T LOunge for May 11th, 2021

Posted on May 11, 2021

Maison Souquet Bar and Lounge – Paris, France

 

It’s Tuesday, which is objectively the worst day of the week, so let’s pretend we’re all visiting a Victorian sex club today, just to keep things interesting. Score some opium, grab a velvet seat in a darkened corner, order your absinthe and cancel all your appointments for the day. Call it self care.

Alternately, we could use today’s LOunge to stage a murder mystery party. All options are open! Why limit ourselves? We’re not about labels around here.

In other exciting news, we have hair and beard appointments this week and we are positively giddy at the prospect of having a tight look from the neck up after 13 months of looking raggedy ass as hell. A hard part! A defined jawline! Nature really is healing, kittens. The last time either of us had a hair or beard appointment was literally the day before our book came out. It’s weird, but we can’t help relating the end of our lockdown with the beginning of our lockdown. Or maybe it’s not that weird. It’s not like there’s an emotional road map for this sort of thing. Chat amongst yourselves! And keep your eyes peeled for another edition of Twirling Through It later today.

 

 

 

Laverne Cox Is E!’s New Red Carpet Host
She’s also set to have a new series of celebrity specials.

The red carpet is getting a new face. Emmy-nominated actor and producer Laverne Cox will host E!’s red carpet coverage starting with the 2022 awards season. The news comes just a few days after Giuliana Rancic announced that she would be leaving her post last week after 20 years to pursue other projects with NBC (Ryan Seacrest, another E! red carpet veteran, also said that he would be leaving the network back in February).
In a statement, E! shared that in addition to her duties on the red carpet, Cox will be hosting a new series for the network, which is set to feature interviews with celebrities and tastemakers that is set to premiere next year.

 

Mare Of Easttown‘s Angourie Rice Is No Longer The Girl Next Door
“That’s also what I loved about Siobhan’s relationship, that in this story you have an established queer relationship that doesn’t have to be made into a big thing. It’s part of Siobhan’s life; it’s part of her story, but it’s not the most important part. The most important part is that she’s falling in love.

Also, the fact that her established queer relationship [at the beginning of the show] isn’t perfect; it’s not this amazing thing to be upheld.”

“Previously when I’ve done stuff in accents, like with a standard American accent, I don’t really think about it. It feels like second nature and once I get into it, it’s just natural. With this accent though, I was working on it every single day. Every night before I went to set, I would call the dialect coach and we’d go through our lines. Every morning in the trailer, we’d go through our lines again. We’d do voice exercises because Australian placement is very up in your nose. It’s very annoying, I hate it.”

 

The Fiery, Fascinating World of Sambal
Is a chile condiment Indonesia’s great uniter?

The term sambal, I knew, referred to the spicy condiments found across Indonesia (and Malaysia and Singapore), and because Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands with individual culinary traditions, I hoped to encounter and begin to understand an untold diversity of fiery riches. Over the course of two weeks, I’d bounce from the capital, Jakarta, on the island of Java, to paradisiacal Bali, to the tip of Sulawesi, to the hills and forests of North Sumatra, tasting every sambal I could dip a spoon into. Along the way, perhaps I would start to understand what sambal meant to the 271 million people in this enormous, mostly Muslim nation.

 

Impeachment: American Crime Story: Everything We Know So Far
Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky in this retelling of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

Beanie Feldstein is set to play Monica Lewinsky. Feldstein has quickly become a rising star in Hollywood, after her breakout roles in Booksmart and Lady Bird.
Clive Owen will take on the role of Bill Clinton. Owen—known for his Academy Award-nominated work in Closer, as well as starring in Children of Men and Inside Man—is set to play the embattled former president, per Variety.
They’ll share the screen with Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, and Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge, the infamous founder of the Drudge Report.

 

Let’s Bring Back the Compact Mirror
When your mask comes off, you might need a touch-up.

The little portable looking glass, easily stashed away in a purse, has become something of a throwback—especially in this era when we can simply check our reflections in our phone screens. But isn’t a small, slim, circular compact so much more elegant? It turns a makeup touch-up into a sophisticated gesture; to hold a compact and peer into it feels worldly, grown-up, chic. Think Holly Golightly in the back of a cab, touching up her lipstick; even Fran Drescher’s Nanny, again a relevant style icon, brought panache to the post-prandial tooth check in her frequently whipped-out mini-mirror.

 

Time’s Up: NBC Dropping 2022 Golden Globes Is “a Defining Moment for Hollywood”
“Today, we have the opportunity to recognize that, by speaking up against one powerful but deeply flawed awards system, we can begin to reimagine a more equitable industry,” president and CEO Tina Tchen said in a statement.

“Storytelling is universally powerful. The images we show on screen contribute to how audiences view the world and help define our broader culture. So, the entertainment industry has a responsibility to their audiences — both onscreen and off. But this moment is about more than Hollywood. It is about the courage it takes to confront all of the problematic systems that are right in front of us — in every industry and institution and across society. Because that is what it will take to truly uproot racism, sexism, and homophobia and build safer, more equitable workplaces for everyone.”

 

‘Halston’ Costume Designer on Finding the “Freedom” of the Late Fashion Legend’s Looks
Few seams, minimalist design: The new Netflix series about the revolutionary American mogul showcases styles that “allowed women to have as much movement as possible,” says Jeriana San Juan.

Jeriana San Juan, the costume designer of Halston, the Netflix series about the life of America’s first fashion superstar, says the designer’s genius during the ’70s and ’80s was to offer his customers a feeling of freedom. “He believed in a very minimalist approach, with as few seams as possible, that allowed women to have as much movement as possible,” says San Juan, who looked to his signature color red as a focal point in the show. “He believed that all color goes with all color. Red played a big part in his designs and often contrasted with orchid, brilliants blues and metallics that he made so famous in the disco era. Red even appeared in the carpet of his offices at Fifth Avenue’s Olympic Tower.”

 

Noma Dumezweni Is Everywhere, From The Undoing to Pose
In the past year, you may have felt like you’ve seen Noma Dumezweni, the decorated stage actress known for her Tony-nominated turn as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, everywhere on television. After a few guest spots on British TV over the last 20 years, Dumezweni appeared opposite Michaela Coel in Black Earth Rising, Netflix’s mystery drama series about post-genocide Rwanda in 2018, and since then, has steadily built up a small handful of series regular roles. Everything changed last fall when she popped up on HBO’s The Undoing as the matter-of-fact attorney hired to defend accused murderer Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) and stole nearly every scene in which she appeared. This year, she showed up on the sci-fi rom-com Made For Love as Fiffany, a marine biologist, and now, she has landed a guest spot on Pose, as Elektra Wintour’s mother, Tasha Jackson.

 

What Food Is “Disgusting”
At the Disgusting Food Museum, in Sweden, where visitors are served dishes such as fermented shark and stinky tofu, I felt both like a tourist and like one of the exhibits.

In the spring of 2019, Arthur De Meyer, a twenty-nine-year-old Belgian journalist, toured the Disgusting Food Museum, in Malmö, Sweden. As with the Museum of Sex, in New York City, and the Museum of Ice Cream, in San Francisco, the Disgusting Food Museum is conceptually closer to an amusement park than to a museum. There are eighty-five culinary horrors on display—ordinary fare and delicacies from thirty countries—and each tour concludes with a taste test of a dozen items. De Meyer, the son of a cookbook author and a food photographer, told me that he’d always been an adventurous eater. As a reporter, he also prided himself on his ability to maintain his composure. “But the taste test was war,” he said. “The kind where you’re defenseless, because the bombs are going off invisibly, inside of you.

 

Exploring Andy Warhol’s queer creative conflict with Catholicism
Andy Warhol: Revelation exhibition takes us through the artworks that entangle Catholic iconography with queer desire

“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings, and there I am. There’s nothing more,” the legendary artist once claimed. But he’s not so unambiguous and transparent as he’d have us believe.
It’s all too easy to reduce Warhol to a caricature: the distinctive hair, the glasses, the mannerisms; the misleadingly simple aesthetic and mores of pop art. Yet, despite the huge body of work and the accessibility of his visual language, his extensive personal diaries, and the fact that he lived in apparent plain sight as one of the most highly recognisable celebrities of his day, Warhol still evades so many assumptions. He remains a figure steeped in contradictions.

 

The surprising reason behind Chinatown’s aesthetic
The iconic “Chinatown” look started as a survival strategy.

From London to Manila to Melbourne, Chinatowns in cities around the world have similar design elements. That’s on purpose. And their distinctive “Chinatown” style can be traced back to a single event: the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
The earthquake came on the heels of decades of violence and racist laws targeting Chinese communities in the US. It devastated Chinatown. But in the destruction, San Francisco’s Chinese business leaders had an idea for a fresh start: a way to keep their culture alive, by inventing a completely new one.

 

Gotta Have That Cute Mug? Act Fast.
Ceramics collection releases — or “dirt drops,” as one artist calls them — are getting more popular.

The magnetism of a good mug is hardly a new phenomenon. But during the pandemic, many ceramic artists have seen the kind of customer excitement more associated with clothing lines or concert tickets. Some pieces are selling out within seconds of being posted on websites and Instagram pages. Lalese Stamps of Lolly Lolly Ceramics said she can sell 250 mugs in under a minute. Sarah Hussaini, the architect turned ceramist behind Not Work Related, reported selling 350 pieces in six minutes.

 

Think Outside the Banana. Eat the Peel.
After the British chefs Nadiya Hussain and Nigella Lawson developed recipes using banana skins, the British cooking public is perplexed.

In November, the British cookbook author and food personality Nigella Lawson shocked her nation when she demonstrated a recipe from her latest cookbook, “Cook, Eat, Repeat,” on her BBC television show of the same name. It wasn’t Royal Family-level scandalous. Still, based on public reaction, you’d think she’d caused a major controversy.

 

The Queen’s stunning Imperial State Crown to appear at Opening of Parliament today
The monarch will not be wearing the historic piece on account of its weight. It will, however, be laid on a cushion nearby

Today marks the State Opening of Parliament – constituting the Queen’s first major public engagement since the death of her late husband, Prince Philip. The event has been downscaled on account of the pandemic, with the monarch wearing day dress and a hat as opposed to appearing in full ceremonial grandeur. The Imperial State Crown she has historically donned for the occasion will, however, still be present, carried on a cushion and set on a nearby table instead. Read on for more about the impressive crown, as well as more of the Queen’s most regal pieces.

 

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