The Daily T LOunge for July 29, 2020

Posted on July 29, 2020

The Allium Bar, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Are we all feeling BOLD this morning? Because that’s the vibe we’re getting from this setting. To be clear, it’s perfectly fine if you’re not feeling bold. This is not a place where we’d ever judge you for curling up in a ball all day with the curtains drawn, HOWEVER, we suggest you step into today’s bold, bright, glamorous Lounge to soak up a little faux-boldness from the surroundings. And also to order free drinks and magical food that evaporates inside you as soon as you swallow it, of course.

Today is WEDNESDAY. Yay all of us.

How are we all getting by this week? And by “we,” we mean “you,” because we’re always talking about ourselves in this space. We’re boring and have nothing to report, so what are you doing, seeing, working on, enjoying at the moment? If you don’t have much of an answer to that question, allow us to help with a lovingly curated Menu of Distractions and Topics to Discuss:

Pierre Cardin Is the Subject of a New Documentary
Cardin, né Cardine, is a self-made and self-invented man. His memory of his family’s flight from fascist Italy to France when he was two seems almost like a parable. Cardin says that when the train entered into a tunnel and his car was plunged into darkness he screamed to his mother that he had gone blind. His sight restored, he went on to envision and manifest a bright future for himself in France.

 

Princess Anne Has Some Thoughts About Her Hairstyle on The Crown
Yes, the Princess Royal has seen the Netflix series.
Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter, turns 70 next month, and in honor of the milestone, a new documentary offers new insight into the Princess Royal’s life. The program, titled Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, airs tonight on ITV in the UK (it’s unclear if / when it will premiere in the U.S.), but a few key interview moments have already started to leak.
In one, Anne admits to having seen a few early episodes of The Crown, Peter Morgan’s popular Netflix series, which dramatizes royal history. Anne isn’t an ardent watcher of the program anymore, but what she has seen, she found “quite interesting.”

 
The history of the hero: the white shirt
One of the most perennially stylish items in a woman’s wardrobe, we look at how the humble white shirt became, and remained, such an important piece of clothing. An item that has been at the centre of countless significant moments in fashion, film and cultural history – and one which stems from a much darker past than you might imagine. The first moment that some iteration of the white shirt found itself in the spotlight in women’s fashion was back in the 18th century, when Marie Antoinette wore a ruffled cotton robe de gaulle in a 1783 portrait, causing something of a scandal at the time.

 

Emmys 2020 Reactions: What the Nominees Are Saying
Betty Gilpin (actress)
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: “GLOW”
“To the Television Academy — how dare you. I really can’t stress enough how much of a threat this nomination is to my current quarantine brand of pasta and sad. In the Time Before, being born with a healthy protective emotional wall missing meant I got to channel that into pretend time in exchange for health insurance and claps. Until today, apparently here in the apocalypse, these skills were about as meaningful as a worm’s hymn in a canyon. I’d like to thank the cast and crew, and the Academy, and seasonal depression, and honestly Nathan Lane, and before this nomination phoenixes me out of mediocrity and I explode into ribbons just real quick the cops who killed Breonna Taylor still have not been arrested.”

 

What Does It Mean to ‘Look Like a Mom’?
As the Wall of Moms movement spreads across the country, so, too, does that question.
When Bev Barnum, a 35-year-old self-described “suburban wife and mother of two,” first sent out the Facebook call for a “wall of moms” to help protect protesters in Portland, Ore., against federal troops, she included one stipulation. “I wanted us to look like moms, because who wants to shoot a mom?” The idea has caught on and has since spread to multiple other cities, including Seattle, Oakland and Albuquerque. But it also raises the question of what it actually means to “look like” a mom. Does that category of appearance actually exist?

 

Longer, Slower, Farther: Savoring the Prospects of Future Travels
People have always planned big trips months or even a year ahead of time, but now many are extending that timeline even further. In the travel stasis induced by the pandemic, future travelers have taken to tackling their bucket lists with big trips that are more distant and longer than usual — and planned further in advance. Optimists are targeting 2021. For others, their next big trip will be in 2022. Before the pandemic, according to the American Society of Travel Advisors, most travelers booked trips six months or more in advance, on average, and longer for elaborate honeymoons or very special events like the solar eclipse passing over South America in December. Some travel companies say longer term bookings have recently rebounded. For a British luxury travel agency that organizes custom trips, says it is up 160 percent over bookings this time last year. These days, even spontaneous types have more time to think about where they want to go and put a plan in place.

 

Photoreal Roman Emperor Project
Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal portraits of Roman Emperors. For this project, I have transformed, or restored (cracks, noses, ears etc.) 800 images of busts to make the 54 emperors of The Principate (27 BC to 285 AD).
Artistic interpretations are, by their nature, more art than science but I’ve made an effort to cross-reference their appearance (hair, eyes, ethnicity etc.) to historical texts and coinage. I’ve striven to age them according to the year of death — their appearance prior to any major illness.
My goal was not to romanticize emperors or make them seem heroic. In choosing bust / sculptures, my approach was to favor the bust that was made when the emperor was alive. Otherwise, I favored the bust made with the greatest craftsmanship and where the emperor was stereotypically uglier — my pet theory being that artists were likely trying to flatter their subjects.

 

 

 

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