The Mule Bar at The Holy Birds, London, England
Oooh, today’s Lounge has a very “Let’s head to the basement rec room and dance to 45s with the other teens” vibe – except with easy access to alcohol. We’ll take it. So long as we get to dance with boys and no one complains because they let Black people in. Hey, just because we like the aesthetic doesn’t mean we want to live in the time period, you know?
Today is THURSDAY. Huzzah.
Here’s a topic: Masks. Not so much a debate on the efficacy of them or a harangue to make you wear them, but a discussion of preferences for the hottest fashion item of 2020. Lorenzo bought some handmade fabric ones from Etsy a couple of months ago, made from cutesy novelty fabrics, but Tom is finding them a little too precious for long-term wear and prefers either a bandanna or a mask with a bit less of a children’s birthday party vibe. So what’s your Mask pref, kittens? Hilarious, statement-making, political, fashionable or just plain functional?
And while you’re all debating that, take some time to peruse all of the distractions compiled for you today:
Sephora Becomes the First Brand to Take Aurora James’s 15% Pledge
When Aurora James founded the 15% Pledge, a nonprofit organization that asks retailers to commit to dedicating 15% of their inventory to Black-owned businesses, Sephora was one of the four major brands to whom she addressed the pledge on June 1. “Sephora is such a huge company, has so many stores, and is such a major touch point for so many women—and I also know how innovative they are,” James tells Vogue. “I’ve worked with them in the past, and I felt like they were in a really prime position to make this change.” Today, Sephora became the first retailer to take her up on the challenge.
Take a Trip to a Print-Lovers Paradise in the Vogue Archive
Fashion has proved itself to be a great source of joy, from extreme escapism on the runways to small objects that are a pleasure to look at. For another dose of reverie, dive into the pages of Vogue from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Photographers such as Helmut Newton, Henry Clarke, Franco Rubartelli, and David Bailey showcased spectacular and psychedelic summer prints on models like Jean Shrimpton and Editha Dussler. The results are immensely fun photos that evoke the free-spirited ethos of the era. And if you see summer as an opportunity to wear bold, happy prints, we’ve found six ways to recreate the look. Lose yourself in this set of groovy images from the archive and let summer’s offering of extraordinary printed kaftans, swimsuits, dresses, and more lift your spirits.
Samira Nasr Announced as New Editor in Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR
Hearst Magazines has officially named Samira Nasr editor in chief of the U.S. edition of Harper’s BAZAAR, overseeing content strategy and development across the brand’s print and digital platforms. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines President Troy Young. Nasr will report to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis and begins her new role July 6. Nasr is the first Black editor in chief in the history of the 153-year-old publication.
Lea Michele and Other Celebrities Learn the Hard Way that Performative Allyship Isn’t Enough
How a social media spat laid bare a moment of reckoning in celebrity culture.
Over the past month, since the killing of George Floyd led to widespread demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism, celebrities and brands of every stripe eagerly aligned themselves with Black Lives Matters and other anti-racism movements on their social media platforms.
Something happened along the way, though: critics noticed the chasm between what these suddenly engaged, self-proclaimed allies preached, and what they practiced. And they had a word for it: hypocrisy. When the actress Lea Michele posted a tweet of support for #BlackLivesMatter, a former castmate, Samantha Ware, immediately called her out publicly: “Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?”
Visiting the National Memorial for Peace and Justice Should Be a Requirement for Every White American
The Memorial and Montgomery’s Legacy Museum bring home this country’s history of racial injustice.
Since their official launch in April 2018, the museum and the memorial have turned sleepy Montgomery into an unlikely tourist mecca: Visitors from across the United States—families; school, church, and community groups; business leaders; government officials; delegations of U.S. senators and congressmen; celebrities—have been descending in droves to either confront the darkest chapters of their country’s history or, if they are Black, to see finally an affirmation of the truth of their condition.
Museums Collect Protest Signs to Preserve History in Real Time
Curators surveyed the area outside the White House on Wednesday for artifacts that will help record the emotional turmoil.
Worried About Social Distancing When Traveling? Join the Crowd and Rent an R.V.
Recreational vehicles were gaining in popularity before the pandemic. Now, with travel restrictions loosening, a surge of travelers is drawn to the relative solitude that R.V.s offer.
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