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The T List: What to Try, Buy and Listen to This Week


Welcome to the T List, a new newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. Each week, we’re sharing five things we are eating, wearing, listening to or coveting now. We hope you’ll join us for the ride. (Sign up here, if you haven’t already, and you can reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.)

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Despite working as a fashion editor, I rarely fall for “it bags” and instead have preferred timeless styles with anonymous branding, which aren’t typically shown on the runway. This fall, a handful of designers introduced minimal, elegant frame bags (the rectangular style that clasps shut at the top), and it has been difficult for me to choose a favorite. Simone Rocha offered a baby pink version in a bulbous shape, similar to that of her signature voluminous dresses, while Luke and Lucie Meier of Jil Sander created theirs from buttery leather in pastel yellow and a range of neutral hues. The most memorable one, however, was from Loewe, with a built-in vanity mirror that was encased in an Art Deco-inspired gold-plated frame. In the end, I’ll likely purchase a frame bag from an indie brand, because they’re important to support — like this green one from the Stockholm-based Little Liffner or this one from the English line Dorateymur — or I’ll scour Etsy or eBay for something vintage and lower in price (just type in “vintage frame bags”).


Listen to This

As the unofficial creative hub of Nigeria, Lagos is home to more than 20 million people — and on any regular day in the city, it can feel as though a large part of the population consists of musicians jostling for a shot at success. One of Afrobeats’ emerging talents to note is Jennifer Ejoke, a.k.a. Wavy the Creator (pictured above). She started to perform on the Lagos music scene in 2017; at the time, she was already known as the designer behind the fashion brand Azif and as the personal photographer and videographer to the Nigerian rap star Olamide. But she surprised many by branching into a recording career when she released her debut single, “H.I.G.H (Her in Greater Heights).” The auto-tuned Afro-house hit earned her an invitation to perform at the 2018 Homecoming Africa concert, and soon after, she signed to Disturbing London, the entertainment company co-founded by the British rapper Tinie Tempah. Ejoke — who calls herself “the Nigerian alien” — claims a devout following of anti-establishment young creatives who regard her edgy fashion and synth-heavy music as a protest against convention. She plans to drop her debut EP by year’s end. Meet four more musicians here.

At the top of my list of art exhibitions to see this fall is “In a Cloud, In a Wall, In a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury,” which opens at the Art Institute of Chicago on Sept. 6. The show takes its name from a claim made by the Bauhaus-influenced Cuban furniture designer Clara Porset, who believed that inspiration can be found everywhere. The museum brings together work by a cross-genre, cross-cultural constellation of socially progressive artists and designers: Porset, the photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo, the sculptor Ruth Asawa and the fiber artists Sheila Hicks, Anni Albers and Cynthia Sargent. All of these women spent time in Mexico during its creative renaissance between the 1940s and the 1970s, contributing to the country’s rich cultural landscape with groundbreaking work — interiors, photomurals, sculpture, prints, jewelry and textiles — rooted in Modernist processes but heavily influenced by local indigenous traditions. Big museum shows tend to have a nostalgic feel, so it’s refreshing to encounter a group of forward-thinkers who challenged the idea that craft and design are subordinate to painting and architecture — not to mention that Modernism has often been presented as a series of masculine schools of thought. “In a Cloud, In a Wall, In a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury” is on view through Jan. 12, 2020, at 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, artic.edu.


Wear This

Training for a marathon requires you to spend a fair amount of time in workout gear, which is a challenge come fall, when the stifling heat slowly turns to a cool chill. One rule of thumb is to dress like it’s 15 to 20 degrees warmer than the actual outside temperature, which can mean a shirt and shorts or layers, depending on the person and the exact time of year. But either way, for my runs, I favor clothing by smaller, more independent labels dedicated solely to running. Tracksmith, for example, makes one of the best lightweight T-shirts I have found, in a silky mesh that could pass for a casual everyday crew neck, and it comes in a long-sleeve version for those chillier morning runs. I’m also a fan of District Vision’s running tops, which use a hidden mesh construction that allows for maximum breathability. The long-distance shorts from Satisfy are my other go-to — they’re made from a proprietary woven merino wool that’s fast-drying and provides insulation for a comfortable 15-mile run.


As summer comes to an end, I’ve noticed that my skin needs a boost from being exposed to the sun all season long. I recently began using Whal Myung’s Skin Elixir, a potion of sorts (the Chinese characters for the brand’s original name, Whal Myung Su, mean “lifesaving water”) that was created for Korea’s royal family during the Joseon dynasty in 1897. Touted as a “secret” formula, its five main ingredients are extracts of citrus peel, cinnamon bark, ginger, nutmeg and a flowering plant called corydalis — all combined to fight inflammation, oxidation and bacteria, while also soothing and hydrating skin. It smells fresh and not too astringent. I’ll rub a little bit of the elixir on my face each morning before applying sunscreen and I’ve seen fast results: My face is better moisturized and less oily, and even its basic texture has improved. For more important occasions, I recommend using the brand’s sheet masks, which are soaked in the elixir blend, so you can drown your skin in the stuff for a good 20 minutes or more. whalmyung.com


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Kerby Jean-Raymond’s Pyer Moss show was the last in his three-part series of collections exploring the erasure of African-American culture. Titled “American, Also,” the event was held at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, where a live choir performance opened with a sermon by the writer Casey Gerald. The designer’s muse was Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an electric-guitar-playing gospel singer, and he collaborated with Richard Phillips, an artist who was recently exonerated after spending 45 years in prison. To see more photos from fashion week, follow us on Instagram @tmagazine.


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