May boasts many important events: birthdays for Jamie Dornan, David Beckham and Jme, the Met Gala, the Cannes Film Festival and the FA Cup final to name a few. But unless you’ve wangled your way into one of those, you’ll be needing some other stylish options to see you through the month. Here are four May highlights that don’t require a suit, tie or three-figure ticket.
MAY TO-DO LIST
By Style Feed Staff, 3 May 2017
Read this: People in Cars by Mike Mandel
Musing on America’s – and Los Angeles’, in particular – relationship with cars isn’t a new concept, but there’s an admirable straightforwardness to Mike Mandel’s approach. For a period in the 70s, the photographer would post up with his 35mm camera on a street corner in his neighbourhood of Van Nuys, and snap portraits of drivers as they slowed to turn right in the late afternoon sun. By turns intimate, confrontational, humorous, lonely and crisply cool, Mandel’s black-and-white images are collected in a new book (published 12 May, Stanley/Barker) released to coincide with an exhibition at New York’s Robert Mann Gallery.
Listen to this: Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions
Go to this: Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
You may have to wait until the end of the month but May’s most stylish exhibition comes in the form of the V&A’s latest offering, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (opens 27 May). Head to London for a closer look at the work of master couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga, the man widely acknowledged in the industry as ‘the designers' designer’. Grab a rare chance to see some couture up close and take advantage of a programme of talks, workshops and events to see how the the label’s Spanish founder continues to influence fashion.