T LOunge for January 15, 2021

Posted on January 15, 2021

Güterschuppen Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland

 

Kittens, we made it! It is officially the end of the work week for officially a plurality of people! Even if it is not the end of your work week, we feel very strongly that you should pretend that it is! Why?

Because today is FRIDAY. That most joyous of days.

Got a couple of reviews coming your way spanning the range of T Lo obsessions and as always, we’re scanning the celebrity wires to see if anyone got dressed up for attention. Chat amongst yourselves, darlings. We’ve got some platters to prepare for you!

 

The United States of Fashion
Meet the 56 people—from Nantucket to Oregon and from Santa Fe to Minneapolis—changing the landscape of American fashion.
For the longest time, the pin of American fashion only ever dropped on one place: New York City. As those living elsewhere—and anybody who has traveled from sea to shining sea—knows, though, there’s a diverse and ever-growing crowd of designers, visionaries, artisans, and heritage-keepers working across the country, imbuing their work with craft, history, and a focus on community.
Some of these fashion designers and craftspeople are barely in their twenties; some are in their seventies. Some have been in business for decades; others have only recently gotten their dream label off the ground. And while some of them have settled into their current outposts after training, apprenticeship, or education elsewhere, others were born where they’re now living—and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else.
Meet the people making up this rich tapestry of American fashion.

 

Can Haute Couture Withstand the Sweatpants Trend?
Behind every haute couture dress or suit lies thousands of hours of care, craft, and construction. Season after season across Paris, legions of ateliers spend countless hours moulding individual buttons, sewing in rare feathers or trimming the seams of custom gloves to realize the visions of the designers at the helm of the city’s most storied fashion houses. But as the spring 2021 couture season approaches, where do these bastions of old-school Parisian fashion find themselves?

 

Nancy Pelosi Re-wears Her Impeachment Suit
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi re-wore the suit she chose for the first time the House of Representatives had impeachment proceedings. Always one to use a sartorial statement to double down on her political ones, Pelosi sent the message loud and clear: “Can you believe we’re doing this, again?”
For both occasions, Pelosi wore a black skirt suit, with three-quarter-length sleeves and a band collar, as well as a gold necklace. There was only one difference.

 

Looking to Make Something Out of Nothing? Try The Artist’s Way
Author Julia Cameron’s directive is simple: Write three pages, longhand, without stopping every morning. If you don’t have anything to say, just put down “I don’t have anything to write.” Maybe you’ve heard this piece of advice, from Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, before. Essentially a rebranded journal, the morning pages have become a household name, a shorthand for unlocking your creative potential, or, in the language of the book, “unblocking your inner artist.” On page eight of the book, Cameron recognizes this practice as “apparently pointless.” But that’s part of the charm—bring your most inane, inconsequential, self-absorbed drivel and throw it onto the page. Then leave it.

 

Welcome to Shea Couleé’s Wonderful World of Wigs
The drag superstar’s love affair with hair takes her back to her roots.

Shea Couleé (neé Jaren Merrell) has been mesmerized by the artistry of hair for as long as she can remember.
Way before she ever even thought of becoming a drag queen, some of her earliest and fondest childhood memories are of Saturday road trips to the salon.
“I was born in this tiny town in Indiana called Warsaw, and there were no Black hair salons there,” she tells me over Zoom, as she’s perched up on a stool with a few of her favorite wigs behind her. “My mom, my aunt Dianne, and my sisters and my cousins would all load up in the van and drive about an hour to an area called Fort Wayne, Indiana and there was one white lady who did Black hair.”

 

Spy Novels Made Me a Better Black Woman Writer
How novelist Aya de León challenged the James Bond trope and found her voice.

At Harvard, I never felt Black enough. Too Berkeley leftist, too mixed heritage. My mom’s people are from Puerto Rico, but she doesn’t speak Spanish. My high school Español would never fly with the Nuyoricans. I began to wear Black nationalism like a disguise. I read books from the Black Power era, like Soul on Ice. I reasoned that those titles—though steeped in misogyny—would teach me how to be properly Black. I will never forget the first Black spy book I read, The Spook Who Sat by the Door: Sam Greenlee’s novel about a secret militant who joins the CIA to learn their techniques so he can start a Black guerilla army.

 

Armie Hammer’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Role to Be Recast Amid Social Media Scandal
“I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that,” Hammer said in a statement.

 

The 16 Best Fashion Exhibitions to See in 2021
The global spike in Covid-19 cases has caused in-person events—including the fashion weeks—to be canceled, digital presentations mounted in their stead. Exhibitions have gone a similar route, with digital showrooms cropping up since March 2020. This year brings a stellar selection of fashion exhibitions which dig deep into style history—see: the retrospectives of Martin Margiela or Thierry Mugler. There are also roundups on the history of handbags, 18th-century shoes and even a new fashion museum in Belgium that celebrates the likes of Raf Simons and Ann Demeulemeester. While you’re staying at home, why not check out some virtual fashion exhibitions online, or some in person later in 2021, when it’s safe to do so? From London to New York and Paris, here are the top 16 fashion exhibitions to catch this year.

 

Unearthing the Secrets of Color
How artist Sandy Rodriguez uses a 16th-century manuscript as contemporary inspiration

Artist Sandy Rodriguez finds her colors in the natural world. She’s delved into the art and science of making her own natural pigments from minerals, plants, and insects collected during research trips across the western U.S., often following Indigenous recipes.
In her current series, the Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, the artist draws upon the iconography and style of the Florentine Codex, an encyclopedic 16th-century Mexican manuscript written in Spanish and Nahuatl (the Indigenous language of central Mexico). Her work is a commentary on urgent issues of our times, including contemporary U.S. immigration policy, linking current violence against immigrants to atrocities perpetrated against Indigenous people during the colonial past. Yet, her paintings simultaneously celebrate Indigenous art and knowledge—then and now.

 

Why are people breaking the Covid rules? The psychology explained
We speak to the experts about why the attitude towards the virus has changed

Our sense of injustice also influences our willingness to abide by restrictions. If we see others not following rules, it is likely to make us feel that our efforts are futile, so we give up. “Even in the animal kingdom, animals will react with aggression or apathy if they perceive they are treated unfairly,” says Dr Tang. “While of course there are always exceptions to rules, the photographs of people on the beach, or perhaps ill-judged parties posted on social media (before celebrities were asked to apologise and people started being fined more regularly) may elicit the thought, ‘Oh how silly’, but also ‘I haven’t even been able to see my loved one, why don’t I just do it?'”

 

The Hidden History of the Mary Pickford Cocktail
On the 101st anniversary of Prohibition, a renowned movie scholar reveals the origin story behind one of the era’s signature drinks.

The origin of the Mary Pickford cocktail may not be the most earth-shattering revelation. But as the 100th-anniversary year of Prohibition comes to a close on January 17—and with so much else on the public mind these days — I thought someone had to get to the bottom of who, in 1920s Hollywood, actually dreamed up the legendary cocktail (two-thirds pineapple juice and one-third rum, with a dash of grenadine), named after the most powerful and popular actress and producer of her generation.

 

With Pastry Beers, Have Your Cake and Drink It, Too
As breweries move beyond challenging flavors, they’re taking inspiration from desserts, snacks and candies.

Rachel Edwards has a pretty sweet job. As the head brewer of Oozlefinch Beers & Blending in Fort Monroe, Va., she thinks like a pastry chef, writing beer recipes that use toasted coconut, marshmallows, fruit purées and “more vanilla beans than I can even tell you,” Ms. Edwards said. She checks ingredient combinations with “The Flavor Bible,” a culinary reference book, then makes beers simulating sweets like Key lime pie, coffee cake and even banana pancakes topped with syrup. “There are so many ingredients that you can utilize to create what I call ‘a dish in a glass,’” she said.

 

 

 

 

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