T LOunge for March 31st, 2021

Posted on March 31, 2021

Baur’s Brasserie and Bar – Zürich, Switzerland


It’s a day for sparkling drinks to go along with our sparkling conversation, darlings! And like all days in the T LOunge, it is entirely imaginary, so you don’t have to worry about being witty. Just drink up and sparkle, darling!

Today is WEDNESDAY. May as well celebrate it.

We remain in this weird space between getting our first shot and planning our summer, which feels both premature and even a little unlikely. Believe us, it’s a weirdness we’re happy to wallow in for now, since we know folks are still waiting to get that first jab. The good news for all of us is that it appears that this liminal time where some people can look to the future and others are stuck without options won’t be as long as we originally feared. Barring major fuckups (which are always a possibility), it looks like most of us will have received the vaccination by early summer. Hope feels weird, right?



The Fabulous Interiors from the Iconic SS Normandie Are Now For Sale
New York gallery Maison Gerard acquired a suite of panels and furniture from the historic ship.

Introduced in 1932, the French liner was a floating shrine to Art Deco and, with more first class cabins than second or third, a gilded refuge for the one percent. The dining room, lit with pillars of Lalique glass, was longer than Versailles’s Hall of Mirrors, and the Grand Salon was lined with soaring verre églomisé murals by Jean Dupas.


Everything You Need to Know About Diana: The Musical
The Broadway show about the late Princess of Wales will premiere on Netflix.

Diana: The Musical, a new production about the late Princess of Wales, had to postpone its opening due to the coronavirus outbreak. While originally set to open March 31, the show is now scheduled to debut on Broadway this December. The musical originated at the La Jolla Playhouse in California and in 2021, it will play at the Longacre Theatre to a much larger audience. However, you’ll be able to see the new musical from your own home at an earlier date.


BTS Shared Experiences With Anti-Asian Racism That Made Them ‘Feel Powerless’
The South Korean boy band condemned anti-Asian hate and violence in a statement released Monday night.

The South Korean boy band BTS released their own statement condemning the rise in anti-Asian hate, posting with the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate. On Twitter, Jimin, Jungkook, V, J-Hope, Jin, RM, and Suga wrote that they took “considerable time” and “contemplated deeply” how to use their platform, and the resulting statement is deeply personal and intimate.
In the statement, the men of BTS recounted incidents where they faced discrimination and racism for being Asian. They wrote, “We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English.”


Remember Fun? Here’s a Short History of the Best Parties in Recent-ish Memory
A rogues gallery of bon vivants recall their most memorable nights out on the town.

Andy Warhol: Wednesday, April 13, 1977: I was going up for cocktails and then dinner for Jean Stein at her sister Susan Shiva’s apartment in the Dakota. I thought it couldn’t be anything great, so I was 45 minutes late. The first person I saw when I walked in the door was Jackie O., looking beautiful. Then Norman Mailer…


Quiz: How Much Do You Know About These Iconic Condiments?
There’s plenty more to life than just ketchup, mayo, and mustard.

What even is life without condiments? Imagine a world of unslathered sandwiches, non-dipped French fries and tostones, and naked papadum and hot dogs. Condiments aren’t just flavor and texture enhancers; plenty of beloved brands and recipes are tied to the culinary identity of a culture, or offer a welcome taste of nostalgia. So how much do you know about these essential sauces and spreads from all over the planet?


Inside Princess Margaret’s Complicated Relationship with Princess Diana
An excerpt from the new book Elizabeth & Margaret offers a revealing look at the royal family’s inner turmoil

For Margaret it was something of a relief that she was no longer in the media crosshairs, though she and the queen watched with mounting concern as her next-door neighbor at Kensington Palace was now the main target. The queen invited newspaper editors to Buckingham Palace and politely asked them to give a modicum of privacy to the newest member of “the Firm.” Margaret did her bit, too, to make Diana feel at home, taking her to the theater, joining her for social events, taking her shopping, and essentially showing her the ropes. Diana was full of appreciation at her royal guardian angel. “I’ve always adored Margo. I love her to bits, and she has been wonderful to me from day one,” she told me. When Diana returned home from the hospital with baby William, Margaret gathered up the staff and rushed outside with them to wave handkerchiefs and tea towels as mother and baby drove by.


Gold Nail Art Is Trending – Just In Time For Summer
A manicure made for long, sunny days and specifically golden hour, gold nail art is the look your fingertips are waiting for. “The trick to making this look work is to keep it minimal,” says manicurist Michelle Humphrey. “The gold should be an accent. Think of it as an accessory to your manicure.”
Whether you opt for a French tip, half moon, ombre, swirls, stars or abstract shapes, the idea is to make your gold accent the jewel in your (metaphorical) manicure crown, rather than painting the whole nail a full-on gold shade.


The High Fashion-ification of ‘Drag Race’
RuPaul’s Drag Race wasn’t always a fashion lover’s favorite show. There were memorable moments (Shannel! Yara! Raja! Detox!), but the runway used to be far more “anything goes” than it is today. Think Shangela’s curtain couture in season two, or Jiggly Caliente’s apocalyptic couture in season four.
In 2021, though, judges and viewers expect nothing less than a head-to-toe look. Which creates questions around execution. While some queens conceptualize and in some cases sew their own clothes, others hire designers to craft intricate custom garments. There’s no issue with the latter category — this isn’t Project Runway, after all — until a queen is placed in the bottom two for a runway look that she constructed poorly due to timing and financial constraints.


V&A’s next blockbuster exhibition will focus on Carl Fabergé
The man behind the bejewelled eggs most closely associated with the Russian Imperial Family but also beloved by Maharajas, socialites, aristocrats, American heiresses and more

For many, the exquisitely bejewelled and vibrantly colourful Easter Eggs crafted by master jeweller Fabergé in the 19th century are synonymous with the Tsars and Tsarinas of Russia, closely associated with the rise and fall of the once-glamorous Imperial Family, through its wealthy excesses to its tragic demise. Yet that does not tell the full and fascinating story of Carl Fabergé and his life’s work, as a stunning new blockbuster exhibition from the V&A is set to explore later this year.


Inside the Royal Family’s most resplendent gardens
Spring has sprung

The Royal Family are lucky enough to have access to the glory of a number of beautifully designed, perfectly maintained outdoor spaces. Here are eight royal residencies worth visiting for the gardens alone – something we can all look forward to once lockdown eases this summer.


The pandemic is becoming a grief crisis
Millions of Americans have lost relatives and friends. We need to pay attention to the science and consequences of grief.

It’s been nearly a year since Julie Horowitz-Jackson’s mother, Arlene, died of Covid-19 in a nursing facility in Philadelphia. “What hit me recently is that the world is opening back up, and my mom’s still dead,” Horowitz-Jackson says.
At this point in the Covid-19 pandemic, as vaccines get rolled out in the United States and around the globe, there is a glimmer of hope that life will safely start shifting back to “normal” in the coming months. But so many people, like Horowitz-Jackson, are still working through their grief, and it won’t just disappear when the virus does. Horowitz-Jackson, 51, says she was coping well with the loss of her mom until recently, when, in Chicago, where she lives, she saw many people out and about, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in large crowds. “I get angry,” she says. “I get angry that people aren’t taking it seriously.”


A ‘History of Exclusion, of Erasure, of Invisibility.’ Why the Asian-American Story Is Missing From Many U.S. Classrooms
“Many people who are in power trying to address this right now have no idea how to interpret it. Many people are saying, ‘It’s just happening now. This past year has been such a hard time for Asians.’ If people actually understood the history of Asian America, they wouldn’t be so short-sighted in their statements addressing this moment…[The shooting] amplifies hundreds of years of history of exclusion, of erasure, of invisibility.”
There are more than 22 million Asian Americans (about 6% of the U.S. population), representing nearly 50 ethnic groups and speaking more than 100 languages, and they make up the fastest growing racial or ethnic group among eligible U.S. voters. Yet little of their story is taught in K-12 U.S. schools. But, as the events of recent years—from the Black Lives Matter movement to former President Trump’s racist statements—inspire educators and activists to call for more teaching of the history of marginalized groups in America, that may be changing.


Artemisia Gentileschi Joins Getty’s Collection
The painting represents the artist at the height of her expressive powers

The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired a major work by Artemisia Gentileschi, the most celebrated woman painter of 17th-century Italy. Recently rediscovered after having been in private collections for centuries, the painting represents the artist at the height of her expressive powers, and demonstrates her ambition for depicting historical subjects, something that was virtually unprecedented for a female artist in her day.


Photographs of 80s New York and its unique residents through a cab window
Working as a cab driver gave photographer Joseph Rodríguez a unique vantage point from which to document the city’s diverse inhabitants and their exploits

There’s something about riding in a taxi at night that feels intimate and confessional, gliding through the city streets in a private, transitory space. Unable to see their face, the driver can become an inscrutable, anonymous presence – either ignored completely or made the custodian of that species of secret you would only reveal to a stranger whilst you’re enveloped in darkness, hurtling through the night.
Cruising the streets in New York in the late 1970s, cab driver Joseph Rodríguez had a privileged perspective on the private lives of his passengers and a unique view of a city in a state of flux.




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