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GRANDIOSITY! In these uncertain times, it’s less a character deficit and more of a coping mechanism! To that end, put on your best shimmering gown (you too, boys), grab a Champagne flute from a passing tray (wielded by a waitperson with alarmingly excellent bone structure), down the contents and then throw it into the fireplace with abandon! Why? We’ll tell you why.
Because today is WEDNESDAY. Celebrate that fact in the most obnoxious manner possible!
Granted, sometimes it feels like the days of the week are a bit meaningless, but if we don’t impose the bare minimum of structure on our days, they will lapse into ANARCHY and CHAOS! At least that’s what we tell ourselves. We wouldn’t say we’re attempting to organize any sort of structured schedule to our days. We were never those types of people even when things were normal. But we have found that it’s in our best interests (i.e., sanity) to have a bit of a game plan each morning; work-based, chore-based, and/or fitness-based. If nothing else, it quiets the anxiety a little at the end of each day knowing we’ve done what we set out to do.
What’s your most useful coping mechanism right now? If it’s all about distracting yourself with frivolities, you’re in luck! Because we have a ton of them:
A Closer Look at Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana’s Complicated Relationship
Her Majesty and the Princess of Wales didn’t always see eye to eye.
There’s no question that people around the world still greatly miss Princess Diana–including her former mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II. But just like with so many families, Diana and Her Majesty didn’t always get along. Their relationship was tested many times over the years, most notably when they learned of Prince Charles’s longtime affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
But despite all of that, it’s clear that the Queen still deeply appreciated the work Diana did for the British throne and greater world. Here, we take a look back at Diana’s bond with Her Majesty from the time Charles first introduced her to his mom, up until the Princess of Wales’s tragic death in 1997.
The Secret History of the Dolls That Inspired Dior’s Couture Collection
Seventy five years after its creation in the aftermath of World War II, the miniature Théâtre de la Mode remains an exquisite example of creativity and resilience.
After World War II, France launched a mammoth rebuilding effort, and the fashion industry, with haute couture as a source of national pride, was a top priority. During the war, the Nazi regime had been intent on shifting the epicenter of culture from Paris to Berlin and Vienna, forcing couturiers to move to Germany and offering subsidies to German clothing brands so that they could outperform the French maisons.
To celebrate the end of the war and the return of French fashion—not to mention, remind the world of the importance of couture—Nina Ricci’s son Robert had the idea to present a miniature fashion exhibit, which could be made thriftily with limited resources due to its small size.
When Marian Anderson Defied the Nazis
If Americans know one fact about the legendary African-American contralto Marian Anderson, it’s that she sang in defiance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in 1939. When the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her request to perform in the D.A.R. Constitution Hall, in Washington, D.C., for racist reasons, Anderson picked up her musical scores and, instead, sang Schubert and African-American spirituals on the steps of the Memorial, to more than seventy-five thousand people. But that performance was not Anderson’s first time confronting anti-Black racism in such a spectacular manner that she made international news. Throughout the nineteen-thirties, Anderson stared down opposition in Nazi Germany and Fascist Austria.
‘Gotham Refuses to Get Scared’: In 1918, Theaters Stayed Open
With an influenza pandemic and a war on, New York’s health commissioner took an unorthodox stand, declining to shutter public entertainment.
War plays were big on Broadway in the fall of 1918. With the nation sending soldiers to Europe to fight in World War I, spectacles like the wrapped themselves in patriotism. The runaway hit of the season, though, was the kind of distraction that people relish in troubled times. They flocked to see a play called “Lightnin: A Live Wire American Comedy” at the Gaiety Theater, on the edge of Times Square.
14 Iconic Women Share Their Most Badass Moments
Get ready for inspiration in spades.
Melissa McCarthy wears a damn mask, because “a badass sucks it up.” Ava Duvernay bought not one but three buildings to house her production company and empower other POC and women creators in film and TV. Laura Dern gave birth — twice. Courteney Cox got a motorcycle and then crashed it. No matter your flavor of badassery, there’s an example here to follow. Read on for 14 short essays on the moments and memories that made these Hollywood women feel their bravest, boldest, and most proud.
The most spectacular jewellery at the 2020 couture presentations
Zoom presentations, digitally-streamed videos and even an animated film starring living statues frolicking in a kaleidoscopic wonderland: the world of couture jewellery had to get creative when it came to its summer 2020 presentations. Usually, journalists and clients from across the globe descend upon Paris each July in a fabulous whirlwind of appointments to discover the imaginative flights of fancy of the world’s finest jewellers, wrought in gold, platinum and precious gems. Obviously, it was not to be this season – indeed, several launches have had to be postponed until 2021, with social distancing having understandably paused production until a later date.
Even so, in a feat of extraordinary creativity (not to mention engineering and craftsmanship) in a time of crisis, many luxury houses managed to create truly spectacular jewellery collections, inspired by everything from the natural world to NASA.
Cancel culture: a force for good or a threat to free speech?
Discussion about cancel culture has become heated, but who is really in the right? Is it a useful tool for social justice or a form of censorship? We speak to activists, psychologists and authors to find a way forward.
Let’s begin with what cancel culture is and what it isn’t, because it has come to mean a great deal of different things to different people. To some, it poses a grave danger to free speech. To some, it is a new take on ‘political correctness gone mad’ and a method used by the intolerant left to enforce a puritanical censure. To others, it’s just a way of saying that someone has done something they perceive to be offensive and therefore has lost their respect.
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