The Daily T LOunge for September 29, 2020

Posted on September 29, 2020

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Kittens why not spend the day partying your woes away in the virtual open air? Beats sitting at home and worrying about going outside, yes? Especially since we’re in that weird liminal period when the temperatures manage the trick of being hot and cold at the same time. We think we changed our pants three times each yesterday as the temps shifted slightly in either direction. Pick a season, Mother Nature!

Today is TUESDAY. A day for pointless rants about meaningless topics. Hence the previous paragraph.

We have nothing further to add so chat amongst yourselves or peruse our Menu of Distractions below. Ciao, darlings! Until the next post, that is.


The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time
These stunning celebrity engagement rings prove that a diamond—if not a marriage—is forever. But engagement rings haven’t always been all about the diamond: Roman brides were given a gold ring to wear in public and an iron ring to wear at home. In the 1700s, simple poesy rings were popular in Europe, while in New England, Puritan men—shunning frivolous rings—were thought to have given thimbles to their betrothed (though women often cut off the tops and wore them as rings anyway). Fast-forward to 1947 and De Beers’s famous slogan, “A diamond is forever.” The rest is history. Now we have everything from Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond from Richard Burton (though it was just a gift, not an engagement bauble) to Kim Kardashian West’s 15-carat diamond from Kanye and Olivia Wilde’s brilliant emerald from Jason Sudeikis—ring inspiration galore from some of the dazzling gems sported by stars.


Street Style Was Born at the Paris Racetracks
Contemporary street style photography might be dated to the late 1970s and early 1980s when Bill Cunningham and Jamel Shabazz were documenting the runways that are the New York City streets. But the genre emerged earlier than that, circa the early 1900s, at roughly the same time that fashion photography was taking off. By 1913 Baron de Meyer was creating highly stylized, halo-lit pictures in the studio for Vogue.
Working en plein air from 1909 were the Séeberger brothers—Jules, Louis, and Henri—who set up shop in Paris to provide, as their stationery noted “High-Fashion Snapshots, Photographic Accounts of Parisian Style.” In Elegance, a book about their work, Sylvie Aubenas, a curator at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, explains that the Séebergers’ milieu was social events. “Their work,” she writes, “was documentary and documents cycles of fashion, specific looks, not just clothes but how they are worn and brought to life.”


Jeremy Scott Goes Behind the Seams at His Moschino Marionette Show
To Jeremy Scott, the creative director of Moschino, that idea seemed oddly appropriate for our pandemic-wrecked world, and so he set out to create a Moschino marionette show that could transform the wonder of his IRL fantasias into a cinematic, digital experience.
To do so, Scott enlisted the help of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. While Henson is most famous for the Muppets—and Scott has the accolade of being the first fashion designer to ever dress Miss Piggy—the Jim Henson Creature Shop is better known for The Dark Crystal, a mythical and magical film from 1982. Together the Jim Henson Creature Shop and Moschino collaborated to create models, a famous front row, and a marionette of Scott himself to showcase the designer’s latest Moschino designs and give the feeling of a physical fashion spectacle.


All the Portraits of the Royal Children Over the Years
For fans of all things monarchial, a royal portrait release is an exciting time. And while any Windsor family moment is a fascinating one, there’s a particular frenzy around snapshots of the children—George, Charlotte, Louis, and Archie—since they aren’t seen at events quite as often as their parents.
The three Cambridge children are photographed for major milestones they experience along the year, whether it be for their birthday festivities or christening. The photos are often taken by mother Middleton herself, though a variety of photographers capture the full family moments.


Versace Cast “Plus-Size” Runway Models For the First Time Ever
Milan Fashion Week has slowly but steadily been making progress on one of its greatest faults: a lack of diversity. The city’s fashion week has long been behind New York, London and Paris on the matter, but it was only last season that the focus branched out from race to include size inclusivity. Earlier this year, Paloma Elsesser and Jill Kortleve became the first “plus-size” models to walk Fendi in the house’s history. And thanks again in part to Kortleve, the (relative) progress has continued. Versace hit the same milestone on Friday, after casting Kortleve, Alva Claire, and Precious Lee alongside runway fixtures like Joan Smalls and Irina Shayk.


An Exclusive Visit With The Crown’s Charles and Diana
In season four, Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin play one of the most famous (and ill-fated) couples of the 20th century.


Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River
Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.
Extreme weather here wreaks havoc on overland roads, which fluctuate between muddy and rubbly in the summer and inaccessibly icy in the winter. Driving distances are measured in days and weeks. The Ket River, by comparison, offered a reliable mode of transportation — at least until the Trans-Siberian Railway was built.


How to Read a Wine Label, in 12 Easy Lessons
The wine shop can be intimidating, with so many different styles of labeling. Here’s help in decoding a dozen basic types.


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