The Daily T LOunge for July 31, 2020

Posted on July 31, 2020

Ginepro Bar and Terrace, Porto Cervo, Italy


Here’s our verbatim response to today’s LOunge: “Oh.”

Perhaps those two letters aren’t doing the job of conveying our deep and all-consuming desire to GO TO THERE. Try and picture us saying it in a combination of whine and gasp. And also maybe picture just a little bit of drool at the corners of our–

You get the idea. The vibe for today is big, gorgeous, wide open sunny spaces (tastefully and fabulously furnished of course). It’s what we all deserve because today is FRIDAY! Yay us!

Your notably unhumble hosts have a costume post, Drag Race recap and a podcast to get out today, so we’re gonna jump right into work and leave the leisurely lounging up to y’all. Please sample from our carefully curated menu of distractions:


Sasha Heinsaar’s Lockdown Knitting Project Takes Home Crafting to a New Level
The pursuit of passion is sometimes delayed by more practical matters. Following the path set out for him by his father, Christian Dior studied political science; Pierre Balmain came to Paris to study architecture; Hubert de Givenchy, for a while, law. Happily, all were finally able to follow their hearts and make fashion. Sasha Heinsaar, a 22-year-old Estonian, has similarly taken the long way round to get there. She received a business degree before applying to the Swedish School of Textiles, where she just completed her first year having created a number of incredible pieces with the resources she had on hand during lockdown.


Alanis Morissette on Her New Album and the 25th Anniversary of Jagged Little Pill: “If You’re in the Industry, You’ve Been Sexually Harassed”
It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, and feels as relevant as ever: With Liz Phair and Garbage as opening acts, Morissette planned a summer tour to celebrate Jagged Little Pill’s silver anniversary, but the pandemic killed the ’90s fever dream, postponing it until next summer. With Broadway dark, the stage adaptation of Jagged Little Pill, which had only just debuted in December, is also stalled. At 46, Morissette continues to give voice to fans’ inner struggles, opening up about postpartum depression, miscarriage, and mental health.


Instagram’s ‘Women Supporting Women’ Challenge Inadvertently Brings Awareness To Turkish Femicide
Right now your social media feeds are probably flooded with black and white selfies as part of the “Women Supporting Women” viral trend.
Women upload a snap of themselves with a caption about female empowerment and then “challenge” someone else to do the same. According to the New York Times, more than 3 million people have used the hashtag #challengeaccepted so far. It’s not totally clear how it began or what exactly it accomplishes, but some people are now using the trend to bring awareness to Turkey’s high rates of femicide, which is defined by the the World Health Organization as the “intentional murder of women because they are women.”
Whether the challenge has any teeth is up for debate (a lot of debate), but the widespread violence against women in Turkey is very much a real issue. Here’s everything you need to know.


Oprah Winfrey Explains Why She Put Breonna Taylor on the Cover of O, The Oprah Magazine
For the first time in 20 years, Oprah has given up her O Magazine cover to honor Breonna Taylor. She says, “Breonna Taylor. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name.”


Princess Diana’s iconic Travolta dress will go on show for the first time
There are few Princess Diana outfits as iconic as the dress that she wore to dance with John Travolta at the White House during a state banquet given by US President Ronald Reagan in 1985.
The velvet dress was designed by Victor Edelstein, and Princess Diana had originally seen it in burgundy, but asked him to create it in a midnight blue for her, which of course he did.
On the night, it looked perfect worn with her famous sapphire and pearl choker, and twirled beautifully when she danced with Travolta, earning it the nickname ‘the Travolta dress‘.
It has been auctioned off several times across the years, and was finally sold to the Historic Royal Palaces for £220,000 at the end of last year.


From Alexander McQueen To Chanel: 11 Incredible Queer Catwalk Moments To Note
A closer look at the catwalk moments that pay homage to the LGBTQIA+ community. Chanel’s lesbian brides, Grace Wales Bonner’s collections inspired by literary greats, James Baldwin and Essex Hemphill, and more – here is the Vogue edit of fashion’s most memorable queer shows.
Fashion has forever been enmeshed with queer culture and history. This is an industry profoundly shaped by multiple generations of LGBTQIA+ designers — from a notable number of post-war gay couturiers to visionaries including Rudi Gernreich, Willi Smith and Stephen Burrows. As Elspeth H Brown writes in her book, Work! A Queer History of Modeling, Burrows’ participation in the legendary battle of French and American brands at Versailles in 1973 “introduced white fashion audiences to the energetic movement that had long been a hallmark of black shows produced for black audiences, as well as the black queer, camp, end-of-runway pose that came to be known as ‘vogueing’.”


Rihanna Was Terrified People Were Going To ‘Laugh’ At 2015 Met Gala Gown
‘I’m a clown, people are gonna laugh at me’
Rihanna might have gone down in Met Gala history with her meme-spawning 2015 gown, but it sounds like the singer was pretty nervous about wearing the bold yellow look.
Five years ago, Rihanna stunned onlookers at the annual fashion event when she walked up the famous museum’s steps wearing a 55lb yellow masterpiece, with a 16-foot train, designed by Chinese couturier Guo Pei.
And while the look has continued to hit headlines and been made into countless pizza-themed memes (after all, the train does look like it would make the perfect base for toppings), RiRi has revealed she was nervous about what the world would think of the design.





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