LobByto Bar – Madrid, Spain
Today’s LOunge is airy, high-ceiling’d and spacious! Perfect for gathering in small groups to debate matters of import – which we will NOT be doing AT ALL. As if! Instead, let’s get loud about stupid stuff! Haven’t we earned the right?
Today is THURSDAY. Which means yes, we’ve earned the right.
We continue to be giddy with delight and high on the fumes of content as we work our way through the most content-heavy week we’ve had in six months. Speaking of which, today is the six month-iversary of our book release and that doesn’t even seem possible because we’re pretty sure that happened eight or so years ago. If you haven’t snagged a copy (book, e-book or audio!), you should help your manly hosts out and rectify that immediately. In return, you’ll get a critically acclaimed book loaded with inspiring and poignant stories about queer trailblazers. And if you HAVE snagged a copy (book, e-book or audio) and enjoyed it, consider posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads or wherever fine readers gather to discuss books. Help these tired bitches out!
Okay, with the mercenary and dignity-free self-promoting out of the way, we turn the floor over to the kittens. Feel free to get lost in any of the following topics or introduce your own. We’re off to create content!
15 Designers, Scientists, and Environmental Activists—From Ayesha Barenblat to Stella McCartney—On Sustaining the Fashion Industry
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. Here, 15 designers, scientists, activists, and others weigh in on the future of Sustainable Fashion.
Tory Burch on Voting and Why She’s Encouraging Her Employees to Volunteer as Poll Workers
Tory Burch has joined a number of designers and retailers including Bode, Nordstrom, and Old Navy in an effort to help get people to the polls on November 3. After declaring that she will be closing all of her stores and offices on election day, last night the designer announced on Twitter and Instagram that her company will be giving a paid day off to any U.S. employee who volunteers as a poll worker. She tagged the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission and captioned her Instagram post with: “This November, the U.S. faces a severe shortage of poll workers—essential volunteers who staff polling sites on Election Day, issuing ballots to registered voters, monitoring voting equipment, explaining how to vote or counting votes.” She added, “This, coupled with reduced numbers of people allowed inside the polls because of COVID, will result in incredibly long lines and threaten citizens’ ability to exercise their right to vote on November 3rd.”
Is the Hemline Index Actually Real?
The ‘Hemline Index’ says the fluctuating economy influences trends — but that’s not the whole story.
While we often talk about the deeper meaning of clothing as it pertains to celebrities and politicians, sometimes a person’s wardrobe tells an even bigger story than what they intended. Can fashion be an indicator of financial and civil upheaval? The ‘Hemline Index,’ a long-held theory about the lengths of skirts and dresses, seems to think so.
The theory suggests that when the economy does well, hemlines creep up to match the feel-good vibe of the period, only to fall back down with recessions, reflecting the somber mood of empty bank accounts. At first glance, it does look like it’s onto something, which is probably why it’s been repeated so many times.
The Culture Lover’s September Guide
Here’s how you can get your streaming and socially distanced culture fix this month.
Saying goodbye to summer is never easy, even when you’ve spent most of it masked up and indoors. But this year, the arrival of Labor Day brings a slate of virtual and in-person entertainment offerings that will shake up your socially distant routine, from drive-in movies and comedy shows to a simulcast concert and a very special cast reunion of the cult-classic dance flick Center Stage.
Also on deck: a print sale fundraiser for Black trans lives and an art auction benefiting Planned Parenthood. So, see which items pique your interest and plan your month accordingly.
A Debutante Delayed: Little Edie Beale’s Life After Grey Gardens
Edith Bouvier Beale found fame thanks to the Maysles’ documentary. She found fulfillment, however, in the unexpected and utterly unique years that came next. Inside the untold story of Jackie Kennedy’s most unusual relative and her incredible second act.
On New Year’s Day in 1978, Edie Beale was onstage at the Greenwich Village nightclub Reno Sweeney, crooning “Tea for Two,” a riot of red feathers atop her head. The evening may not have taken the exact form of the Grey Gardens star’s long-held dreams of fame, but after 25 years of living in seclusion with her mother, it was more than good enough. “I’m finally beginning to live!” the New York Times reported her as saying a few days later. “This is a priceless opportunity for me. At the end of my 12 performances, I will know a little more about myself, and what I should do in life.”
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds First Non-Binary, Transgender Actors to Cast
Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander will play the first such characters in the ‘Trek’ universe.
Star Trek: Discovery will introduce the franchise’s first non-binary and transgender characters in season three.
Blu del Barrio will play the show’s first non-binary character, named Adira, in their television debut. Ian Alexander will play Gray, becoming the first transgender actor in the Trek universe.
“Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach,” said Michelle Paradise, co-showrunner and executive producer of Discovery. “We take pride in working closely with Blu del Barrio, Ian Alexander and Nick Adams at GLAAD to create the extraordinary characters of Adira and Gray, and bring their stories to life with empathy, understanding, empowerment and joy.”
When the World Isn’t Designed for Our Bodies
A new book argues that disability is a social phenomenon, not a medical one.
If disability is a matter of not being able to, say, take the bus or board a plane, then it can result when society “operates rigidly, with a brittle and scripted sense of what a body does or does not do.”
What can a body do, then, but also: What can design do to empower the body? How can design help us reimagine what “doing” looks like, in a way that embraces difference rather than pathologizing it? Hendren explains that her book arose out of an understanding that “there is a brute-force and impoverished definition of disability at work in the world.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sign Netflix Deal
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set their sights on streaming: The royal couple has signed a deal with Netflix, Variety has confirmed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who moved to California earlier this year, had been pitching movies and TV plans around Hollywood, Variety previously reported. Under their new, multi-year deal at Netflix, the couple will make documentaries, feature films, scripted television shows and children’s series.
Jane Fonda, Intergalactic Eco-Warrior in a Red Coat
The leg warmers. Barbarella. The Vietnam War. Tom Hayden and Ted Turner. And she’s not done yet.
There was a decent chance that we would get into a Megyn Kelly-type dust-up, where I waded into some topic she didn’t want to discuss. But I was ready to take the risk. I wanted Ms. Fonda, a glam Forrest Gump who has popped up on the front lines of culture, fitness, politics and Hollywood for more than half a century, to give me the lowdown on everything. From Black Panthers to the Green New Deal, from a legendary sex life to no sex life, from plastic surgery to plastic prison handcuffs, from “Barbarella” to Quentin Tarantino, from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, from Marilyn Monroe to TikTok, from bad vibes over Hanoi Jane to good vibrators. And there she was on Zoom, looking fetching with her new gray pixie cut, speaking from her chic townhouse in Los Angeles.
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