Earlier this summer, talking about his fall 2021 show, Jonathan Anderson said that fashion should be a little quieter at the moment. I get that. I love the idea of a wardrobe that serves a person just trying to live with a bit of dignified glamour, like Anderson did at Loewe in July with his simple, proper coats and Prada did with its pin-neat lounge looks the same month. Very bourgeois, and full of the sort of stability many find comforting in these times. Your clothing doesn’t have to be sad sweatpants, but it doesn’t have to shout either. And anyways, all the political fashion—the “VOTE” T-shirts and all that stuff—makes me wanna claw my eyes out a little.
But there’s another school of dressers right now that wants fashion to be loud. These are people for whom fashion is a part of declaring identity, for whom
The cheapest version of Apple’s iPad was already a convincing replacement for a basic laptop, save for a couple of little quirks. This afternoon, Apple decided to make it a bit better anyway. Starting this month, the $330 iPad is getting an upgraded processor (which Apple says makes it 40 percent faster than its predecessor) and lets it run the new iPad OS extremely smoothly. These changes are fairly iterative. The regular iPad is still basically as good as it was before.
The iPad Air Goes Semi-Pro
The updates to the iPad Air, on the other hand, are extremely significant. The new iPad Air looks a lot like the iPad Pro announced earlier this year, with a massive 10.9-inch end-to-end screen and no home button. Sneakily, the iPad Air has TouchID built into the power button. This frankly, rules. FaceID on the iPad Pro is a little bit janky—when using
Lastly, Dior men’s artistic director Kim Jones—who last week added Fendi womenswear to his design duties—took home the award for International Menswear Designer of the Year. His innovations in men’s couture and ability to translate subcultural obsessions for mass audiences have won him rave reviews in the fashion world; over five million people tried to buy his Air Dior sneaker.
Even outside of the awards for menswear designers, it was a male-dominated lineup of winners, with Christopher John Rodgers, the beloved young designer whose gowns merge Ralph Lauren cool with Cinderella fantasy, taking home the award for emerging designer, and Pierpaolo Piccioli scored International Womenswear Designer for his breathtaking work at Valentino. Gabriela Hearst won the award for Womenswear Designer of the Year, beating out The Row, Brandon Maxwell, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford. (Ford was also nominated for his menswear.)
As noted on Twitter, only 16% of the winners
In the new video for Drake and DJ Khaled’s “Popstar” single, Justin Bieber gives an Oscar-winning performance. On the track, Drake suggests that songs usually don’t get this big without a “Bieber face,” so he enlisted his fellow Canadian to stand in for him in the video. Bieber parades out in full matching Versace sets, Louis Vuitton pants, and an ‘80s-glam blue shearling coat. He’s dripping in chains. Naturally, he’s wearing a killer watch, too. He is in full pop star mode.
But within this glamorous fantasy world, the watch is a surprisingly subtle choice. There are a lot of pieces you think of when you imagine a pop star—Bieber and Drake own practically all of them—but the relatively humble Rolex Datejust worn here isn’t necessarily in that category. Although if the job of someone like Bieber is to take raw materials—whether that’s lyrics, choreography, or entry-level timepieces—and