T LOunge for May 10th, 2021

Posted on May 10, 2021

Sablier Rooftop Restaurant and Bar – Zürich, Switzerland


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And because the fun never stops in T Lo Land, we’re off to drum up several distractions for you to get through today. In the meantime, please order anything you like, compliments of the house.


Emma Thompson On ‘Cruella’, Life After 60, & Her Many Decades Of Activism
When the world is about to see her play sartorial sensation Baroness von Hellman in Disney’s Cruella, who better to bring theatrical appeal to the season’s high fashion than the inimitable Emma Thompson? 

“If you’re transgressive in any way, and you’ve also been lauded or feted, you will get shit. My transgression was commensurably greater because of my age and station, and I needed to be punished. That’s how it is in this country. There’ll be a wave of shite, and then it sort of dies away, then there’s another.” She doesn’t believe a stiff upper lip is healthy, so it’s sad to see hers hardened by cold experience. “You think to yourself this will be a six monther or a yearer,” she says. “Your resentment takes longer to process and get rid of. And your rage. You have all the normal human reactions.”


Men, It’s Time to Free Those Thighs
A friendly suggestion.

A few weeks ago, the Internet collectively climaxed when paparazzi photos of Milo Ventimiglia leaving the gym surfaced. In case they may not have landed on your radar, the This Is Us star was photographed wearing a pair of thigh-exposing shorts that showed off his incredibly muscular legs.
The photos emerged on my Twitter timeline, like a groundhog emerging from its humble abode, signaling a new season is upon us. There had already been a palatable giddiness building across social media about what the forthcoming post-vax summer would entail, but this photo took things to a new level. Though it’s still yet to be determined just how freely and recklessly the vaccine will allow us to be, I do have one simple request directed toward menfolk: Please, let your thighs out this summer!


Queen Victoria’s Satin Slippers Are For Sale at Auction
The cream satin ballet-style slippers are decorated with gold thread and were made in the 1840s or 1850s, when Victoria would have been in her 20s and 30s.

This month, a personal item from the earlier years of Queen Victoria’s historic 63-year reign is going up for sale.
Queen Victoria’s slippers will be sold by UK auction house Bellmans on May 26 in a sale which also includes several items relating to Winston Churchill. The cream satin ballet-style slippers are decorated with gold thread and were made in the 1840s or 1850s, when Victoria would have been in her 20s and 30s. “What’s nice about these is that they are a personal item, they are a very tangible link to her and to history,” specialist in charge of the auction Julian Dineen tells T&C. “To be able to hold these slippers and think that Queen Victoria as a young women would have held these herself and worn these herself I think gives it a real personal connection, a tangible link to this historical figure.”


10 New Rules for Eating at Restaurants, According to the People Who Work There
“You’re fully vaccinated? That’s great, but don’t use it as a reason to break the rules.”

Indoor dining is opening up, vaccinations have become more accessible, and, collectively exhausted by the past year, we’re seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. But we’re not quite there yet, and American restaurants are still facing enormous challenges.
“It’s obviously confusing, because everything is changing so quickly,” says Christina Shoults, general manager of Maydān in Washington, DC. Shoults notes that working at restaurants has actually gotten harder this past month, as more people are vaccinated. “I was reading some guest reservation notes the other day, and someone wrote that they were celebrating the end of COVID,” she says. “Which is super not what’s happening.”


My ’90s Fashion Obsession? Thanks to My Mom, It’s Talbots
While my colleagues scour the internet for ’90s-era Versace prints and Tom Ford for Gucci jeans, I’m searching for Talbots. Yes, that Talbots. It requires more digging, sure, but the prices can’t be beat—a recent score was $56!—and that retro crimson T label takes me right back to my childhood.
My mom’s closet was filled with Talbots back in the day. When my twin sister, Liz, and I were born 30 years ago, she worked evenings at our local Talbots in Indianapolis while my dad juggled two babies (then three when our brother arrived 18 months later) and a stack of work he brought home from the office. I don’t remember what Mom wore those first few years, but I do have photographic evidence of her excellent late ’80s and ’90s “work attire,” much of it from her pre-baby job at the state of Indiana. She loved shirts and jackets—always with a tie!—and was often the girl in a black suit at parties. My dad recently sent me a few photos of Mom in New York in 1983, and even as a tourist riding the graffitied subway or visiting the World Trade Center, she wore a ruffled blouse, argyle sweater, trousers, and wedge heels—a far cry from the leggings and sneakers most tourists (and locals) wear these days, and so casually chic.


The Real Story Behind Netflix’s Halston
Viewers who have lamented the lack of a fabulously chic, binge-worthy new series in the wake of 2020’s The Queen’s Gambit have a brand-new hit to look forward to this spring. Halston—a five-part biopic from Ryan Murphy—lands on May 14, spilling the larger-than-life story of Roy Halston Frowick (known mononymously as Halston, the man who changed American fashion forever) onto our small screens. Ewan McGregor plays the title role, flanked by “Halstonettes” Krysta Rodriguez (as Liza Minnelli) and Rebecca Dayan (Elsa Peretti).


Gemma Chan launches #StopESEAHate to help the East and Southeast Asian community
The actress and activist looks to put an end to the rise in anti-Asian sentiment

Gemma Chan has long been publicly fighting for Asian Americans who have been the target for racially-motivated crimes. Now, together with the support of grass-roots organisations and well-known figures including Phillip Lim, Alexa Chung and Susie Lau, she leads the charge in the UK, launching the #StopESEAHate campaign with GoFundMe that will back communities closer to home.
“I’ve been so worried about my parents,” Chan admits. It’s an understandable concern. We are talking against the backdrop of not just a pandemic that has given rise to Sinophobia (also known as anti-Chinese sentiment), but also an increasing spate of crimes aimed at those of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) heritage.


Lily James and Sebastian Stan Transform Into ‘Pam and Tommy’
Hulu is dropping a new limited series about Baywatch bombshell Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. And on Friday, photos previewing Pam & Tommy were posted by lead actors Lily James and Sebastian Stan. The two, especially James, look unrecognizable in their transformations.
The mini-series, which is expected to premiere sometime later this year, is going to focus on the iconic couple’s sex tape scandal. Anderson and Lee got married in 1995 and shot a sex tape during their honeymoon, which spread like wildfire. And though they eventually got divorced in 1998, the tape lives on. Some people might even consider it the very first viral video in history. James, who will be playing Anderson, posted a photo of herself as the blonde legend and the resemblance is uncanny.


“You May Never See Those Numbers Again”: Can Cable News Pass the Post-Trump Test?
Four years of chaos turned Americans into TV addicts. A new crop of leaders and stars at CNN and MSNBC—and the old hands at Fox News—are trying to keep them tuning in. “I don’t think the days of the missing airplane are coming back,” says Abby Phillip. “There’s still a lot of interest in politics.”

“This is how I like my reporters to look: disheveled and concerned,” the former Saturday Night Live star said between bites. “I love this dude.” Jones pointed her phone at the TV and recorded the Kornacki segment while narrating along. Then she tweeted the video to her more than 1 million followers. From that moment, Jones’s MSNBC obsession became a must-watch daily spectacle in its own right. She was a relatable superfan, and her side-splitting commentary was a symptom of what one veteran producer described to me as “peak cable news.” The Trump soap opera was captivating viewers like nothing else, and we were witnessing its disastrous finale in real time.


Hollywood Flashback: Marilyn Monroe Posed in a Potato Sack 70 Years Ago
As one story goes, a columnist described one of the actress’ looks as “tacky and vulgar” and added that she would have been better served wearing “a potato sack,” so the Twentieth Century Fox PR department capitalized on the moment.

There are several versions of the story behind a series of promotional photos taken in 1951 of Marilyn Monroe wearing a potato sack dress.
The best one involves a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel in which Monroe, then 24, allegedly showed up in a revealing red dress that a columnist declared “cheap and vulgar,” adding she would have been better served wearing “a potato sack.” The Twentieth Century Fox PR department then capitalized on the moment by putting her in one.


Flower Are The Ultimate Symbols
Georgia O’Keeffe and other artists saw in flowers something that lies at the limits of human comprehension.

For her entire career, O’Keeffe vehemently denied that her paintings had anything to do with female sex organs. This Freudian interpretation of her flowers originated not with her but with Alfred Stieglitz, the powerful photographer and gallerist who launched O’Keeffe’s career and who later became her husband. His association of her floral portraits with vaginas was, in retrospect, a brilliant bit of marketing, in many ways leading to the financial success of a work like “Jimson Weed.” It was also a brand that O’Keeffe struggled to escape for the rest of her life. In an introduction to a catalogue for a 1939 exhibition in New York, O’Keeffe made a bitter address to fans of her floral paintings: “You hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower—and I don’t.”


The great American chicken wing shortage is upon us
How big business and bad weather are killing your local bar’s “Wing Night Wednesday.”

As national and regional chains rushed to meet the demand of the pandemic delivery market, a natural first inclination was to add chicken wings to the menu. In conjunction with the push to support locally owned businesses and struggling bars, demand for chicken reached its highest levels in years, and reserves are at the lowest levels seen in a decade. To the average person, this factor alone doesn’t really matter. But when you consider that massive corporate chains with more buying power than your local bar are now competing for and snapping up the same wing stock, the effect is higher prices at local spots you love and stable prices at lesser wing providers. Try as they might, franchises simply can’t compete with local dives on taste or atmosphere, as even the best food offerings at franchises are often nothing more than an echo of the original dish they were modeled after.


The return of art: Highlights from the Frieze Art Fair in New York
Daisy Prince gets the lowdown on the hottest new artists on the New York scene as the city begins to open up post-pandemic

In a sign that New York City is on the road to recovery, the Frieze Art Fair is back in action and in person, albeit in a slightly different COVID-19 safe form.
Running from 5-9 May at The Shed, the Diller Scofidio and Renfro-designed arts space in Manhattan’s Hudson’s Yards, this tenth edition is scaled back, hosting only 67 exhibitors this year from the usual 190. Visitor numbers are lower with a cap of no more than 850 people allowed to roam the spaces any one time.
The fair features an extensive online component as well, the Frieze Viewing Room, plus Frieze’s regular special section, Frame, will return featuring solo presentations by emerging artists with galleries less than ten years old.


David Hockney on joy, longing and spring light: ‘I’m teaching the French how to paint Normandy!’
While enjoying an idyllic lockdown in France, the 83-year-old artist has created perhaps his most important exhibition ever – offering hope to an injured world

The artist has agreed to talk me through the exhibition, called The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020, and the arrangement underlines his idiosyncratic ease with technology. To make these iPad paintings, he and his team created a version of the Brushes app, working with a computer expert in Leeds to speed things up. “Drawing requires a certain speed,” he says. “In Rembrandt’s drawings, you can see how fast he drew.”





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