T LOunge for April 27th, 2021

Posted on April 27, 2021

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It’s bright! It’s bold! It’s filled with sunlight and color! We don’t know about y’all, but after working for 16 hours on 3 hours of sleep and publishing 7,000 words in that short period of time, your not particularly humble hosts need every bit of stimulation we can grab onto to keep the post-Oscars coverage going.

Chat amongst yourselves, dolls! We’ve gotta get to work!


Ella Emhoff Launches a Knitwear Collaboration with Batsheva
The granny-chic capsule features two crochet tops and a bag.

Things are moving fast for Ella Emhoff. After making a style statement for the ages at the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden and her stepmother, Vice President Kamala Harris, Emhoff has seen her career in the fashion world—both as a designer and as a model—take off. Her latest get? A collaboration with Batsheva Hay, the designer behind the much-loved brand Batsheva, now live on Batsheva’s site. The capsule consists of two knit tops and a knit bag, modeled by both Emhoff and Hay in matching bob haircuts and red lips for the campaign.


Quiz: How Much Do You Know About These Iconic Sandwiches?
Are you a total bread head or is your knowledge a little stale?

From time to time, an argument pops up on (where else?) the internet about whether or not a hot dog counts as a sandwich. That’s fun and all, but there’s a whole delicious world of stuff between slices, and it’s time to sink your teeth in and test your knowledge.


How to Read the Shadow and Bone Grishaverse Novels in Order
Hooked by the Netflix series? Explore the Grishaverse by diving into Leigh Bardugo’s beloved books.

Published in 2012, Shadow and Bone spawned a zealous fandom, and it’s easy to see why. The Shadow and Bone trilogy focuses on Alina Starkov—our heroic Sun Summoner—and her fight against the villainous Darkling. The spin-off Six of Crows duology introduces Kaz Brekker’s criminal crew, including such fan favorites as Inej Ghafa, Jesper Fahey, Nina Zenik, Matthias Helvar, and Wylan Van Eck. The King of Scars duology furthers the story of Nikolai Lantsov, the charming prince first introduced in the Shadow and Bone sequel, Siege and Storm. And, oh, is there more.
But if you’re entering the Grishaverse for the first time, it’s best to start reading the books in order, lest you get overwhelmed. Because the Netflix series takes a few creative liberties with how the characters meet and interact, you’ll find some important differences in the books, ones that will enrich your understanding of Ravka and its surrounding nations. Below, we provide a quick guide to which books to read in what order—and what you can expect inside each.


The True Story Behind ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’
What you need to know about Fred Hampton and the FBI’s conspiracy to take him down.

The film Judas and the Black Messiah follows the rise of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), the head of the Illinois chapter of the party. Filmmaker Shaka King tells the true story of Hampton and Bill O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), the car thief turned FBI informant forced to undermine the organization from the inside and participate in Hampton’s assassination. The movie is blistering in its portrayal of the conspiracy between the federal government and the local police department to silence Hampton. For his blistering portrayal of Hampton, Daniel Kaluuya earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2021 Oscars.


A Game of Thrones Prequel Show, House of the Dragon, Is Coming
Here’s what you need to know about the Targaryen-focused spin-off.

It will be based on the George R. R. Martin book Fire & Blood.
Martin’s tome about the history of House Targaryen, originally released in November 2018, will serve as the source material for the upcoming series. The story begins 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones we know, and, according to its synopsis, it covers major battles like the Dance of Dragons (the Targaryen civil war) and the aftermath of the Doom of Valyria.


Lily James and Andrew Scott to Star in a TV Adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love
Much like the latter seasons of Downton Abbey, this story is set in England during the period between the two World Wars.

Nancy Mitford’s classic novel The Pursuit of Love is heading to the small screen in a new three-part mini-series, a collaboration between the BBC and Amazon. Here’s what we know so far: The story centers around an upper class English family. Lily James is no stranger to the period drama (and more specifically period dramas set in the years before WWII), and she’s once again found herself in familiar territory. For those unfamiliar with Mitford’s book, it’s a comedy, though a tragic one, set during the period between the two world wars. And as the title suggests, matters of love and relationships are key to the plot.
Watch the first trailer for a taste of the story.


Style With Soul: How The World’s Most Iconic Black Women Singers Expressed Themselves Through Fashion
From Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday to Aretha Franklin and Eartha Kitt, the wave of films and books about iconic Black women singers shows their sartorial response to the anti-Blackness and misogynoir they faced.

Style is a renewable resource for Black women, as Kitt acknowledges in an aphorism: “The only thing I can sell and still own is my talent.” In her daughter Kitt Shapiro’s memoir, Eartha & Kitt (Pegasus, May 2021), we get a picture of someone who drew a sharp distinction between her public appeal and her private life, especially as a mother. This need for a periodic retreat from the glare of publicity was felt with particular force by Black women who could not take for granted the deference accorded white women. Fashion tells this story as well, particularly in movies that seek to reconstruct the vulnerable private moments of our iconic figures.


Here’s What You Need To Know About Ursula von der Leyen, The President Of The European Commission
Delivering one of her most impassioned speeches of her tenure, Ursula von der Leyen has vowed to fight for women’s rights. Addressing “sofagate”, where she was left by two male leaders without a chair at a recent summit in Turkey, she’s concluded that it’s evidence of the unequal treatment of the sexes. Here, Vogue takes a closer look at the European Commission’s president.


The Icon and the Outcast: Hattie McDaniel’s Epic Double Life
In Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood, biographer Jill Watts explores the Gone With the Wind trailblazer’s highs and lows.

On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel made history when she became the first Black person to win an Academy Award, for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind. As she stood in front of her white peers at the Cocoanut Grove, she was the picture of pride and joy. “I sincerely hope that I shall always be a credit to my race and the motion picture industry,” she said, crying. “My heart is too full to tell you how I feel.”
But as biographer Jill Watts notes in the masterful Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood, that same evening, McDaniel was seated at the edge of the room, close to the stage but separate from her colleagues. For McDaniel, life was a tightrope walk of trying to satisfy herself, her prejudiced bosses, and the representation-starved Black community—attempting to be all things to all people. “I always wanted to be before the public,” she once said, per Watts. “I’m always acting. I guess it’s the ham in me.”


Challenges of Animal Translation
Artificial intelligence may help us decode animalese. But how much will we really be able to understand?

Disney’s filmmakers had stumbled onto an issue that has long fascinated philosophers and zoologists: the gap between animal minds and our own. The dream of bridging that divide, perhaps by speaking with and understanding animals, goes back to antiquity. Solomon was said to have possessed a ring that gave him the power to converse with beasts—a legend that furnished the title of the ethologist Konrad Lorenz’s pioneering book on animal psychology, “King Solomon’s Ring,” from 1949. Many animal lovers look upon the prospect of such communication with hope: they think that, if only we could converse with other creatures, we might be inspired to protect and conserve them properly. But others warn that, whenever we attempt to communicate with animals, we risk projecting our ideas and preconceptions onto them.


How does the Getty battle bugs? Squirrel-hair dusters and dental picks, for starters
Last March, as the lights went off in museums across California and galleries were shuttered in the first wave of coronavirus closures, a dangerous invader penetrated the Getty Museum in Brentwood. It crept into the darkened, quiet decorative arts galleries, which are filled with ornate furniture, delicate ceramics, rare clocks and intricately woven tapestries and rugs dating to the Medieval period.
And it was hungry.
The interloper was the webbing clothes moth, which feeds on silk, wool and other organic material. The insect infiltrated other parts of the Getty Museum as well, but posed a particular threat to the fragile textiles and upholstered furniture.


An auction of cultural titan Sir Roy Strong’s possessions today offers up a veritable trove of treasures
From a costume worn by Rudolf Nuryev in a 1968 ‘Nutcracker’ to a drawing by David Hockney – and, not forgetting, all those fabulous shirts

It will surprise few that an upcoming auction of some 500 items belonging to Sir Roy Strong, one of the UK’s greatest aesthetes – a former director of the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and a landscape designing extraordinaire – is an absolute treasure trove.
The 85-year-old scholar, moved from his beloved Herefordshire country house – the Laskett – in December last year, downsizing from 23 to just two ‘rather marvellous’ rooms. In the process, donating the Laskett’s much-loved, renowned gardens to the charity, Perennial. Of course, with two rooms alone, there’s only so much you can keep. Therefore, on offer to anyone who can afford is the 1968 costume worn by Rudolf Nuryev in The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, a plaster bust of Sir John Gielgud as Julius Caesar and portraits by David Hockney and Sir Cecil Beaton.


Princess Diana’s wedding dress to go on display at Kensington Palace
The famous dress designed by the Emanuels will be shown as part of the ‘Royal Style in the Making’ exhibition opening 3 June

What goes into creating a royal fashion moment – from a highly-anticipated wedding dress, to a coronation outfit? That question is set to be explored in a new exhibition at Kensington Palace as it reopens to the public in June, Royal Style in the Making, with the late Diana, Princess of Wales’ famous wedding gown taking centre stage.
The unique and intimate relationship between the Royal Family and their couturiers will be laid out in detail, with original sketches, fabric swatches and unseen photographs from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection shown alongside the dresses themselves in order to demonstrate how ideas become historical reality.


Sweden, Dressed in Summer
We’ve shown you Sweden in snow. Now see it in bloom.

For as long as I can remember, the forests, lakes and mountains of my native Sweden have been my refuge. Half of the photos from my childhood depict me with an armful of wildflowers or a bucket brimming with — not to mention my face covered with the juices of — blueberries. After moving abroad with my family at the age of 10 and adopting an ever more nomadic lifestyle as an adult — in the last decade I’ve worked primarily in Africa and Asia, usually without a permanent base — I have developed the happy knack of feeling at ease wherever I find myself, almost regardless of the circumstances.



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