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Darlings, let’s all glimmer and shimmer today, in honor of our gorgeous, glamorous, gilded lounge. Because as someone once said, all that glisters is not gold – sometimes it’s you! Okay, daily affirmations: done and done. We all feel great about ourselves now. Yay, us.
And now, a reminder that today is WEDNESDAY. You made it to humpday, you glistering queen. Have a soothing or energizing cocktail on us. And while you’re sipping that, get a load of the daily specials on our Menu of Distractions:
The Best Parts of FX’s Mrs. America Are Its Lesser-Known Feminists
All you needed to say was “Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly,” and Mrs. America was all but guaranteed a mainstream audience. The limited series, which premiered on FX in mid-April, has become a slow-burn hit, and much has been written about whether we really needed a series devoted to the emotional depths of America’s leading antifeminist. Blanchett is tremendous as Schlafly, of course. But in the end, the series suffers from the time it spends teasing out Schlafly’s character, time that it could instead have devoted to its far more engaging supporting cast.
The Most Scandalous Fashion Books to Read Right Now
Pass the popcorn, here are 20 of the most jaw-dropping, gossip-filled fashion books ever!
Finally!! Life-long fashion journalist and former Vogue creative director, André Leon Talley’s newest book, The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir is available—and not a moment too soon. By now, you’ve most likely finished Netflix, baked 100 different banana breads and have completed enough puzzles to last a lifetime. How about picking up a book to remind yourself of what’s really important? GOSSIP! Early press on ALT’s newest memoir teases that this time, he pulls no punches–in particular, with his former boss, a certain sunglass-sporting, bob-having, fresh-from-the-runway Prada wearer. With an unparalleled career spanning from the early 1970s, working simultaneously with the legendary Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute and Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine, plus stints at W, WWD, the New York Times and ultimately Vogue, if anyone’s got stories to tell, it’s André. So, if The Chiffon Trenches whets your whistle for more juicy scoop, here are 20 more fashion reads that will be sure to satisfy.
Motherhood Through The Looking ‘Gram
Parents want to share their lives on Instagram but at what cost? Molly Langmuir goes down the rabbit hole.
There are now 4.5 million mom influencers in the U.S. according to Mom 2.0 Summit, a professional conference for parenting influencers, and their impact is “like word of mouth on steroids,” the president and founder of a creative agency told Money magazine in 2018. Two years ago, when I posted the first photo of my then one-month-old son on Facebook, it felt almost obligatory. I’d written it on my to-do list, in between figuring out some details of my maternity leave and buying a breast pump. It got twice as many likes as anything else I’d ever put up.
Barbarian at the Lens: Ron Galella and the Dawn of the Age of Paparazzi
Jackie Kennedy hated him—and for good reason—but his work behind the camera defined an era.
“I consider myself a great photographer,” says Ron Galella. “The greatest living photographer now,” he revises, then thinks on it for another moment. “The most famous. Google who’s the best. They’ll say Ron Galella. I mean Avedon and Irving Penn were great photographers. But they’re dead.”
The Children Are Swearing More During Quarantine
In the scheme of a global pandemic, do a few inelegant words matter?
While we’re stuck at home, cut off from society, it seems pointless to observe social niceties.
Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History
A few hundred years in the borough, from the brownstones to the shipyards. Our critic chats with a fourth-generation Brooklynite and historian.
Old Hollywood’s Most Scandalous Secrets, as Told by David Niven
Thought Netflix’s Hollywood was juicy? Just wait until you hear what the golden age star had to say about Errol Flynn, Carole Lombard, and more in his memoir Bring on the Empty Horses.
According to David Niven, debonair star of films including Wuthering Heights, Around the World in 80 Days, and Bonjour Tristesse, not all full-service brothels in the golden age of movies were run out of gas stations, as in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Hollywood. One was housed in a stately colonial-style mansion right under his window in the North Hollywood hills, run by a “Baroness” and filled with whips, kinky costumes, and two beautiful failed actresses deeply in love.
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