Linow Bar and Lounge – Xi’an, China
Once again, we call on all kittens to come to the LOunge and be DAZZLING! Don’t worry, there’s no pressure to perform. Just show up and situate yourself in this stunning setting and you will automatically become a much more fabulous, erudite and charismatic person. And look, you’re gonna need all the virtual cocaine you can get today because it is WEDNESDAY, and while that’s usually a cause for minor celebration, for the American kittens, it’s merely the second day in the longest work week of the year.
We had our first true restaurant meal last night, dropping more of a chunk of change than we’re used to but there was no denying the sheer joy of sitting in a gorgeous setting and having other people see to your every request and comfort, if only for 90 minutes or so. And we honestly forgot how good well-prepared food can be when it goes straight from a chef’s kitchen to your face in under a minute, or how much better a cocktail can be when a master of mixing prepares it for you. Five stars. Highly recommended. Would do it again in a second (and we just might).
Anyway, we’re off to do newsletter stuff and podcast stuff and book promotion planning stuff (there’s little in the way of celebrity style content this week), so chat amongst yourself, darlings!
The Secret History of Slim Aarons’s Life as a U.S. Army War Photographer
He became famous photographing high society, but the legendary lensman got his start in uniform during World War II.
Slim Aarons’s career-summarizing mantra is well known by now: For decades he photographed “attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places,” as he often said.
“I traveled all over the world to photograph them,” he once added. “I found them in London and New York, Gstaad and Newport, Palm Beach and St.-Tropez, and Lake Forest and Rome.”
His subjects included kings (past, current, and future), aristocrats, Hollywood’s megastars, indolent heirs, business icons and scions—many shot for Town & Country, to which he contributed for decades. Unique and revolutionary in its heyday, Aarons’s body of work and aesthetic remains relentlessly influential today.
An Insider Account of the London Hotel Where Princess Margaret, Prince Philip, and Marilyn Monroe All Went Wild
An exclusive excerpt from the new book, The Secret Life of the Savoy, describes London’s Savoy Hotel as a celebrity (and royal) watering hole in the 1950s and ’60s.
Comparing guests’ outfits and poses in just a decade, the difference is striking. In the 1950s, the hotel’s pictures are of Ava Gardner and Ingrid Bergman looking composed and demure in calf-length, long-sleeved dresses, and Margot Fonteyn in her pearls and sensible ballerina bun. By 1965, Sophia Loren, in town to promote a film with Charlie Chaplin, was posing for pictures smoking and drinking in a sheer mesh top, made-up with sweeps of black eyeliner, and Bond girl Ursula Andress made an entrance in a sequined mini dress with a plunging neckline, with photographers thronging outside with their bulky flashbulb cameras. When Mae West “sailed in like a galleon, blazing with jewels, a thick bracelet shackled to her wrist” to keep this impact up for her stay her luggage included “150 dresses and 60 pairs of shoes with six-inch wedge heels.”
4 Picturesque Places for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland
One breathtaking view after another.
Switzerland is a country where sprawling landscapes and historic architecture elegantly intersect. Crystal-clear alpine lakes, meadows peppered with wildflowers, and majestic mountain ranges lend an idyllic backdrop for enchanting churches and estates, cementing the country as the most picturesque wedding destination—particularly during the summer months. Though breathtaking year-round, a warm-weather ceremony in Switzerland beneath a piercing blue sky is unparalleled, and the noteworthy regions below each offer uniquely romantic experiences for couples ready to plan the big day.
‘Outlander’ Season 6 Will Premiere in Early 2022
The latest season of the time-traveling romance finished filming in Scotland at the end of May and will premiere in early 2022 on Starz.
“We are excited to get into the editing room to work on bringing the fans one step closer to reuniting with the family back on Fraser’s Ridge,” Outlander showrunner Matthew B. Roberts said in a statement. “Filming in 2021 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges which led us to the decision to truncate the season in order to bring the fans the most vibrant and dynamic season as soon as possible. Dinna fash, we will then film an extended season 7 with 16 episodes next year as life returns to normalcy.”
Wafa Ghnaim Uses the Traditional Craft of Tatreez to Preserve and Share Palestinian History
Tatreez “is unwritten language, transferred stories between woman and woman in silence,” says Abbasi-Ghnaim. When formal schooling in reading and writing was limited to men, Palestinian women learned to tell their stories through embroidery. “We want to keep the stories alive.”
In 2016, when Ghnaim sat down to begin writing Tatreez & Tea, the experience of embroidering with her mother over a cup of tea while learning her people’s stories was at the front of her mind. “I had this very strong calling to write a book that documented all of the lessons that she had spent her life teaching me and my sisters,” said Ghnaim.
“I Know The Power A Young Girl Carries In Her Heart”: The Extraordinary Life Of Malala
Malala Yousafzai has fought for girls’ education for more than a decade. Now an Oxford graduate and at a crossroads in her own life, the 23-year-old opens up to Sirin Kale about love, family and the world she left behind, as well as her ambitious new plans for broadcasting her message.
For almost 13 years, ever since she began campaigning for girls’ rights in Pakistan as an 11-year-old, this has been Malala’s message to the world. Under Taliban rule in the city of Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala – all girls – were banned from attending school. Her refusal to forgo her right to education led to an attack on her life aged 15, when a Taliban gunman shot her and two classmates as they travelled home from school in a bus in October 2012. She was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with her father, Ziauddin, mother, Toor, and younger brothers, Atal and Khushal, made a miraculous recovery – and doubled down on her activism.
“I’m Ready To Take Over The World!” Gigi Goode On Modelling Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Pride Lingerie
When Rihanna was casting her Savage X Fenty Pride campaign she had one guiding principle: authenticity. “Pride is all about appreciating your authentic self,” notes Rih of calling upon Fenty friend Gigi Goode to model her rainbow lingerie in a campaign designed to illuminate the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community. The RuPaul’s Drag Race star – who walked the Savage X Fenty Volume 2 show alongside her drag sisters Jaida Essence Hall and Shea Couleé – carries the torch for the brand’s inclusivity mission. To say Goode looks fabulous in Rihanna’s tangerine smoking jacket, embroidered bralette and boxers is an understatement. Condragulations are in order.
Have You Met Gewn Stefani?
Pop stars are expected to be young forever, in looks but also in their capacity to innovate new trends. Which makes the nostalgic music video a curious choice. Doesn’t Stefani know by now that the cardinal rule of pop is to avoid repeating yourself? That even the hottest artists in the world are basically required by law to create completely new eras from scratch every six months in order to appease fans and maintain maximum TikTok-ready relevance?
Of course she does, but that doesn’t mean she has to participate. Stefani isn’t trying to chase down her contemporaries, despite clearly possessing the physical fitness required. “It’s really a blessing to be able to have such a long career, where there really is nothing to prove anymore,” she says. “It’s a different energy. You know, it’s really just about doing it to do it, as opposed to trying to make a statement or make a mark.”
Jodie Foster to Receive Cannes’ Honorary Palme d’Or During Opening Ceremony
Jodie Foster will receive the Honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. She will also be the guest of honor at the opening ceremony, at which she will receive the tribute.
The honorary prize was previously given to Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon.
The festival praised Foster, a two-time Oscar winning actor, director and producer, for her “brilliant artistic journey, a unique personality with a modest yet strong commitment to some of the major issues of our time.” As previously announced, Spike Lee will preside over the competition jury. Leos Carax’ “Annette” with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard will world premiere on opening night.
Is it time to rethink the value of college?
Higher education may not be doomed, but it’s in trouble.
The pandemic hit almost every industry hard, but few were hit as hard as higher education.
Times were already tough for many American universities, mostly because of declining enrollment numbers and weakening financial support from state governments. The pandemic accelerated these trends and forced colleges — especially smaller private colleges and a ton of midlevel state schools — to gut their budgets and lay off workers to offset revenue losses.
As we emerge from this pandemic, it’s worth asking what will become of higher education in America. And if the situation is as dire as it appears, should students — and parents — seriously rethink the value of college?
Do we really need influencers’ Israel-Palestine hot takes?
The demand that people with a platform “speak out” on every issue feels misdirected.
Many celebrities who have made statements have faced immediate backlash. For weeks, Mark Ruffalo had made clear that his pro-Palestine remarks had nothing to do with anti-Semitism, but after extended pressure, he walked back his original criticisms of Israel. Rihanna, meanwhile, was accused of “All Lives Mattering” the issue when she wrote on Instagram that her “heart was breaking with the violence I’m seeing displayed between Israel and Palestine.”
The number of people who believe celebrities should “stay out of politics” and the number of those who believe that they should speak up on every platform available is about even, at 29 percent and 28 percent, respectively, according to a 2018 poll from Morning Consult and the Hollywood Reporter. Gen Z and millennials are more likely to say that a celebrity speaking out would influence how they vote in an election.
French Heir Gives Pissarro Stolen by the Nazis to a U.S. University
The painting, long the subject of an ownership dispute, will be given to the University of Oklahoma with plans for title to be transferred later, likely to a French institution.
A Jewish family whose relatives had their artworks looted by the Nazis said on Tuesday they were giving up their claim to a Pissarro painting and transferring ownership to the University of Oklahoma, where it had been on display until 2017. Léone Meyer, whose family’s collection was looted by the Nazis, said she was giving up her long-running efforts to donate the painting to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris where it has been exhibited in recent years. Title to the work, “La Bergère,” or “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” would instead go to the University of Oklahoma under an agreement that would ensure the painting continues to be exhibited in both countries.
Good Food, Good Conversation, and 40 Years of Love
Appreciating Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein through a portrait of the couple at home
The distance in this picture between Alice Toklas, on the left, and Gertrude Stein, on the right, belies the closeness of their life together. They met as expats in Paris in 1907 and were partners for just shy of forty years, until Stein’s death in 1946. Stein was a poet and novelist; Toklas published cookbooks that combined recipes with memories of their life together. The couple was friends with the avant-garde writers and artists of the time and often invited them into their home for food and conversation.
Transatlantic society hostess Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie’s collection up for auction
The Bright Young Thing counted Salvador Dalí, the Queen Mother and Cecil Beaton as her friends
She counted royalty, prime ministers and celebrities amongst her inner circle, jet-setted between London, Corfu, the French Riviera and New York, and cultivated an exquisite collection of artworks and furniture thanks to her impeccable taste and high society connections, and now, Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie’s pieces are to be auctioned by Christie’s.
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