The Daily T LOunge for August 26, 2020

Posted on August 26, 2020

MaMa Kelly Bar and Restaurant – Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Kittens, why NOT spend all day in a bar that looks like a department story beauty counter on steroids? There is literally no good reason to deny yourself this experience! Who cares about “responsibilities” or “meetings” or “children” – you need to sit in a pink velvet booth, marvel at the lobsters and roosters, and bark out orders at deliciously beautiful wait staff (to whom you will always be appropriate and for which they will receive a massive tip, of course).

Today is WEDNESDAY. Attagirl.

No news to report on our end of things. We’re muddling on by, like the rest of you. We noticed this morning that our place has been “company ready” pretty much for the last three months or so. We were always pretty good at keeping our surroundings presentably clean because we’ve been working from home for nearly two decades now, but after mopping  – and for no good reason at all, buffing – the living room floor yesterday, we realized that our place has been damn near spotless for what appears to be a record length of time for us. It makes obvious sense. We’ve talked before about anxiety baking and anxiety laundry during these weird times, so why wouldn’t extensive housekeeping be yet another way to keep your worries and woes manageable? Now excuse us while we go dust our crystalware and iron our hand towels.

 

A Treasure Trove of Alexander McQueen Pieces Will Go Up for Auction This September
If working-from-home ’fits have taught the fashion-obsessed anything, it’s that the most magical expressions of personal style can happen behind closed doors. Such is the case with Jennifer Zuiker’s Alexander McQueen collection, compiled during Lee Alexander McQueen’s lifespan and composed of ready-to-wear and couture-grade pieces. Zuiker, a Los Angeles resident and collector, purchased iconic pieces direct from the McQueen maison over two decades, building a museum-worthy archive of famous bumster pants, Plato’s Atlantis dresses, and Sarabande jackets. The auction will be held online through Doyle, with Zuiker’s pieces remaining in storage in Los Angeles until the sale on September 10.

 

“I Didn’t Want to Be Saved”: Gabrielle Union Talks Bring It On, 20 Years Later
“I didn’t want to be saved and I didn’t want the Clovers to be indebted,” Union recently told Vogue when we caught up with the actor over the phone from her home in Los Angeles. “I wouldn’t have been okay with being saved by anyone else. That’s me in real life and that’s me in Bring It On.” To celebrate the anniversary of the teen classic, Union told Vogue what went into filming those intricate routines, problematic dialogue she asked the filmmakers to change, and why Universal Pictures wouldn’t lend her the original Clovers’ uniform for Halloween.

 

Blake Lively’s Most Memorable Red Carpet Moments
Blake Lively is in a class by herself. As a performer, Lively distinguished herself early with parts in teen classics like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Gossip Girl, but her real impact goes beyond acting. Lively, who turns 33 today, has become one of the most emulated women in the world when it comes to fashion. Her red carpet style is crowd-pleasing, and she uses clothing to accentuate her assets. A fan of French luxury mainstays (Chanel and Dior) and classic American sportswear (Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren), Lively has an eclectic wardrobe boasting a variety of designers and themes united in their sultriness. Fans who were first captivated by Serena van der Woodsen’s uncomplicated boho style may find themselves disappointed, though the sheer amount of eye-catching fashion that Lively has been able to experiment with in real life over the years makes up for it.

 

The Black Female Artists to Have on Your Radar
These women are changing the game.

Though Black female artists have been creating power works for centuries, the mainstream art world hasn’t always been an inclusive space. “While it has a long way to go in terms of inclusivity and equity and parity,” says Brielmaier, “I would argue things have opened up a little bit. There’s a greater number of Black artists that are being shown at institutions.” Below, we highlight just five of the many Black female artists shaping the art world and defining culture at large.

 

A Transit Worker’s Survival Story
Driving a New York City bus during a pandemic and an uprising.

On the morning of March 23rd, Terence A. Layne drove a half-empty M116 bus across Manhattan, starting on the Upper West Side. He went around parked cars and stopped at red lights, all the while contemplating COVID-19—the “microbial enemy,” as he called it, that was sweeping through New York City. Most of Manhattan’s workers were staying home, and many of its wealthier residents had fled the city, but Layne and his fellow transit workers were still showing up to their jobs each day, in order to keep the city’s buses and subways running. Layne knew that his colleagues were terrified of contracting COVID-19, and as he drove along 116th Street he tried to imagine what he might say to them to lift their morale. Layne, who is fifty-five, wore the bus operator’s winter uniform—navy tie, sky-blue dress shirt—and a knit hat with a patch for his depot, Manhattanville, in West Harlem. After his last passengers exited, he propped his phone in the bus’s front window and began recording a video message to his colleagues. “Brothers and sisters,” he said, standing in the aisle of the bus, “I want to thank you all for stepping up and coming to work today and showing what leadership looks like. We are performing an essential and invaluable task.” He reminded his co-workers that they were not only delivering hospital personnel to their jobs. “What about the person that needs dialysis? What about the person who needs regular cancer treatments?” he said. “We are helping all of these people live and survive this global pandemic.”

 

45 ’90s Movies That Will Take You Back To The Era Of ‘Wazzup’, Butterfly Clips And Slip Dresses
From the Oscar winners to the rom coms
We are all living for the ’90s. We’ve seen throwbacks to the glory days of Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman with The Last Dance, there’s the long-awaited (and currently postponed) Friends reunion, but also a Saved By The Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Clueless remake are also supposedly in the works and the ubiquitous 90s fashion resurgence of slip dresses, strappy sandals, Calvin Klein underwear and scrunchies. Who can forget scrunchies?

The evidence is there, that though we might be in 2020, we can’t get enough of the ’90s. So, with that in mind, here’s our round-up of the 45 best ’90s movies to revisit for your nostalgic viewing pleasure.

 

A New Doc Explores How Pierre Cardin Built a Fashion Empire
When Pierre Cardin set up his couture house in the ’50s, he had already worked with the likes of Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior. What followed was a series of industry firsts for the Italian-born, French-naturalized designer, including bringing Western fashion to China, holding the first men’s runway show in Paris and popularizing the now-common practice of licensing.

While he’s perhaps best known for his Space Age designs and ’60s geometric shapes (his famous “bubble dress” comes to mind), he was also one of the first couturiers of his generations to champion a diverse mix of models for his shows. Now, Cardin, who’s 98 years old, is opening up in a new documentary about his life, career, relationships and legacy.

House of Cardin is the latest directorial debut for P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, the duo behind Room 237, Mansfield 66/67 and Love Cher. Cardin granted the couple exclusive access to his archives and empire, and the film features interviews with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone and Jean Paul Gaultier.

 

Ava DuVernay Interviews Angela Davis
The scholar and activist has spent more than 50 years working for social justice. This summer, society started to catch up.
“This moment is a conjuncture between the COVID-19 crisis and the increasing awareness of the structural nature of racism. Moments like this do arise. They’re totally unpredictable, and we cannot base our organizing on the idea that we can usher in such a moment. What we can do is take advantage of the moment. When George Floyd was lynched, and we were all witnesses to that—we all watched as this white policeman held his knee on George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds—I think that many people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, who had not necessarily understood the way in which history is present in our lives today, who had said, “Well, I never owned slaves, so what does slavery have to do with me?” suddenly began to get it. That there was work that should have happened in the immediate aftermath of slavery that could have prevented us from arriving at this moment. But it did not happen. And here we are. And now we have to begin.”

 

The Girl Scout Uniform, Updated for Gen Z
A stylish utility vest. Leggings. Denim. For the first time in decades, the Girl Scouts are getting new clothes.
A vest designed for the modern Girl Scout must have pockets, and those pockets must be large enough to fit the largest model of the iPhone. “In all our fittings that was the No. 1 thing,” said Wendy Lou, the deputy chief revenue officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA. “Can you fit the iPhone in there? Yes? Let’s go.”
The new vest was designed by three students from the Fashion Institute of Technology. It was on Tuesday, along with more than a dozen separates for Girl Scouts in grades six through 12, including things that are likely already in their closets, like black spandex leggings and a denim jacket. The student-designed collection is an attempt to make the Girl Scout uniform more versatile and relevant — to infiltrate the modern teenage wardrobe with scouty swag, sometimes camouflaged as athleisure.

 

 

 

 

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