Vilu Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Rangali Island, Maldives
In today’s LOunge, everyone gets their own couch! Social distancing with comfort and a killer view. A devastatingly attractive waitperson will be around to take your drink order and offer you a blankie if you want one.
Today is FRIDAY. Fuck yes.
We’ve got some content to roll out today, so we’re going to leave you to it. Curl up, stare out at the horizon and speak only if you feel like it. And when that’s not enough for you, by all means, enjoy our generous buffet of distractions:
Kate Middleton’s Quiet Power: How the Queen-to-Be Defined Herself in 2020
With its crowns and castles, being a royal is a glamorous gig. But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one. The public pressure is immense, the tabloids are unrelenting, and the right to privacy is hanging by a thread. It can be especially daunting when you aren’t born into the innate craziness: Princess Diana admitted that she felt unprepared to deal with the sudden spotlight that came with Prince Charles. The Duchess of Sussex, besieged by negative media attention, perhaps wisely made the joint decision with her husband that titled life wasn’t worth the trouble. Yet with polished reserve, Kate Middleton has trudged on in L.K. Bennett heels. “Kate understands what she is expected to do,” says royal historian Sally Bedell Smith. “She grasps that hers is a lifetime commitment.”
Power Dressing: Charting the Influence of Politics on Fashion
Fashion is a planet-spanning $2.5 trillion business that employed more than 1.8 million people in the United States alone before COVID-19 reached our shores. Its touch extends from the starry realm of the red carpet to sweatshops as far-flung as Bangladesh and as near as Los Angeles. By some estimates, the industry is responsible for as much as 10 percent of annual global carbon emissions. Fashion also conjures society’s dreams, challenges its norms, and reflects back what it believes about itself. And yet the question persists: Can fashion be political? To which the proper reply must be: Wasn’t it always? In the Middle Ages, sumptuary laws prohibited commoners from dressing above their station; during the French Revolution, sansculottes wore hardy trousers as a badge of working-class pride. Nearer our own era, the Black Panthers used clothing both to seize power and to resist it, adopting a uniform of leather jackets and berets to signify their deputization as a counter–police force—while in the “Greed is good” 1980s, power suits and pouf skirts sublimated Reaganite corporate triumphalism. There are countless examples of this kind of intertwining.
When The Tables Turn: On Navigating Microaggressions As A Black Woman In The Beauty Industry
Over the years, one thing I’ve realized is that no matter how hard I push for fairness or equality, I can’t make a difference alone. No one person can. It takes continuous allyship to truly effect change. In the beauty world, this calls for editors, publicists, marketing executives, and creative directors alike to take a good look around: At the faces in the room at brand events they attend. At the lack of minorities on set at the photo shoots they arrange. Then take a hard look in the mirror. Take a moment for self-reflection. And make an honest assessment of where they stand in all of this. It may call for them to ask themselves some tough questions. Like, Is there anything more that I can do to make this a more inclusive industry?
Dan Levy Just Wants to Escape
“I think because we can’t get to movie theaters, because we can’t go out and distract ourselves in other ways, we are in some capacity kind of bound to the television as a means of transporting us. In addition to kind of watching everything that’s ever been released over the past 90 years since quarantine, I have noticed that so much of the content that I’ve been watching has been escapist, has been travel-related, has taken place in new and exciting locations. I think for the most part, we’re looking to distract as best we can. I think that’s why we’ve seen such a rise in unscripted television.”
Goya and the Art of Survival
In the turbulent Spain of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Goya skimmed waves of change that swamped others.
A good time for thinking about Francisco Goya is while the world stumbles. Crisis becomes him. “Goya: A Portrait of the Artist” (Princeton), a biography by the American art historian Janis A. Tomlinson, affords me a newly informed chance to reflect on an artist of enigmatic mind and permanent significance. In the tumultuous Spain of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Goya worked for three kings—the reformist Carlos III, the dithering Carlos IV, and the reactionary Ferdinand VII—and then for social circles of the French usurper Joseph Bonaparte; for an overoptimistic three-year constitutional government; and, finally, woe to the land, for Ferdinand VII again. Goya kept landing on his feet as cohorts of his friends and patrons toppled from official favor, or worse.
Anjelica Huston On Mushrooms, Accidental Perms, And “Giving It Another Year” Before Plastic Surgery
An Oscar-winning actress, director, producer, author and the ultimate ’70s girl-about-town (she dated photographer Bob Richardson and fellow actor Jack Nicholson), Anjelica Huston needs no introduction. Now, as one of the faces of Gucci’s Bloom Profumo di Fiori, the 69-year-old sits down with British Vogue to share her beauty stories – from an accidental perm to drinking mushrooms for breakfast.
Are the ’90s responsible for our filter-obsessed generation?
The ’90s and its grungy glory is considered a high for fashion; one writer argues that it sparked damage that we’re still suffering from
Women have been subjected to ever-changing beauty ideals throughout the ages, from impossibly tiny waists to big breasts, but there’s one particularly damaging decade which set the tone for today’s unrealistic image standards – the ’90s. This period in fashion is often held up as a golden time for the industry – the decade of grunge, Calvin Klein and the slip dress – but it was also the start of a deeply unhealthy beauty standard, the ramifications of which we’re still experiencing today. Just as concerning, is the evolution of how we’re subliminally fed these damaging principals.
‘She-Hulk’ Disney Plus Series Casts Tatiana Maslany in Lead Role
The series centers on lawyer Jennifer Walters (Maslany), cousin of Bruce Banner, who inherits his Hulk powers after she receives a blood transfusion from him. Unlike Bruce, however, when she hulks out Jennifer is able to retain most of her personality, intelligence, and emotional control.
“She-Hulk” is one of several Marvel series in the works at Disney Plus, with several others set to feature stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision” are on deck first for debuts later this year, followed by “Loki” in early 2021. Marvel Studios is also developing the shows “Hawkeye,” “Ms. Marvel,” and “Moon Knight” as live-action shows.
Sandringham’s Wood Farm: How a Modest Farmhouse Became the Royal Family’s Favorite Private Retreat
The queen and Prince Philip are due to spend a few weeks at the cottage they inherited from family and turned into a spot for relaxation and shooting parties.
The Sandringham estate is sometimes described as the place where the Windsors feel most at home, partially because it doesn’t have as much historical importance as some of their other properties. In 1862, Queen Victoria purchased the plot of land in a rural part of Norfolk as a homestead for her oldest son, who would become King Edward VII in 1901. For £220,000 (or about £27 million in today’s value), the family bought about 7,000 acres and five farms, which all had live-in tenants. The previous owner was an absentee landlord, so the main house and many of the farms were in need of major repairs when Edward and his wife, Alexandra of Denmark, began to make the estate their home.
It’s a Banana. It’s Art. And Now It’s the Guggenheim’s Problem.
Ephemeral works of art, like Maurizio Cattelan’s creation out of fruit, can often pose conservation challenges for the museums that have them.
Given the expectation that museums will preserve works for generations, centuries, maybe even forever, the host of tricky questions that surface around this sort of work go beyond the more typical concerns of how to touch up an oil painting or mend a crack in a sculpture. How do you preserve a balloon that contains the artist’s breath and that inevitably is going to deflate? What about computer-based art when the computer or its software is out of date and can’t work anymore? Or the many pieces that have been created from fluorescent lights when the fluorescent lights are no longer manufactured? The answer, for some, is as high-concept as the art.
[Photo Credit: hilton.com]