T LOunge for April 21st, 2021

Posted on April 21, 2021

Masu Bar and Restaurant – Tampere, Finland

In the interest of switching things up and keeping you kittens stimulated throughout the week, we’re switching to bunker mode today. No pastel tea shops or expansive views for this crowd! We want shadows and coolness, ambience and comfort, areweright? The outside world is overrated anyway.

Today is WEDNESDAY. A day of silent reflection and contemplation. Haha just kidding. Do you.

Yesterday was yet another day where we had to decide how to proceed as publishers during a breaking news story. It’s a really sad commentary that in the last four years, we’ve had to come up with publishing and social media plans in response to everything from mass shootings to insurrection. Not that we’re claiming any hardship here; just that it’s disturbing how much more common a discussion it’s become in our careers.

Anyway, talk amongst yourselves, darlings. We’re off to serve up the usual pre-Oscars celebrity fashion fare. A return to frivolity! For just a little while.


Thank You, Walter Mondale, for Paving the Way for a Female VP
Mondale, the progressive Minnesota politician who was vice president under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1980 and then the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 1984 (where he suffered a crushing defeat to Ronald Reagan), left a lasting contribution to American history.
Though he and Ferraro would lose that election (and it would take 36 years before a woman would actually be elected vice president of the United States), Mondale chiseled that first crack in the political ceiling that long kept women out of high office.


Barack and Michelle Obama Respond to the Guilty Verdict in George Floyd Trial
“Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing.”

“While today’s verdict may have been a necessary step on the road to progress, it was far from a sufficient one,” they added. “We cannot rest. We will need to follow through with the concrete reforms that will reduce and ultimately end racial bias in our criminal justice system. We will need to redouble efforts to expand economic opportunity for those communities that have been too long marginalized.”


Michelle Zauner On Korean Cooking, The Ties That Bind, And Crying In H Mart
“So much of the book is also about this fear of losing my culture because it felt like I didn’t have a right to it anymore.”

Before her viral essay grappling with the death of her mother and Korean American identity, Michelle Zauner was best known for her work as a musician—she’s released two albums and toured the world with her Philadelphia-based band, Japanese Breakfast. (The band’s third album, Jubilee, is set for release this June.) Her book Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, which is out today, channels the ethos of her songwriting while probing the nature of grief and what happens when the string that ties us to an identity is suddenly severed.


Ryan Murphy Talks All Things Halston—Including His New Series—With Tom Ford and Hamish Bowles
Roy Halston Frowick was a boy raised in Indiana who became a soaring fashion legend and an international household name that defined the heady Studio 54 era—until he burned out from drugs, poor business decisions, and, ultimately, AIDS. Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series Halston, subtly directed by Daniel Minahan, casts a compelling Ewan McGregor as the complex designer. Hamish Bowles talks with Murphy and Tom Ford about Halston, those extraordinary years, and the crushing demands of design at the top.


Anne Hathaway and Elizabeth Nyamayaro on Building Compassion and Gender Equity
Nyamayaro shares insights from her new memoir, ‘I Am a Girl From Africa,’ and how her upbringing in Zimbabwe shaped her humanitarian work.

Elizabeth Nyamayaro’s memoir, I Am a Girl From Africa, is not just a recitation of her life’s events. Instead, in poetic and powerful ways, the former United Nations senior advisor shows how both momentous obstacles and seemingly insignificant interactions can transform how you see the world and change the world. In Nyamayaro’s case, that change has included her UN Women solidarity initiative, HeForShe, which has become one of the most formidable catalysts for gender equity since its launch in 2014. In honor of the release of her book today, Nyamayaro sat down with close friend, Oscar-winner, and fellow humanitarian Anne Hathaway. During the wide-ranging and inspirational conversation, they unpack the building blocks of compassion, the changes in perspective that need to occur to move the needle on gender parity, and why the African principle of Ubuntu may be the key to a better, more empathetic world.


Don’t Throw Away Your Old Tees—Dye Them!
“Thank you for gardening!” read a small note at the bottom of the invite for designer Olivia Cheng’s first-ever fashion show. Cheng got into fashion and sustainability sideways: A lover of art and nature, she started off adjusting vintage garments with feather cuffs and preserving flower petals in resin earrings before starting a fully fledged brand. She now operates her own pop-up store where someone else’s detritus is hand-painted in her whimsical butterfly and floral designs.
Asked to upcycle an unloved tee, Cheng decided the best option would be to dye it with natural materials. Armed with a bundle of flowers, vegetables, and leaves, Cheng shows that, much like the spring season, a familiar tee can bloom into something newly beautiful.


Food Trends Come and Go, but Nigella Lawson Is Forever
The beloved British food writer has been a culinary world mainstay for two decades. Her latest offering, the lockdown-conceptualized cookbook Cook, Eat, Repeat, proves why.

“I feel that if you don’t cook … it’s hard to think of how you’d have got by in the last year. I get pleasure from looking at the ingredients, they’re like a still life in your house. A bowl of lemons or some leeks, and when you fry them, that tender green that arrives as a result. I get pleasure all the time,” quips Lawson. “The smells of the spices and the pottering about looking after myself. … I don’t like the term self-care, in a way, because I think it’s become slightly acrid, and it speaks of that sort of seriousness similar to an incense stick. Not that I’ve got anything against incense sticks, I like them—but I just feel it’s about seizing the day and seizing the pleasures that are available, because that’s how you can just feel more joy. It wasn’t really here when there was the capacity or the option, the possibility for enormous amounts of joy. Why wouldn’t you take it where you can?”


The Magical Thinking of Grace Coddington
As a model, Grace Coddington could morph from bohemian waif to Helmut Newton hottie in the bat of an eye. She brought that talent to her work as a stylist and editor for Vogue, too, and her range is astounding. There are tales of suburbia, explorations of the American West, fairy tales, and reimaginings of cinematic classics. But no matter the season and whatever the plot, Coddington herself remains a fixed axis: sure in herself and her style, and with her fiery mane and all-black uniform a beloved beacon of excellence. On her birthday, we celebrate some of her most lasting images.


Watch Matthew Rhys and Ann Skelly in the Gripping First Trailer for Death and Nightingales
The powerful period drama, set in Northern Ireland in 1885, is coming to Starz this spring.

Set in Northern Ireland in 1885, the story follows Beth Winters over the 24-hours surrounding her 23rd birthday.
A description of the drama paints a picture of what viewers can expect. Death and Nightingales “is a riveting story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the haunting countryside of 1885 Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. In this undivided province of the British Empire, neighbors observe each other and inform. It’s a world of spies, confessions and double dealing; where a pervading sense of beauty is shot through with menace and impending doom.”


The Duchess Of Cambridge’s Most Dazzling Loans From The Queen’s Jewellery Box
Heirlooms don’t come more steeped in history than those belonging to the British royal family. Someone who knows this all too well is Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Of late, the senior royal has dipped into the crown jewels, choosing to wear pieces belonging to Queen Elizabeth II for royal tours or state banquets.


On Her 80th Birthday, Grace Coddington Shares Her Greatest Memories (And Secrets) From A Lifetime In Vogue
Her prolific career has encompassed hundreds of photoshoots and yielded decade after decade of seminal fashion images. On the eve of her 80th birthday, fashion editor Grace Coddington recalls her life in Vogue. Portraits by Craig McDean

It is an instinct that has served me well. The sense when everything fits and nothing feels uncomfortable or out of place. I’m sure the reason some of those Vogue shoots from the 1970s and ’80s still have something modern about them is that, despite the romance or fantasy in them, they are all rooted in human reality. It is as if the photographer has come along and found this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime scene unfolding. It’s the details that make it so. My first thought is always: what are the shoes going to be? Because the shoes literally root you and dictate the rest. I’ve worked with photographers who, when presented with a girl in an evening dress and high heels, want to stand her on the beach. “Don’t worry,” they say. “I’ll put a board under the sand and she won’t sink in.” “Yes,” I reply, “but she’s gonna look f**king stupid.”


Dakota Johnson to Star in Netflix’s Jane Austen Adaptation of ‘Persuasion’
The film will be helmed by British theater director Carrie Cracknell, who recently directed a Tony-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal performance.

Dakota Johnson has landed the starring role in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the Jane Austen novel “Persuasion,” the feature directorial debut of acclaimed theater director Carrie Cracknell. The director most recently worked on Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge’s Tony-nominated performances in the play “Sea Wall/A Life.” The film adaptation is written by “Rain Man” Oscar winner Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow.
The film promises to take a fresh approach to the beloved story. Here’s Netflix’s logline: “Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities. When Frederick Wentworth—the dashing one she once sent away—crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances.”


The Significance of the Derek Chauvin Verdict
The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb discusses the trial’s outcome.

The verdict was guilty on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. And, within just a few minutes, it was over. Chauvin, now a convicted murderer, was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom. Cahill thanked the jury for its “heavy-duty service.” Bail was revoked. The sentence will be handed down in eight weeks.\n\n+++\n\nOutside, on a broad lawn, several hundred people had congregated to wait for the news. There were Black Lives Matter activists, reporters, and many people who rushed to the area after getting alerts on their phones that the judge would soon read out the will of the jury. And, when they heard the first of the three guilty verdicts, the reaction was loud and unambiguous.


Tudor coins and exquisite rings unearthed near Llwynywermod, the charming Welsh residence of Prince Charles
Officials in Wales have announced the thrilling discovery of buried treasure —once belonging to elite members of Welsh society from the 9th to the 17th centuries— uncovered from the rolling landscape neighbouring Llwynywermod. Several museums hope to acquire portions of the impressive hoard.

In a poetic twist of fate, a cache of magnificent Welsh treasures — like a medieval ring emblazoned with a skull motif and coins bearing the visage of King Henry VIII — have been unearthed near The Prince of Wales’ country home, Llwynywermod.
Formerly the residence of William Williams, a relative of Anne Boleyn, and the seat of the Griffies-Williams baronets, Llwynywermod inhabits a historically rich region of Wales that attracts would-be treasure hunters. Such is the case with the amateur metal detectorists who literally struck gold on the former aristocratic hunting lands, exhuming centuries-old valuables.





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