T LOunge for December 21, 2020

Posted on December 21, 2020

Maison Selby Cocktail Bar and Restaurant – Toronto, Canada


Darlings, today’s LOunge is colorful, cozy and chic because we have surmised that these are the qualities most needed in your life at this exact moment. Or maybe they’re just the qualities most needed in OUR lives and once again, we have confused our needs with everyone else’s. But we don’t think so because this place is inviting and looks fun and stress-free. Probably because there are no people in it, but still. To quote the one Mad Men line we still sling at each other at least once a week: “Enjoy the liquor and delicatessen!”

Today is MONDAY. The good news is that this week doesn’t count. For anything. Slack off and eat sweets all day. We’ll be here to distract you from doing anything productive, we promise.


These Masked Portraits Are an Instagram Sensation
Self-representation has always been a fertile creative territory for artists, portraiture being a visual medium that has most directly expressed concepts of identity, emotional individuality, gender, and social status—issues around which today’s conversations gravitate and which are also obliquely yet imaginatively addressed in the work of the German painter Volker Hermes.
Hermes’s visual manipulations of famous Old Masters paintings, which he humorously morphs into masked portraits, have become Instagram sensations. His series of photo-collaged images, “Hidden Portraits,” is the subject of an exhibition at the Castello Visconteo in Pavia, a charming small town in Northern Italy. Though the exhibition was forced to close when the country’s second lockdown began, there’s still a chance to pay a visit, if and when restrictions are lifted. It officially runs until January 6, 2021.


What Does Heritage Mean to Fashion Houses Today?
Ideas about heritage and luxury became linked when, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the fashion industry was transformed from a dimming and loosely configured constellation of family-owned maisons into powerful conglomerates with a focus on the bottom line.
Existing brands came with provenance—and, in many cases, healthy perfume businesses—that could be remessaged and romanced for new and future generations of consumers. Karl Lagerfeld’s transformation of Chanel from bougie to buzzy set a template for rebranding that has only begun to change recently.
Prior to this industry shift, the job of a designer of what we now call a heritage house was usually to carry on the legacy of the founder: To iterate, not innovate, in other words.


The Hair in Mank: How Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins Transformed Into Their Iconic Characters
“Everything had to have more detail and texture, or it would have all blended together in a mush of grays,” Kimberley Spiteri tells Vogue. As the head hair designer on set for Netflix’s Mank, filmed by David Fincher in black and white 8K (maximum resolution), Spiteri meticulously transformed Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins into 1930s-era historical opposites. Seyfried plays Marion Davies, the glamorous, platinum-haired Hollywood starlet linked to media billionaire William Randolph Hearst. Collins, on the other hand, channels her natural-born instincts as British stenographer Rita Alexander, “the prim and proper secretary” who helped screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz record the script for Citizen Kane. Describing the mood on set, the word “focused” comes to Spiteri’s mind. “You needed to be performing at the highest level.”


Joshua Tree National Park Is More Popular Than Ever—But Its Namesake Trees Are Facing Extinction
In a wilderness area at the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park, ecologist Lynn Sweet treks across the high desert as raucous pinyon jays swoop overhead. She navigates carefully across the landscape of blackbrush and fragrant junipers to inspect the stump of a Joshua tree. Much of the tree’s trunk, branches, and dagger-shaped leaves are sprawled across the desert floor—most likely the casualty of a gust of wind that snapped it like a toothpick.
The tree was one of thousands that Dr. Sweet and her team examined in a recent study that predicted a worrisome future for the iconic western Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia, within the national park due to climate change. The tree was less than 25% alive during Dr. Sweet and her team’s last recording. Now, the tree is dead.


The Journalist and the Pharma Bro
Why did Christie Smythe upend her life and stability for Martin Shkreli, one of the least-liked men in the world?

More than four years earlier, in January 2016, Smythe stood outside the Bryant Park skyscraper where Martin Shkreli’s company Turing Pharmaceuticals had its offices, clutching a camera, about to meet the man himself for the first time. She was so anxious that she hadn’t eaten all morning. Shkreli had been charged the month before with defrauding investors at hedge funds he’d run earlier in his career, and he made a habit of regularly taunting journalists like her. How do I manage the situation, she remembers wondering.


George C. Wolfe on the Triumphs and Tragedies of Directing Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The adaptation, which stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in his final role, is streaming now on Netflix.

Wolfe first saw Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Broadway in 1984, in a Tony-nominated production starring Theresa Merritt and Charles S. Dutton that Wolfe remembers now as “incredible.” Still, the play, which tells the story of one very eventful recording session for the legendary singer—and plumbs ideas of race relations, feminism, sexuality, power, loyalty, and the clash between art and commerce—isn’t one he’s spent the years since pining to direct.


The Crown‘s Olivia Colman Is “Quite Pleased” to Leave the Role of Queen Elizabeth Behind
“I’m not ashamed to say that I’m quite pleased now to be able to move on to something else,” she said

“Because behind closed doors, we don’t know what she’s like,” she said. “I had a little bit of play with that. But definitely… the hardest part I’ve done is someone who’s real. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m quite pleased now to be able to move on to something else.”


Peter Jackson Reveals Sneak Peek of Beatles Doc ‘Get Back’
The Oscar-winning Kiwi director said the upcoming film was drawn from 56 hours of never-before-seen footage of the Fab Four.
Peter Jackson has released a sneak peek of his upcoming documentary The Beatles: Get Back, teasing some of the 56 hours of unseen footage the director has had access to of the Fab Four.
Posted early on Monday on Paul McCartney’s official Twitter account, the footage begins with an intro by the Oscar-winning Kiwi director. Jackon begins by admitting the pandemic has postponed the post-production and release plans for the film which focuses on the band during the recording of its final album Let It Be.


The Immense Relief of Health-Care Workers Receiving the Vaccine
After months on the front lines, and amid a surge, doctors and nurses have begun getting “the jab.” A surgeon who received the vaccine said, “You just had a sense that, actually, here was the light at the end of the tunnel.


15 Free-Spirited Photos Of A Young Jane Fonda, Political Force In The Making
Jane Fonda has never been a wallflower. In addition to carving out stellar careers in film and fitness, she’s spent much of her life actively fighting for the rights of others, using her platform and privilege to be a voice for people without one. Her activism has resulted in her being arrested several times – including as recently as last year while participating in climate change protests in the US.


Meet The Indigenous Activist Campaigning To Protect The Reindeer In Sápmi
Singer and activist Sofia Jannok has launched a campaign to protect the forests in Sápmi, the region inhabited by the Indigenous Sámi people in northern Europe, after discovering that 1,000 football pitches-worth of trees in her community, Luokta-Mávas, in Sweden were earmarked to be cut down. So far, more than 30,000 people have signed the petition, which has been backed by the likes of Greta Thunberg.


It’s Little Women Season
There are Christmas movies and there are movies that are Christmas-adjacent—films that evoke the holidays without being so terribly on the nose about it. Gerwig’s Little Women contains overt Christmasness, of course: Boughs bedeck practically every mantel of the March home; the sisters give their Christmas breakfast to the less-fortunate Hummel family (only to be gifted a Marie Antoinette–style spread by their moneyed neighbor James Lawrence). The following Christmas, Amy (the resplendent, Oscar-nominated Florence Pugh) strings popcorn and Mr. March (Bob Odenkirk, whose casting is the only bad thing about this movie) returns from the Civil War.




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