T LOunge for August 20th, 2021

Posted on August 20, 2021

Champagne & Oyster Bar at Le Sirenuse – Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy


Ah. Here we are, darlings. We’ve arrived. Find the seat with the cutest pillow and call it your own for the next 16 hours. You don’t need our silly words cluttering up the view for you. Enjoy the day.


The Rise Of Instagram Couture
Custom artist-designed pieces are bringing the rarefied realm of personalization down to earth.

Some of this couture season’s best moments referenced the glory days of models gliding through ateliers, each carrying individual look numbers and wearing skyline-obscuring hats. But as inspiring as the medium is, a custom-made Paris studio creation is still out of the reach of most of us mere mortals. Something that might be more feasible? Netting a custom or one-of-a-kind illustrated, embroidered or painted piece from one of several new labels that have cropped up in recent years. Juliet Johnstone’s painted pants have been worn by the power street-style trio of Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, while Small Talk Studio’s Nicholas Williams has done commissions for fashion insiders like Virgil Abloh and Mister Mort that feature personalized illustrations and embroideries. (The latter design included drawings of a box of Fujifilm and a container of mustard.)


From The Outer Banks To The Big Screen, Madelyn Cline Is Having Her Moment
The star of Netflix’s smash hit Outer Banks is enjoying a remarkably successful year as she joins the heralded ranks of the Knives Out 2 cast. But that doesn’t mean it’s all been a breeze.

At 23, Cline is still only on the precipice of her career, yet she’ll admit there are days she feel she’s already bogged down in work. She’s a lead in one of Netflix’s biggest success stories. She’s in the cast of Knives Out 2, where she’s joining such industry titans as Daniel Craig, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, and Kate Hudson. She’s dating her OBX co-star Chase Stokes in a love story ravenously consumed by their combined 16.5 million followers. (And that’s just on Instagram.) So is she overwhelmed? Yeah, maybe. But it’s what she signed up for, right? And she’s lucky, right?


Inside One Afghan Woman’s Fight To Protect Educational Rights
“It’s time we claim our space.”
At a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday, Taliban officials pledged to respect women this time around, but within the confines of Islamic law. “We assure that there will be no violence against women,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, according to the New York Times. “No prejudice against women will be allowed, but the Islamic values are our framework.” However, the Taliban hasn’t made any specific promises—and many remain skeptical. In some areas of the country, girls are still attending school, but in other areas, women are reportedly being told not to leave home without a male relative. In Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan and its largest city, posters of women have been graffitied or painted over.
The Taliban is saying [we] can do anything we want—go to educational institutions, work. At the same time, they’re not putting it into practice. The girls in Herat and Kandahar are still at home; they’re not going to their bank jobs or to university. So, there are two different narratives, two different stories. One is what [the Taliban] is trying to show. The other is the reality. They want the legitimacy, but they’re not willing to work for it.


Nine Latinx Women Changing the World
In National Hispanic Heritage Month, ELLE celebrates kick-ass Latinas who are shifting our culture while leading with hope.

“For Colombian American Rachel Zegler, landing the role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is a tale for the ages, but more precisely, one for this tech-saturated moment. Four years ago, when Zegler was 16, she learned via Twitter about an open casting call for the leads of the film, which comes out this December. “Musical theater has always meant expression to me. It makes me sit back in my seat and say, ‘How did they put all of that into words?’ ” says the 20-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, sax, guitar, and ukulele), whose self-written, recorded, and produced first single, “Let Me Try,” dropped this spring. Zegler was invited to audition IRL—her tape of herself singing “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight” stood out among 30,000 submissions.”


Mj Rodriguez Is Ready for Her Cinderella Moment
The performer is celebrating a historic Emmy nomination, new music, and a flourishing career post-Pose—and she insists that she’s only getting started.

“In this very moment of my life, I am feeling so strong and empowered, girl,” says Rodriguez over the phone ahead of next month’s ceremony. “I feel so happy. Not that I haven’t been happy before, but I just feel joyous. I feel like this is a tremendous, beautiful stepping stone for all women around the world—especially for trans women but also us collectively as women taking our place. And it just feels good, girl. It feels so damn good. And I’m just thankful.”


Gardens Are Healing, Says the Green-Fingered Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Charles’s wife talks about her love of gardening, despite its challenges.

“I think gardens got people through Covid. They realized how special a garden was and what they could do with it,” Camilla said. “It was a sort of spiritual experience for them, they discovered a sort of affinity with the soil—you can go into a garden and you can completely lose yourself, you don’t have to think about anything else, you’re surrounded by nature, you’ve got birds singing, you’ve got bees buzzing about—there is something very healing about gardens.”


30 Taco Recipes to Put on Repeat
Whether you prefer your tacos meaty, packed with seafood, or vegetarian , we have a wealth of recipes for you to try. Some of our favorites include classics like birria tacos and carne asada tacos — we also love crispy ricotta-kale tacos, fideos secos tacos, and green chorizo and potato tacos, too (the crispy potato cubes are irresistible). Read on for even more of our best taco recipes.


15 Artists to Watch for at This Year’s Santa Fe Indian Market
Every year, thousands of collectors and visitors flock to the Santa Fe Indian Market, which is held in the city’s historic main plaza downtown. There, Indigenous artists of all tribal backgrounds across North America sell their work in booths that line the streets. You can find the most exquisite fashion, art, and homewares made of beadwork, quillwork, and more—each piece carries traditional craftwork forward in new, striking ways. The festival is a crucial event for artists in particular, as many of them make a big portion of their yearly income from the event.
Last year, due to the pandemic, the market went virtual. But this weekend the event, now in its 99th year, is making its grand return to being an in-person event. The roster is as big and exciting as ever: The splashy fashion show on Sunday, August 22, will showcase the newest collections of top Indigenous designers, and one can expect to see new pieces by labels such as Jamie Okuma, Orlando Dugi, and Lauren Good Day, all of whom are modernizing traditional techniques in a unique, modern way.


Battered but Not Broken: Movie Theaters Anxiously Hold Out Hope for Late Box Office Rebound
Operating a movie theater during a stubbornly persistent global health crisis means that returning to normal isn’t as easy as flipping a switch, rehiring employees and installing state-of-the-art air-filtration systems. Owners have made it through the worst of the pandemic, a devastatingly long period in which zero revenue was coming through the door, but they’ve emerged on the other side in a situation that remains un­certain. Businesses, especially of the indoor variety, are having to navigate a world where unpredictable spikes in COVID-19 cases will impact their ability to function.


Mad for Mushrooms
One woman goes deep in an exploration of her favorite fall fungi.

The first thing you should know about farmed mushrooms is that they do not grow in what is politely termed “excrement.” In fact, mushrooms grow in what is called substrate—a carefully formulated, pasteurized compost mixture (which might include excrement as an ingredient). Unlike plants, fungi cannot photosynthesize and must get their nutrients from the material they grow in, so this substrate mixture is incredibly important. Each mushroom farm has its own substrate formula and its own regulations for how it is mixed and then inoculated with mushroom spawn that later, thanks to manipulations of humidity and temperature, will fruit into the fungi that get packed up and shipped off to supermarkets around the country.


Yes, Princess Margaret Is Responsible For The Creation Of Modern Horoscopes
Twenty years after her death, Princess Margaret is best known for her sardonic (and, let’s face it, often deeply snobby) one-liners, her tumultuous marriage to Vogue photographer Lord Snowdon, and her viral morning routine. (As recounted in Craig Brown’s brilliant Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, the late royal began most days with a few hours of chain-smoking in bed while “reading the newspapers” followed by a “vodka pick-me-up” and a four-course lunch “served in an informal manner from silver dishes”.) It’s only recently, however, that biographers have highlighted perhaps her most influential contribution to society: the modern craze for horoscopes. While astrology has, of course, been studied for millennia, it’s the arrival of Margaret that triggered the mainstream revival of the age-old practice.


Activist Has Found Ways To Channel Her Eco-Anxiety Into Action
Clover Hogan, founder of Force of Nature says we don’t have to feel powerless in the face of the climate crisis.

Although eco-anxiety can be overwhelming at times, Hogan advises not running away from these feelings. “The first thing I would say is really to give space to those feelings that will inevitably surface,” she says. “Eco-anxiety is proof that we have empathy; that we have humanity; and that we are awake to the issues rather than sleepwalking towards this cliff of climate collapse. Every climate psychologist I’ve spoken to has said that the problem isn’t that more and more young people are experiencing eco-anxiety but that more people in positions of power are not. These feelings are what ring the internal alarm bells and tell us, ‘We need to do something about this.’”


How Social-Media Redesigns Manipulate Us
A change like Twitter’s new Chirp font might seem subtle. The effects are anything but.

Last Wednesday, in the early afternoon, Twitter users who opened the Web site or the smartphone app discovered a new font across the platform’s interface. Called Chirp, it was more organic and less geometric than its predecessor, with more elaborate flourishes, including a curvy lowercase “G” reminiscent of handwriting on a chalkboard. Other elements of Twitter’s design had changed, too, including the coloring of the all-important follow button: before, the button darkened if you followed someone; now it darkened if you didn’t. These might seem like minor changes, but for regular Twitter users the effect was not subtle.


Some companies are mandating vaccines — but not for front-line workers
Walmart, Uber, and McDonald’s are requiring office workers to get vaccinated. Stores, cars, and warehouses are a different story.

Workers at places like Walmart and McDonald’s have been on the front lines of the pandemic for months. But when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine, their employers are treading lightly with just how far to push them.
Major brands and corporations were initially hesitant to wade into the debate over whether to mandate vaccines for their workers. Many advocated to get their employees access to the vaccine as early as possible, but the hope was — as with many government and public health officials — that a significant majority of people would opt to get the shots voluntarily. That’s not what has played out in reality.


How free college became a perk for American workers
As employees quit their jobs at record rates, companies like Target and Walmart are offering better benefits to retain them.

As college becomes an essential precursor for long-term employment, corporations are stepping in where the government has yet to take action. Decades ago, employers weren’t fixated on hiring college-educated workers. As technology began automating more jobs at the turn of the century, employers started seeking out — and prioritizing — college graduates. Many current job listings require applicants to have at least an associate’s degree, despite a majority of American adults lacking that level of education.


The English Patient is to be revived as a BBC series
Anthony Minghella’s multi-award-winning take on Michael Ondaatje’s heart-rending book is to get the BBC treatment nearly three decades after it was first published

It would be a hard heart that forgot the 1996 film adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient. Set between an Italian monastery and the Sahara Desert, multiple narratives and love stories entangle and enthrall. Dame Kristen Scott Thomas has rarely been more beautiful; Ralph Fiennes more captivating; and Oscar voters were certainly charmed given the nine wins (of 12 nominations) the film secured. Therefore, news that the story will be revived for television is thrilling and frightening in equal measure (should it taint the original).
BBC1 is developing a series based on Ondaatje’s 1992 novel, which tells the tale of a badly burned count (Fiennes) who recounts his memories of the Second World War as he is tended to by a nurse (Juliette Binoche), in an abandoned Italian villa. His past is revealed through flashbacks involving a married woman (Kristen Scott Thomas) and his work as a cartographer mapping the African landscape.


Transcending Time at the Getty Museum
An upcoming exhibition explores the patterns of medieval patronage through books of hours

Books of hours were among the most widely produced and used manuscripts in the Middle Ages. These decorated prayer books not only structured time for their readers (over a day, a year, or a lifetime) but met an increasing demand for private and personalized Christian devotion.
Transcending Time: The Medieval Book of Hours, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, from August 31, 2021 through February 20, 2022, offers a glimpse of the many ways medieval Christians sought to understand the most significant aspects of their lives—love, labor, and death, among others—as bound by the passage of time.
“This exhibition draws upon a major strength of the Museum’s holdings as books of hours comprise nearly a fourth of the manuscript collection,” said Timothy Potts, Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “The flexible nature of illumination in books of hours and their wealth of imagery allows us to present an in-depth story of personal devotion and the conception of time during the medieval period.”




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