Le Mathis Cocktail Bar, Paris France
Let’s all pretend we’re scandalized Victorian matrons who have found ourselves in a saloon of ill repute, darlings. Let’s loosen our corsets and show off our ankles, propriety be damned!
Today is TUESDAY, dammit!
This is always one of the quietest weeks of the year for us. In a normal year, high summer would be the time when a good deal of the A-listers (the ones who don’t have blockbusters or Marvel movies coming out) retire to their private beaches and wait out the heat until they can start campaigning for Oscars and Emmys and such. In this, the Year of Hell, it’s just another week in a long line of them that feels like everything is on pause for the moment. We find ourselves scrambling for content at the moment only to realize that even in the best of times, these would be the dry weeks of the year.
But fret not, kitten. We’ll have a string of distractions coming your way for the rest of the week, we promise. Until the next one pops up, feel free to amuse yourself with out meticulously curated menu of frivolities:
Travel Via Cinema: A Guide to the Most Scenic Films Throughout History
One of the first-ever films, after all, was centered on the idea of travel. Created by Auguste and Louis Lumière in 1895, Arrival of a Train, is a grainy, 50-second silent movie showcasing passengers disembarking from a locomotive train in the French coastal town of La Ciotat. Unremarkable to the modern eye, the film apparently had its 19th-century viewers racing away from the screen in fear of being pummeled by the projected train. Today, the same clip might inspire an opposite reaction—a longing to board that very train headed somewhere, anywhere, to the South of France.
Luckily, film has progressed so that the world’s cinematic canon includes such works so ripe with scenery that we might as well be there. We think of the stunning shots of Capri’s architectural marvel Casa Malaparte in Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt, Romy Schneider and Alain Delon frolicking poolside near the Côte d’Azur in La Piscine, the final Oaxacan beach scene of Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También, the glittering Singapore cityscape captured in Crazy Rich Asians, and the Jamaican beaches where Stella Got Her Groove Back.
Not all these films are blissful—tragedy and sorrow are inevitable parts of cinema, as in life–but each one offers sweeping views of its setting. These are stories that rely on their surroundings just as much as they do their main characters, and the result allows onlookers a brief trip to the director’s location of choice. To celebrate the concept of traveling via cinema, we selected seven favorite summer holiday destinations—France, Italy, the Caribbean, Greece, Mexico, Spain, and Southeast Asia—and compiled lists of our favorite films shot there. No matter which film you choose, it’ll be a brief but bon voyage.
‘We’re Fighting, and We’re Winning’: G.L.I.T.S. Founder Ceyenne Doroshow on Raising More Than $1 Million for the Black Trans Community
More than three weeks ago, Ceyenne Doroshow, founder and executive director of the grassroots organization G.L.I.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society), spoke to a crowd of 15,000 protestors at the Black Trans Lives Matter rally in Brooklyn. During the last several months, she’s raised more than $1 million toward opening housing and social services centers in New York for the local Black trans community.
Memories of Couture: 22 Voices on the Magic of the Métier
I was born in Voghera, a small city close to Milan. My cousin Lucia was a pretty and elegant girl who was working as the house model for Veneziani, which at the time was a very famous maison de couture in Milan. Every Saturday, after work, my cousin would come back to Voghera taking with her the couture dress she was borrowing from the atelier to wear to parties or events that weekend. I would beg my mother to take me to Lucia’s house to see her getting ready for the evening with her beau. It was those moments that helped me understand the beauty and craftsmanship of couture. It was the finesse of a pleat, the lightness of a chiffon drape, the amazing color of a special fabric, the gold of brocades, and the meticulous construction of the inside of a dress that made me want to design couture. It was a combination of all those details that made me want to make it my future, to turn that fanciful dream into a reality. – Valentino
Life in the Gray Area: Navigating Racial Injustice as a Mixed-Race Person
Mixed-race people straddle two worlds. But they can use their privilege to stand up for others.
My mom always talks about the first time she realized that children saw race. She was chaperoning my kindergarten field trip and, as we walked, my (white, blonde) friend asked me, “Why is your mom brown but you have light skin?” I didn’t answer her. Instead, I took my mom’s hand and kissed it. Before that moment, I don’t know if I realized that I don’t look like my mother or my brother, who both have brown skin. Like many multiracial people, questions about where I belong, or what I am, came predominantly from outside the family.
The Vintage Shop that Captured the New York City Spirit
Selling a flashy mix of vintage and couture, Allan & Suzi’s shop was a destination for designers, club kids, and fashion freaks in a city that was always changing around it.
What Good Can the Royal Family Really Do?
In the wake of Prince Andrew’s scandal and Prince Harry and Meghan’s North American move, royal philanthropy sometimes seems like a transatlantic arms race.
For all the speculation around the motivation for Harry and Meghan’s incendiary decision to step back from royal duties last year—was it the hounding tabloids? A rift between brothers? A desire to conquer Hollywood?—the couple themselves peddled a central theme in what became known as Megxit: their desire to change the world.
At Sussex Royal, the website the couple launched in January (shortly before it was determined that they could no longer use the word royal in their branding), the most prominent page, “Supporting Community,” featured photos of a beaming Meghan with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and of Harry high-fiving kids in Botswana. It also included a scattergun list of causes the couple aimed to support, from combating HIV to empowering women and girls.
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