T LOunge for April 15th, 2021

Posted on April 15, 2021

Bar Palladio – Jaipur, Rajasthan, India


Sometimes, two overly verbal bitches such as we need to let the pictures do the talking. Grab a magnificent seat and spend the day taking in all the grandeur.

Today is THURSDAY. Let’s not do anything.

In T Lo news, our normally perky asses are dragging this morning as the Moderna sequel does its business on us. No real side effects; just an overall fatigue that – if we’re being quite honest – we’re thrilled to be experiencing. We feel like there’s magic happening inside us and we’re going to wake up with superpowers. We sincerely hope anyone reading this is near to getting their own post-vax coma. We do know how hard it is to hear about other’s impending freedom when you’re still waiting for an appointment.

In other news, we’re still batting around the idea of a newsletter and we were pleased to hear some of you were excited by the idea. The decision to actually publish one has already been made, but we’re working on the concept, voice and title (for a million different reasons, it can’t be a newsletter version of this site, which will forever remain our primary publication). Making a leap toward subscription-based content is a big step and a huge ask for any writers so we won’t launch this thing until or unless we’re absolutely sure we have something worth paying for. While this process is going on (and we have no idea how long it will take, nor are we going to rush ourselves), we figured we’d share our progress and thoughts with you. After all, you’re the very first people we’re going to ask to subscribe. More news to come on this front when we’re good and damn ready, but until then, chat amongst yourselves and feel free to use any of Lo’s exquisitely curated discussion prompts below:


30 Different Pride Flags and What Each Represents
Inclusivity matters.

We celebrated Pride Month virtually last year, and it had even more significance in conjunction with BLM protests. You may have seen the hashtag #BlackTransLivesMatter, for instance, or the raised-fist resistance Pride flag. Though there still may be fewer in-person celebrations this year, there are plenty of marches and activities (as well as quieter ways to celebrate) in 2021 and in every June. As such, you’ll likely see a lot of different flags that embody different aspects of the LGBTQ+ community. So what does each Pride flag represent?
This list uses information from the The Advocate’s comprehensive guide, but even outside of this article, there are many more iterations of Pride flags that exist, including flags from different countries and states, flags that include relevant symbols, and two or more flags combined into one. There’s also some disagreement about what should be considered the “official” flags, and controversy about some of the flags’ origins and meaning. But what’s powerful is that the breadth of representation continues to evolve, a nod to the diversity of sex, sexuality, attraction, and gender. Read on to learn more about the flags, their origins, and their meanings.


Buckingham Palace Released Never-Before-Seen Photos of George, Charlotte, and Louis
The royals are remembering Prince Philip before his funeral this Sunday.

To celebrate Prince Philip, Buckingham Palace released a set of new photos never before seen by the public. In the new images, which come a few days before his funeral, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II are surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren. The photo is from 2018 and happens to have been taken by Kate Middleton.
“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren at Balmoral Castle in 2018,” the palace captioned the photo.


It’s Time For Women To Break Up With Politeness
If anything is going to incite our conviction to say “no more” to politeness, it might as well be living through an actual plague.

A neighbor walked up to me the other day maskless. Even though I’m in the high-risk category for COVID-19 due to an autoimmune disease and haven’t left my home since the end of February 2020 except to walk my dog, I smiled politely and tried to put six feet between us. A stream of thoughts flooded my mind: It’s fine, I’ll cover myself in hand sanitizer and take a shower and drink an Emergen-C and pray I’ll be okay when the only thought that should have been on my mind—and which I should have vocalized—was “put on a mask and back the hell up.”


Vera Wang and Pronovias Are Teaming Up to Launch a New, Accessibly-Priced Collection
This is the designer’s first step in rebranding her bridal business.

While she’s known for otherworldly creations in the luxury market, Wang’s also proven her interest in designing for every bride (and every woman), through a past partnership with David’s Bridal and current collections with Men’s Wearhouse, Zales, and Kohl’s. Those collections are intended to make the brand as accessible to fashion-loving consumers as possible, while keeping her luxury ready-to-wear and namesake bridal collection at the high end. But the recent pandemic shutdowns led Wang to think it was time for a change. “It was a strange and uncertain future as to how we would reemerge,” she explains.


My Tarot Card Dependency Controlled My Life
For years, Remy Ramirez didn’t make a move without consulting her tarot deck. Through meditation and therapy, she was finally able to break her addiction…but only after being held captive to the cosmos.

There was no question too trivial, no outcome too consequential for divination. For the next three years, I laid every scenario at the feet of the cards. Should I move? Should I apply to a new job? How does the man I like feel about me? What would happen if I called him? If I didn’t call? What would May bring? July? August? I wouldn’t take any vacations without consulting my deck first; and I had to travel with it, of course, because who knew what unforeseen issues might arise along the way. As far as I was concerned, the tarot deck was the one thing I could trust.


Are Paparazzi Shots of Celebrities at Airports a Form of Art?
A creative director thinks so and has collected some of her favorite images—from Justin Bieber to Diana Ross and Joan Collins—in a new book.

During her three decades working at Rolling Stone, photo and creative director Jodi Peckman developed a habit. She spent most of her time overseeing photo shoots of music and movie stars, but part of her job was to also comb through paparazzi shots offered by stock agencies. She’d pick images of celebrities at concerts, parties, and premieres and they’d run in the magazine’s Random Notes section. But while she was at it, she printed out photos of those same celebs at airports—waiting for planes, lugging bags, killing time—and pinned them to a bulletin board on her office wall.


A New Documentary Honoring Chadwick Boseman to Hit Netflix This Weekend
“People call me an actor,” Boseman says in the trailer. “I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an actor. I would call myself an artist.”

Netflix is set to release a new documentary about Chadwick Boseman, which will only be available on the platform for a limited time.
This week, the streaming giant shared a new trailer for the program titled Portrait of an Artist, which will premiere on April 17. Per Entertainment Weekly, the film, which is described by Netflix as “a conversation to explore Chadwick Boseman’s extraordinary commitment to his craft in an intimate look at the Oscar-nominated actor’s artistry, and the acting process which informed his transformative performances,” will only be available to view for 30 days.


11 French Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Cook, According to Chefs
From the perfect roast chicken to airy soufflé

Classic French recipes are among the most comforting, impressive dishes you can add to your repertoire. Whether you’re whipping up a perfect rolled omelet for yourself or boeuf bourguignon for company, these French dishes are chef-loved for a reason—and worth mastering.


A Very English Scandal: Pubs Are Only…Okay
This week, as I watched thousands venturing to their local drinking holes when the clock struck midnight on a looser lockdown, I kept thinking: Why is there always such a fuss about the pub? Pubs are only okay. Yet people are pub mad, and by people I mean Brits. The pub is a British institution, a cornerstone of our society, like the royal family or Nigella or Brexit. Our social culture revolves around the pub: birthday drinks, post-work bevs, Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons. (The number of funeral wakes in quiet pub backrooms would astound you.) Brits go barmy for public houses (add a measly strip of Union Jack bunting on a bank holiday, and they really lose their heads), but they’re also hyper-defensive of their right to pub. To a Brit, saying you don’t like the pub is like saying you’re unfussed about breathing.


Revisiting One of the Greatest Protests in Oscars History
One of the most controversial and memorable political moments in Oscars history occurred back in 1973, when Marlon Brando won the best-actor award for his performance in The Godfather. Instead of accepting his trophy, he used the moment as a form of protest. Brando enlisted Sacheen Littlefeather, an Indigenous (Apache and Yaqui) actor and activist, to appear on his behalf and to refuse his Oscar onstage—a bold move that shocked the 85 million viewers at home as well as the audience. Brando and Littlefeather wanted to denounce Hollywood’s stereotypical depiction of Indigenous people in film and television, and the actor felt he could not accept the award until change happened within the industry.


‘The Past Doesn’t Stay in the Past’: Inside Photographer Dawoud Bey’s Stirring New Retrospective
This weekend, after runs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the High Museum in Atlanta, “Dawoud Bey: An American Project”opens at the Whitney Museum. Spanning some 80 works and eight series, the retrospective—the first in 25 years—charts the course of Bey’s career between 1975 and 2017. “I like to think of myself as a white-box artist who makes work about non-white-box things,” Bey told NPR in February. “I like to bring those things into spaces where folks don’t necessarily think that’s what they will encounter or they’re not used to encountering certain kinds of works about certain kinds of subjects within the context of the museum.”


The Rise And Rise Of TV Stylists
Where do you get your style ideas from? The catwalk? The street? Nah, just switch on Netflix. The Golden Age of television has brought with it a gilded new era of fashion inspiration, which could change the way we shop forever

The fashion world was built on shifting sands. By their very nature, trends evolve with the times, designers come and go, hype burns then sizzles. Power has been passed like an Olympic torch between editors and influencers, stylists and shoppers, and back again.
But never before has the ground under the runways been so close to a tectonic realigning. And who, or what, is behind this fashion quake? The pandemic? Sure! Social media? Of course. A growing awareness of sustainability and the provenance of the clothes we wear? Duh… But today’s biggest influence on the future of our wardrobes is something far more prosaic.


Inside Glenn Close’s Magnificent Costume Collection
With the help of longtime collaborators Ann Roth and James Nadeaux, Close shares some of her favorite costumes from films like Maxie, The World According to Garp, and 101 Dalmatians.

The 89-year-old Roth, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for her work on *Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom* and won an Oscar for 1996’s *The English Patient,* Zoomed in from her first day working on the forthcoming film adaptation of Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Close and Roth then traveled back nearly five decades to discuss their first collaboration: the 1978 Broadway production of *The Crucifer of Blood.* Close displayed a photo of herself in a crimson silk velvet dress designed by Roth, which she said would elicit audible gasps whenever she would make her entrance. “You loved getting into a tough corset, remember that?” Roth said. “I’ve had many tough corsets. Jim [Nadeaux] has intimate knowledge of that,” Close responded as Nadeaux laughed knowingly. That costume unfortunately didn’t make Close’s collection, as she hadn’t started it yet.


‘Minari’ Broke New Ground for Storytellers of Color, But Creatives Don’t Want to Be Pigeonholed
Yeun doesn’t seem particularly thrilled about his status as the first Asian American nominee for the best actor Oscar. “If I step out of myself and see what that moment might mean beyond just me,” he remarks, “it’s cool that we get to establish new ground and that young Asian American kids can feel like this is possible for them, too.” But personally, he confesses, “I’m just not reactive to it in any direction.” He’s leery that such a high-profile achievement might end up a kind of burden, in which people view him as an “Asian American actor” first and “actor” second. “Sometimes a narrative around [identity] ensnares [you] and places [you] in a weird box that we have to then crawl back out of,” he sighs. He feels similarly about Minari, which he calls “one facet of Asian America.” “It doesn’t speak for all of it,” he says. “It might even just speak for this one family, you know?”


A look back at some of the royals-in-mourning dress codes throughout history
From Princess Diana’s straw hat at Grace Kelly’s funeral to Wallis Simpson’s Givenchy veil at the Duke of Windsor’s memorial

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday will mark the first of a senior member of the Royal Family since 2002, after the death of the Queen Mother. Of course, while this is set to be a small family affair, the outfits chosen will be carefully considered with royal mourning traditions taken firmly into account.
Queen Victoria is perhaps a royal figure who symbolises mourning dressing most prominently in royal history. After Prince Albert’s unexpected death in 1861 she marked her loss very publicly, famously wearing black every day for 40 years after he died, until her own death. She also had jewels specially commissioned to remember him and other lost family members – some of which were auctioned with Sotheby’s last month.




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