T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on April 19, 2019

We’re in the final stretch of book-writing, so we’re afraid our list of articles that caught our eyes this week is smaller than usual. Nevertheless, these following pieces gave us a moment’s distraction, which is a pretty big mark in their favor on this week of all weeks. Enjoy, darlings!


For the Paris fashion world, Notre-Dame and all it represents was a gravitational pole.

Woven Into the Fabrics of France By Vanessa Friedman at The New York Times



Since joining the Royal Family nearly a year ago, Meghan Markle has already drawn comparisons to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana and former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy, both fashion icons and noted humanitarians.

Why Meghan Markle Has Looked to Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy for Fashion Inspiration By Carolyn Durand at ELLE



Her first collection nods to that unforgettable How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days dress.

At 40, Kate Hudson is Finally Realizing Her Dream of Becoming a Fashion Designer By Jennifer Ferrise at InStyle



RuPaul Andre Charles was born in San Diego in 1960. His mother, Ernestine Fontinette, who went by Toni, worked in the registrar’s office at San Diego City College. His father, Irving Charles, was an electrician. Toni believed her son would be a star—a psychic told her so before he was born. “The psychic said, ‘It’s a boy, and he’s going to be famous,’ ” RuPaul says. “So I grew up knowing that.”

How the World Fell Head Over Heels for RuPaul By Abby Aguire at Vogue



“As an industry, this is our greatest opportunity right now to change. We can step up to the plate to be better hair and makeup artists,” says Carla Wallace, Lupita Nyong’o’s hairstylist. “People are going to have to come out of their fear to work with all types and colors of hair.”

How ‘Little’ Is Normalizing Natural Hair for Black Women On Screen By Maya Tribbitt at The Holywood Reporter



Thanks to Miuccia Prada, the girlish headband is once more part of the grown woman’s style repertoire. Here, Vogue explores its comeback – and reflects on the original pioneers of the trend.

The Style Muses Who Pioneered SS19’s Power Headband By Julia Hobbs at British Vogue



“I dress women of all ages and have for years. I have female customers that I see on a daily basis that speak in these terms to describe how they want to look in clothes to me,” Siriano wrote in an email. “I would never equate the term ‘old lady’ with something negative, but rather as a way to describe something that simply looks dated.”

Let’s talk about ‘Project Runway’ stars using ‘old lady’ to describe unflattering clothes By Robin Givhan at The Washington Post



Faces hiding under hats, hips shunting: This is Fosse, all right, but it’s early Fosse. The hats aren’t the bowlers that would become a trademark and that he had already used in the classic “Steam Heat” number in “The Pajama Game.” These hats are supposed to be Cuban, because this is supposed to be a mambo, the Cuban dance that was in vogue in the mid-50s. It’s characteristic of Fosse to have turned Latin hip action into something mechanical like a train, typical of him to close off sensuality in cold detachment. The isolation of body parts here — the tick-tocking hips, the pistoning forearms, the tiny steps — is a technique, picked up from the African diaspora, to which he would become more and more addicted.

Hands! Hips! Hats! The Why and How of Fosse/Verdon Dance Moves by Brian Seibert at the New York Times



Taking to the stage, Bolton explained that the exhibition has been built around Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on Camp. He said, “Effectively, Sontag serves as the ghost narrator of the show, which will be divided into two parts. In the first, Sontag plays the role of the ghost of camp’s past [to illustrate] both its etymological and phenomenological origins.” That first section will trace the evolution of camp from the court of Louis XIV, where one will find pieces from Chanel’s Versailles-inspired Fall 1987 collection by Karl Lagerfeld, through to its moment of definition by Sontag.

“From Sun Kings to Drag Queens:” What to Expect From the 2019 Costume Institute Exhibit by Luke Leitch at Vogue



[Photo Credit: Frances McLaughlin-Gill/Condé Nast]

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