T LOunge for May 24th, 2021

Posted on May 24, 2021

Le Dôme Bar – Lyon, France


Yes, this will do nicely. Give it up for Lorenzo, who always nails the brief when it comes to setting the mood for the day. While we would never be so cruel as to encourage productivity in any LOunge, there’s something a little bright-eyed and straight-backed about this one; just stimulating enough to make for sparkling conversation, but still comfy enough to prevent you from taking it all too seriously. In other words, a perfect LOunge for a MONDAY. Which is today. Sorry to break it to you.

We, for our parts, are off to actually, for really-real be productive today, what with the Billboard Music Awards happening, a newsletter to dash off, a trailer to obsess over, and a couple of side projects to tend to, like little secret gardens. Talk amongst yourselves!


Helen Mirren on Solos’ Sci-Fi Futurism And Her Character’s Dior Wardrobe
The leather Dior look was inspired in part by a story from Mirren’s early days as an actress. In honor of her first trip to Hawaii (and first time on a plane), the star bought herself a vintage leather suit, which she wore in Hawaii’s sweltering heat. “It was just a hilarious story,” says Turini. “I was like, OK, leather one-piece, that’s where we are going with this!” Working with the Dior team to bring it all to life was fun too. “It was such a beautiful and intimate experience,” says Turini. “We got to go back and forth with different sketches, explore dresses, and think about what would this character wear in space? Is it something from her closet? Was it something that the company made and sent to her? We even wrote a line in the script to help support the route that we decided to take. So that felt very much like a team effort. It was a wonderfully collaborative process every episode; I always wanted to push it and make the clothing a character in itself.”


Immersive Van Gogh Opens this June in New York City
Celebrate a return to (safe) normalcy with 70,000 square feet of the artist’s paintings.

For those who are similarly eager to plunge themselves back into the world of art, New York City’s Immersive Van Gogh, which opens June 10, makes for a grand return. Located on Pier 36 in Manhattan, the exhibition is 70,000 square feet of projections of Vincent Van Gogh’s work that completely envelope visitors into the artist’s paintings. “We just spent 14 months grappling with isolation, depression, and hardship, so to be able to connect deeply with a man who struggled with the same things… it matches the place where we are culturally,” says creative director David Korins, who created special activations for the New York exhibition.


How Halston‘s Set Designer Recreated Studio 54
Mark Ricker shares the secrets of building the designer’s glamorous life—from nightclubs to his iconic townhouse—on screen.

Some of the locations that Halston used are just what they appear, while others are a work of design magic. The designer’s Montauk compound, for example, was recreated elsewhere on Long Island, an old suite of Ralph Lauren offices in Midtown were converted to apartments for Liza Minnelli and Calvin Klein, and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Boathouse stood in for a Parisian hotel lobby. Even Halston’s beloved orchids, which pop up everywhere in the series, weren’t exactly what they seemed: “We used the same orchids everywhere,” Ricker says. “Luckily orchids can be brilliantly faked. We spent money on them, but we used them everywhere.”


A New Adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons Is Coming to Starz
Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton will star as the central lovers in Laclos’ 18th century novel.

First published in 1782, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses is one of the most celebrated novels of its era. It follows two narcissistic young lovers turned rivals in pre-Revolutionary France, who ruthlessly seduce and manipulate those around them in their quest for power.
Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton will star as the central lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont. Per Starz’s synopsis, the series is “a bold reimagining” of the novel, and will tell the origin story of how Merteuil and Valmont first meet as passionate young lovers in pre-Revolutionary Paris, and how they “rise from the slums of Paris and scale the heights of the French aristocracy, seducing and manipulating both the nobility and each other to survive.” The series is pitched as “the story of a young woman who negotiates love, sex, class and power to navigate an oppressive, unjust establishment on the brink of collapse.”


Pringles Have Joined the Chicken Sandwich Wars with a Little Help from Wendy’s
Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich is now available in potato chip form.

For two years now, chicken sandwiches have been one of the hottest stories in the fast food industry. These so-called Chicken Sandwich Wars began in the summer of 2019 when Popeyes released its sellout sensation and has continued to this week when Burger King announced they’d be bringing their competing sandwich nationwide next month.
Now, that chicken sandwich excitement is even infiltrating the world of snacks. Pringles has announced they’re releasing a limited-edition potato chip based on Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich.


Book a Trip to the Most Beautiful National Parks in the U.S.
24 Most Beautiful National Parks in the United States

From snowy mountain tops to sunset-hued canyons, all 423 national park sites in the United States are worth visiting. But that just makes it all the more difficult to choose which to head to for your next vacation. Whether you’re looking for an easy stroll in a pristine nature preserve or an epic multi-day adventure, we rounded up the 24 most beautiful gems of the U.S. National Park system. Some sites are protected for their history, others for recreation, and most simply for the natural wonder of its surroundings.


Prince Harry on His Mental Health Struggles and Processing His Mother’s Death
“When I think of my mum, the first thing that comes to mind is always the same one over and over again. Strapped in the car, seatbelt across,” Harry says in the first 10 minutes of the show. “My mother driving, being chased by three, four, five mopeds with paparazzi on. She was almost unable to drive because of the tears.” He was only a child at the time, he says, but he felt so helpless. “Being too young. Being a guy, but too young to be able to help a woman. In this case, your mother. And that happened every single day. Every single day until the day she died,” he said.


Tilda Swinton On The Visual Feast That Is Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘The Human Voice’
For his first film in the English language, Pedro Almodóvar tapped the inimitable Tilda Swinton to star in a reimagining of Jean Cocteau’s 1930 play, La Voix Humaine. The resulting 30-minute short features Swinton at her most magnetic – sweeping around a magnificent apartment in a Balenciaga gown while her sanity markedly deteriorates. Here, the Oscar winner tells Vogue about becoming a part of the impossibly stylish Almodóvar universe, and why Demna Gvasalia’s designs provided the foundation for much of her on-screen wardrobe.


Costume Designer Sinéad Kidao On Her Favourite Moments From The BBC Adaptation Of ‘The Pursuit Of Love’
“We were really, really fortunate to have access to the Bulgari archives,” Kidao says. “A lot of the pieces were authentic, including the tiara, earrings, and necklace that Linda wears for her wedding. The latter actually contains more than 500 diamonds and 112 akoya pearls.” Also distinctly real? The ruby and pearl necklace that Linda orders for herself with money from her father-in-law (much to his horror) and the Art Deco necklace that she pairs with a gold lamé dress and matching cloche hat in episode two.


Is It Time To Cancel Body Mass Index?
It remains the world’s most widely used indicator of healthy weight. To understand how that happened you have to go back around 200 years, when it was first known as Quetelet’s Index. It was named after Belgian mathematician and astronomer Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, who produced a rough and simple formula to measure the degree of obesity in general populations. It was only ever meant to be a statistical tool (created by a man with no medical qualifications), and not to be used to assess individual health. And that’s how it stayed until the ’70s, when American physiologists decided it was the best of a “bad bunch” of options for health insurance companies to predict individual body fat and, in turn, health – mainly due to it being a quick, simple and inexpensive method. It was renamed the Body Mass Index, and quickly filtered into the medical world.


Americans want to travel again but some vacations are now way more expensive than normal, thanks to a 17% spike in flight fares and rising hotel prices
The cost of vacations is soaring as airlines and hotels hike their prices ahead of an anticipated summer boom in travel, CNBC reports.
Prices for international flights from the US have gone up 17% since April, while domestic flights prices have jumped 9%, according to analysis by the research firm Bernstein, cited by CNBC.
A rise in demand has fueled the price jumps, with many travelers taking vacations to see family they have been separated from during the pandemic. Theme parks reopening and mask guidelines relaxing at these venues could also be contributing.


These dogs, birds, and squirrels are stuffing their faces with Brood X cicadas
They’re filling up while the filling’s good.

For some of us, the thought of biting into a cicada, six legs and all, is revolting — be it deep-fried or dipped in chocolate. But many other animals, from dogs to fish to raccoons, pounce at the chance to snack on these winged insects, and they are eagerly digging in as billions of Brood X cicadas erupt across parts of the eastern US and Midwest. No toppings necessary.
For pet pooches, the crunchy critters may offer a reprieve from their dull, daily dog food. Some canines are so cicada-crazy, in fact, that their owners have to muzzle them while taking them outside, for fear they might swallow too many of them and suffer from gastrointestinal problems.
Wild animals are having a field day, too. Squirrels snag cicadas while scurrying down trees, fish gobble them up as they fall into lakes and streams, and birds snatch them from the forest floor.


The pandemic should permanently change how we tip
During Covid-19, customers were encouraged to be generous with their tips. That shouldn’t change as the US reopens.

Last spring, when most of the country was under lockdown, essential workers were celebrated as American heroes. They were applauded for risking their lives to take care of others and to keep the economy running. This attention was eagerly extended to those in food service jobs that are traditionally overlooked and underappreciated. Under quarantine, the thinking went, people could no longer take for granted the fast food workers, kitchen staff, and delivery drivers who help transport food and other necessities to their doorsteps. Customers were encouraged to generously tip these workers — at minimum 20 percent, and even more if they were able.


‘Irreplaceable’ Mary, Queen of Scots rosary beads stolen in £1 million Arundel Castle heist
The historic medieval abode was targeted by thieves on Friday

Arundel Castle is one of the jewels of West Sussex, a fascinating restored and remodelled medieval site that dates back to 1067. Now, the historic property, family seat to the Dukes of Norfolk and their forebears for some 850 years, has been the victim of a robbery, with stolen items including gold rosary beads carried by Mary, Queen of Scots to her execution in 1587.





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