The Chandelier Bar and Lounge, Las Vegas, USA
Do you need some sparkle, shimmer and glamour to get your day if not week started? We’re going to step in here, make an executive decision and say that this is exactly what you need. Grab a purple chair and order something to drink with at least three colors to it. Watch the floor when you need to powder your nose. It looks slippery.
Today is MONDAY. Solidarity, sis.
It was an odd holiday weekend for us, living as we do blocks from major colonial and revolutionary history sites. This was always the week of the year when the streets outside the windows of T Lo Manor were teeming with people from far away dressed head-to-toe in patriotic-themed tourist-wear. As we said to someone this weekend, surveying the empty, quiet, tourist-free streets with nary a Betsy Ross or Benjamin Franklin in sight, we’d have given anything to see an out-of-state family in matching flag t-shirts wandering around with a street map in their hands. Oh, well. Here’s to normal days, whatever the hell that means anymore.
Shall we send a server with extremely striking bone structure over to your table to tell you all about the specials on today’s Menu of Distractions or can you read them from here?
The Caftan Dress Will Be Your No-Brainer Summer Uniform
A traditional garment of the Middle East, a caftan can work itself into an everyday wardrobe with ease. The caftan has a free-spirited ethos that feels equal parts luxurious and liberating—and and the benefits are twofold when you wear one in the peak of the summer heat. A favorite among fashion icons like André Leon Talley, the Olsens, and Rihanna, we’ve seen editors, designers, and even politicians opting for the ethereal caftan in place of the ubiquitous sundress. Elizabeth Taylor—often regarded as the caftan queen—loved the glamorous robe silhouette so much, she decided to marry Richard Burton in a tie-dye and embroidered feather version. Invest in a caftan for future music festivals, dressy social obligations, or to strut down city streets in. Ahead, we’ve got nine for you to choose from.
The Best Memoirs of 2020 Are Too Good Not to Read
The incredible new memoirs of 2020 range from heartbreaking (see: Stephanie Danler’s Stray) to juicy (yes, I’m talking about Jessica Simpson’s Open Book), giving us an inside look into these authors’ lives and sharing lessons that we can apply to our own. Take a deep breath, then dive into these new and upcoming releases, ahead.
For Black Women, Joy Is Nonnegotiable
On July 8, 2016, I wondered aloud: “When is it okay to laugh again?” I had been mourning the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Delrawn Small, all while trying to move through a world that hadn’t stopped because of our pain. It was physically and emotionally taxing to feel the survivor’s guilt of being on the other side of this pain and recognize that, for millions of people, it was just another day. Three Black men being killed by police in three days was business as usual for everyone but us, and I felt robbed of the opportunity to move through life unfettered by generational trauma.
Now, four years later, we’re in essentially the same place, mourning new names, people, lives. We did stop the world for quite a bit, but again, many have moved onto other aspects of their lives while the rest of us are picking up the pieces. This time, I’m not asking for permission: Joy is my birthright. This time, I brought together nine Black women to reflect with me on how they’re making time for joy and why that matters.
The Original Stars of Hamilton Have Already Taken Hollywood by Storm
Lin-Manuel Miranda isn’t the only superstar in the latest Disney+ release.
For anyone who didn’t get to witness a live performance of Hamilton featuring the Original Broadway Cast, fear not. On July 3, Disney+ released a recording of the show, filmed during June 2016 before several cast members left. Originally due to have a 2021 theater release, Disney decided to drop the show on its streaming platform as many people continue to shelter in place all over the world. As Hamilton became such a humungous smash hit, its original cast members have all gone on to do great things. Join us as we explore what the original cast of Hamilton is doing now.
Ennio Morricone, Prolific Italian Composer for the Movies, Dies at 91
Renowned for scoring Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, the Oscar winner also produced the sounds and music for ‘Days of Heaven,’ ‘The Mission,’ ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and ‘The Hateful Eight.’
The Italian composer, who scored more than 500 films — seven for his countryman Leone after they had met as kids in elementary school — died in Rome following complications from a fall last week in which he broke his femur.
Iris van Herpen Finds Beauty in “Transmotion” for the Fall 2020 Couture
Fall 2020 marks the first season that couture, the bastion of handicraft, is going digital. Iris van Herpen, who has challenged the métier’s notion of what constitutes a unique garment by creating one-offs using technology, is well-positioned to make use of a digital platform. The designer has risen to the challenge by creating a single dress, titled Transmotion, and filming it on a hometown actress, Carice van Houten, in a short film that nods to the perspective-challenging work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher.
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