The Daily T LOunge for August 25, 2020

Posted on August 25, 2020

Main Bar at Soho House – Istanbul, Turkey


Let’s go all in on old-school grandeur today, kittens. We’ll all sit up a little straighter and hold our drinks properly today! For the first 30 minutes or so. After that, effort just becomes too much effort, y’know? Still, the surroundings are nice to look at and the chair groupings look great for conversation – and even better for flitting around from grouping to grouping when things get too dull or because you’re one of those social sharks that just need to keep moving in a party setting.

Today is TUESDAY. Yes. We’re feeling it too.

Our new and stylish masks arrived yesterday and coordinating our looks got a lot easier. It’s funny how a shipment of cute face-coverings makes you want to go out more. We should probably continue looking for little ways to keep us stimulated and motivated to go outside. Admittedly, it’s hard to work up the effort when it’s hot and muggy and it feels like people are slipping on their compliance. What little tricks are you using to stay motivated? What little pick-me-up purchases wound up becoming essential to you? Sound off in the comments or skip the whole thing and wallow in our menu of daily distractions. We’re not about judging around here. Haha, yes we are.


The Story Behind Bring It On’s Peppy Cheer Costumes
Two decades later, the movie’s epic dance routines and memorable one-liners are completely unforgettable. As Dunst’s Torrance says, “This is not a democracy—it’s a cheerocracy!” Peppy routines aside, the film also touched on such issues as cultural appropriation and white privilege, which gave it real substance and cemented it as must-watch. Another aspect that really made the film? The electric team uniforms. In honor, Vogue is looking back on the behind-the-scenes action that went into outfitting the cast with its original costume designer, Mary Jane Fort. (She’s also the visionary behind the memorable looks in Mean Girls.)


‘Stop Bath Shaming Me’: In Defence Of The Tub
A bath of frothy water has become the new ‘It’ place to hang out, but why is there so much controversy around how we bathe?
A symbol of wealth, (it takes space to have one and high water bills to fill one) the tub has long been associated with the likes of Cleopatra, who infamously required a casual 700 lactating donkeys to supply the milk for her daily ablutions and now with Gwyneth Paltrow, who prefers hers ‘Gooped up’ with magnesium salts. For centuries, bathhouses functioned as places to socialise with friends (similar to today’s pubs, albeit a bit wetter). Now, they’re a lucrative pastime for ‘bathfluencers’ who share ASMR-like videos of fizzing bath bombs and petal-strewn bubbles illuminated by candlelight.


‘I’m a black barrister working in a broken justice system’
Alexandra Wilson is a 25-year-old barrister speaking out about sexism, racism and class inequality at the very heart of the legal system. Alex shares her disturbing experiences and why her courageous new memoir and activism will make a difference
As a young mixed-race barrister, clients often comment I’m not who they expect to see representing them in court. It was the same during my time training to join the Bar, I rarely saw a black barrister like me. White, posh, middle-aged men seemed to dominate my profession and I was intimidated by this. It’s a situation that needs to change.


Grace Kelly actually had three other wedding dresses you didn’t know about
You’ll of course know that the dress which she wore for her nuptials with Prince Rainer of Monaco in 1956 was created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose, who she had worked with on several films with MGM Studios, who paid for the dress as a wedding gift.
It took months to create thanks to all the intricate details which included thousands of hand-sewn pearls on the high-neck lace bodice, as well as a matching cap to hold the veil in place (Princess Grace chose not to wear a tiara).
The gown featured a full taffeta skirt and silk cummerbund, as well as a three-foot long train, and those were just the details you could see, underneath it all there were petticoats and slip skirts.
But while this dress got so much press, you might not realise that the royal had several other wedding dresses she changed into over the course of the wedding.


You Said Hope
A photo portfolio celebrating the founders of Black Lives Matter, the Squad, John Boyega, Noname, Billy Porter, and more on the forefront of change
TODAY I AM TIRED as a bruise from too many years of too much explaining. Want to sink my mind into another kind of rising, which is a deeper form of rest, by remembering everything and everyone that got us here. Today I want to remember how we see the ones that came before, how we carry them on our backs and on our shoulders. In our arms. How the past remains a deep and bleeding wound in the present. And yet, a balm. Strange how we know this—that we have survived and continue to survive because as artists and activists, as storytellers and change-makers of all kinds, we know that no matter how crazy and deadly a moment seems, we continue to stare the future down in order to show the way to it. And like the visionaries gathered here—among them, the writers Nikole Hannah-Jones, Isabel Wilkerson, and Colson Whitehead; the activist-creators Ava DuVernay and Killer Mike; the cofounders of Black Lives Matter; and the congressional foursome known as the Squad—we will keep on keeping on.


When the World Shut Down, They Saw It Open
The pandemic has made work and social life more accessible for many. People with disabilities are wondering whether virtual accommodations will last.
Ms. Sotnikova, a 33-year-old data scientist in Atlanta, uses a power wheelchair. For years, people have admitted to excluding her from parties, picnics and other gatherings that they assumed, often incorrectly and always patronizingly, she wouldn’t be able to attend. “I felt like I was getting to see something I should have been invited to all along, but wasn’t, because so few people’s homes are wheelchair accessible,” she said. Since March, when the corona virus placed limits on public life, Ms. Sotnikova has had many more chances to join in: House parties, professional conferences, activist meetings and improv classes, often held in spaces that she cannot fully access, have suddenly opened to her through her screen.


How the Obamas Re-Invented Entertaining at the White House
A new book by designer Michael S. Smith reveals how the Obamas made the house of the people a more open and welcoming home, befitting their personal style.
Were it not for the 22nd Amendment, which limits presidents to two terms, we would now almost certainly be reflecting on the final months of Barack Obama’s presidency, its historic resonances and forward-looking ideals. It’s a soothing reverie, and one that can, blessedly, come to life as you turn the pages of a lavish new book by the Obamas’ decorator.
Michael S. Smith’s Designing History (Rizzoli, written with Margaret Russell) is by far the most comprehensive illustrated record of the executive mansion and an engaging account of Smith’s deep dive into the history of the White House, as he helped the Obamas update the ­stolid mansion with a more ­contemporary and open aesthetic, easing the burdens of a young first family living in the glare of history.



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