Camden Cocktail Lounge – Las Vegas, USA
Who needs windows and daylight? Not us! We’re hunkering down in the basement and getting mellow all day. It’s just good self-care at this point, darlings. Grab yourself a patch of velvet and plant your ass on it. Drinks and nibblies are on us.
Yes. Today really is MONDAY. Remember to get your daily dosage of Fukitol.
We are bent over this morning – almost literally. As we noted last week, we bit the bullet and ordered a weight bench with all the bells and whistles because we’re not returning to the gym for probably another year and we’re getting way too soft and fluffy. We realized that our plan to put it in our living room was a non-starter because it would have required shoving furniture into weird positions. After much discussion and several attempts, we finally figured out a configuration that will allow our living space to remain fabulous: we’re putting it in the bedroom. This required a lot of furniture moving, which then prompted a round of artwork rearranging and even a rethink of some of our storage. Living in an open floorplan loft has its challenges. You could move a throwpillow and wind up rearranging whole rooms to accomodate the change. Anyway, we love the new layout, but all that moving and shoving and re-hanging left us what? SORE AS HELL. Hence the need for a weight bench and comprehensive workout plan. Anyway, we’re off to pop some pain pills and generate some frivolous content. Talk amongst yourselves!
“He Brought Back Sex”—On Episode 6 of In Vogue: The 1990s, Georgina Grenville, Amber Valletta, and More Remember Tom Ford’s Gucci
In January of 1995 no one would have predicted that fashion’s scales would tip so definitively away from grunge and toward glamour. Yet, with a cinematic American flourish, that’s exactly what Tom Ford did at Gucci.
This came as a surprise for many reasons. For starters, the aging Gucci label was known for its leather accessories, not apparel. On top of that, over-expansion and tragedy, both linked to internal family feuding, had brought the company to the brink. In 1989, retail executive Dawn Mello was brought in to right the ship; the next year she hired Tom Ford to design women’s wear. When Mello left Gucci in 1994, Ford assumed the role of creative director, and took a leading role on the global stage.
Everything to Know About The Met’s “About Time: Fashion and Duration” Exhibition
There will be no shortage of time puns heralding today’s preview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s new exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration. So here’s one more: It’s about time this exhibit opened. Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic from its original May 4 date, About Time will finally swing open its doors to the public on October 29, nearly half a year later. As such, it has had one of the longest gestation periods of any Costume Institute exhibit—ironic for a show whose very subject is time and timeliness.
Forget TikTok! LaceTok Is Here, and This Textile Historian Is Leading the Pack
Elena Naomi Kanagy-Loux (@erenanaomi), a 34-year-old creator based in Brooklyn, New York who is captivating her audience’s attention by hand-making lace on the app. She spends her days as a collections specialist at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “ The Antonio Ratti Textile Center serves as the study and storage facility for The Met’s collection of over 33,000 textiles, so I get to see a huge variety of incredible textiles up close,” she says. Kanagy-Loux brings that love to TikTok, where she makes bobbin lace, a painstaking process that’s meditative to do and watch, while exploring the history behind it. Her aesthetically-pleasing videos take TikTok users into a whole other world in the process—one that she calls “LaceTok,” as a community of fellow lacemakers is quickly forming on the app.
Meet the Artist Using a 100-Year-Old Technique to Depict the Power of Women’s Hair
All that female hair evokes—a tense tangle of sexuality, gender, self-identity, ownership, repression, and conformation—is the focus of Portesi’s latest series, “Hair Portraits,” which is on exhibition at Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum & Art Center starting this weekend. In her images, which have an antique appearance as they are tintypes, the artist molds and sculpts her sitters’ hair, defying gravity and any notion of how hair ought to look. Portesi fashions it into fantastical creations, lacing in natural elements like crinkled leaves, twigs, and tropical fronds. The result is a collection of photographs which beguile with intimacy and the unexpected.
Queen of the Screen
Anya Taylor-Joy is proving to be Hollywood’s fiercest player. Here, the Netflix star reflects on the moves that got her here.
“I think I learned how to be more gentle through Beth,” Taylor-Joy says, referring to Elizabeth Harmon, the chess prodigy she portrays in Netflix’s magnificent new drama The Queen’s Gambit. “The thing I connected [with] a lot was when you have that sort-of single-minded determination and you have a gift with it, you do tend to be isolated from the herd. And when you are just alone with yourself for intense periods of time…that level of pushing yourself can start to mess with you a bit.”
Queen Elizabeth’s Palaces Have Over 1,500 Clocks—And They All Need to Be Reset
A whole team of conservators is required for this massive horological undertaking.
When daylight savings time comes along, many of us struggle to remember to change all of our clocks (or worse, just wait six months until the oven shows the right time again). But fiddling with a few dials and digital displays is nothing compared to what has to happen in Queen Elizabeth’s royal residences—a biannual undertaking that requires a whole team of experts to spend 40 hours on a weekend.
The Improbable Life of Helen Jones Woods and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm
When ninety-six-year-old Helen Jones Woods entered the hospital on July 25th, for complications arising from covid-19, the nurse on duty was astounded to learn that she was not on any medications. “My mother had some rigid rules about how you were supposed to live your life,” Woods’s daughter, Cathy Hughes, told me recently. Woods herself had been a nurse for decades, at Omaha’s Douglas County Hospital, but she “did not believe in pharmaceuticals,” Hughes said. “She only kept toothpaste, mouthwash, and a bottle of aspirin in her medicine cabinet. She said the aspirin was for visitors.”
After retiring from nursing, Woods became a teacher’s aide—she felt called to handle the problem children, Hughes said, and appointed herself “the director of hugs and kisses.” But it was an earlier job that she is best known for. In the nineteen-thirties and forties, Woods travelled the world as one of the founding members of a record-breaking, racially integrated, all-female swing band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
All the Wrong Reasons to Remake “Rebecca”
In April of 1938, the manuscript for Daphne du Maurier’s new novel, “Rebecca,” landed on the desk of her British editor, Norman Collins. Du Maurier was only thirty years old at the time, and this was her fifth book, but she had yet to have a runaway commercial hit. Collins, for his part, breathed a sigh of relief upon turning the pages. He saw money in the book, and maybe even literary value. In a letter to Victor Gollancz, the head of the publishing house, Collins wrote that the novel “brilliantly creates a sense of atmosphere and suspense,” and also, “I don’t know another author who imagines so hard all the time.” The allure of “Rebecca” lies in how du Maurier places the reader, right away, inside the nervous mind of its protagonist—an unnamed, docile young woman who is referred to by others in the book only as Mrs. de Winter—as she recounts a particularly vivid nightmare. The book’s famous first line—“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again”—initiates a journey in her memory, back to the sprawling English countryside estate where she had once lived as a wealthy man’s second wife.
Amy Coney Barrett and the Myth of the Working Mother
There’s a danger in perpetuating the lie that childcare and work-life balance in America are essentially private and individual challenges to navigate.
When Barrett appeared on Capitol Hill for her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, she brought several of her children with her. Over and over the children were referenced approvingly, Barrett’s status as a working mother lauded by legislators on both sides of the aisle. Barrett introduced the children, both those present and those who remained at home (with “friends and fearless babysitters”), giving biographical details for each. Even confined to the audience, the children were very much part of the proceedings.
In America, seeing a woman bring her kids to the biggest moment of her professional life—hearing ancient senators laud her for the size of her family—feels not like progress, but like gaslighting. Barrett’s apparent dual success as a mother of many and a highly competent professional (her brief and alarming judicial record notwithstanding) cements the myth that childcare and work-life balance in America are essentially private and individual challenges to navigate—challenges that needn’t stop a woman from attaining the highest professional achievements.
18 Of Shirley Bassey’s Most Tremendous, Sequin-Choked Looks Of All Time
True to form, the 83-year-old Welsh singer is still dripping in sequins and diamonds in equal measure. She made her Instagram debut posing up a storm in a floor-sweeping Alex Perry gold sequined gown (with a mandatory matching mask). Styled by Cheryl Konteh, and accessorised with a pair of Butler & Wilson earrings, it proved one thing: Bassey is as glamorous as ever.
Throughout her decades-spanning career, Bassey has worn some of the most dazzlingly fabulous gowns to have ever graced the stage. She turned to one particular British designer more than most: Douglas Darnell. Time and again, she wore his custom gowns which were often festooned in Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and beads. (Darnell of London not only dressed Bassey but Joan Collins, Dusty Springfield, Marlene Dietrich and Zsa Zsa Gabor, too.)
Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival
Rising temperatures and melting glaciers have changed key aspects of the age-old Peruvian festival of Qoyllur Rit’i. Still, the celebrations persist.
Each year in late May or early June, thousands of pilgrims trek for hours on foot and horseback through Peru’s Andean highlands — slowly snaking their way up the mountainous terrain — for the religious celebrations of Qoyllur Rit’i, held some 50 miles east of Cusco, once the capital of the Incan empire.
Viewed from above, the valley seems to be covered in confetti, each tiny speck representing a huddled collection of tents and people. Practiced annually for hundreds of years, the celebrations mark the start of the harvest season, when the Pleiades, a prominent cluster of stars, return to the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere.
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