The Crown Lounge and Rooftop Bar – Hong Kong, China
Since we’re in the middle of a scorching stretch of days, let’s skip all that oppressive daylight and head straight into nightlife, darlings. Cocktails for everyone. Happy Hour is now 12 hours long. Enjoy the nighttime view all day long. Feel that cool breeze as you sit a thousand feet in the air. You deserve this.
Or maybe that’s just us.
Anyway, talk amongst yourselves, darlings! We have no doubt you’ll find something interesting to chew on for the day. We’re off to yell at celebrities, so feel free to sample from the topics below.
45 Red-Carpet Debuts That Deserve To Be Remembered
The transition from child star to Hollywood heavyweight is rarely kind – fashion faux pas, awkward poses and regrettable haircuts are common pitfalls. But with a sprinkling of A-list fairy dust (namely: a first-rate glam squad), celebrities can put past missteps firmly behind them as they master the red carpet once and for all.
Having been starved of the classic red carpet for some time (although Cannes 2021 marked the welcome return of high-octane glamour), we’re looking to the past, and the red-carpet debuts of some of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Proof, perhaps, to be grateful that all evidence of your own childhood fashion choices is confined to family photo albums.
‘It’s the Cherry On Top’: Demna Gvasalia Brings Haute Couture Back to Balenciaga
For Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s artistic director, the haute couture—reintroduced to the storied brand on July 7 (for the first time since its founder retired in 1968) with a powerful, elegant presentation, shown in silence and fragranced with incense, that managed to be both reverential and iconoclastic—is “almost like a holy grail, like an altar in a church.” When he joined Balenciaga in 2015, Gvasalia was well aware of the house’s history and its roots in impeccably conceived, handcrafted couture under the direction of Cristóbal Balenciaga, a humbly born Spaniard whom Christian Dior hailed as “the master of us all.” Balenciaga shaped fashion from 1937—after he fled the Spanish Civil War to establish his already two-decade-old brand in Paris—until he shuttered his house in 1968 (complaining bitterly that his career in couture, during which he dressed the most stylish and demanding women of the century, was “a dog’s life”).
How to Dry Clean at Home and Save Your Clothes and Money
“Dry Clean Only?” Not anymore.
The um, unusual, circumstances of 2020 and 2021 granted many of us more flexibility in our work-life balance, which has led us to reconsider the pieces of our lives we really need to outsource—and what we may be able actually accomplish ourselves. Garment care is one of those things. In our pre-pandemic lives, it felt convenient to throw some sweaters in a bag and drop it at the dry cleaners on the way to the office, but somehow, now, that feels more inconvenient than ever. Still, none of us should have to sacrifice wearing fancy items on the regular, and neither should our wallets. Having a handle on hand-washing special-care items is not as difficult as it seems and will save money in the long run. We pegged some of our favorite experts to give us the lowdown on their favorite garment care hacks.
This Is the Best Airport in the World
In case you didn’t know, the best airport in the world is not a subjective matter. In fact, it’s an objective one—every year, Skytrack, an airline consulting group, fastidiously surveys and quizzes travelers around the globe about more than 500 plane ports of entry. They ask about efficiency: How long did it take to get your bags? How easy was it to get a taxi—or take public transportation? How long were the lines at immigration? They determine functionality: Did the airport have good WiFi? Were the departure screens easy to read? Were the boarding calls clear and easy to understand? They inquire about amenities: Were there good restaurants and bars? Quality stores to shop at? What about the lounges? Then they ask about, well, a bunch more—including plenty of questions about social distancing protocols and cleanliness in this pandemic age. And now, they’ve officially crowned a winner for 2021.
Can The Friendships You Make In Your 30s Really Be As Meaningful As Lifelong Ones?
So far, I have gathered a close and enduring circle of women from each decade of life. My closest friend has been just that since the day I was born; getting dressed for my wedding with my university girls is one of the most sustaining memories of sisterhood that I have. But the best friend that I met in my thirties – the decade that provided all those pivotal moments and storylines for Sex and the City – brought something unexpected, perhaps because I wasn’t looking for a new friendship at all.
The Traditionally Masculine Brands Pivoting To Feminine Watch Designs
Masculine-focused brands are pivoting to meet demand for women’s watches that don’t compromise on function or technicality.
There have always been watch houses specialising in feminine timepieces, from Cartier to Bulgari, Chopard to Piaget, while others including Omega, Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre have tended to cater equally to both genders. But, without doubt, there has been a large faction of horology that has fallen prey to the “boys’ club” approach, from the size of the watches created down to the marketing of them (who can forget IWC’s “Engineered for Men” campaign from the early 2000s with advertisements declaring: “Ladies, you ride our Harleys, smoke our Havanas, drink our Glenmorangie. Hands off our IWC”?). The past decade, however, has seen a new focus from brands which, until recently, have been stuck in a culture of machismo. This is largely thanks to a dawning realisation that women, as well as men, are interested in watchmaking at all levels and, importantly, have previously untapped disposable incomes. The companies that today ignore the buying power of women are effectively decreasing their turnover by up to 50 per cent.
Is it worth ending a friendship over the vaccine?
Jennifer Aniston has culled friends over their refusal of the Covid vaccine, but would you?
Over the past 18 months, even the most non-judgemental of us have found ourselves annoyed at a perceived flouting of the Covid rules. Whether we have been among those judging or on the receiving end of judgement, the pandemic has caused rows among the closest of friends, on some occasions even shattering them completely.
Jennifer Aniston recently announced that she is currently avoiding anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated, and is prepared to lose friends over it. We have probably all had at least one awkward conversation about our second jab when it dawns on us that the person we’re talking to hasn’t had their first – and doesn’t plan to. It’s much like that feeling in the build-up to major elections when your friends are all talking about a collective like and dislike of any given political leader, and one of the group goes quiet.
Mattel Apologizes for Asian Representation Fail in Olympic Barbie Line
Mattel has apologized for the lack of proper Asian representation in its Tokyo Olympics Barbie collection.
Last year, the toymaker revealed it was working with the International Olympic Committee to create five new dolls that would highlight “inclusivity and innovation.” However, it many believed that said “inclusivity” only applied to the new sports added to this year’s Games — namely surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding, karate and softball — because, as critics pointed out, it didn’t look like there was an Asian Barbie.
Granted, the faux pas stayed relatively under the radar until Barbie’s official Twitter account promoted the collection in late July. That said, the line was met with online backlash after commenters alleged that Mattel didn’t make an Asian doll — something that was particularly odd given the fact that the 2021 Games were held in Tokyo.
How Lil Nas X Is Revolutionizing Hip-Hop as an Empowered Gay Star
Newfound fame has felled many a young superstar, and Lil Nas X, feeling overwhelmed by the massive success of his 2019 hit “Old Town Road,” decided to take a brief hiatus early last year to settle in and work on his debut album. Then COVID hit.
“I think I spent all of the pandemic making music and crying — no in-betweens,” the 22-year-old rapper-singer says now. “For the first month or so, I did not leave my house, and once I did, I was super overly critical of everything I was making. I was letting everything online get to me and feeling like things were over for me.”
“Honestly, I believe the pandemic helped me get out of the idea of trying to please everybody, and the idea of ‘He’s a cool gay person; he’s an acceptable gay person,’” Nas says. “I used to see things like that as a compliment, but it’s not. It just means you’re a people pleaser, and they never become legends. I wanted to be even more authentic in my music and let people into my life. I’m much more confident now — in my music, myself, my sexuality, the things that I believe that I stand for.”
Dolly Parton to release first novel with author James Patterson
Run, Rose, Run will be launched with a new album next year.
It would appear that there’s very little Dolly Parton can’t do. The legend herself sings, is a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, an actress and a businesswoman.
Now the iconic country singer is to release her debut novel: Run, Rose, Run.
Dolly has teamed up with best-selling author James Patterson to write the book which will be accompanied by an album in March next year.
“All-new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book,” Dolly said. I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it all together.”
Where extreme weather is getting even worse, in one map
A new UN interactive atlas reveals how climate change will shape weather around the world.
Humans have warmed the planet by an average of 1.2 degrees Celsius since industrialization began in the 19th century. This small-sounding change has helped fuel severe wildfires, record-breaking heatwaves, floods, and an ever-growing list of other disasters.
What’s worrying is that Earth will continue to heat up — likely past 1.5 degrees — even if humans slash fossil fuel emissions immediately, according to a landmark UN climate report released this week. So does that mean weather will get worse, too?
Now you can see for yourself. This week, alongside its report, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched a new mapping tool that shows how weather around the world will change under different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.
Anti-mask hysterics at Tennessee school board meeting show how basic public health is now polarizing
Viral clips show anti-maskers melting down as a school board implemented a commonsense mask mandate.
An explosive school board meeting on Tuesday evening in Franklin, Tennessee, illustrated how mask mandates, even in schools where students are too young to be vaccinated, have become a new front in the Covid-19 culture war largely being waged by anti-vax and vaccine-skeptical right-wingers.
At the Tennessee meeting, where the Williamson County Schools Board of Education voted to require masks for elementary school students, staff, and visitors inside buildings and buses, Tennessean reporter Brinley Hineman shot video of the proceedings being disrupted by extremely vocal, agitated anti-mask demonstrators who chanted, “No more masks!”
What’s in a Frame?
Frames tell their own tales: about when and where the artwork was completed, the decorative styles that were popular at the time, and the artwork’s journey from artist to collector. To learn the history of a frame, then, is to learn an even richer story about the artwork itself.
The practice of framing artworks with wooden borders first appeared in Italian art around the 13th century. During this time, artists often painted on wooden panels. The centers of the panels were carved out so that the exterior formed a raised molding. This was called an engaged frame, and developed into moldings that were nailed directly onto the painting. These early paintings were typically religious and were built directly into the architecture of the church. The frames were usually styled after the moldings that adorned the doors and windows.
“The original purpose for the frame was simply to protect the painting,” Karraker said.
These panel paintings required multiple craftsmen. Someone would make the panel, then someone else would finish the panel, a gilder would add any gold elements, another craftsperson might add additional decoration, and then it would be handed off to the artist for painting.
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