Week in Review
Sunday is nothing if not a great day to read. As such, introducing Week in Review, a weekly digest of interesting things happening around the world to shape the state of our humanity at this moment in time.
I've always felt that Fashion, writ large, should be more inclusive in the range of topics it covers, and that it should also be more included among the topics that matter. Rather than compartmentalizing our love for fashion and relegating it to the domain of the superficial, why not fold it into that of the substantive? I once described my dream publication to a friend as Vogue meets the Economist meets the New Yorker. Consider this weekly column just that.
It's Fashion Week in New York City!
- Vanessa Friedman's invaluable guide to the week is here. She notably describes the emerging "see now, buy now" trend in which technology and the age of digital commerce is upending the traditional fashion calendar.
- The Fashion Law rounds up reactions to Kanye West's Yeezy collection Season 4. This excerpt from Robin Given's Washington Post Review stands out.
"And if these high-priced frocks are just meant to be clothes — just basic commodities — then something more than the glitter of celebrity should give them value. Needs to. If not, that’s an insult to the masses. Really, it is. Cult of fame? Fame is easy. Good clothes are hard."
- President Obama sat down to discuss climate change with The New York Times. He called the trends "terrifying." The video is almost 14 minutes, but intersperses the interview with coverage of the key climate issues that have come up during the Obama Presidency, and is well worth a watch.
- In other news, the President is taking on his second effort to block a pipeline. Following the block on the Keystone XL pipeline last year, he used his Executive Power to temporarily block the Dakota Access pipeline. The pipeline has been staunchly opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as it would go through land the tribe considers sacred, and would also threaten their only water source, the Missouri River.
- Genetic modification might be one of the defining moral-philosophical-economic issues of our time. Here, an interesting read about a way in which the genetic alteration of mosquitos could be applied to the preservation of Hawaii's birds. At issue?
"Many Hawaiians are particularly sensitive to what they see as the abuses of biotechnology. Critics argue that altering genes to save birds could cause extinctions and other unknown effects, and yet this technology may present the first genuine opportunity to protect these vanishing species."
- The World Nomad Games are bringing together thousands of nomadic peoples from around the world to compete in traditional sports:
"It’s about striving to protect and highlight something vanishing from the world...The world’s nomadic peoples and peoples of nomadic heritage clearly have responded to the message of elevation, traditional preservation, and soft protestation against globalization’s athletic whitewashing of the world."
Importantly, for our purposes, a costume competition was included.
- At a time when beach attire seems to be an issue of global conversation, Michal Ronnen Safdie's images of Haredi Orthodox Jews bathing at a beach near Tel Aviv enriches the dialogue.
- Daniel Wesangula profiles Paula Kahumbu, one of Africa's most remarkable conservationists about the work she does to save Kenya's elephants and promote a local ecological conservation movement. Here's a great quote from her:
“Conservation is not a monopoly of one particular race or tribe. Conservation is part of all of us. Yet for decades, looking after the environment in Africa has been seen as a ‘white man’s job’.”
What have you read this week? Please share!