The Daily T LOunge for October 16, 2020

Posted on October 16, 2020

Le 360 Rooftop Bar – Cannes, France

 

Listen. Can you hear that heavenly choir right about now? Fear not. You aren’t entering the pearly gates, but you definitely are being presented with your own little paradise. Why? You know why.

Today is FRIDAY. Huzzahs all around.

Now grab a piece of sky and call it your own for the rest of the day. Drinks are on us and there’s a lovely tray of nibbly little distractions for you to pick over all day.

 

The Couch Is The New Step-And-Repeat. Where Does That Leave Fashion?
On the virtual red carpet, conspicuous consumption is out. “Low-key glamour” is in.
Even though fashion, in all its forms, is decidedly more casual right now, that doesn’t mean that red carpet attire has become synonymous with loungewear—even though much of the action is taking place on the couch. What’s happening instead is a shift towards what Lorenzo Marquez of Tom and Lorenzo calls “low-key elegance.” Co-creator Tom Fitzgerald concurs. “Right now, the general tone of celebrity style seems to be hovering around ‘dressy casual.’ The kind of looks a star might wear to make a talk show appearance rather than the kinds of looks they’d wear on a red carpet,” he says.

 

Queen Elizabeth’s Mask-less Public Appearance Has Sparked Concern
Apparently, everyone around her had tested negative.
She joined her grandson, Prince William, to visit the top-secret Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, in Wiltshire, U.K. The Queen wore a pink jacket with a matching hat and black loafers. Noticeably missing from her (and William’s) ensemble was a face mask.

 

Hugh Grant Is Ready to Get Emotional
Fortified by his home life, actor and father of five Hugh Grant is putting his heart into his work — and coming up with his best roles yet.
If you were around during Grant’s reign as the ultimate English rom-com star in the 1990s and 2000s, or if you’ve streamed films like Notting Hill and Love Actually more recently, you might have figured that the actor’s range was fairly limited. Though his movies have grossed almost $3 billion worldwide, people always assumed that Grant was playing some version of himself — an endearingly befuddled, floppy-haired Oxford grad who was probably related to the Earl of Shrewsbury or something. On the talk show circuit, Grant routinely claimed that in real life he was neither as likable nor as posh as his characters, yet he did it so charmingly that no one believed him.

 

A Timeline of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Tumultuous, Tragic Relationship
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship is a sad story. Their marriage was contentious, and their divorce, messy—Diana died a mere year after the official papers were signed. And throughout it all, nearly every single dramatic detail played out in the global press. Some of it in the tabloids, and some of it through interviews they gave themselves: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” Diana famously told the BBC in 1995.

 

How Lovecraft Country Costume Designer Dayna Pink Makes Clothes That Transcend Era
Genre isn’t exactly known for its fashion. Audiences usually remember the gore, the monsters—both real and metaphorical—or that creepy old house with a horrifying history. But HBO’s Lovecraft Country, which reimagines Jim Crow America through a horror lens, is different. It has all those things and pushes the boundaries of style without tearing us from the narrative. That’s thanks to costume designer Dayna Pink, whose impeccable eye for clothing and reverence for the era slayed showrunner Misha Green and director Yann Demange.
“If you want to hire somebody who’s going to do it, like, the letter of the law, it’s probably not me,” Pink told Green and Demange in their first meeting. “But if you want somebody who’s going to have the spirit of this, then create my own vision and make it fashion-y…”

 

Sculptor Simone Leigh Makes History as the First Black Woman to Represent U.S. at the Venice Biennale
“I also recognize that this is a time when black artists and intellectuals of the diaspora are flourishing and have reached critical mass,” she said.
Sulptor Simone Leigh has made history as the first Black woman chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious art and culture events. The Brooklyn-based artist, renowned for her large-scale work celebrating Black women, will make her debut in 2022.

 

To the lighthouse: the perfect post-Covid staycations
Beacons of hope across the UK and Ireland’s most breathtaking coastlines.

There’s a certain fortitude in lighthouses. Their stark staying power against the fiercest elements makes them destinations that are at once welcoming and inaccessible. Unlike other structures that rise and fall with a change in the wind, lighthouses hold a quiet dignity, standing fast amid the surrounding chaos. With their remote locations, serene surroundings and promise of glorious views, they make the perfect post-Covid destinations. Here are a few of our favourite lighthouse retreats…

 

How The Lion King Became a $9 Billion Broadway Smash
The Great White Way’s most unexpected blockbuster almost didn’t get made. This is the little-known origin story of how the Magic Kingdom came to 42nd street.

Michael Eisner, the chairman of the Walt Disney Company, had no interest in bringing the Magic Kingdom to Broadway. Yes, he loved the theater. Growing up in New York City, he’d seen just about every Broadway musical from the time he was six until he went off to college. But when he was running Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s, the company had produced Tommy Tune’s My One and Only and, he would later say, it was “the biggest nightmare of my life.” Though the show was a hit, Eisner reflected, “it took more time than anything I was doing at Paramount. I decided: never again. This is a hobby we can do without.”

 

In Trying Times, 20 Wines Under $20 That Revive and Restore
If you are tired of drinking the same old thing, these bottles, from nine different countries, represent the wide range of great values now available.
The hours of daylight are shrinking, and the nervous tension grows. These are strange days in which the daily cocktail of pandemic, politics, protest and natural disaster continually challenges the capacity to endure. “When you think that you lost everything, you find out you can always lose a little more,” as the Nobel laureate Bob Dylan once put it. I’m not here to tell you that wine will make anything better. But good food, good wine and engaging conversation seem as necessary to getting through 2020 as riveting books, binge-worthy shows and walks among the trees. They relieve, heal and restore, because tomorrow will doubtless raise the ante again. Of all these balms to the spirit, good wine may seem the most difficult to come by. The choices can overwhelm.

 

 

 

 

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