T LOunge for September 27th, 2021

Posted on September 27, 2021

Argo Bar – Hong Kong, China


It’s bright! It’s bold! It’s shiny! It’s practically everything you need from a Monday LOunge, darlings! Your manly hosts have no time to chat, but we’ve started a tab and put out a buffet of distractions and ice-breakers for you. Pick the plushest seat you can find and plant your asses, kittens!


Michael Kors ❤️ New York
On his 40th anniversary, the designer talks to Nina Garcia about celebrating the city where he made his name.

Nina Garcia: Did you ever think, “I’m going to have a business for 40 years?”
Michael Kors: Honestly, I still feel 22. To me, the ultimate modern fable is Working Girl. When I met Melanie Griffith, I said to her, “I’m a little Tess McGill.” And she said, “What do you mean? You have a head for business and a bod for sin?” And I said, “The point of the character was that Tess McGill was always thinking of new ways to do things. And I think it’s a very New York attitude. Mike Nichols made that movie knowing that New Yorkers don’t take no for an answer.”


Aly Raisman Is Still Searching For Justice
There’s a moment early on in Aly Raisman’s new Lifetime documentary, Darkness to Light, where the former gymnast sits down with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. “We can’t live in our trauma every day and call that survival,” Burke tells her.
It struck Raisman, who has become a leading voice in the fight to end sexual abuse after coming forward with allegations against former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar. When she testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Raisman made sure to set aside time for dinner with her teammates who were also testifying. “Life is hard,” says Raisman. “You need to remember to have moments of joy, because if you don’t have that, it can be really hard to survive.”
In Darkness to Light (premiering September 24), the three-time Olympic gold medalist meets with survivors from all over the country and hosts a roundtable with experts from organizations like RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and Darkness to Light, a nonprofit that empowers adults to prevent child sexual abuse.


Anna Bailey Made History as the First Black Vegas Showgirl
First Black Vegal Showgirl, 94, Las Vegas

“I think I was just at the right place at the right time, and I never really had any kind of problems. You know, if I was booked, I would just go and I was always on time, and worked my hardest, so people were always glad to hire me. And I stayed busy until 1955. That’s why I was booked in Las Vegas at the Moulin Rouge, and then I was really blessed to integrate some of the shows at the Dunes and the Flamingo Hotel. So, I never really had any problems. I went from one job to the next job. Sometimes I wouldn’t even answer my phone because I might want to stay home a little bit.”


This North Carolina Region Is Full of Stunning Fall Foliage, Waterfalls, and Charming Luxury Hotels
There’s a reason travelers up and down the East Coast flock to the Highlands-Cashiers region; it’s home to some of the most relaxing, luxurious hotels in the state of North Carolina. Here’s where to stay this fall.

Asheville may lay claim to the most-visited spot in western North Carolina — especially in the autumn season when fall foliage is ripe for peeping — but the Highlands-Cashiers plateau is more than worthy of an extended trip. In fact, if you don’t visit, you’ll miss out on some of the state’s most awe-inducing views and home-style comfort.


38 Fall Movies to Get You in the Spirit
Suddenly I need a beret?

Even though most of us have spent enough time on this good earth to know that fall happens every year without fail, it is still extremely exciting and invigorating to remember sweaters, a pumpkin cream cold brew from Starbucks, and the possibility of not sweating when you’re taking out the trash. As soon as September hits (and Labor Day passes), we pack up our swimsuits, shorts, and beach towels in preparation for the coziest season of them all: fall. Home of the two best holidays on Earth, Halloween and Thanksgiving, the leaf-changing season signals more than just weather shifting in our favor on the horizon. It’s when we go back to school, award season is closer, jeans are embraced fully, and the air is full and so crisp, you wish you could bottle it.
A season like this deserves films to mark the special three-month occasion, and thankfully Hollywood has delivered. From foxes out for revenge and serial killers who help solve mysteries to teen witches who have to save the world, there’s a film for every fall-lover. Below, the best fall films to be enjoyed under a duvet/before gallivanting in some foliage.


Five Black Photographers Capture Their Interior Lives
A new show at the International Center of Photography provides an intimate window into five different worlds.

On view from September 24 through January 10, 2022, Inward: Reflections on Interiority marks the museum debuts of five emerging Black photographers who were asked to look within and capture their interior lives using only an iPhone, arguably today’s most personal photo-making tool. Curated by Isolde Brielmaier, the ICP’s curator-at-large and newly appointed Deputy Director of the New Museum, the exhibition showcases striking compositions by Djeneba Aduayom, Arielle Bob-Willis, Quil Lemons, Brad Ogbonna, and Isaac West.
“The revealing new photographs explore intimate thoughts and personal relationships with great honesty, as the artists delve deep into the new reality and challenges of our contemporary lives at a time of global introspection,” Brielmaier explained in a press release.


Prince William’s “Alleged Bullying” Drove the Sussexes Out, Royal Expert Says
It’s not the first time such accusations have come out.

Relations between the Cambridges and the Sussexes have been tense since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to step down from their royal duties in January 2020—despite certain reports to the contrary. Now, royal biographer Andrew Morton, author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, has made new claims that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s attitude played a big part in pushing the Sussexes away.
Morton recently published six additional chapters to his 2018 book, excerpts of which have appeared in the Mirror. The author claimed that it wasn’t so much the royal institution as a whole that led to the Sussexes’ royal exit. “Far from abandoning Meghan, the Palace had a team which spent ‘hundreds of hours monitoring social media accounts’ and ‘violent threats were reported to the police,'” Morton wrote.


Anita Hill Won’t Back Down
Thirty years ago, she helped usher in a new era in the fight against gender violence. Her work, she says, is far from over.

In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the sexual harassment she’d endured while working as an aide to then–Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. At the time, she was doubted, dismissed, and relentlessly ridiculed in the press; Thomas was later confirmed, and he sits on the court to this day. Since then, Hill has dedicated her life to making sure no voice is ever silenced again. Her new book, Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (Viking), serves as an urgent call to arms and details her ongoing efforts to effect real change as a legal scholar, professor, and advocate.


23 Risotto Recipes to Make Again and Again
Whether you like your risotto studded with shrimp or mixed with earthy mushrooms, these risotto recipes are sure to deliver maximum satisfaction and flavor. Some of our favorites include this Lobster Risotto, which gets a double dose of seafood from bottled clam juice and cooked lobster meat, and striking Risotto Nero with Squash & Burrata,where the cheese and a butternut squash puree pop against Venere black rice. This impressive yet simple—we’re talking ready in 30 minutes, simple— Saffron Risotto is also a winner. With over 20 recipes to choose from, you’re bound to find a new favorite of your own.


Tony Awards: The Full List Of Winners
Almost a year after the Tony Award nominations dropped, it’s finally time to announce the winners.
Amid rising health concerns Broadway (and theater across the globe) went dark in March of 2020 as the world battled the pandemic. Only very recently has the curtain raised on the theater industry, with emotional returns for shows like “Wicked,” “Hamilton” and more. But tonight the Tonys will look back, and finally pay tribute to the nominees who have been waiting 346 days to find out if they’ve won.
Big winners included “Moulin Rouge: The Musical” which took home 10 Tony Awards including best musical. Another big winner was “A Soldier’s Play” which landed Tony awards for actor David Alan Grier and took home the Tony for best revival of a play. “Jagged Little Pill” writer Diablo Cody nabbed the trophy for best book and Adrienne Warren also took home the gold for her starring role in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.”


‘The Crown’ Formally Announces Season 5 Premiere Date
On Saturday, Netflix announced that Queen Elizabeth will take her customary year off, and return in “The Crown” in November 2022. The proclamation was part of Netflix’s Tudum jubilee, a global celebration of the streamer’s global commonwealth of film and TV titles.
After sweeping the Emmy awards in its fourth season, “The Crown” will return with an all-new cast playing the British royal family, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles. Jonny Lee Miller will also appear as Prime Minister John Major.
This will be the third and final cast cycle for “The Crown,” which launched in 2016 with Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth at the start of her reign for two seasons. Then the show took a year off following Season 2, and returned in 2019 with Olivia Colman leading the cast as the Queen for Seasons 3 and 4.


The Pub Is a Beloved Fixture of British Life — And a New Generation Is Changing It for the Better
A new generation is breathing life back into British pub culture, adding everything from stylish guest rooms to cocktails and fine-dining-style food.

Adding rooms is a smart innovation at a time when England’s pubs, however established, are in urgent need of reinvention. Over the past few years, challenges to the industry have been myriad. As habits change and Brits increasingly shun a night of pints and packets of crisps in favor of a bottle of wine at home, many “wet pubs”—those that serve only drinks—have closed their doors.


At Gucci Beauty, Thomas de Kluyver Is All About Breaking Boundaries
From a lipstick ad featuring a close-up of punk musician Dani Miller’s gap-toothed smile to runway looks with mascara “tears,” false-eyelash eyebrows, and glossy lips and lids on models of all genders, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s vision for Gucci Beauty is invariably clever, inclusive, and subversive. As Thomas de Kluyver, Gucci’s global makeup consultant, puts it, “It’s about self-expression, identity, and fluidity.” During the film presentation of Aria, Michele’s opulent fall collection, both boys and girls walked the runway while applying lipstick and checking their reflections in glamorous gold compacts, simple gestures that defy conventional notions of beauty and manage to turn ordinary makeup objects into covetable accessories.


How does progress happen?
The discipline of “progress studies” wants to figure out what drives discoveries and inventions so we can supercharge human flourishing.

What makes inventions and discoveries happen? Are they mostly the work of lone geniuses? The product of highly productive universities and research centers? Is funding, public and private, the best way to jumpstart innovation, or will it happen at its own idiosyncratic pace no matter how much money you throw at R&D?
These are very difficult questions to answer. But there’s a budding new area of research — its practitioners are calling it “progress studies” — dedicated to answering them, or at least to push them toward the forefront of our thinking.
The progress studies movement is very small — mostly a handful of bloggers and researchers — but it’s one of the more intriguing intellectual movements out there. One of its leading figures is Jason Crawford, the author of a blog called The Roots of Progress that explores the history of important inventions and discoveries. Recent posts have been wide-ranging: an explanation of an 1857 proposal to crowdfund a transcontinental railroad; a collection of horrifying stories about factory accidents and how workplace safety eventually grudgingly won the day; the story of steam-engine cars and why internal combustion engine cars beat them.


Rare Norman Hartnell fashion illustrations for Princess Anne up for auction
Sir Norman Hartnell was one of the best known royal couturiers of his generation

From the Queen’s Coronation Dress to Princess Margaret’s wedding dress – and more recently Princess Beatrice’s bridal gown, a repurposed vintage piece belonging to her grandmother – Sir Norman Hartnell was one of the most renowned royal couturiers of the 20th century. Now, royal fans have the chance to get their hands on rare artefacts relating to the late British designer, including his original designs for dresses for Princess Anne.







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