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CULTURED's Top 10 Stories of March 2023

Portrait of Marsai Martin. Photography by Kobe Wagstaff.

1. Marsai Martin's Butterfly Effect 

Lifetime achievement awards commemorate the kind of milestones that Marsai Martin is breezing through. The history-making actor and producer spoke to CULTURED columnist Rachel Cargle—whose upcoming memoir and manifesto A Renaissance of Our Own will be released this spring—for the magazine's February/March 2023 issue about building an empire from the age of 5, and enjoying every stop along the way.

Portrait of Eric Nam. Photography by Guanchen Liu and courtesy of Commission.

2. Eric Nam’s Commission Campaign Is ‘So Inherently Asian’

Upon the finale of European fashion month and the release of his new album, There And Back Again (Reimagined), the Korean-American multi-hyphenate and art collector, Eric Nam, stars in an all Asian campaign for the celebrated indie label, Commission, that weaves its co-founders' Korean and Vietnamese heritages with contemporary fashion. Nam discussed his part in the project, interest in fashion, and new movie, Transplant, which releases later this year.

Portrait of Mia Goth. Photography by Virisa Yong and courtesy of Prada.

3. Mia Goth and Ti West Reunite at CULTURED and Prada's Chateau Marmont Dinner 

The fashion, film, and art worlds joined Editor-in-Chief Sarah Harrelson and the Italian fashion house, Prada, for an intimate dinner at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles to celebrate CULTURED's new issue and its cover star, Mia Goth. The evening's guest of honor—fresh off the Miu Miu runway in Paris—was dressed in a red organza shift and leather trench from Prada's Spring/Summer 23 runway collection and reunited with director Ti West, her collaborator on the cult horror trilogy X series.

Mia Goth on the Miu Miu runway. Photography by and courtesy of Isidore Montag.

4. Mia Goth Made Her Runway Debut at Miu Miu 

The cult actor and recent CULTURED cover star, Mia Goth, has slinked across the red carpet, ascended the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Met Ball, and even walked her co-star Alexander Skarsgård with a leash (for film promotion, of course), but the Infinity Pool star has checked off a new milestone this season in Paris—the catwalk. On the last day of Paris Fashion Week, Goth was the first to walk down Miu Miu's Fall/Winter 2023 runway for a collection created in collaboration with the artist Geumhyung Jeong.

Portrait of Lindsey Wikstrom and Jean Suh. Photography by Guarionex Rodriguez and courtesy of Mattaforma.

5. 6 Female Architects Advocating for Sustainability in Design 

Women comprise less than a quarter of the architecture field. As the opportunity to achieve notable success and recognition remains arduous, it becomes all the more monumental when they do. This women’s history month, CULTURED spotlighted female architects who have not only climbed through the ranks of their industry but have used their accomplishments to improve the discipline itself and the world, too.

Portrait of Hilary Pecis. Photography by Amanda Friedman and courtesy of David Kordansky.

6. Hilary Pecis’s Rose-Tinted Los Angeles Is Not All Fantasy 

Hilary Pecis has enjoyed enthusiastic market attention for her earnestly winsome paintings of happily cluttered domestic interiors, tabletop still lifes, and street scenes of LA, where she lives. The world Pecis describes is simple, harmonious, free from fear, and untroubled by social ills. It is a place that many of us, especially over the past few years, would be glad to escape to. This month, viewers were given the opportunity to do so at her show, "Paths Crossed," at David Kordansky Los Angeles.

Portrait of Havana Rose Liu. Photography by Kobe Wagstaff. 

7. Havana Rose Liu Was Hand-Picked for the Spotlight 

Havana Rose Liu’s story echoes those of Old Hollywood, when stars were chosen merely for the way they existed, their radiance catching the eye of the right person in the right place at the right time. Today, the 25-year-old says that she was “dragged” into the spotlight. After years of rejecting overtures from photographers on the streets of her native New York, Liu has gone on to work on Netflix’s The ChairMayday, and The Sky Is Everywhere.

Portrait of Arushi Kapoor. Photography by Mara Friedman and courtesy of Kapoor.

8. Arushi Kapoor Does It All 

Arushi Kapoor has been in the art world since infancy. Raised in New Delhi, she grew up in a family that collected and kept the company of some of the country’s most prominent artists. Later, based primarily in Los Angeles and London, she  opened an eponymous gallery that primarily represents artists who are women and people of color, established an art advisory that caters to a number of LA heavyweights, and developed a formidable collection with a sharply honed focus. She spoke to CULTURED about her latest venture, the work that moves her most, and the one that got away.

Tina Barney, Hot Tub In Snow, 1979. Image courtesy of the artist and Kasmin.

9. Tina Barney's Crimes of Opportunity

Tina Barney's new show at Kasmin gallery is titled “The Beginning” because that’s what it pictures—specifically Barney's own as an artist. Barney picked up her first Pentax in her late 20s, only after she’d become a mom and wife. The exhibition at Kasmin illuminates the inimitable, self-conscious purview of her earliest work. Kat Herriman, CULTURED's editor-at-large, joined her in conversation to talk about her journey to the center of the art world. 

Portrait of Felix Mallard. Photography by Kobe Wagstaff.

10. Felix Mallard Is Ready To Bare It All 

Felix Mallard remembers the exact moment he discovered the enduring emotional power of performance. The model-turned–TV heartthrob learned how to connect with his character on the set of the long-running Aussie soap Neighbours. Since then, he's gone on to act in the Netflix hit Ginny & Georgia, the platform's most popular series to date. Now, he’s more committed than ever to performances that make people feel seen.