Volume 219

The first ever cannabis commercial.

Did you know US president George Washington grew his own bud supply? Me neither. That’s just one of the facts MedMen, the largest cannabis company started in the U.S, brought to light when they made history this week by debuting the first ever consumer cannabis commercial. The two-minute slot is a political history of the drug with a mission to make buying weed as normal as buying a packet of crisps! Take a look.

+44 leave a message for Europe.

Feeling voiceless about the impending Brexit deadline? Fear not, artist Joe Sweeney wants you to leave a message for Europe in his recreated 1990s BT phone booth that he’s installed on the Kent coast facing France. The booth will record messages left by the public during the 28-day countdown to Brexit to bring attention to people’s hopes and fears surrounding the departure. Those who can’t make it to Kent can leave a message on the site where there will also be livestream footage of the booth. Say your goodbyes after the tone.

Gorillaz X Levi’s.

The bizarre warm spell seems to be continuing, meaning it might be time to ditch the puffer and bring back some indigo love in the form of a trusty denim jacket! Levi’s, aka the gurus of all things denim, have linked up with virtual rock band Gorillaz to create a wicked spring summer collection. The collab focuses on Levi’s signature logo which has been reworked by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett to feature all four band members. As well as jackets, you can also get your hands on hoodies, t-shirts and tote bags, all of which can be customized with alternative patterns, colours and motifs. The full Gorillaz x Levi’s collection is only available for the next two months from the Levi’s print bar. Run run run!

Italo disco is back!

This weekend I danced my Sunday blues away at an Italo disco party… pretty random even for me. Described by some DJs as Marmite, it’s gotta be the most amazingly uncool genre ever created, but once you get in the groove it’s good fun and this night in particular was for a good cause. After a two year hiatus, DJ duo Bicep brought back their Italo disco party to the Hackney Arts centre(EartH) and were joined by friends, Peach, Job Jobse and DJ Tennis who all played to raise money for charities Youth Music and The Malala Fund. Complete with an Italo dress code, the special night featured an abundance of thick moustaches, sequins, and tiny football shorts. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one but in the meantime listen to this golden mix and decide for yourself whether my sore feet and Monday hangover was worth it.

‘I’m a man in a dress’.

Cara Delavigne caused some controversary when she rocked up to the royal wedding last year in a suit and top hat, but Billy Porter may have just trumped that. He tore gender fashion norms to the ground and left the internet shook with his red carpet look to the Oscars this year – a velvet tuxedo gown, and it is EVERYTHING. I can’t stop admiring the piece, it’s stunning! Find out who was the designer behind this magnificent work and why he did it here.

Fake modelling agency of the week.

In latest news of unconventional ways in which fashion labels offer up their new collections, designer Steven Tai has teamed up with art director PZ and set up a fake modelling agency to create a conceptual shopping experience for autumn winter 19. The 90s style agency site is complete with fake bios, catalogue portfolio shots (including one from Cody the dog) and reviews from happy clients. Unfortunately, you can’t actually book these models, but you can preview and pre-order pieces from the collection that will be launched fully in Paris this week.