T LOunge for June 11th, 2021

Posted on June 11, 2021


Le Meurice Alain Ducasse Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France


GRANDEUR, CHATONS! You have all earned a day of eleganza and grandiosity in most old-school fabulous LOunge Lorenzo could find, for today is the high holy day of the week, otherwise known as FRIDAY. White linens and crystal chandeliers for everyone!

We realize that Fridays are arbitrary marking points that delineate a divide between work and personal life that doesn’t exist quite so starkly for most people (we’re working all the way through the weekend, for instance), but dammit, you’ve gotta take your arbitrary marking points that delineate a divide between work and personal life where you can get them these days. So dance, chatons, dance!

Anyway, we’re off to do contenty things once again, but we’ll try to pause for some dancing and linen-smoothing when we can. Chat amongst yourselves, dolls!


How The In The Heights Movie Differs From The Original Broadway Musical
It’s been more than 10 years since In the Heights first premiered on Broadway, bringing a new kind of musical to The Great White Way—a rap-filled story of a modern-day Latinx community, with characters that felt like people you’d pass on any New York City block. But the show was groundbreaking in more ways than one; it introduced the theater world to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator, who’d go on to have even greater success with his musical juggernaut Hamilton.
Now, after years of waiting, the film adaptation of In the Heights has arrived on the big screen, both in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. Miranda, who originated the main role in the Broadway show, takes a step back in the film version to let a new cast shine.


How Amanda Kloots Faced Modern Grief
Tens of thousands of followers witnessed the fitness entrepreneur’s Instagram dispatches documenting the three-month hospitalization and eventual death of her husband, actor Nick Cordero. Is this how we mourn now?

“There’s a lot in my life that is uncertain right now,” she said. “I have a family. I have bills. I have no idea what Nick’s hospital bills are going to be. I have a mortgage. I have a car payment. I have a son. So I will work.” (Her friends also set up a GoFundMe that brought in more than a million dollars; the money helped with costs associated with Cordero’s illness.) Although the mix of promotional posts, medical updates, and grieving all together on the same page can occasionally be jarring, this is the way we live now, with all the facets of our lives on display. Yet Kloots also believes there was a frustrating double standard at work. “I wonder,” she says wryly, “if I was in the hospital and Nick was trying to provide for his family, would people be like, ‘What an exemplary father! What an amazing man trying to keep his business alive to support his family!’ ”


Jane Fonda Looks Back On Her Best Beauty Moments From Over The Years
“I didn’t realize this haircut was going to be so iconic—I just thought, ‘I can handle this on the front lines.'”

Jane Fonda doesn’t feel like she’s ever had “a look.” And if you’re a fan of the actress/activist/exercise icon (ahem, me), you probably agree with her. Every “look” that Fonda has donned— whether it’s the flipped out curls of Golden Pond or the mullet that will forever be emblazoned in our hearts, minds, and the United States legal system when it was captured in her 1970-year mugshot (for carrying vitamins)— has been an all caps L-O-O-K.


The 27 Best Recipes for Mocktails
Don’t let cocktails have all the fun.

Just because a mocktail is non-alcoholic doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Between the plethora on non-alcoholic wine, champagne, and beer, nowadays its easier than ever to avoid imbibing without feeling left out. And whether it’s for your guests or yourself, it’s always a good idea to add a fun and refreshing mocktail into the mix. Here are our favorite easy, delicious, and non-alcoholic recipes to serve up at your next event.


Fran Drescher Pulls Off the Ultimate Outfit Repeat, 27 Years Later
Fran Drescher might have pulled off one of the most epic outfit repeats we’ve seen in a while. Yesterday the 63-year-old actor, who played Fran Fine in the 1993 sitcom The Nanny, posted on Instagram to promote The Nanny on HBO Max, her charity Cancer Schmancer, and the Fran Jam Music Festival streaming on June 20 in support of the charity. In the photo, she wore a very familiar look: A campy-chic button-up vest that was boldly striped in green, red, yellow, orange, and purple. The Moschino piece was the same vest that she had worn in a 1994 episode of the show.


This Ugandan Photographer Is Challenging the Way the World Sees Women With Disabilities
As a documentary photographer, Esther Ruth Mbabazi is tasked with sharing an unflinching look at reality, whether she’s turning her lens on the objects South Sudanese refugees brought with them to northern Uganda or children in the country affected by a mysterious disease known as nodding syndrome. The Kampala-based photographer is known for capturing her fellow Ugandans as well as the changing political, social, and economic conditions on the continent. She’s often tackling difficult public health subjects, like giving birth in rural areas after the government banned traditional midwives. Made possible by the Magnum Foundation and the American Jewish World Service, her latest project brings a collaborative focus to her work. With the help of the Gulu for Women With Disabilities Union (GUWODU) in Gulu, Uganda, she partnered with seven women on a portrait series that was a celebration of individuality and personal expression “I was tired of the images I was seeing out there, especially here in Uganda, where [people with disabilities] are robbed of their personalities,” said Mbabazi. “They’re photographed as people who can’t do anything. I didn’t want my images to look like that.”


The Secret Lives and Sisterly Struggles of Jackie Collins
Filmmaker Laura Fairrie and the author’s daughter, Rory Green, on Lady Boss, which chronicles Jackie Collins’s remarkable rise—and her complicated relationship with her glamorous sister, Joan Collins.

Jackie Collins was capital-Fabulous—arriving to Beverly Hills lunches in stretch limousines looking as glamorous as the characters in her romance novels. “You think of her with that big, powerful image: the leopard print, the shoulder pads, the big hair,” says filmmaker Laura Fairrie, who profiles Collins in the documentary Lady Boss (premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday). But Fairrie’s filmmaking quest was to crack that larger-than-life facade. “My immediate instinct was to try and look behind that, and find out what it was that made her write the books that she wrote. To look for that untold, private story. I had no idea that what I would find would stand in such brilliant contrast to the public persona.” Fairrie hit gold when the late author’s daughters gave her access to Collins’s teenage diaries. There, Collins had documented her formative truth: how Jackie felt like the ugly-duckling sister to her beautiful older sister, Joan Collins, who became a Hollywood icon in the 1950s, costarring with the likes of Bette Davis, Richard Burton, and Paul Newman.


Are Virtual Worlds The Future of Social Media?
We’re all used to curating versions of ourselves online, but interacting as an avatar on gaming platforms can offer women a power, freedom and safety lacking in reality. Welcome to utopia.

If you’re still trying to get your head around TikTok, you might be better off embracing Animal Crossing or other virtual world games, as experts predict they will be the next phase in social media. Tech Crunch journalist Eric Peckham explains: ‘Multiverse virtual worlds will come to function almost like new countries in our society, countries that exist in cyberspace rather than physical locations, but have complex economic and political systems that interact with the physical world. In the decade ahead, people will come to socialise as much in virtual worlds that evolved from games as they will on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Building things with friends within virtual worlds will become common, and major events within the most popular virtual worlds will become pop culture news stories.’


This Super-Cute Detail Is Summer’s Biggest Nail Trend
Celebrity manicurist, Michelle Humphrey, has been inundated with requests for the style, and says it’s particularly easy to wear. “You can go as bold or minimal as you like with the daisy motif, there are so many possibilities. You can wear them over a French manicure or negative space, and they look great against a contrasting opaque background. Change the flower size up, you can have various sizes in one manicure – they don’t all need to be the same.”


Critic’s Notebook: ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Held an Unflattering Mirror Up to America
The final episode of the E! reality TV show marked the end of an era with a family that transformed before our eyes into expert marketers of the self.

The family figured out the formula to fame, and applied it aggressively. Several of the Kardashian-Jenner women transformed right before our eyes: thickening their lips, hips and butts, rocking box braids, elongating their nails and publicly aligning themselves with influential Black men. They wantonly lifted their aesthetics from Black women, and became cool without acknowledging the source of their inspiration — as many white Americans inside pop culture and out have done, and continue to do. Naturally, they were rewarded: They graced magazine covers, launched business ventures and attended high-profile events like the Met Gala. They were no longer the punchline; they were the plot.


‘Saved by the Bell’ Costume Designer on Creating a Trans High School Style Icon in Josie Totah
Before transitioning, “fittings were something that I dreaded most,” says Totah. Now, working with costume designer Mojdeh Daftary, the actress feels confident and joyful as she steps into ballgowns and dresses playing Bayside High’s resident fashionista.

Fittings have not always been Josie Totah’s favorite.
The 19-year-old actress, who came out as transgender in 2018, says that getting dressed to play characters who didn’t reflect her gender identity at the time left her with PTSD. “I’ve been on so many shows in my career where fittings were something that I dreaded most,” explains Totah, who rose through the child-star ranks playing boys on such sitcoms as the Disney Channel’s Jessie and NBC’s Champions. “I never felt like I was 100 percent myself. I was put in a lot of sweater vests, which has now traumatized me.”


Revisit the Extravagant, Otherworldly Legacy of Thierry Mugler
It’s fascinating to consider how a designer like Thierry Mugler would have tackled fashion week amid lockdown. From the launch of his eponymous label in 1973 to retirement in 2002, Mugler’s approach to the runway was akin to theater. (It’s no wonder he made costumes for the circus at one point in his career.) And his collections, of course, were on the same level; it was only appropriate that the model who wore the metal cyborg getup in his truly legendary 20th anniversary showing revealed it with a sudden drop of a floor-length coat. Mugler, who now goes by Manfred, eventually turned his focus toward bodybuilding—to the point that the New York Times once described him as a “240-pound spectacle of muscle and nipple and tattoo.” His legacy, on the other hand, lives on. From the exaggerated silhouettes that defined the ‘80s to the fetishization of latex, it’ll all be on full display in “Couturissime,” an upcoming traveling exhibition opening at Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in September. In the meantime, revisit some of the showman’s most memorable stagings and looks.


What Did COVID Do to Friendship?
The pandemic redefined the limits of whom and what we could care about.

One person blissfully leans on a large cell phone in the grass which is being propped up by a less happy person.
When restricted to texting and phone calls and the odd celebration on Zoom, one gradually learns which relationships are sustained by enduring fondness and which will crumple amid structural collapse.Illustration by Anja Slibar
Alittle over a year ago, near the start of quarantine, an acquaintance announced, on Twitter, that she was leaving Twitter. She’d had a good run but decided that she could do more by being online less. I found myself sliding into this near-stranger’s D.M.s, confessing that I’d miss her; instead of deflecting with formal niceties, she asked for my e-mail. Within months, we progressed to periodic phone calls, and then to daily texting—an escalation in intimacy that feels unique not only during the digital age but in this past year-plus of social distancing.


Inside Cornwall’s Tregenna Castle, where Joe Biden is staying this weekend
The one-time 18th century family seat is now an expansive hotel – with green space aplenty to accommodate the odd helicopter landing

Set in 72 acres and with spectacular views of the St Ives coastline is the Grade II listed Tregenna Castle. It’s the place that has been deemed suitable to house the G7 leaders, the likes of US President Joe Biden et al, for this year’s Cornwall summit.
The crenelated, ivy-strewn 18th century château – with shapely garden topiary – is nestled in secluded grounds with an 18-hole golf course – that makes for an ideal helicopter landing spot. Another reason it’s such a fitting location, are the 98 rooms and 55 apartments (ensuring it’s large enough to accommodate the President’s entourage of advisers and Secret Service agents) as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan.


Previously-unseen Basquiat artworks are set to go on display in New York
The exhibition will see the artist’s family open up its extensive collection of his work for the first time

More than 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat are set to go on display in early spring next year, as part of an exhibition at New York’s Starrett-Lehigh Building.
The show comes courtesy of Basquiat’s own family, entirely drawn from their wide-ranging collection of the artist’s work. Despite a series of high-profile exhibitions (and, more recently, virtual shows) since his death in 1988, this show is the first organised by the family, offering an insight into work that has mostly been kept out of the public eye.
Titled King Pleasure — in reference to an eponymous Basquiat painting, which itself is named after a bebop-loving bartender turned jazz vocalist — the show is also billed as an immersive experience, with environments showcasing paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera, and other artifacts.


The best $298 I ever spent: Oysters and a cocktail the night before I gave birth
After nine months of “shoulds” still didn’t result in the outcome I’d envisioned, I decided to celebrate the chaos.

I never really pictured my birth until halfway through my pregnancy, when I took a class on Zoom. Over the course of two weekends, a childbirth educator talked about avoiding unnecessary medical interventions and shared strategies for coping with the pain of labor without medication, like an epidural.
When I started the class, the closest thing I had to a birth plan was “anything but a C-section.” But as we practiced breathing techniques, visualizations, and long, sustained eye contact with our partners while pressing ice to our wrists, visions of my “ideal birth” came into focus.
I knew I wanted the freedom to make my own choices about how my labor would go — to have agency, to follow my own intuition in the moment. Maybe I would labor in a tub, maybe I would refuse to push on my back in a hospital bed and squat down to the ground instead. Maybe I could even make it all the way without screaming for an epidural and earn that coveted trophy of childbirth: a “natural” birth.
At some point, that “could” slipped into “should,” and birth became something not just to experience, but also to achieve.


Indigenous people are the world’s biggest conservationists, but they rarely get credit for it
More than 30 percent of the Earth is already conserved. Thank Indigenous people and local communities.

Pangasananan is one of many areas around the world that remain ecologically intact due to the conservation practices of Indigenous peoples or local communities. Although these places are not widely documented by researchers, they cover an estimated 21 percent of all land on Earth, according to a new report by the ICCA Consortium, a group that advocates for Indigenous and community-led conservation.
That means Indigenous peoples and local communities conserve far more of the Earth than, say, national parks and forests. (Protected and conservation areas overseen by countries — some of which overlap with Indigenous territories — cover just 14 percent of all land on Earth, according to the report.) The consortium says its report is the first effort to try to measure the extent of areas conserved by Indigenous peoples and local communities, known as ICCAs or territories of life.


The Message in a Reusable Wine Bottle: Combat Climate Change
Glass bottles are the largest source of the wine industry’s carbon footprint. Several companies are experimenting with new shipping methods.

Last month, a 24,000-liter hermetically sealed plastic container, or flexitank, carrying organically grown pinot grigio from Sicily arrived in a cargo container at Filling Station East, a wine packaging facility near the port in Bayonne, N.J. The wine was for Gotham Project, a company that specializes in kegged wine, which it sells to bars and restaurants in almost 40 states. The Sicilian pinot grigio, the equivalent of about 32,000 750-milliliter bottles, was siphoned through a thick hose from the flexitank into a 6,400-gallon stainless steel tank. Eventually, it will fill kegs, cans and bottles. But those bottles will not be the ordinary single-use wine variety that should be recycled (but more likely get trashed). These Gotham Project bottles are intended to be reused multiple times.


Radical Whimsy: Victorian Women and the Art of Photocollage
Peruse the pages of two late 19th-century photocollage albums from the Getty collection—an untitled album and the Westmorland Album—to learn about the women who made them and how and why they did so.

More than half a century before the Cubists purportedly set off an artistic revolution by adding collage to their canvases, Victorian women were flouting artistic and social conventions by cutting up pictures and pasting them into elaborate scenes of their own creation. In the process, these women threw the meaning of photography and their own societal roles into question.




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