

Rihanna, <i>W</i>'s September 2016 cover star, has been a regular fixture in the magazine since she arrived on the scene. Here, a look back at her previous appearances, from 2010 to the present.

Blade Runner 2: First gloomy image released for long-awaited sequel

In 2017, a sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic <i>Blade Runne</i>r will arrive in cinemas, 35 years after the original was released.<p>While recent concept …

T2 trailer: First teaser for Trainspotting sequel sees the gang back together

Trainspotting 2, or <i>T2</i>, as it’s officially known, has debuted a first teaser trailer.<p>It’s essentially a first image or first GIF really, showing …

Will 'Genius' bring new readers to the novels of Thomas Wolfe?

The vagaries of literary fashion are hard to anticipate, but here’s a prediction for the summer reading season that’s probably a safe bet: Although …

Literature

Top menswear talking points (2.8.16)

From shakeups at Berluti to speculation over Raf Simons role at Calvin Klein, check in with the biggest stories, opinion pieces and news updates …

8 amazing menswear brands you’ve never heard of

Native Youth<p>A Manchester brand that isn’t tracksuits or bucket hats – hurrah! They started out in 2012 with a small 30 piece collection, but is now …

Menswear

14 best new menswear items in the world this week

Every week, we get to see the coolest products hitting the menswear market before anyone else - and of course, as committed clothes fans, we have our …

Raf Is in at Calvin—How Will Menswear’s Most Innovative Designer Change the All-American Brand?

I’ve argued a few times that Raf Simons is the most exciting, the most innovative, and ultimately the most important designer working in menswear today. Which is why his appointment as chief creative officer of Calvin Klein is exciting: We’ll get twice as many menswear collections from Simons each …

Menswear

TheWrap Relaunches With a Sexy New Design - Hope You Like It!

An airier design, endless scroll and new features for video and photos mark our new approach<p>You might notice that TheWrap looks a little different …

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Book of the Week – Couture Confessions e-book: Twentieth-Century Fashion Icons in Their Own Wo

<i>Image Courtesy of WWD.com</i><p>What is more interesting than discovering the haute couture creations showcased on the runways is to hear a couturier …