T LOunge for December 9, 2020

Posted on December 09, 2020

Pink Mamma Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France


Bright and sunny! Green and lush! Chic and almost ridiculously Parisian! These are all the things missing from our lives right now! Let’s hit today’s LOunge with gusto, kittens!

Today is Wednesday. Hello! Let’s celebrate that!

We aren’t nearly as giddy as we’re trying to sound, we promise. We’re trying to face the task of compiling some form of Best Dressed list for the year, which is a thing we don’t relish doing in the best of years if we’re being really honest. We don’t hate it; we just find it a little tedious trying to re-assess looks we already spent 300 words assessing months before. For obvious reasons, this year’s proving to be a little unusual; not least because the first three months of the year were not only “normal,” but they were also the height of awards season, which means most of our literal red carpet work for the year was limited to the Oscar-track folks and consist of some of the most extravagant looks of the year. That was followed by nine months of celebrity loungewear and day wear. We’ll be breaking the categories up accordingly, but it’s gonna be a weird one, no matter what.

So what weird things are you having to deal with at the end of this very weird year?


Violet Chachki’s Glamorous 2021 Calendar Is a Visual Feast
It’s safe to say that we’re all eager to leave 2020 behind us—and Violet Chachki is ready to start 2021 on a super glamorous note. The drag superstar has unveiled a special calendar that ushers in the new year with fabulosity. Each month features a photo of Chachki in her signature drag style: vintage, pinup-inspired looks. “In the ’50s, you would have these risqué pinup calendars that were sort of taboo—it was almost like softcore porn,” Chachki tells Vogue of the project, adding that one of her biggest inspirations from the decade were stars such as Bettie Page. “[Bettie] was one of those cheesecake models that would pose for these sexy pictures,” she says. “If you look at [the pictures] now, though, they’re so innocent and playful.”


Cyndi Lauper Discusses Virtual Benefit Concert and Her Mission to End LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
Over the course of Cyndi Lauper’s four-decade-plus career, the pop icon has intentionally blurred the lines between artistry and activism. Her rise to stardom coincided with the AIDS epidemic, and, Lauper—a neon-haired free spirit—distinguished herself through her continued commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. For her second album True Colors, Lauper wrote the melancholic “Boy Blue” as a tribute to a childhood friend named Gregory Natal who’d recently succumbed to the disease. While promoting the single in 1987, she made the radical move to donate its proceeds to AIDS organizations.


This Phillip Lim Sequin Dress Is Made Out of Seaweed
The designer opens up about how science is creating a better future in fashion.

Sustainability in fashion is often nothing more than a buzzword, something used to market pieces from brands that are otherwise not doing the work to correct the pervasive, ethical problems in the fashion industry. With no regulations on who can use the term and why, it becomes difficult to discern what is truly an innovative step toward a better future in fashion, and what is just greenwashing.
Phillip Lim was partnered with scientist Charlotte McCurdy, who helped him develop a carbon-neutral dress made out of algae sequins. The piece is completely circular in that it comes from a natural material, but if it were to be discarded, those same materials would go back into the earth.


Christian Siriano On Secondhand Stigma, Fashion In Politics, And That Cori Bush Tweet
The fashion designer discusses his love for thrifting and how he’d dress Kamala Harris.

“I think what’s been really important for me and my brand is supporting the people who support us. Me being a young, gay fashion designer who makes clothes for women, and all these different cultures and ethnicities shop our clothes—it wouldn’t make sense to not support those same people. That’s why I chose, even just recently, to put all the different vote pieces in the collection and put them on certain people, like Lizzo, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, and Billy Porter. They all meant something, because they’re all activists themselves.”


Warrior‘s Olivia Cheng On Bringing Activism To Her Art
“I never thought Hollywood would invest in [Asian period pieces],” says Cheng. “The norm for many Asian actors is to play the ‘dependable exposition giver’—constantly available and helping the leads solve the case, or as a doctor in a hospital without a full character arc,” she says. “My role in Warrior is to play complexity and humanity in all its colors: joy, humor, grief, pain, conflict.”


Why Has This British Chef’s Pronunciation of “Microwave” Melted Twitter?
A clip from Lawson’s latest BBC 2 series, Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat, made the rounds this morning, especially on the American Internet. Lawson is preparing what appears to be something like mashed potatoes, when she picks up a cup of warm milk to add a bit of fat to the dish. She informs viewers that she’s warmed it up in the microwave, but pronounces it something like “mee-cro-wavey.” It’s almost as if she’s made it rhyme with the correct pronunciation of the fashion label “Loewe” (loe-AY-vay, fyi).
It quickly went viral.


‘The Morning Show’ S2 Casts Julianna Margulies
Apple had so much faith in The Morning Show that it picked up two seasons right from the start, according to IndieWire. Sure enough, the series went on to receive Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations, even securing a SAG win for Aniston as lead actress and a supporting actor win for Crudup. The second installment of the series was due this year, but with delays and postponements brought on by a global pandemic, things may be subject to change, as they are across the whole industry.
Over four years after the finale of The Good Wife, star Julianna Marguiles is headed for The Morning Show. She’ll play Laura Peterson, an anchor on UBA News, Deadline reports. The role follows her recent appearance on Showtime’s Billions.


See Rare Photos from Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret’s WWII-Era Christmas Plays
The pair’s productions made the holidays during wartime a bit more bearable.

As the royal family gears up for a very different Christmas celebration this year, it’s worth remembering that they’ve adapted their holiday plans to suit the circumstances before. During the holidays amid World War II, young royals Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth were tucked away in Windsor, and to pass the time, they made their own fun.
One activity stands out, if only for its production value: the royal sisters’ Christmastime plays. It was 11-year-old Margaret who first proposed the idea of putting on a holiday pantomimes to Royal School head Hubert Tannar. She got the idea from an earlier school concert that benefitted the Royal Household Wool Fund, an organization which provided comforts to WWII soldiers.


Cynthia Erivo Will Star in a New Film About Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter
The Harriet actress will also produce the movie about Sara Forbes Bonnetta, a 19th-century African princess who was “gifted” to Queen Victoria after being liberated from slavery.

Much is already known about the life of Queen Victoria, England’s second-longest-reigning monarch (Queen Elizabeth II beat her record five years ago), who ruled over the British Empire from 1837 to 1901, ushering in a period of technological innovation, imperial expansion, and a flourishing of arts and culture. With her husband Prince Albert, she had nine children, all of whom married into royal families all around Europe, earning her the nickname, “the grandmother of Europe.”
What isn’t as widely known, however, is that Queen Victoria also had a goddaughter, a princess named Sara Forbes Bonetta. Bonetta, born Omoba Aina, was an Egbado princess from West Africa who was orphaned at the age of five during a war with the Kingdom of Dahomey, then captured and enslaved by its king.


What Did Byzantine Food Taste Like?
An art historian embraces her foodie side to uncover the tastes of the Byzantine Empire

The Byzantines enjoyed meat (when not fasting per the dictates of the Church), primarily pork, lamb, poultry, and certain types of gazelles and donkeys. They were also avid fish-eaters, taking advantage of the rich waters where the Bosporus joins the Black and Aegean Seas, and they carried on the ancient Roman tradition of seasoning nearly everything with fish sauce, garum, which had long since fallen from favor in Europe.


Reviving a Crop and an African-American Culture, Stalk by Stalk
On the Georgia coast, Maurice Bailey is making sugar cane syrup as a way to preserve a tradition, and the community, of his enslaved ancestors.

Homemade cane syrup used to be the only sweetener that some families in rural communities could afford. Not many of those sugar shacks remain, so a jar of well-made local syrup, with its sweet, grassy notes and molasses backbeat, is as prized as the first pressing of an estate olive oil.




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