T LOunge for January 12, 2021

Posted on January 12, 2021

Dynastie Bar – Genève, Switzerland


We’re feeling grandiose and a little silly today, darlings. To be fair, that’s true of most days, but today’s LOunge really has us in our feelings. Let’s make grand gestures and bad puns today! Let’s wear gowns and flip-flops; tuxes and Crocs! Let’s do ANYTHING but deal with the real world. For at least a few times a day, for several hours at a stretch. That’s all we’re asking.

Today is TUESDAY. That most cursed of days. You have to say “cursed” with two syllables there.

Anyway, we’re off to see the wizard, or the photo wire services, or our inbox. Our point is that we have picked up our baskets and we will now commence the daily task of filling them with content that we have picked up along the way. Lovingly curated distractions. Until then, chat amongst yourselves.



Magnum Photographers Turn Their Lenses on the Start of a New Year
We’re only a few weeks into 2021, and already the sheer volume of news that many of us are contending with has been beyond belief. At the beginning of the year, though, a large group of photographers from the Magnum Photos collective came together around a single idea. Prompted to capture what they saw at the start of 2021, they responded with a wide variety of images, from Peter van Agtmael’s portrait of Young Republicans applauding the arrival of Senate candidate Kelly Loeffler in Canton, Georgia, to Lindokuhle Sobekwa’s picture of a celebration in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.


38 Thoughts I Had While Watching the Sex and the City Reboot Trailer
As if 2021 weren’t already chaotic enough, a brand-new trailer dropped on Sunday for what appears to be a Sex and the City reboot. The teaser brings up a lot of questions—chief among them “Why?”—and despite the fact that it’s only 38 seconds long, it set off a cacophony of thoughts inside my already-taxed brain.


Nicole Kidman And Javier Bardem Eyed To Play Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz With Aaron Sorkin Directing ‘Being The Ricardos’ For Amazon Studios
Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Amazon and Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos, the film about the relationship between the I Love Lucy stars. Having penned the screenplay, Academy Award winner Sorkin also will direct the film from Amazon Studios and Escape Artists.
The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filmin g— when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.


Queen Charlotte’s Extravagant Afro in Bridgerton Was Inspired by Who Else but Beyoncé
The show’s head hair and makeup designer, Marc Pilcher, reveals how the show’s over-the-top wig creations came to be.

The show’s head hair and makeup designer, Marc Pilcher, of course, took inspiration from official portraiture and historical images from England’s Regency era, but he also looked to more modern influences, such as films from the ’50s, Old Hollywood movie stars (like Audrey Hepburn), and even modern-day pop stars (such as Beyoncé) for the untraditional period romance.


The Best Sandwich in Every State
Legends only.

We want a lot of things right now, but most days we’d settle for some peace, quiet, and absolutely a sandwich. The former can be tricky, but the latter—small mercies—is not hard to find. Roughly as old as the country and invented by the Earl of Sandwich, an Englishman who never seemed to have time for a proper sit-down meal, Americans have spent the entirety of our nation’s existence seeking to perfect the humble art form.


With No Red Carpets, Stylists Focus on DIY Backdrops: “It’s Fallen to Glam Teams to Create Moments”
“It’s really fallen to the glam teams to create and disseminate red carpet moments for the world,” says Stewart. “[Stylists] Wayman & Micah led the way with Regina King by shooting her Emmys look on a rooftop.” For client Gadot’s press tour, says Stewart, “I took most of the photos, while hair and makeup were working. [Hairstylist] Mark Townsend brought in lights from home, and we set up a little studio against a curtain, or we would run out on the balcony.”


Royal Cavities: The Bitter Implications of Sugar Consumption in Early Modern Europe
The exploding popularity of sugar among the European rich led to an unprecedented form of affluenza: dental decay

Sugar played an important role and was offered not only in trompe l’œil-like creations, but also cast into elaborate sculptural programs with mythological or historical themes. From the beginning of the 16th century, the success of a banquet was measured by the size and complexity of these lavish confections.
But there was also a downside. Contemporaries sharply criticized these luxurious banqueting practices. Writers took issue with the content of convivial culture and especially with the pernicious effects of unrestrained eating of sweets. The popularity of refined sugar in connection with the banquet culture brought with it a considerable increase in tooth disease first and foremost in the highest circles.


Mira calligraphiae monumenta
In the 1500s, as printing became the most common method of producing books, intellectuals increasingly valued the inventiveness of scribes and the aesthetic qualities of writing. From 1561 to 1562, Georg Bocskay, the Croatian-born court secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, created this Model Book of Calligraphy in Vienna to demonstrate his technical mastery of the immense range of writing styles known to him.
About thirty years later, Emperor Rudolph II, Ferdinand’s grandson, commissioned Joris Hoefnagel to illuminate Bocskay’s model book. Hoefnagel added fruit, flowers, and insects to nearly every page, composing them so as to enhance the unity and balance of the page’s design. It was one of the most unusual collaborations between scribe and painter in the history of manuscript illumination.
Because of Hoefnagel’s interest in painting objects of nature, his detailed images complement Rudolph II’s celebrated Kunstkammer, a cabinet of curiosities that contained bones, shells, fossils, and other natural specimens. Hoefnagel’s careful images of nature also influenced the development of Netherlandish still life painting.
In addition to his fruit and flower illuminations, Hoefnagel added to the Model Book a section on constructing the letters of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase.


How High-End Restaurants Have Failed Black Female Chefs
Training and advancement as a chef can be hard to find in American fine-dining restaurants, according to Black women who have tried.

Eight years ago, Auzerais Bellamy landed what she thought was a big break: a stint as a stagiaire, or apprentice, at the French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s world-renowned restaurant in the Napa Valley. She wasn’t paid for her two days trailing the pastry team, but she saw it as an ideal training ground where, if asked to stay, she could learn from some of the best cooks in the business, sharpening her skills. But when her apprenticeship ended, she wasn’t asked to stay on at the French Laundry.


Love Balenciaga’s Fall 2021 Armor Boots? Don’t Miss This Morgan Library Exhibition About Medieval Fashion
Like a well-made, keep-forever garment, quality content can be evergreen. Such is the case with “Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands,” a 2011 exhibition that The Morgan Library has revived in an online format. Curated by Roger Wieck, the show tracks the evolution of fashion from about 1330 to the dawn of the Renaissance in the 1500s, as it is depicted in the museum’s collection of illuminated manuscripts.




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