T LOunge for January 27, 2021

Posted on January 27, 2021

Bar Hemingway, Ritz Carlton – Paris, France

Let’s get all literary and stuff today! Or at least, let’s pretend we’re leading the Grand Literary Lifestyle as we pile into the seats and banquettes of one of Ernest Hemingway’s regular Paris hangouts back in the day. Let’s all be glittering and erudite together! Don’t worry, there won’t be a test. Pretending you’re witty has none of the pressure of actually having to be witty.

Today is WEDNESDAY. That’s something. It’s not nothing, right?

We’re off to find little shiny things for you today. Chat amongst yourselves, darlings!


After 8 Years, I Finally Know How to Wear My Cowboy Boots
My first encounter with “American fashion” happened in Bangkok. My parents—one of whom worked for a multinational company—my two older brothers, and I lived there from 2000 to 2002, from when I was four until I was six. We attended a British international school, and our classmates hailed from Australia, the Philippines, India, China, and Japan. The school had big, grand ceremonies and celebrations. We set flower-adorned banana leaf rafts on the river for Loi Krathong, Santa came in on an elephant, and once a year, the students dressed up for International Day in clothes that represented where they were from.


In a Fascinating New Book, Deborah Willis Salutes the Black Civil War Soldier
Why was it important that they not only serve but be photographed in uniform?
“It was basically image making. These are men who were told that they were second-class citizens, that they were subhuman, and how do you change that image? By entering the opportunity to be photographed. What it meant to be heroic and not a bonded person and having the opportunity to pose and author an image where they imagine how they see themselves and reflect their sense of manhood. [In my research], I read what it meant for [one soldier] to receive the kepi hat, the uniform, and the U.S. brass button, what it meant to put that on and then head right to the studio for a photograph.”


Meet the Couple Taking ’90s Glamour Shots of Korea’s Modern Families
Given the hazy air of romance that hangs over their images, it feels strangely appropriate that the backstory to photographer Dae Woong Han and graphic designer Bora Lee’s relationship has a moment of perfect serendipity: having met many years back at a cabaret party in Euljiro, a rising creative neighborhood of northern Seoul, their current studio just happens to look out over the very club where they first locked eyes. Yet even after becoming partners in life, it wasn’t until 2018 that they became partners in work, too. While playing with a friend’s cat, Lee noticed its resemblance to the cutesy, soft-focus ’90s images she’d recently become obsessed with on Tumblr, and enlisted the help of Han’s lens to recreate them with a 21st-century spin.


Elizabeth Olsen Is Ready to Lead the MCU
An ambitious new Disney+ series might just give the strongest Avenger the happy ending she deserves.

“Someone said to me when you watch any of these hero movies, you know when the villain’s about to show themselves, and you also have an idea of who the villain is,” Olsen says. “With our show, you don’t know what the villain is, or if there is one at all.” For now, WandaVision allows for glimmers of hope and optimism for Wanda and Vision, despite what darkness tries to threaten their happiness. “Wanda is trying to protect everything in her bubble, protect what she and Vision have and this experience,” Olsen says. “I think everything she does is in response to keeping things together.”


“Bling Empire” Stars Anna Shay and Christine Chiu Aren’t the First Elites to Have a Jewelry Feud
The storied tradition of jewelry zings dates back to the 6th century, and some of history’s most infamous aristocrats have been known to inflict them.

The power of jewelry to signify and cement status is well-documented in the ancient laws that sought to legislate its ownership. There is in fact a jewelry clause in the Justinian Code written in 529 A.D.: sapphires, emeralds, and pearls, were for the Emperor only, but every man had the right to wear a gold ring. Sumptuary laws outlining rules of adornment were in the books long after. But the unwritten decrees are the ones we are dissecting here, and the ones that people—then, now, always—have the most fun playing with.


Chanel’s Couture Brides Throughout History, From Linda Evangelista to Lily-Rose Depp
Every Chanel Haute Couture show closes with a supermodel (or two) in a wedding gown. In the past, this coveted position had been held by ’90s supers like Claudia Schiffer, Devon Aoki, and Linda Evangelista. In the years before his death, however, Karl Lagerfeld made a point to select modern muses like Kendall Jenner and Lily-Rose Depp to close the show.


Japan’s Long History of Tidying Up
Japan’s fastidiousness in matters of cleaning struck outside observers from the earliest moments of contact. Commodore Matthew Perry, whose gunboat diplomacy opened Japan to the West in 1854, marvelled at the organization of the streets in the port city of Shimoda and “the cleanliness and healthfulness of the place.” The British diplomat Sir Rutherford Alcock noted “a great love of order and cleanliness” in his “Narrative of a Three Years Residence in Japan,” from 1863, and, a few years later, the American educator William Elliot Griffis commended “the habit of daily bathing and other methods of cleanliness.” If Kondo’s book sales are an indication, Westerners haven’t lost their fascination with this aspect of Japanese culture. But her work is just the most recent manifestation of a long tradition of cleanliness, one that reaches a zenith in the ohsoji, the “great cleaning” that is carried out at the end of December in anticipation of the New Year.


What Did People Believe About Animals in the Middle Ages?
During the Middle Ages (which lasted from the years 500–1500), people were as fascinated by animals of all stripes as we are—from snails to elephants to mythical beasts like unicorns and dragons. Animals represented themes and lessons from Christianity and were important characters in allegorical tales; for example, elephants and dragons battled as mortal enemies as a symbol for the struggle between good and evil, while unicorns had a penchant for maidens in the forest, an allusion to the birth of Christ from the Virgin Mary.


Jane Fonda Is Getting the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award
The movie star and activist will have the perfect pulpit for a rousing speech at the 2021 ceremony.

Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes, adding yet another statuette to her packed mantle. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Tuesday that she would be the 2021 recipient of the honorary award, praising her category-defying career as both a powerhouse movie star and an activist. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association takes great pride in bestowing the 2021 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Jane Fonda,” said HFPA president Ali Sar. “For more than five decades, Jane’s breadth of work has been anchored in her unrelenting activism, using her platform to address some of the most important social issues of our time. Her undeniable talent has gained her the highest level of recognition, and while her professional life has taken many turns, her unwavering commitment to evoking change has remained.


Lana Del Rey Can’t Qualify Her Way Out of Being Held Accountable
The singer attempted to skirt controversy when she recently called herself “inclusive,” but that doesn’t change the fact that her success is built on cultural appropriation.
Lana Del Rey is no stranger to controversy. Over the course of her career, the melancholic songstress has drawn ire for culturally appropriating a Native American headdress, romanticizing domestic abuse in her songs, proclaiming that she finds feminism boring, and was initially accused of being a “fake” star bankrolled by her millionaire father when her album Born to Die was released in 2012. The cult of authenticity has always haunted Del Rey, the stage name of New York-born singer-songwriter Elizabeth Grant, and recently, the “Summertime Sadness” singer found herself mired in yet another spat with music critics and the Internet after unveiling the cover and track listing of her seventh studio album Chemtrails over the Country Club on Instagram. The monochrome cover shows Del Rey assembled with several smiling friends at a table, all attired in white dresses and 1950s-style pearls, and was accompanied by a now-deleted comment on inclusivity.


Simone Rocha Shares Her Heart-Shaped Cake Recipe – Just In Time For Valentine’s Day
Simone Rocha may be best known for her deeply romantic sartorial creations – be they beaded bow-shaped barrettes or voluminous layers of delicate, pearl-embroidered tulle – but, as it turns out, her subversively saccharine touch extends beyond the sewing table. Recently, the Dublin-born designer has taken to making a Victoria sponge, which she fills with fresh raspberries, from Violet Cakes’s Claire Ptak.




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