The Daily T LOunge for September 9, 2020

Posted on September 09, 2020

Dash Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Turin, Italy


Today is officially Hunker In Your Bunker Day! An international holiday that we just made up in which you are not allowed to feel one second of guilt because you didn’t shower, do anything productive or even leave the house today! Hunker in your bunker! It’s good for the SOUL.

Today is WEDNESDAY, bee-tee-dubs. Hence the whole salute to agoraphobia.

Anyway, we are NOT hunkering in our bunker because for the first time in six months STRANGE MEN will be entering it. We have a couple of workmen coming today to check and make sure that T Lo Manor is prepared for the coming winter, which means we’re all a-tizzy. Normally, gentlemen callers would have your manly hosts feeling smoothly confident, but since no one else has breathed our house air in half a year, we’re just a weensy bit on edge. But YOU should not be feeling on edge, because in this LOunge, the seats are comfy, the drinks are free, and the distractions are a-plenty. Feel free to sample them all freely throughout your day.



Michelle Obama’s Organization When We All Vote Launches Its First Merch Drop Today
It happened on the first night of the Democratic National Convention: Michelle Obama’s “VOTE” necklace went viral. Designed by Chari Cuthbert, who founded her independent L.A.-based label ByChari in 2012, the vote necklace sold out almost instantaneously and since Mrs. Obama’s endorsement the orders haven’t stopped.

Mrs. Obama’s “VOTE” necklace was significant because it was the first viral fashion moment of the pandemic, when fashion sales have decreased significantly and small businesses across the country have been struggling to survive. It was a boost for Cuthbert, but it also signified a new approach to political dressing, one that reaches a younger consumer.

The necklace wasn’t meant as a piece of political merch per se, but Cuthbert’s design is now being positioned as such for an innovative new project. Today Mrs. Obama’s nonprofit, nonpartisan organization When We All Vote is dropping its first collection of merch; “Vote 4EVER Merch” includes clothes, accessories, and beauty and lifestyle products designed by independent, BIPOC-owned and sustainable labels from across the country.


Bulgari is Supporting Women Scientists Who Are Working To Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine
Earlier this summer, Bulgari announced the formation of The Bulgari Virus Free Fund, which is a financial program created to support various institutions researching a COVID-19 vaccine. Now, the U.S. arm of the luxury accessories house is going a step further in its efforts to help fight the virus by launching an initiative that will give financial research aid to female scientists, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. The Bulgari Women and Science Fellowship in COVID-19 Research will specifically benefit women researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York City.


Four Generations of Altuzarra Women Pose in the Brand’s Fall 2020 Collection
For Joseph Altuzarra, a designer of Chinese, French, and American heritage, designing a garment isn’t just about making something in step with right now, but also about expressing stories of life and lineage through fashion. “I like the idea of clothes that are markers of time and that are passed down from generation to generation and become these almost talismanic objects that connect the past and the present and the future.”


Keeping Up With the Kardashians to End With Season 20
Fans have been keeping up for 14 years.
“It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”


Every Question You Have About About Mail-In Voting, Answered
Rules and regulations for mail voting are different across the country, from obtaining a ballot (it’s more accessible in some places than others) to deadlines (though most are in October). And while some states have expanded access, others require a reason beyond COVID-19 to vote from home.
The process can be confusing. So we asked National Vote at Home Institute’s CEO Amber McReynolds—dubbed the “leading lady of vote-by-mail”—to answer every question you might have about mail ballots.


Lupita Nyong’o Pays Tribute To Black Panther Co-Star Chadwick Boseman With A Moving Message
Lupita Nyong’o paid tribute to her late Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman in a moving Instagram post on Tuesday, praising him for caring “deeply about humanity, about Black people,” and for instilling “pride by pushing through and working with such high purpose in the films he chose to commit to.”
“I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly were they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless… Chadwick was one of those people,” she wrote. “Chadwick was a man who made the most of his time, and somehow also managed to take his time. I didn’t know him for long, but he had a profound effect on me in the time that I did.”


Gossip Girl Is Coming Back. Here’s What We Know So Far.
After years of rumblings, the beloved show is finally getting a reboot.
Though their run ended in 2012, Blake Lively’s Serena van der Woodson and Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf are forever in our hearts—and the millennial television canon. Now, their spiritual descendants are heading to the small screen. Here’s what we know about the Gossip Girl reboot.
HBO Max, Warner Media’s new streaming service, has ordered a next-generation Gossip Girl revival.
The creators of the original series, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, have signed on to helm a Gen-Z revival of the beloved show.


The United States of Barbecue
A celebration of the best barbecue in America and the people who sustain it.
Barbecue is one of the most beautiful things America ever did. It was not, however, inevitable. The succulent, tender-crisp, glistening brisket we now worship is not simply the result of good fortune, though we are exceedingly blessed to claim it, as well as other complicated treasures like ribs, pulled pork, and enough regional sauces to fill the Mississippi. The history of American barbecue, rather, is inextricably linked with the brutality of colonialism and slavery. Still, today, the craft owes its richness to the migration patterns, regional resources, and ingenuity of its original innovators.


“Weeks Upon Weeks Upon Weeks”: Inside the Meticulous Costume Design Process for Ryan Murphy’s ‘Ratched’
Inspired by Hitchcock and Dior’s New Look, Lou Eyrich and Rebecca Guzzi detail creating “a more elevated air of mystery” for styles in Netflix’s upcoming origin story starring Sarah Paulson.
“Weeks upon weeks upon weeks.” That’s how long it took, says costume designer Lou Eyrich, to gain Ryan Murphy’s approval on the precise hue and weight of the bluish-green fabric for the hospital uniforms in Ratched, his origin story for the nurse memorably played by Louise Fletcher in 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The horror series, starring Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched, premieres Sept. 18 on Netflix.


“Mulan” ’s Troubling Relationship with China’s Past and Present
“There have been many tales about the great warrior Mulan,” its opening voice-over says, “but ancestors: this one is mine.” Oddly, perhaps, “Mulan,” directed by the New Zealander Niki Caro and credited to four screenwriters, gives the voice-over a body in Mulan’s father. Although most Americans associate the folktale with its proto-feminist heroine, this movie is framed as her father’s story—he is the film’s definitive narrator. It is not the only dissonance in the new “Mulan.” The film is, put crudely, an Americanized celebration of Chinese nationalism, on a two-hundred-million-dollar budget. In the film, a courageous Chinese imperial army fights and defeats the proto-Mongol invaders—a triumph of border control. Offscreen, Liu Yifei, the Chinese actress who portrays Mulan, has openly supported the Hong Kong police against protesters; her stance clashes with her portrayal of a feminist underdog and has galvanized boycott campaigns, including one by the #MilkTeaAlliance, a cohort of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan. When the twenty-three-year-old activist Agnes Chow was detained in Hong Kong, a meme took flight anointing her as “the real Mulan.” And, this week, viewers of the film noticed that the credits offer thanks to government agencies in Xinjiang, where parts of “Mulan” were filmed, and where hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims have been held in internment camps.


Oscars Announce New Inclusion Requirements for Best Picture Eligibility
The diversity and inclusion initiative has been a heavy focus for the Oscars the past few years, shown by the expansive membership initiative. Today, as part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, AMPAS announced new representation and inclusion standards in order to be eligible in the best picture category.
For the 94th and 95th Oscars ceremonies, scheduled for 2022 and 2023, a film will submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form to be considered for best picture. Beginning in 2024, for the 96th Oscars, a film submitting for best picture will need to meet the inclusion thresholds by meeting two of the four standards.


Kamala Harris Is “Laced Up & Ready To Win” In Classic Converse
Arriving in Wisconsin by jet this week, the would-be VP disembarked not in sensible heels, but in a pair of classic black Converse All Stars – more often seen on off-duty models on coffee dashes than politicians on the world stage. “Laced up and ready to win,” read Harris’s caption. She knows her classic American trainers signal a can-do attitude and a sense of purpose.




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