New York Fashion Week, Justin Bieber Never Say Never and More Culture Picks
Each week, The Daily Beast sifts through the cultural landscape to choose three top picks. This week, we give you the rundown on Fashion Week, Justin Bieber will warm your cold black heart, and a fashion photographer crosses the line—in the best possible way.
The favorite time of year for the well-heeled is upon us. But between the dozens of shows, parties, after-parties, and art openings, where should you direct your attention? We break down the 10 things to watch during the week, from Michael Kors’ 30th-anniversary celebration—complete with a massive giveaway—to the freshest new models. Plus, the details on Derek Lam’s line for eBay, Band of Outsiders’ first walk on the runway, and Martin Margiela’s unholy union with Opening Ceremony. Ready, set, strut.
The “Macaulay Culkin of music” is making his big-screen debut this weekend with the 3-D masterpiece Never Say Never but, wait for it, young Justin Bieber is surprisingly compelling. Among the revelations: The 16-year-old wields a razor on his baby face, can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 90 seconds, and just a few short years ago, lost a local talent competition. Bieber’s also impressively self-aware about his relatively new fame, and it’s hard even for those long past their teenage years not to smile when he recites a Hebrew prayer before his concert dates. Combine this entertaining biopic with his recent hailed appearances on SNL and The Daily Show, and Bieber might have already outgrown the most awkward of all teen phases: backlash.
Photographers—all artists, really—must walk a fine line. They create in the pursuit of high art, but usually can’t live without dabbling in commercial work that pays much more. Occasionally though, work made for hire transcends its function on the page of a magazine enough to warrant placement on the wall of a museum or a gallery. Such is the case with photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s fashion photography for W magazine, on view now in New York at the exhibition Eleven. Like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn before him, diCorcia elevates the genre of fashion photography to something distinctly artful, writes The Daily Beast’s Philip Gefter. It’s almost easy to forget the images were produced to sell not only clothes, but an entire way of life.