T LOunge for September 10th, 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021

Luna Bar, Restaurant and Terrace at Villa Magia – Positano, Italy


Take a seat and don’t give it up for anything less than an asteroid crashing into the earth, darlings. You’ve earned this. It’s FRIDAY, dammit. Let it all go.


Berry Gordy Described Diana Ross as the Queen of His Life
“Everybody knew Diana was my baby.”

“For Black people, bigotry was a fact of life. We grew up with that — that’s why Diana and I started calling each other ‘Black,'” he explained. “No one wanted to be called Black at that time — ‘Black’ was considered a negative word in the ’60s among the people we knew. This was before Black was beautiful … I said, ‘A word is a word, and I want ‘Black’ to mean love.’ Diana called me ‘Black’ and I called her ‘Black.’ We wanted people to be proud of being Black.”


Tara Reid Is Ready For Her Next Act
From ‘90s and early ‘00s icon to handbag designer, the options are limitless.

Reid, 45, known for her cult repertoire of films over the years from The Big Lebowski to Josie and the Pussycats, and, of course, the aforementioned American Pie, is on the set of her latest project. She’s wearing a white puff-sleeve top and gold lamé skinny jeans, showing off a black structured cross-body bag adorned with colorful crystals. This time, the character she’s playing is herself. Her newest venture? A fashion collaboration with the designer Michael Kuluva. The bag, named “Kura”, a portmanteau of “Kuluva” and “Tara”, is both eco-friendly and sustainable, made from cactus leather and recycled cotton with Tara’s own specially curated semi-precious stones and crystals to decorate it. A launch is planned during New York Fashion Week.


Tracee Ellis Ross Looks Back On Her Best Beauty Moments From Over The Years
“I was obsessed because it felt like an ode to my ancestry.”
When Tracee Ellis Ross launched her haircare brand Pattern Beauty, her dream was simple: “It was also so difficult for me to find products that worked for my hair type growing up, and I wanted to close that gap.” Ross’s now two years and more than 20 products and tools deep into the haircare industry—and is taking the Pattern global through Sephora today. “I’m proud to play a role in this major moment with Sephora as they continue to collaborate with Black-owned businesses and take the necessary steps towards creating a more inclusive beauty industry,” Ross told me over the phone. (Pattern is also launching a new product, the Styling Custard, on September 13th to celebrate.)
Next, we chatted about what makes a “Tracee Face” aka iconic beauty looks with her hallmark style: bouncy curls, dramatically lined eyes, and a bold lip. “My philosophy when it comes to beauty and red carpet dressing has not changed since the start of my career,” Ellis says. “The only thing that’s changed is I have more help.”


My Relationship With Drinking Ended As The World Shut Down
In the pause of pandemic life, Cornelia Powers reevaluated what alcohol was doing in her life.

In the “real world,” alcohol felt even more omnipresent than it had in college, imbuing everything from weddings, birthday parties, and family gatherings to work conferences, sporting events, movie nights, and trips to the grocery store. On napkins, magnets, greeting cards, and Instagram, wine was marketed as an essential badge of millennial womanhood: After spending our 20s working every day toward “wine o’clock,” we’d have our babies, only to succumb to humdrum domestic routines punctuated by “mommy juice” and “Wine Down Wednesdays.” As I followed suit and substituted shots of Smirnoff for bottles of Malbec, my drinking privately intensified, metastasizing from a collegiate indulgence to a desperate, destabilizing, and yet incredibly well-concealed dependence. In the end, my grandmother was the only person I could not fool: “I’ve been watching you, sweetheart, and I’m worried. This runs in your blood. I just want you to be careful.”


‘The Great British Baking Show’ 2021: What We Know
You’ll get to see a new batch of bakers return to the tent this fall.

The Great British Baking Show has been a balm during the last few stormy years, with fans tuning in to watch bakers attempt complicated recipes while offering each other more encouragement than harsh competition. Luckily for us, Netflix has announced that TV’s most heartwarming competition show will return very soon—on September 24, 2021, to be exact.
The streaming giant just dropped a surprise teaser, showing the first glimpse of the baking tent for this year. The clip, soundtracked by the show’s theme, has us dreaming of this year’s new bakes.


My Peruvian Family Makes Homemade Ceviche All the Time—Here’s What You’ll Find in Our Kitchen
These gadgets help us pack in flavor and replicate my grandfather’s recipes.

My grandfather emigrated from Peru to the United States at just 24 years old. The life he created for himself in New Jersey would include five children who he would pass on not only his epic tales as an immigrant in America but also the cultural traditions of his homeland. These shared traditions included recipes for Peru’s national dish, ceviche. Those recipes have since been passed down to me, and while I still think my grandfather’s version tastes the best, I have learned to make authentic and delicious ceviche myself. If you’re wondering which kitchen tools are key to make ceviche properly, I’ve rounded up everything in my kitchen I need when it’s time to make the dish.


Timothée Chalamet’s Best and Most Risk-Taking Red Carpet Looks
Since he burst onto the scene with 2017’s Call Me By Your Name, Chalamet has delivered consistently striking looks on the carpet that challenge the simple (if not snoozy) suits that men often favor in Hollywood. The actor has favored statement styles from Haider Ackermann and Alexander McQueen in particular, repeatedly wearing the two label’s printed or brightly colored suits. On other occasions, Chalamet has experimented with even wilder finishings, such as the sequined Louis Vuitton harness he wore to the 2019 Golden Globes—a viral moment he followed up with a sequined LV hoodie for the 2019 premiere of The King. The latter was embroidered with more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals and 15,000 sequins.


Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Mean
The (actually quite lovely) British actor on staying cruel for Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog,’ the time Doctor Strange told-off Iron Man and his onslaught of new projects: “It’s just a lot of me.”

Ahead of the production, Cumberbatch trained in Montana, to learn to rope, ride and steer cattle and to spend time in the fictional setting, before heading to New Zealand, where Campion would shoot. “I was drawn into how utterly different to any experience I’d lived this character was,” Cumberbatch says. “He very much marries with the landscape. He is nature. He brings the outdoors indoors.”
Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. JACK ENGLISH/ WEINSTEIN COMPANY/COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION
Cumberbatch’s gameness for new experiences endeared him to Campion. “He allows himself to be not perfect, and that’s extremely courageous,” she says. “I loved him for that. A lot of it was just showing up naked, a long way from where we needed to be and figuring out, ‘OK, how are we going to get there?’ And knowing that failure was not an option.”


Usher, Priyanka Chopra & Julianne Hough Set For ‘The Activist’, CBS Competition Series From Global Citizen
Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Julianne Hough are set to co-host the Global Citizen competition series from CBS, The Activist. The five-week reality series premieres at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, on CBS and will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.
The Activist is a competition series that features six inspiring activists teamed with three high-profile public figures working together to bring meaningful change to one of three vitally important world causes: health, education, and environment.


McDonald’s McPlant Burger Makes Its Debut Overseas
The chain’s proprietary plant-based patty will hit the U.K. and Ireland this month.

The wait for McDonald’s meat-free McPlant burger is finally over — at least if you live in Coventry, England. The fast-food giant has announced that its first-ever plant-based burger will be trialed at 10 restaurants in the city later this month, before being rolled out to more than 250 locations throughout England and Ireland in mid-October.The wait for McDonald’s meat-free McPlant burger is finally over — at least if you live in Coventry, England. The fast-food giant has announced that its first-ever plant-based burger will be trialed at 10 restaurants in the city later this month, before being rolled out to more than 250 locations throughout England and Ireland in mid-October.
McDonald’s co-developed the McPlant patty with Beyond Meat, and the chain has also devised a vegan cheese made from pea protein. Its sesame bun is also vegan, and each McPlant will be cooked and prepared separately from other McDonald’s menu items (because we’re guessing McDonald’s learned from the legal headaches Burger King faced when it prepped its Impossible Whoppers on the same grill as its non-Impossible versions).


From Impeachment to Hacks to Heels, TV Is Rethinking How to Show Suicide
The act has appeared in fiction since the dawn of storytelling—but in a more sensitive age, depicting suicide has become trickier than ever.

That’s because when it comes to showing suicide onscreen, the question isn’t why you do it so much as whether you do it in the first place.
This debate is particularly raw right now, in an age where artists have become increasingly sensitive about and aware of their capacity to unearth, or encourage, pain or trauma. In the post-#MeToo era, TV sets regularly employ intimacy coordinators to help actors and crew feel safe while accurately depicting sex. TV producers habitually consult with nonprofits like GLAAD or RAINN when their projects portray LGBTQ+ story lines or sexual assault.


Why Wine Lovers Are Drawn to This Tiny Town Near the Mediterranean Coast
Just an hours drive from Montpellier, Faugères offers a slower pace—but plenty of charm.

Rhône river, like our Mississippi, divides the southern coast of France about equally into east and west. East leads to Provence and then the Riviera and eventually Italy; west, to Languedoc and then Roussillon and eventually Spain. Because more people have heard of Marseille, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco than have heard of Sète, Agde, and Collioure, the eastern half of the coast is blessed, and to an equal degree beset, by visitors and their money.
The western half, Languedoc-Roussillon—a narrow crescent of land that curls tight against the Gulf of Lion from the Spanish border to the Camargue—is not beset by money. Commercial fishing boats outnumber yachts. Tractors outnumber sports cars. Vines outnumber people.


Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022

“The Brooklyn Museum has a long record of recognizing important contributions in the history of fashion design, from ‘The Story of Silk (1934)’ to the groundbreaking ‘Of Men Only (1976)’ to the recent ‘Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion (2019’) and now ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.’ Each exemplifies the power of fashion to influence and shift visual culture at large,” says Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum.
Opening September 10, the major exhibit — co-curated by Dior scholar Florence Müller of the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion at the Denver Art Museum — thoroughly explores the high fashion history of The House of Dior, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when the brand’s namesake Christian Dior founded the label.


What the 9/11 Museum Remembers, and What It Forgets
Twenty years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the museum is still struggling to address the legacy of those events.

When the museum opened, Philip Kennicott, the architecture critic at the Washington Post, described it as “a hellish descent into a dark place, where a tape loop of death and destruction is endlessly playing on every television screen in America.” Like other critics, he found the museum’s religious metaphors oppressive. Holland Cotter, in his review for the Times, wrote, “The prevailing story in the museum, as in a church, is framed in moral terms, as a story of angels and devils.” Prior to the museum’s opening, an advisory panel of interfaith clergy members took issue with a seven-minute documentary called “The Rise of Al Qaeda.” The panel asserted, in an open letter, that the video “may very well leave viewers with the impression that all Muslims bear some collective guilt or responsibility,” and that it could lead to bigotry or even violence. One of the panel members, Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, an imam at Masjid Manhattan, resigned from the panel in protest. The video has never been changed.


There’s a Secret Archaeological Site Under the Trevi Fountain in Rome — and You Can Visit
The site includes an aqueduct that feeds water into the Trevi Fountain.

Vicus Caprarius, known as the City of Water, is an ancient Roman apartment complex located beneath the city’s Trevi district, including its famed fountain. The archaeological site dates back to the first century, but wasn’t discovered until the late 1990s.
Today, visitors can head to the underground site for a glimpse at the homes of ancient upper-class Romans. The space also displays examples of the hundreds of artifacts that were found during excavation, including terra-cotta figurines, African pottery, mosaic tiles, and over 800 coins.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Will Resume in Person This Year
Macy’s announced Wednesday that public viewing would return this year for the annual parade, which will once again wind its way through the streets of New York City on Nov. 25.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is back!
Macy’s announced Wednesday that public viewing would return this year for the annual parade, which will once again wind its way through the streets of New York City on Nov. 25.
“We are thrilled to welcome back in its full form the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a world-renowned celebration that ushers in the magic of being in New York City during the holiday season,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news release.
“We applaud Macy’s work to creatively continue this beloved tradition last year and look forward to welcoming back Parade watchers to experience it safely, live and in person this November.”


How 9/11 convinced Americans to buy, buy, buy
Consumer patriotism is the American way.

This notion of consumer patriotism isn’t unique to 9/11. American colonists boycotted British goods and were expected to buy American during the Revolutionary War; in the 1920s and ’30s, there was a push to buy American fashions. The US set itself apart from the Soviet Union, in part, through consumerism during the Cold War. In the midst of the financial crisis, Warren Buffett told investors, “Buy American. I Am.”
During the Covid-19 pandemic, consumers have been on the receiving end of competing messages around buying. Americans weren’t supposed to spend on things like restaurants and travel, but they were supposed to order delivery to try to save local restaurants, and brands were constantly reassuring consumers that they were here for them. Now, there’s a sense that, once safe, it’s a duty to spend the way to recovery. And as brands have become more political, consumers are often voting with their dollars in deciding where to shop — and where not to.


The US was a world leader in vaccination. What went wrong?
Five months ago, the US was outpacing almost every country, except Israel, in vaccinating its people against Covid-19. Nearly one in five Americans were already fully vaccinated; Hungary stood out as a success among European countries, but still only one in 10 people had received a full regiment of the vaccine by April 6. Most of Europe lagged in the single digits.
The speed of the rollout, combined with the United States’ role in developing and producing the vaccines, seemed to make vaccination a latter-day example of American exceptionalism, one that delivered a decisive blow against the virus that had upended life around the world for the past year.
But over the summer, America’s Covid-19 vaccine success story morphed into a tale of mediocrity and missed opportunities — while countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia caught up with, then surpassed, the United States in their vaccination campaigns.
Portugal is currently setting the pace in Europe, with nearly 80 percent of its people fully vaccinated. Spain and Belgium have reached over 70 percent of their populations. France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Norway are all above 60 percent.
How most of Europe caught up to — and then surpassed — the US in their Covid-19 vaccine drives.


A major private collection curated by Hubert de Givenchy to go on sale at Christie’s
Known for dressing the world’s most glamorous women, the late fashion legend’s keen eye for design is the subject of an exciting new auction at Christie’s Paris

Included in the nearly 270 lots is an eclectic selection of furniture, books, silverware, antiquities and ceramics from the 18th through the 20th centuries, as well as rare works of art by Fernando Botero, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, and renowned jewellery maker JAR.
Expected to bring in between €4 million and €6 million, the sale, notes Lionel Gosset, director of collections at Christie’s Paris, demonstrates the designer’s fondness for classical furniture and decorative artwork. ‘The choice of furniture and decorative works of art combined in a successful marriage between the 18th and 20th centuries reflect Hubert de Givenchy’s signature, synonymous with the great taste of l’élégance à la française that has captivated so many people across the Atlantic,’ he adds.





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