La Sponda Bar and Restaurant – Positano, Italy
Grab a patch of sky and call it your own, darlings! Why? You know why. Because today is FRIDAY and you’ve earned an all-day respite under the sun, with as many drinks as you can pack away. To help you waste the day away (or get wasted during the day), we have provided a lovely sampler of things to talk about, not that any of you kittens need the help to get going.
Who takes care of you? Your two not-so humble hosts, that’s who.
A Timeline of Princess Diana’s Best Looks
The People’s Princess was a fashion icon way ahead of her time.
Though her legacy extends far beyond fashion, Princess Diana is arguably the greatest fashion icon of the 20th century. In celebration of her impeccable style (and the upcoming fourth season of The Crown), we revisit her most memorable looks.
Prince Charles Unveils a Fashion Collection with Yoox Net-a-Porter
The 18-piece line is available to purchase right now.
Prince Charles isn’t often considered the most stylish member of the royal family, but this week, he’s making the case for himself. The Prince of Wales is getting into the fashion business, collaborating with Yoox Net-a-Porter on a sustainable new clothing collection.
The partnership between Prince Charles’s education and community-focused charity The Prince’s Foundation and the online luxury retailer is known as The Modern Artisan project, and it featured students and recent graduates from Italy and the UK working together to produce an 18-item capsule collection. Pieces range from a cashmere bomber jacket to a pleated silk midi dress, all inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci and informed by Yoox Net-a-Porter’s customer data from the past five years.
Olivia Colman Is the Queen of Film and Television
Between her Oscar-winning role as Queen Anne in The Favourite and Emmy-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown, the brilliant actress has found success portraying royals.
Olivia Colman has recently ascended as the (literal) queen of American entertainment, what with her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Anne in The Favourite and role as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. But for the Brits—and fans of U.K. television—Colman has long been a fixture, even ranking at the top of the Radio Times’s 2018 list of the most powerful people in British television.
From a viewer’s perspective, her success is immensely satisfying—both for her undeniable talent, and her reputation as a genuinely good person. If you’re not already a passionate fan, sit back, relax, and become indoctrinated into the cult of Colman.
The Women Pushing Cajun Cuisine Forward
For too long, the face of Cajun food has been male and white. A new wave of Cajun women chefs are here to change that.
Women in south Louisiana have conjured this magic for hundreds of years. Using seafood and sausages usually procured by the men in their family, they became the keepers of Cajun recipes, passing them down from grandmother to mother to daughter as part of the steady rhythm of a cuisine deeply tied to the land and water that birthed it. But in an oft-repeated habit within an industry plagued by under-representation of women and people of color, it’s long been men like Emeril Lagasse or Paul Prudhomme who have stood in the national spotlight, creating a one-sided understanding of a complex cultural heritage.
Lenny Kravitz Has Been Experimenting With Style Since Day One
“My mother was all about the details. She had that discipline—you don’t “sort of” finish a task; you finish it properly and go on to the next. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the lessons Roxie Roker taught me. She was always perfectly dressed. When my daughter, Zoë, was born, my mother wouldn’t meet her granddaughter until she put on a proper outfit. I told her, the child doesn’t know. But that was not my mother; she always wanted to look great. And she did. Being around that kind of elegance and grace had a lasting impact on me.”
The Curse of the Buried Treasure
Two metal-detector enthusiasts discovered a Viking hoard. It was worth a fortune—but it became a nightmare.
On June 2, 2015, two metal-detector hobbyists aware of the area’s heritage, George Powell and Layton Davies, drove ninety minutes north of their homes, in South Wales, to the hamlet of Eye, about four miles outside Leominster. The farmland there is picturesque: narrow, hedgerow-lined lanes wend among pastures dotted with spreading trees and undulating crop fields. Anyone fascinated by the layered accretions of British history—or eager to learn what might be buried within those layers—would find it an attractive spot. English place-names, most of which date back to Anglo-Saxon times, are often repositories of meaning: the name Eye, for example, derives from Old English, and translates as “dry ground in a marsh.” Just outside the hamlet was a rise in the landscape, identified on maps by the tantalizing appellation of King’s Hall Hill.
A Look Behind Burberry’s New Planet-Conscious Cashmere Project
With winter fast approaching, it’s officially cashmere sweater season. Soft, luxurious, and most importantly warm, it’s the ultimate staple for this time of the year — particularly for those of us who are WFH for the foreseeable future. Sadly, our love of cashmere can come at a tremendous cost to the environment, particularly in places such as Mongolia, where overgrazing and climate change have led to the degradation of an estimated 70 per cent of grasslands, with a shocking 25 per cent turned to desert.
That’s why The Burberry Foundation — Burberry’s philanthropic arm — has set up a five-year programme to ensure that cashmere is produced as sustainably as possible, as part of the luxury brand’s mission to give back to society (as seen through their recent partnership with British footballer Marcus Rashford to help children living in poverty). Based in Afghanistan, the cashmere initiative provides goat herders with training on sustainable farming, harvesting techniques and animal welfare practices, helping them to achieve higher quality cashmere and, in turn, higher prices for the natural fibre.
‘Wonder Woman 1984’: Warner Bros. Mulls January HBO Max Release or Delay to Summer 2021
Six weeks before “Wonder Woman 1984” is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas, Warner Bros. execs are considering whether to push the highly anticipated superhero sequel to the summer of 2021, or keep the movie on its Dec. 25 theatrical debut and then put it on the HBO Max streaming service in early January, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.
Jane Austen Anthology Series in Development at CW
The CW is developing an anthology series inspired by the works of Jane Austen, Variety has learned.
Titled “Modern Austen,” the one-hour series reimagines Austen’s novels as six modern stories. Each season is a different novel, beginning with “Pride and Prejudice,” set in contemporary San Francisco.
The series hails from Eleanor Burgess, who will serve as writer and executive producer. Burgess most recently wrote on the HBO series “Perry Mason.” Stephanie Allain and Gabrielle Ebron will executive produce via Homegrown Pictures. Warner Bros. Television will produce.
The Evolving Travel ‘Experience’: Virtual, Actual and In Between
Socially distanced craft classes, virtual tango lessons, a city tour accompanied by an avatar guide: how experience companies — which now include Amazon — are adapting to the pandemic.
Paul McCartney & Taylor Swift
On songwriting secrets, making albums at home, and what they’ve learned during the pandemic. The first in a series of new conversations between artists
Taylor Swift arrived early to Paul McCartney’s London office in October, “mask on, brimming with excitement.” “I mostly work from home these days,” she writes about that day, “and today feels like a rare school field trip that you actually want to go on.”
Swift showed up without a team, doing her own hair and makeup. In addition to being two of the most famous pop songwriters in the world, Swift and McCartney have spent the past year on similar journeys. McCartney, isolated at home in the U.K., recorded McCartney III. Like his first solo album, in 1970, he played nearly all of the instruments himself, resulting in some of his most wildly ambitious songs in a long time. Swift also took some new chances, writing over email with the National’s Aaron Dessner and recording the raw Folklore, which abandons arena pop entirely in favor of rich character songs. It’s the bestselling album of 2020.
Inside the best cult vintage stores: Starry Starry Night
On a quiet, cobbled street in Glasgow, Anna Graham sells vintage clothing to collectors and costumers of our favourite TV shows.
For 34 years Starry Starry Night has been tucked away down a cobbled lane in Glasgow’s West End. Behind its bottle green exterior, striped awning and hand-painted sign lies a cosy, low-lit shop with a ceiling painted black. And you’ll always find Anna Graham, the vintage shop’s proprietor, standing behind her till, beside a vitrine filled with antique costume jewellery.
Like all good vintage stores, the place is packed to the rafters — even the changing room is formed by rails of clothes, cloaked in just a curtain. Anna tells me she’s got much more than what we see here, hidden away in storage facilities across the city. It’s in these locations you can find many her older pieces, antique Victorian and Edwardian outfits which she tends to sell to collectors or costumers, rather than the general public. Visits to these are saved for these special clients, many of whom are costume designers for hit TV shows like Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders and Outlander.
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