Kim Kardashian’s Skims Will Design the U.S. Olympic Team’s Underwear, and Other News

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Dalilah Muhammad modeling Skims. Photography by Vanessa Beecroft

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Kim Kardashian’s shapewear label, Skims, is the U.S. Olympic Team’s official underwear brand.

Ms. Kardashian West announced the unusual partnership on Monday, sharing images of Team U.S.A. athletes modeling the collection on Instagram. “Ever since I was 10 years old, I’ve heard every single detail about the Olympics,” Ms. Kardashian West wrote in the post, alluding to Caitlyn Jenner, who won a gold medal in the decathlon event at the 1976 Olympic Games and was married to her mother, Kris Jenner. “When I received the call inviting Skims to be a part of @TeamUSA 🇺🇸, every moment I’ve spent admiring the strength and energy of the Olympians from the sidelines came full circle.”

The American Heart Association recommends keeping Apple products away from medical devices. 

Earlier this month the organization revealed that Apple’s latest iPhone 12 series can cause electromagnetic interference with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators in close range. The culprit? Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging technology. “We have always known that magnets can interfere with cardiac implantable electronic devices, however, we were surprised by the strength of the magnets used in the iPhone 12 magnet technology,” says lead study investigator, Dr. Michael Wu. “In general, a magnet can change a pacemaker’s timing or deactivate a defibrillator’s life-saving functions, and this research indicates the urgency for everyone to be aware that electronic devices with magnets can interfere with cardiac implantable electronic devices.”

Smoked mushroom garums at Noma. Photography by Ditte Isager

Copenhagen’s heralded restaurant Noma is launching a product line of ancient condiments. 

It’s not uncommon for famous chefs to enter the retail market with sauces, spices, and other at-home ingredients, but this might be the first time one has ever released a line of products inspired by the culinary customs of ancient Rome. René Redzepi, the boundary-pushing chef of the pioneering New Nordic restaurant Noma, is launching a collection of arums and fermented sauces under a new brand dubbed Noma Projects later this year. The collection, priced between $20 and $35, will be available for international shipping and come packed with whimsical label illustrations by British artist David Shrigley.

President Biden signs a bill that designates Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub a national memorial. 

On Friday, President Biden signed legislation that designates Orlando’s former Pulse Nightclub as the National Pulse Memorial to honor the victims of the 2016 mass shooting. “A place of acceptance and joy became a place of unspeakable pain and loss,” Biden said about the former LGBT nightclub at the bill signing. “We’ll never fully recover, but we’ll remember.” He continues that the bill “enshrines in perpetuity literally a monument to the loss that occurred there, and an action and determination that we’re going to deal with this every single solitary day and make sure that we’re not in a position to see this happen again.”

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates will receive a series of major London exhibitions around his love of ceramics. 

A trio of major exhibitions in London will be keeping Theaster Gates busy this year. The Chicago-based artist and activist will be presenting shows at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Whitechapel Gallery, and the Serpentine Galleries, where he landed the prestigious Serpentine Pavilion commission. At the Victoria & Albert, where he recently completed a fellowship, Gates researched the museum’s ceramics collection, focusing on the melding of Eastern and Western practices and “political histories within craft,” according to a project statement. The response to that research will be exhibited as part of the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition, which will feature not only his ceramic objects, sculptures, and film works, but also feature other potters such as David Drake. “Clay made me and is forever the root of my artistic interest, but I don’t feel limited by any origin story to work solely within the confines of my origins,” Gates told Ceramics Monthly magazine earlier this year. “Blackness, clay, immateriality, and space are all launching pads that encourage advanced practice, reflection, trial, and iteration. I am practicing acts of creation.” 

London courts hand out jail sentences to a pair running a Supreme counterfeiting scheme. 

A court in London has handed out jail sentences to a father and son who’ve been operating a “brazen” copycat scheme of Supreme. According to the judges, Michele and Marcello Di Pierro had been going so far as to act as if they were the true owners of the New York–based streetwear company. The two “hijacked every facet of the company’s identity and plagiarized it,” Judge Martin Beddoe said after a jury found the pairy guilty of fraud. “Like ticks, they jumped from one company to another and one jurisdiction to another.” Supreme had long been battling the Di Pierros across European courts after he registered the brand’s name across southern Europe and even opened Supreme-branded stores in China and Spain. 

Dior Spring/Summer 2022 menswear show by Es Devlin. Photography by Adrien Dirand

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