T LOunge for May 18th, 2021

Posted on May 18, 2021

Impar Bar and Restaurant – Barcelona, Spain


Darlings, let’s have loud, raucous conversations about frivolous things all day, shall we? Today’s LOunge practically begs for some boisterous discussion. But don’t worry. If you’re in a mood and just want to silently sulk, we have a section for that too. All are welcome! None are judged! Mostly!

Today is TUESDAY. Goddammit.

Our maskless (outdoors) life continues, as we slowly make our way back into the world. As we said yesterday, we’re a bit surprised by how stress-free it is, although we know that isn’t the case for everybody. Our prediction is that, by the end of this year, most people are going to pretend like the pandemic never happened. There were always people in denial about it, but they’re going to be joined by the masses of people who just want to put it behind them. As we noted once before, pop culture in the 1920s and 1930s had plenty of things to say about WWI and the Depression, but there’s just not much of it that looked back on the flu epidemic. People wanted to move on from it back then and we’re sensing that same movement now.

Anyway, we’re off to round up some content and even conduct an interview today (more about that later), so chat amongst yourselves!


The Royal Tenenbaums Iconic NYC Mansion is for Rent for $20,000 a Month
The set of Wes Anderson’s 2001 film hit the market for the first time in 22 years.

For the first time in decades, the mansion best known as the set of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums is on the market. The 2001 film—starring Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston, and more—is beloved not only for its captivating storyline, but for the sprawling 19th-century backdrop. Located in New York City’s Hamilton Heights, the home was built in 1899 and designed by Adolph Hoak. The 6,000 square-foot Flemish Revival mansion’s storied pedigree actually predates its appearance on the big screen, however. According to the listing, the home originally belonged to U.S. attorney Charles H. Tuttle—the Republican nominee for Governor of New York in the election against Franklin D. Roosevelt.


The Coolest Summer 2021 Nail Art Trends
Forget subtlety this summer.

A word to the wise: Little about the hottest summer 2021 nail art and color trends is going to fall into the realm of “subtle.” Nail technicians and at-home artists alike have spent lockdown perfecting their skills—which include illustrations that look like actual pieces of art, chrome manicures, neon colors, and so many different types of swirls. Below, 13 popular nail designs for summer to bring to your next appointment. (Or, better yet, learn how to DIY yourself.)


Emma Stone Has More than 45 Costumes in Cruella
That’s a lot more than the animated Cruella de Vil got.

Nobody knew what to expect from Disney’s live-action Cruella, starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson. Sure, an origin story for one of Disney’s most recognizable villains, but few people could have guessed that the movie would be a fashion-focused extravaganza of over-the-top costumes. Brushing aside the idea of crafting a femme fatale-type character à la Angelina Jolie’s slinky take on Maleficent, costume designer Jenny Beavan (who has 10 Oscar nominations and two wins for Mad Max: Fury Road and 1986’s A Room with a View) set to craft a fashion fatale.


Liza Minnelli’s All-singing, All-dancing Style Is Your Reminder to Dress for Joy
Looking back now at photographs of Minnelli during those heady days, the electricity that powered her scene-stealing style is infectious. Showbiz Liza wore double-breasted suiting and men’s ties, floor-sweeping shearling coats for airport transits and blouses with enormous fluted sleeves. In many of the photos she’s deep in conversation, entirely unaware that there’s even a camera at all, or mid-flight on the dancefloor. There are jazz hands, too many cigarettes to count and palm-frond-esque eyelashes. You get a distinct feeling that showbiz Liza is that friend — the one who lends you their most fabulous clothes, insists you’re not too tired to come out and sings at full volume in the Uber. Oh Liza, we could all use a little more showbiz right now, couldn’t we?


Why the Swagger of Vivienne Westwood’s 1981 Pirate Collection Resonates 40 Years On
Forty years after Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren staged their first fashion show, full of pirate looks, swagger has returned to the runways. It’s present in Rick Owens’s elegantly tattered dresses (a wink at Schiap’s tear print perhaps) and in Matty Bovan’s high-seas fantasies. Both boast an imperfect glamour that resonates in a time when many are feeling shipwrecked by the pandemic. A little bit of swashbuckling bravado might be just what we need to keep up the fight.
Westwood and McClaren showed Pirates about six months before the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, and a few months after Adam Ant had hired Malcolm McLaren for a post-punk rebranding. In a 1981 interview the musician recalled that McLaren was then fascinated with the 1980 movie The Island, while Westwood’s focus was on 18th-century dandies and Indigenous Americans. All of these influences came together in a new look for Ant—and in the Pirates collection.


Real Ones Know About Nabs, the Cult Favorite Sandwich Crackers
Nab the memories of this North Carolina favorite while you still can.

I am from the Central Piedmont area of North Carolina, and I was raised on Nabs. After I got my first car, the first thing I did—after buying a tank of gas—was buy a few packs of Nabs and a couple of water bottles to keep in my glove compartment to ensure I was equipped to stave off hunger during times of uncertainty. I offered passengers my tokens of goodwill, not unlike the beverage service offered on domestic flights from the airport.
If you aren’t from the Tar Heel State you have no idea what I’m talking about, so I’ll tell you what a Nab is and what it isn’t.


Is authenticity overrated? Why our obsession with our ‘true self’ could be damaging
Authenticity is a modern buzzword, but The Guilty Feminist’s Deborah Frances-White says it’s not all it’s cracked up to be

Authenticity’ is a watchword of our time, especially in the business world. Every seminar, conference and HR department wants to know if you’re “bringing your whole, authentic self to work”. Warning – they don’t mean it. If you really brought your whole self to work, you’d call someone a small-minded, entitled dictator and get fired inside a week. What they really mean is “bring more of your best self to work”. Your worst self is of course reserved for those who love you most – your family. It’s no less authentic but far less socially acceptable.


How Far Would You Go To Disguise Your Privilege?
Is privilege a dirty word? If so, how far would you go to disguise yours? Modulate your accent, keep quiet about your parents’ jobs, talk about your years at state sixth form rather than the decade at private school… It’s innocent enough, but in these politically charged times, some people would rather take cover under a marginalised identity they’re not entitled to than face up to the advantages of their reality.


The Enchantress: Dolores del Río’s Spellbinding Life
All about the actor who captivated everyone from Frida Kahlo to Orson Welles—and still decided to leave Hollywood behind.

As biographer Linda B. Hall explores in Dolores del Río: Beauty in Light and Shade, America’s first Mexican-born superstar was much more than an iconic face. Her sophistication, style and artistry bewitched everyone from Stella Adler to John Ford, Federico Fellini, and her great friends Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, who proclaimed to be “totally in love with her, just like forty million Mexicans and one hundred and twenty million Americans who couldn’t be wrong.” But being worshipped and stereotyped as an exquisite, exotic clotheshorse with 600 perfumes and an enviable jewelry collection—pearls for day, rubies for night—was not what del Río was after. Searching for artistic satisfaction, she gave up her life (and paychecks) in Hollywood and reinvented herself as a serious, collaborative actress in Mexico, forging her own way after a lifetime of being coddled and controlled. “I want freedom,” she once said. “I am going to get down to life, whatever it may be.”


‘Outlander’ Star Confirms He’s Been Secretly Cast in HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’
Graham McTavish says he’s been cast in the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel in a mysterious role.

While HBO isn’t commenting or confirming the casting, the actor was reportedly spotted in costume on the set and now says in a new interview with the U.K. fashion magazine Stylist that he’s appearing in the show.
“I’m enjoying that, yes,” McTavish said when asked about the series in an interview promoting his new documentary Men in Kilts. “I’m really having a lot of fun. We’ve just started. It’s a very big project, so we’re getting to know each other. They’re lovely people. It’s great, but I can’t tell you too much. I can’t tell you really anything about the story! But it involves a lot of dragons.”


How Hacks Co-creator Jen Statsky Made a Timeless Comedy for the Twitter Era
When Statsky called from Los Angeles one afternoon before the series premiere on May 13, she explained the idea for this series was actually born out of a road trip the co-creators took to Maine five years ago. A segment of Downs’ Netflix sketch show, The Characters, required them to go to a monster truck rally, and on the way there, they started talking, broadly, about women just like the character Deborah Vance, or “standup comedians who never really got their due, while their male counterparts were far more revered and put in the spotlight,” Statsky said. “There are women who were quietly, but so importantly, doing the work of blazing a trail for other women, and they get knocked down a million times but get back up a million and one,” she added, citing Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, Debbie Reynolds, and Susie Essman, to name a few.


How the Duchess of Cornwall’s idea led to four life-size elephant sculptures arriving in Lord Carrington’s garden
As the herd moves on to London’s royal parks this week, Tatler looks back at how Lord Carrington and his family grew to love living with their adopted elephant sculptures from the Elephant Family’s CoExistence campaign during the lockdown

‘They did attract rather a lot of attention when they were lifted in,’ laughs Lord Carrington. He’s talking about the four life-sized elephant sculptures, crafted out of an invasive weed (Lantana camara) by artists living in the jungles of Tamil Nadu, that have been living in his garden for the past five months.


Should the Olympics play on in a pandemic?
It’s complicated.

Some of the festival atmosphere isn’t going to exist with Covid-19. But even without the influx of foreign fans this year, thousands of athletes and all their coaches and support staff, and global media and all their crews, will be arriving in Tokyo. They’ll be flying in from all over the world, some from places experiencing severe outbreaks. And they’ll arrive in Japan where, right now, cases are close to their January peak and the country’s fully vaccinated rate is around 1 percent.
“Is that a set of circumstances where you open a country to travelers bringing new variants from, well, everywhere?” Amir Attaran, professor of law, epidemiology, and public health at the University of Ottawa, wrote in an email.


These photographs celebrate the hedonism of pre-pandemic partying
From Ibiza’s most legendary clubs, underground raves in Saint Petersburg, and going on the lash in 1980s discotheques, we look at the photographs commemorating wild nights out in the world before coronavirus

Clubbing seems like a distant memory. As we emerge somewhat from this long period of intermittent isolation, just the idea of numerous people gathered together in close, sweaty proximity feels fantastical. Who knows what post-pandemic socialising will look like.
As UK pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen this week for trading indoors and we take another tentative step towards something that feels more like normality, we’ve collected together a selection of the most exciting photography chronicling the hedonistic pre-coronavirus world. From wild nights on Ibiza’s most legendary dance floors, Russia’s anarchic DIY raves in abandoned brutalist factories, and getting off with strangers in 1980s discotheques, we look back at the photographs capturing these lost nights of abandon.








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