T LOunge for June 15th, 2021

Posted on June 15, 2021

La Cúpula Bar and Restaurant at Jardines de Nivaria – Tenerife, Canary Islands


Today is the International Day of Spacing Out, also known as TUESDAY. Lorenzo has kindly provided the venue for us all to do so. We suggest conversations that trail off, non sequiturs, a complete lack of focus, and short bouts of inappropriate laughter to get through the day.

When we venture out into the world – or even when we look out our front windows – it seems to us that the on-the-street trend is dressier than a normal June, in defiance of the suggestion that everyone was going to remain in their comfy lockdown clothes for the foreseeable. Not that we’re seeing an abundance of heels and shapewear outside; just that the streets of summer ’21 look a little more stylish than normal. It will be interesting to see what the retail reports will say about the fashion-buying public at this time because so many people look like they’re walking around in new clothes. The number of pairs of immaculately clean sneakers we’ve seen in the last month is making the sidewalk outside look like the first week of fifth grade during recess.

Anyway, there’s your random musing for the day. Are you making a little more effort than you normally would when you get the chance? Or are you still feeling the yoga pants and flip-flops at the moment? No judgments! We work in t-shirts and flip-flops every day.


The Devil Wears Prada oral history: Cast reunites to dish on making the best-dressed hit
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and more reunite for an exclusive 15-year anniversary chat on an alternate ending, run-ins with Anna Wintour, and more. That’s all.

Meryl Streep: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely…. I liked that there wasn’t any backing away from the horrible parts of her, and the real scary parts of her had to do with the fact that she didn’t try to ingratiate, which is always the female emollient in any situation where you want your way – what my friend Carrie Fisher used to call “the squeezy and tilty” of it all. [Miranda] didn’t do any of that.”


Tracee Ellis Ross Is The New Face Of Tiffany & Co.
The actress tells us everything from her personal connection to post-lockdown glamour to the one thing she won’t be rewearing from Girlfriends.

“Anchoring myself in the spaces that I did have control over, which was my self-care, Making sure that whether it was deep conditioning my hair or putting on some lipstick or making my bed in the morning, and cooking myself beautiful meals. One of the ways I stay connected to my strengths was being connected to my fellow humans and making a conscious effort to stay connected to my friends and family even though we couldn’t see each other. And because of the year that we had, the service work that I did, and being connected both to the political environment and using my platform and voice to show up for my community.”


Can We Please Talk About The Fashion In HBO’s ‘Hacks?’
It’s so good
Give Hacks a gold medal and more—it really is that good. But I’m here to talk about a part of the show that hasn’t garnered nearly enough attention: the fashion.
As Deborah, Smart lounges poolside in silky caftans, and sips champagne before shows in velvet robes. She dresses up in sequined pantsuits, and dazzles audiences both with jokes and her rhinestone-studded Jimmy Choos. Her style is overstated, but casually elegant. I like to think the late Fashion Police host would be proud.


Chrissy Teigen Issued a Lengthy Apology Following Bullying Scandal
Teigen recently pulled out of a Netflix role after being accused of bullying Courtney Stodden and others.

“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die,'” Stodden said.
Though she doesn’t name Stodden in the post, Teigen wrote that she was “truly ashamed” of her past “awful (awful, awful)” tweets.
“I’ve apologized publicly to one person, but there are others – and more than just a few – who I need to say I’m sorry to,” she wrote. “I’m in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted. It’s like my own version of that show My Name is Earl! I understand that they may not want to speak to me. I don’t think I’d like to speak to me. (The real truth in all of this is how much I actually cannot take confrontation.) But if they do, I am here and I will listen to what they have to say, while apologizing through sobs.”


The Metropolitan Museum of Art Celebrates a Landmark Birthday With a Once-in-a-Lifetime Portfolio
T&C gets an exclusive look at the unique prints, each created by 12 of the world’s leading artists.

Of all the grand things New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art had planned for its 150th birthday last April, just one turned out to be pandemic-proof. In 2019 Met director Max Hollein had approached Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, an independent curator and publisher, with an idea: commission 12 contemporary artists to create original prints for a limited edition portfolio, of which only 60 would be made. (The Met 150 will be released in the fall.) “They pushed the boundaries of the technique,” Hurowitz says of the artists, most of whom worked with the renowned workshop Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles. “No one treated this like a side project.”


Secrets of the Fabergé Eggs
In the waning decades of their rule, Russia’s Romanov imperial family maintained a standing order with Peter Carl Fabergé to create jeweled Easter eggs. Here is the story of nine of the most important works of art that resulted from this remarkable commission.

The eggs are the rare works of decorative art that offer multiple and evolving layers of interest. They provide an intimate view into the lives of the family for whom they were made, as well as a visual and tactile history of a 32-year-long virtuosic performance by one of the world’s preeminent jewelry and art firms. They have also taken on a new life since entering the international art market, appearing and disappearing in private and public collections, some seemingly lost forever, others rescued from obscurity by chance or dogged scholarship. Read about nine of the most important Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs.


The Best Rhode Island Beaches for Every Occasion
The Ocean State lives up to its name.

When it comes to beaches, it’s hard to beat the variety of those in Rhode Island. Despite its tiny size, the state is home to 40 miles of coastline that offer something for every kind of beach lover: big surf, small surf, peace and quiet, entertainment for the kids, celebrity cachet, and/or all the requisite New England summer food staples (clam cakes, doughboys, Del’s frozen lemonade). To do it like a local, bring some beach chairs, a buzzy summer read, a cooler of Narragansett Lagers, a fringed umbrella, and tons of SPF. It won’t take long to understand why they call Rhode Island the Ocean State.


It’s Been 5 Years Since The Pulse Nightclub Shooting, And Gays Against Guns Won’t Let The World Forget
Gays Against Guns was founded in the immediate wake of the Pulse shooting, and its members are dedicated to what they describe as “non-violently breaking the gun industry’s chain of death”: the group also stands in opposition to white supremacy and police brutality, two issues that came to a head in the U.S. during last summer’s wave of protests. Gays Against Guns is particularly invested in pointing out the disproportionate effects of gun violence on LGBTQ+ people, and particularly queer and trans people of color; below, find the chilling yet inspiring images from the group’s Pulse Remembrance Day protest.


Violet Chachki’s Best Fashion Moments are a Masterclass in Modern Pin-up Style
The RuPaul’s Drag Race industrial complex has now crowned 28 winners across the globe, but none has managed to use the platform and truly infiltrate the world of fashion like Violet Chachki. The winner of American Drag Race season 7 wowed the judges with her in-depth knowledge of fashion history on the runway—then promptly applied it to becoming a front-row regular at major fashion weeks. Chachki is not only one of the few people to walk the Met Gala red carpet in full drag and the runway for Moschino, but she’s also starred in a campaign film for Prada alongside Sarah Paulson. But despite serving as a muse for several houses, she’s never lost track of her own personal drag style, which incorporates elements of burlesque, Betty Page-style pinup, and classic glamour with a modern edge. Ahead of Chachki’s 29th birthday, take a look back at some of her best fashion moments in the front row, red carpet, and beyond. What else would you expect from a queen who wowed on her very first runway with her now-legendary plaid jumpsuit reveal?


The Meaning & Symbolism Behind the Colors of Juneteenth
Yes, there’s a reason it’s not Juneteenth without a red drink in hand.

Another hallmark of summer’s arrival for many? Juneteenth, which is celebrated every year on June 19. The holiday, also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Jubilee Day, commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the last remaining enslaved people in America learned that they were free. While the Emancipation Proclamation was handed down on January 1, 1863, news didn’t travel as quickly back then as it does today, and in Texas, slavery continued for years after, because many people simply weren’t aware of the news that the Civil War had ended and that Congress had passed the 13th Amendment. By 1866, formerly enslaved Black Texans began marking the day with annual “Jubilee Day” festivities.


“Liberation Comes With Responsibility”: What Will The Future Of Pride Look Like?
I don’t know how to write about Pride for a mixed audience, when I don’t know the split of queer/non-queer people in the readership… Queer people talk to each other about Pride in a completely different way than we do to straight people. Amongst Queer communities, we have anxieties about the growing corporatisation of the movement which is, at root, protest. We have concerns about racism and misogyny in the community, about growing ostracisation of the trans community even amongst our peers. We worry about self-pinkwashing our history, perhaps prematurely telling ourselves that we all stand as one in Queerness, regardless of gender, race, disability or class.


The pandemic tattoo craze is here
Tattoo studios are booked and busy after periods of monthslong closures.

Across the country, tattoo artists like Garcia say they are witnessing a boom in bookings, catalyzed by stretches of business inactivity during the pandemic. People have spent the past year declaring their desire to get inked, whether to memorialize the unprecedented circumstances they’ve lived through or to embrace a new vehicle for self-expression after months of social inhibition. The changes in workplace culture toward remote employment are also a boon: Fewer workers will have to contend with the corporate stigma against visible body art.


The Asian American wealth gap, explained in a comic
The largest wealth gap in the country comes down to the history of Asian migration.

“Asian Americans today are often stereotyped as wealthy. When many Americans think of Asians…they think of doctors…coders…engineers…or “Crazy Rich Asians.”


Gertrude Stein, an influential figure of the early 20th century art scene, is the focus of Cork Street exhibition
Stein was at the centre of the vibrant cultural scene in ‘20s Paris, hosting weekly salons which were attended by the good and the great, from Pablo Picasso to Ernest Hemingway.

Stein was at the centre of the vibrant cultural scene in ‘20s Paris, hosting weekly salons which were attended by the good and the great, from Pablo Picasso to Ernest Hemingway. This exhibition reunites the major artists present at the once-famous salons and whose works the wealthy Stein family collected.


Gemma Arterton to bring to life Jackie Kennedy’s frisson with Lord Harlech
The two travelled to Cambodia together on a diplomatic mission in 1967, staying with Prince Sihanouk

The loves of Jackie Kennedy Onassis – the New York socialite who was first married to US President John F Kennedy, and later to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis after she became widowed – have been well documented. Yet it is another romantic frisson in her life that provides the inspiration to a new film about the style icon, ’37 Heavens’.


Exploring Greece’s Unseen Corners
For several years, a photographer has documented local Greek customs and attire, turning his lens toward his country’s vibrant traditional culture.

In 2016, drawn by the smell of Easter cookies, I ventured into a small bakery in the village of Olympos, on the Greek island of Karpathos. The owner, a woman named Kalliope, was going about her work while wearing what looked to me like a traditional costume. After chatting for a minute or two, I asked if she was dressed this way because it was Easter. “What do you mean?” she asked. “These are my clothes.” “You are the one,” she added, “who is dressed in a European costume.”
Despite having grown up in Athens and traveled extensively throughout Greece, I had never before come across a community in which people wore such traditional clothes in their day-to-day lives. After my encounter in Olympos, I decided to make a project of exploring the unseen corners of my country — to meet the people, learn about their traditional practices, and make images along the way that could offer a window into Greek culture for others to peer through.



[Photo Credit: archello.com]

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