The Daily T LOunge for September 2, 2020

Posted on September 02, 2020

3rd Avenue Bar – Jakarta, Indonesia


Oooh, let’s all sprawl out in today’s LOunge. Not because we’re required to socially distance in imaginary spaces but because it’s a day for asserting your personal space and making it as large as possible. Spread out! Yell from across the room! Or pick a dark corner to sit and quietly judge everyone else. All options are open to you when nothing is real.

Today is WEDNESDAY. How’s that for reality?

We find ourselves both giddy and a little exhausted at having several days with a full roster of posts like we used to have in the Before Times. From March, we’ve been looking at the blasted-out post-apocalyptic, tumbleweed-filled pop culture landscape and intoning to each other “We just have to make it to September” over and over again. In truth we stopped believing it months ago, which is why it turned out to be such a pleasant surprise when it came true. Having said that, while we’re grateful for the VMAs and the Venice Film Festival and whatever the upcoming Emmys turn out to be, we know things will probably quiet down again sooner rather than later. Still, it’s nice to have the content. Which reminds us, we’ve got to get to work. Talk amongst yourselves, darlings!


34 Designers — From Joseph Altuzarra to Virginie Viard — On the Future of Creating Fashion
For this year’s September issue, Vogue asked 100 people—from creative directors, models, and photographers to activists and CEOs—one simple (but also incredibly complex) question: What is the future of fashion? How would the way fashion is made, and the way that we all interact with it, change in the face of urgent calls for racial equity, an ongoing climate crisis, and the devastating effects of a global pandemic? We divided the answers into five chapters, which we will post over the coming days and which we have titled Creating Fashion, Sustainable Fashion, Buying Fashion, Responsible Fashion, and Viewing Fashion. Taken together, they reveal a wide-ranging portrait of our time while also pointing the way forward—to a different fashion calendar, a different protocol for production, and an altogether different relationship with clothes.


Old Navy Will Pay Its Employees to Work the Polls on Election Day
The San Francisco–based retailer announced that it would compensate all of its employees who serve as poll workers on Election Day with a full day’s pay (regardless of whether they are scheduled to work that day). It’s a new policy that is meant to combat a nationwide shortage of poll workers. According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, reports Inc., there is currently a shortage of more than 250,000 poll workers in the U.S., due to COVID-19 and other factors. As a result, there could be longer wait times to vote, as well as delays in counting the ballots.


Gabrielle Union on Her Journey to Healthy Hair and How She Quiets Self-Doubt
Union’s own hair evolution has been, as she puts it, “lifelong.” When she was eight, her family moved from Omaha to Pleasanton, California, which felt “99.9% white,” she recalls. “I thought I could achieve the right kind of attention if I just looked like the other girls and had straight hair.” At the time, she looked to relaxer as a magic potion that “wasn’t just going to give me straight hair but also somehow change my features,” she remembers. “I always felt like my scalp was betraying me when it would start to itch and burn or get lesions. That’s where it all began, this really dysfunctional relationship with beauty and self-esteem and value and worth and wanting to be chosen.”


Demi Lovato’s Deeply Personal Letter on the Pandemic, Mental Health and Black Lives Matter
Depression and mental illness are part of my history, and because of all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, my anxiety skyrocketed. I was suddenly confronted with all these questions: “When are we going to go back to work?” “Are more people going to have to die?” “How bad is this going to get?” Everything was so suddenly out of my control and not just for me individually, but for us as a global community. It was — and remains — a truly unprecedented time in history.


Let’s Stop Pretending We Need New Clothes Every Season
How going seasonless could save money, save fashion, and also kind of save the world.
Simply put: people aren’t buying as much clothing right now because of the pandemic, and brands have to adjust to a coronavirus-induced plunge in sales. But in this radical shift of a cycle that has been spinning and overproducing for decades, fashion consumers — who are all about doing the most — have an opportunity to do so much less.
This doesn’t mean just buy less, though. While that is a good and obvious start, it doesn’t address the deeper problems that overconsumption in fashion has caused.


Zoom and gloom: Virtual schooling has begun, and it is unsustainable
Working parents of primarily younger children are universally exhausted since schools shut down in March. All supports were yanked from beneath us and our children, even as expectations from our jobs largely remained at pre-pandemic levels.
Our kids were sent home and spent months disengaged from contact with friends or structured learning, all because we, as a society at large, were told and agreed to sacrifice through quarantine to bring the coronavirus under control.


Center Stage Is Now 20 Years Old, and American Ballet Theatre Is Reuniting the Cast
We chat with leading lady Amanda Schull, plus invite current ABT company members to revisit the movie’s iconic dance moves.
It’s the 20th anniversary of Center Stage, the cult-classic dance flick about aspiring ballerina Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull) who is caught in a love triangle between bad boy dance star Cooper Nielson (Ethan Stiefel) and nice guy dance student Charlie Sims (Sascha Radetsky). Center Stage hews closely to the classic teen romance trope—boy meets girl, boy gets girl, girl realizes boy is kind of a jerk and dumps him for the nice guy who’s been hiding in plain sight all along—but it’s also so much more than that. How many teen movies feature major dance stars in lead roles (Stiefel and Radetsky), the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet as extras, excerpts from actual classical ballet repertoire (Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes), and a Tony Award–winning theater director (Nicholas Hytner) at the helm?


What Should a Museum Look Like in 2020?
As the art world experiences renewed scrutiny, curators, administrators, and artists imagine templates for change.
There is a chasm between institutions issuing newsletters about “standing in solidarity” and those, like the Walker Art Center, that have, for example, stopped contracting their local police force for public events. Historically, museums have used themed exhibitions, acquisitions schemes, or public programs to signal a shift, but otherwise they continue with business as usual. Real shifts must be seen from the sidewalk to the boardroom.




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