The Dhoni Cocktail Bar and Lounge – Hadahaa, Maldives
Kittens, it’s Friday and let’s face it: we’re all distracted as hell and wrung out like dishtowels. Grab a patch of sky and call it your own for the rest of today. As always, we’ve provided you with a selection of international distractions to help you get through the day, even if we suspect you’ll find it hard to focus on any of them. Chat amongst yourselves, dolls! Celebrities, you are hereby ordered back to active service. We better see some dress action next week.
How Paco Rabanne’s Craft Techniques From the 1960s Inspired the Spring 2021 Collections
Paco Rabanne made a comet-like entrance into the fashion world in 1966 with sparkling no-sew dresses made of linked plastic and metal. Vogue swooned over the Basque designer. “He is constantly working on his idea of redoing the world,” the magazine wrote at the time. “[He] feels that there is not one single thing that cannot be reconsidered or redone in a more modern way.”
Though Rabanne was engaged with the possibilities of the Space Age, his use of chain mail and metal also seemed to reference medieval armor. Just as he liberated fashion from the needle and fabric (pliers were more his thing), so he designed strong looks for liberated women that were both protective and provocative.
Marrying old and new was a Rabanne signature; handwork wasn’t incompatible with cutting-edge materials and production for him. Now, with fashion pushing in artsy new directions amid pandemic-imposed lockdowns, Rabanne has emerged as a sort of patron saint of craft. For spring 2021 designers, including Kei Ninomiya, Demna Gvasalia, and Julien Dossena, who is currently the head of the house that Paco built, followed suit, creating looks in his image.
The 2020 Presidential Election Through the Eyes of Magnum Photographers
From all over the world, here Magnum photographers share a snapshot of this unique moment in time. Taken over three days from Monday morning to Wednesday night across numerous U.S. states and countries as far-flung as Russia, Iran, and Mexico, the images reflect the various ways in which communities responded to the events as they unfolded.
From the final day of canvassing to the endless election-night-results parties on Zoom, see how 30 photographers interpreted this tumultuous week—and where they hope the U.S. is heading next.
11 East Coast Farm Trips For a Peaceful Weekend Away
A yearning for the simple life has taken hold. We’re living in perplexing, pandemic-ridden times and there’s a growing desire to get back to basics. This trend has manifested in various ways—an increase in cycling, a significant rise in home cooking, a more mindful approach to consumerism. Travel has also been transmogrifying to fit the needs of today and Agritourism (experiences incorporating farming, ranching, and the production of food goods) is on the rise. A day spent touring a farm (whether produce, dairy, or flower) can be a reminder of the importance to take care—of yourself with the foods you eat, and of the community around you. Plus, it’s not an activity limited to the summer months. Below, 11 farm visits to experience now in and around New York and New England.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Tumultuous Relationship in Photos
It was great…until it wasn’t.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana had a complicated relationship, to say the least. They first met in 1977 while Charles was dating Diana’s older sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale (I know), and even after the births of their two children, Prince William and Prince Harry, the British press was relentless about publicizing Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles (who he’s now married to), and the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage.
Even Charles’ father, Prince Philip, had some choice words on the matter. In a letter he wrote to Diana that was later released by her former butler Paul Burrell, Philip said, “I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla.” He added, “Charles was silly to risk everything with Camilla for a man in his position. We never dreamed he might feel like leaving you for her. Such a prospect never even entered our heads.”
When the couple was finally ready to call it quits, they still had to go through months of royal duties—despite everybody knowing they were going through a divorce. In an interview with BBC, Diana claimed she’d never believed that she would be queen, saying, “I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being queen of this country. I don’t think many people will want me to be queen.” She continued, “Actually, when I say many people, I mean the establishment that I married into because they have decided that I’m a non-starter.” Ouch.
Ahead, we take a look back at the evolution of Charles and Diana’s relationship through the years. As you’ll see, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses, but there were some sweet moments.
Lashana Lynch on making history as the first Black female 007
As she prepares to star in the 25th Bond film, the actress is on a mission to use her voice for good and represent her race and sex with pride.
Initially, when the Bond opportunity came about, Lynch had reservations about joining another franchise – about getting lost “behind the man”, as she puts it – but on speaking with the producer Barbara Broccoli and the director Cary Joji Fukunaga, she understood that their intentions ran alongside hers. Before filming began, she sat down with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was there to infuse the script with a fresh female perspective. Lynch wanted to ensure Nomi was subtly drawn, believable, perhaps even a little awkward. She set out to portray the truth of being a Black woman –someone she might know; someone in her family – avoiding the two-dimensional view that can be so easily conveyed on screen or written in scripts.
Diwali Is a Festival of Sweet Delights
For many across the country, autumn marks the beginning of a season filled with Thanksgiving turkeys and glazed hams, but for Vasavada and her family, Diwali—often referred to as the festival of lights—is the focal point. The holiday, which takes place on November 14 this year (the date is based on the Hindu lunar calendar), represents a triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology and is celebrated throughout South Asia and its global diaspora. And though there are many customs surrounding Diwali (such as creating rangoli, colorful art made with materials like sand or rice powder, and setting off fireworks), for Vasavada, it has always meant family and food—particularly sweets.
Every Hidden Meaning Behind The Nostalgic Costumes In ‘The Queen’s Gambit’
The must-watch Netflix series sees Anya Taylor-Joy’s formidable performance as a chess prodigy matched by an ingenious custom wardrobe. Here, the show’s costume designer Gabriele Binder reveals the secret messages behind Beth Harmon’s best looks.
“We wanted Beth Harmon’s late ’50s, early ’60s look to be a little bit backwards on purpose — that way we could clearly show the moment when she catches up with the modern day in New York where she discovers how young people in her generation are living. When Beth is at school, she feels that the other girls are so different from how she is, to the extent that she doesn’t feel she can belong to this group. It’s at this moment that she is searching everywhere for something [and someone] to connect to and, in the absence of a real person, she connects to the dress on the mannequin.”
Daisy Edgar-Jones shoots to stardom
The actress brought comfort to locked-down audiences with her heartfelt performance as Marianne on Normal People – all the while deftly managing the challenges of socially distanced fame.
“This has been a very odd year for everyone,” says Daisy Edgar-Jones. “Mine has been bonkers.” On top of adjusting to our pandemic-altered way of life, the actress has had to contend with her nascent celebrity status since her delicate portrayal of Marianne in Normal People thrust her into the spotlight in April.
The series quickly became BBC Three’s most-watched programme ever, with nearly seven million viewers (among them Saoirse Ronan, Jodie Comer and Candice Carty-Williams) tuning into observe the young lovers’ on-off romance. “TV has been the thing that has got us all through,” says Daisy. “I feel very lucky to have been a part of such a special show that has resonated with a lot of people.”
“The Artist Is Still Getting F–ked”: Why the Music Industry Is Still So Hard on Women”
In this excerpt from her new book, Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls, Vanity Fair contributor Lisa Robinson details the many built-in challenges of the music industry—and talks to the women, like Adele and Lorde, who have managed to break through it.
Still, even with a male protector, women have always had to work harder, were faced with more obstacles at every turn, and didn’t always think to ask for what they financially felt they deserved. There were, of course, exceptions. Longtime music-business mogul Irving Azoff recently told me that in the music business, when it came to payment—to a male or a female—all that mattered was how many records or concert tickets you sold. “I remember in the 1970s, we had a Joni Mitchell tour and a Crosby, Stills & Nash tour at the same time,” he told me, “and Joni got three times as much as they did. You would get $10,000 to $15,000 for CS&N, and Joni was getting $35,000 a show. She played bigger buildings, like colleges, which had 10,000 seats—while CS&N played 3,000-seat theaters. When Linda [Ronstadt] was on Capitol, and David [Geffen] signed her to Asylum Records, she had a bigger deal than the Eagles.
Why I Love Women Who Wallop
For our film critic, watching actresses become action stars made her think differently about bodies and the meaning of representation.
Like many women, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to move through the world. How to walk with confidence but not too much swing. How to stand with my shoulders back without sticking out my chest. How to smile, like a nice girl. How to cross my legs, like a lady. How to speak up, within reason. How to take up space but not too much. Yet I love watching women who take up space, who swagger and sometimes wildly crash. When I caught up with Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey in February, I grooved on an entire world populated by women taking up space with grins and seriously bad attitude. The movie had opened a few weeks earlier but had done soft business, and I saw it at a second-run theater. I didn’t expect much, yet I enjoyed its silliness and unremitting action. I dug how Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn — a Mad Hatter of a heroine — pinwheeled across the screen, slicing and dicing and tossing confetti while having dirty good fun. I’d seen women in action, but the exuberance here felt different.
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