T LOunge for April 8th, 2021

Posted on April 08, 2021

Belka Bar and Restaurant – Perm, Russia


Kittens, some LOunges are for quiet reflection and relaxation away from the woes of the world and some LOunges are pure stimulation; chosen to put some pep in your step and some wit in your words. Since today is THURSDAY and the weekend is tantalizingly close, we figure you all need the same thing we need right about now: something to keep the energy and spirits up. Go and be dazzling in this dazzling setting.

Or not, of course. Curl up on a banquette and pretend you’re a disgraced former countess who is not speaking to the public at this time. It’s all good here.

In other light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel news, we took what felt like an enormous emotional step out of lockdown by making a reservation at out favorite restaurant next month, when we’ll be fully vaxxed for almost four weeks. We’ll be sitting outside and observing mask-wearing rules and considerations, but we’re all a-tingle at the idea of getting back out into the world. We’re talking about a Target run next month too. It’s amazing how exciting these things sound right now.

Of course we’ll back off doing any of these things if for some reason the situation worsens and the public is advised to restrict themselves, but it really is an amazing feeling to make plans after all this time. It feels like we have a parole hearing coming up and our lawyer is confident to the point of being cocky about it.


The Rise and Rise of Amanda Gorman
Following the inauguration, Gorman’s phone, blowing up with notifications, was too hot to touch. Her follower counts on social media ballooned by hundreds of thousands. In one of our conversations, she cautiously brought up a Washington Post article that had been written on her phenomenon, aware that she might sound self-involved. “Skip over the parts about me,” she said. “The great part is where they’re talking about how, historically, poets have been pop stars.” She listed Longfellow and Wheatley. To Gorman, the concentration of attention, and resources, on the form she loves is a net gain, although she is aware of the inevitable drawbacks of a consumerist and capitalistic dynamic.


Nothing Like A Dame: A Look Back at Vivienne Westwood’s Personal Style as She Turns 80
In the course of her long career Dame Vivienne Westwood, who turns 80 on April 8, 2021, has gifted us not only with unforgettable runway experiences (like Naomi Campbell’s unplanned tumble during the fall 1993 show), but a great number of personal style moments as well.
The mother of punk, Westwood has little patience for propriety or prudery, as evidenced by a famous picture in which she’s joined by Chrissie Hynde and shopgirl Jordan. All are standing with their backs to the camera, their bottoms painted with letters spelling out the name of the designer’s boutique, which in 1977, was called Sex.
More than 40 years into her career, Westwood has become a sort of avatar of herself. It’s an idea that she plays with by appearing in her own press materials. With Westwood, what you see is what you get—pure fashion and signature style.


How Red Dresses Became a Symbol for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
In downtown Nelson, British Columbia, just outside of Nelson City Hall, about a dozen red dresses currently hang from the tree branches leading up to the main building: off-the-shoulder maxidresses, minidresses, and long-sleeve styles. Their bright red hues certainly stand out against the stark, industrial surroundings. These dresses, of course, hang there with a purpose. They are part of artist Jaime Black’s ongoing art series, titled The REDress Project, which highlights the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women. Each dress symbolizes an Indigenous woman who has been murdered or is missing, representing just a portion of thousands of people.


A Look Back at 150 Years of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the Glamorous South of France Hideaway
There are few places in the world that have been elevated into the pantheon of Instagram’s wanderlust moodboards quite like the swimming pool at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France. Built into the craggy cliffside, the water appears to blend seamlessly into the ocean below, and holidaymakers—as photographer and frequent hotel fixture Slim Aarons often referred to them—have been known to spend several weeks of the summer season languishing on a chaise in the South of France sunshine.


The 40 Best Comedy Series of All Time
They’ll make you laugh until your face hurts.

From classic sitcoms that will give you a chance to bask in nostalgia, to theme-driven dramadies that tackle important social issues through humor, to the iconic comedies we all love to binge over and over (and over) because watching them feels like visiting an old friend and helps us through the harsh realities of modern life, there’s a little of everything on this list. Without further ado, our countdown to the best comedy series of all time. (Don’t @ us about number one.)


The Crown Season 5 starts filming in July, but won’t premiere until 2022
The Crown will last much longer than we previously thought. Despite earlier announcements saying the show’s fifth season would be its last, Netflix has confirmed that the series will continue past Season 5. The biggest issue, however, is that because of coronavirus-related delays, fans will have to wait longer than usual for it to return.
Filming will take place at the usual Elstree Studios, just north of London, and is expected to abide by strict COVID-19 protocols, even as lockdown measures in the United Kingdom begin to ease up.


Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting
Up until the 1960s, singing and songwriting were generally considered separate skills. But as Bob Dylan, the Beatles and many others revolutionized that dynamic, the industry eventually followed — to the extent that most pop singers are not considered “serious” artists today if they don’t write their own songs (that perspective does not necessarily apply in country music, but more on that shortly). Along with that shift, the non-artist songwriter’s industry clout has waned: They usually don’t have the starpower or multiple revenue streams that artists have, let alone the muscle and leverage of managers and top executives. Songwriters don’t really have a union or even a large trade organization to represent them; during the negotiations for the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2018, they were represented by the Songwriters of North America and the Nashville Songwriters Association International, which are much smaller than the National Music Publishers Association and the performing-rights organizations that were also involved in the talks.


35 Stunning Royal Wedding Dresses Throughout History
From Grace Kelly to Princess Beatrice, here’s what our favorite royal brides wore on their big day.

Whether born a princess or a commoner, every bride expects that she will make an entrance on her wedding day that is straight out of a fairytale. The stakes are even higher when it comes to royal weddings. There have been oodles of royal nuptials in recent memory, from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s stunning ceremony in May 2018 to Princess Beatrice’s beautiful and intimate ceremony in July 2020.
Kate Middleton and Prince William, however, are approaching their 10th wedding anniversary, on April 29. Who could forget the day we all saw Middleton make her debut as the future Queen of England looking breathtaking in custom Alexander McQueen and wearing Princess Diana’s engagement ring. It was a moment to remember. Here, a look back at that iconic wedding dress as well as quite a few others that stole the show at royal weddings over the last century.


The Return of the Automat
Several new concepts are bringing back the pandemic-friendly early 20th-century phenomenon.

Of course, the automat is not new. In fact, it’s quite old. The automat concept was invented in Berlin in 1895 and made its way to North America, thanks to Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart, who opened their first eponymously named automat in Philadelphia in 1902.
The trend took off when the first New York location of Horn & Hardart opened in 1912, eventually expanding to about 40 locations in NYC alone. Two of its many appeals at the time were that people thought of it as sanitary, and it also democratized the dining out experience, opening it up to a wider customer base. The original chrome and glass lockers functioned like vending machines: customer would put nickels directly into the cubbies displaying dishes like meatloaf, sandwiches, and pie slices, pull a knob to open the door, and release their food.


On Her 80th Birthday, Vivienne Westwood’s Most Iconic Career Moments
In celebration of her milestone birthday, a look back at the professional highlights of British fashion’s grande dame.

It’s not every day that one of the world’s best-known fashion designers turns 80. During a remarkable five decades in the industry, Vivienne Westwood has racked up an impressive list of accolades and fashion moments worthy of the history books. If we can even put it lightly, the British designer continuously redefined the way we dress, earning her immense respect and global recognition, as well as the title Dame of the British Empire.
To celebrate her 80th birthday, Vogue delved into the archives to round up Westwood’s career-defining moments that have shaped fashion.


How Should Directors of Color Depict Generational Trauma?
Four new works make different yet complementary arguments about how to challenge dominant narratives.

There’s an ongoing debate about what kinds of films nonwhite filmmakers ought to make. Haven’t we see enough slave, genocide, and colonization narratives? Has a spring of rom-coms and movie musicals been duly earned in the wake of such suffering, both onscreen and off? On its face, it would seem preposterous to demand that artists satisfy the sensibilities of some amorphous public (or a random assortment of hypervocal Twitter users). On the other hand, it’s true that movie executives seem eager to market the suffering of Black and Indigenous people, and fairly indifferent to depictions of joy, play, or simply something in between.


The controversy over Khloé Kardashian’s unedited bikini photo exposes the ugly reality of social media
On Monday, an “unauthorized” photo of Khloé Kardashian wearing a bikini and posing near a pool was accidentally posted by an assistant. It’s an innocuous image, but Kardashian’s team quickly moved to have it removed online after it started popping up on sites like Reddit and Twitter. As Kardashian’s team attempted to remove all traces of the image, people lamented its disappearance online, complimenting the star’s appearance and its contrast to the highly edited shots she usually shares. But Kardashian’s reaction to the world seeing an unedited picture of her points to a larger issue with social-media use, as it can negatively affect mental health and alter people’s perception of reality.


A documentary on Pierre Cardin’s life and career gets an online release
House of Cardin features appearances from Naomi Campbell, Alice Cooper, Jean Paul Gaultier, and the late designer himself

Last year, a documentary on Pierre Cardin, titled House of Cardin, brought together icons from across the fashion industry to discuss the legendary designer’s life and career, and chart “how one man became a fashion empire”.
Jean Paul Gaultier, Naomi Campbell, Guo Pei, and Sharon Stone were among those that reflected on the future-facing fashion pioneer in the film, alongside equally influential musicians such as Alice Cooper and Dionne Warwick. Cardin himself also made an appearance via extensive interviews, conducted before his death at the age of 98, on December 29, 2020.


Low-rise jeans are back. Don’t panic.
Millennials are terrified of the return of low-rise jeans and Y2K fashion. But what if they looked different this time around?

No one, obviously, should wear any item of clothing they hate just because other people consider it cool. Arguably the most fashionable thing you can do as a person is find a style that fits your own body and life and stick to it, and if you live long enough, you’ll find yourself on-trend several different times. Or, just wear what you want because nobody actually cares.
But this is an undeniable fact: Low-rise jeans are cool again. And women are freaking the f*ck out.


See Jodie Turner-Smith as Anne Boleyn in first teaser for new three-part psychological thriller
The Queen & Slim star and Gucci model will play the most famous Queen Consort in British history during the last three months of her life

Few figures in history have as many myths surrounding them as Anne Boleyn, the second of King Henry VIII’s six wives, and the first ‘beheaded’ in the famous rhyme used to remember the order of them. Accused of being a witch (with six fingers) who was in an incestuous relationship with her brother, she was executed in 1536 largely for her inability to produce a son and heir, but instead gave Henry his most enduring legacy: his daughter Queen Elizabeth I, who reigned for 45 years.
Now, her dramatic life story is set to be brought to the small screen once again, this time with up-and-coming star Jodie Turner-Smith (known for her breakthrough role in Queen & Slim, and also the wife of ’90s heartthrob Joshua Jackson) in the lead role. This new, feminist version of the story will focus on the final months of Boleyn’s life, as she navigated a future for her daughter in the face of impending doom.







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