Chez Raspoutine Bar and Lounge, Paris, France
WE MADE IT TO ANOTHER FRIDAY, KITTENS! And you know what that means, don’t you? It means you are all required to ditch all your cares and responsibilities and jet off to Paris to indulge all your “Satine in Moulin Rouge” fantasies! Duh! Ewan McGregor is just waiting for you to show up so he can sing about how devastating it is to love you! What are you waiting for? Drop everything and go to there!
Or not. As we said, the last thing we’d do is judge anyone on how they’re getting by during all this. God knows we’ve spent more than a few days just staring at the wall and eating. If that’s your gig for the weekend, have at it, dolls. Enjoy every non-thinking, non-feeling moment as if it were your last.
We are somewhere between the two extremes. Not quite energetic enough to jet off to Paris, but just focused enough that we feel like doing stuff. Of course “doing stuff” is somewhat limited at the moment, but we promised ourselves once Pride month and all the accompanying book-flogging was behind us, we’d hunker down and get to work on the next T Lo tome, so that’s what’s on the menu for us this weekend.
Your menu is a bit different, howevs. Yours is full of frivolous distractions and time-wasters for you to pick and choose as your mood dictates. Please enjoy today’s selections:
How a JW Anderson Cardigan Worn by Harry Styles Went Viral on TikTok
TikTok users started re-creating the rainbow-colored knitted garment from JW Anderson’s Spring 2020 men’s collection after it was worn by singer Harry Styles during a rehearsal for his performance on The Today Show back in February.
Jonathan Anderson, founder of JW Anderson, came up with the design of the cardigan as “I liked this idea of something that felt rather authentic and almost homemade, like your grandmother could have made it, at the same time, it feels a little deconstructed and punk. Something quite humble.”
Since February, the multicolored patchwork cardigan has been among the top 10 most searched for products from the JW Anderson brand, according to global fashion search platform Lyst. Online searches including key terms such as “patchwork,” “crochet,” and “knitted” also rose collectively by 78 percent between February and March 2020.
Renée Elise Goldsberry and the Importance of Hamilton Right Now
It’s a precarious time for American forefathers, but it’s a foremother who stops time and steals the show in the filmed version of Hamilton, premiering on Disney+ on Friday. Renée Elise Goldsberry played the Common Sense–reading, never-satisfied Angelica Schuyler, a socialite daughter of the revolution and unsung intellectual heroine who had Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson’s ear, and who, some 200 years after the fact, finally gets to take center stage. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal,” Goldsberry sings in one potent moment, “and when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’m ’a compel him to include women in the sequel.”
Ferguson Mayor Ella Jones on Making History, Honoring Michael Brown’s Legacy, and the Power of Black Female Leaders
Ferguson, Missouri, is seared in the collective consciousness as the place where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014, igniting fiery protests and giving new urgency to the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement. Six years later, on June 2, the St. Louis suburb elected the first female and first African American mayor in its 126-year history: Ella Jones, a former Ferguson City Council member, chemist, Mary Kay sales director, and pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
This Romanian Designer Is Making Full-On Fashion out of Discarded Wires
Alexandra Sipa is making clothes fit for an electrifying parallel universe. The 23-year-old designer creates corset-like tops and body-engulfing ruffled dresses all out of discarded wires. The idea was born out of a happy accident. “I was researching for my sustainability project for school, and my headphones broke,” says Sipa, who was in her second year at Central Saint Martins in London at the time. “I noticed the wires inside were so colorful. It was also the fifth time I broke my headphones that year, so I wanted to find a way to reuse them and thought about creating a fabric out of them.” Sipa developed the concept, eventually incorporating it into her graduate collection this year, the results of which included a spellbinding A-line dress that took more than 1,000 hours to make.
Battle for the Waves
After decades of fighting for recognition by the IOC, surfers will finally compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. Three American women are the best in the world—but only two of them can rep Team USA.
Surfing was scheduled to make its Olympic debut this summer at the now-postponed Tokyo Games—roughly a century after the idea was first floated and more than two decades after advocates’ attempts to gain entry began in earnest. “The Olympics is, like, the epitome of sport. It’s where all those historic moments happen,” says Moore. “And to have surfing respected on that level … I never thought it would happen in my lifetime. I just didn’t even fathom it.”
Ghislaine Maxwell Groomed Girls for Epstein by Trying to ‘Normalize Sexual Abuse’, Prosecutors Say
In a blistering indictment unsealed Thursday after the FBI arrested the disgraced British socialite in New Hampshire, authorities laid out Maxwell’s alleged tactics for helping recruit and sexually abuse young girls on behalf of the late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. She allegedly befriended underage girls by taking them on outings, such as to the movies, and encouraged them to accept money from Epstein to pay for travel or education.
Which Members of the Royal Family Actually Watch The Crown?
Rumors have been swirling for years, but here’s what we know for sure.
It would certainly be a strange experience to watch your family’s most private moments chronicled (and sometimes fictionalized) in an extremely popular Netflix series. But we don’t blame the royals for being at least a little curious about The Crown. Here’s who all in the family is rumored to have watched the series (and who most definitely hasn’t).
Will the Academy’s Attempts to Diversify Its Membership Actually Change the Oscars?
Now, nearly half of the Academy member invitees are women, and nearly half are from outside of the United States. Additionally, 36% of the invitees are now people of color. This is a good start for an institution that has been criticized for its lack of efforts to be inclusive in the past—if there are more voting members who reflect the reality that there are many talented filmmakers and performers who are not solely white men, then perhaps the films and performances and crafts that become nominated at the Oscars may reflect the diverse member body, and there will be more nominations and wins by international films, films created by women, or films with predominantly Black casts. But the Academy will have to do more than make a cosmetic change to include more women and people of color in the voting process, they will have to restructure elements of the Oscars ceremony, too.
‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History Is Alive and Kicking
Nancy Baker Cahill uses augmented reality to explore the meaning of historical sites from the Rockaways in New York to Selma, Ala. Is public art embellishing our heritage, or defacing it?
Little did she know. Back in the spring of 2019, when the Los Angeles artist and curator Nancy Baker Cahill entered into discussions with Art Production Fund about a public art project to be unveiled on July 4, 2020, her vision was still modest. She wanted to create a piece conceptualized around Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell — that quintessential American symbol of independence.
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