T LOunge for September 7th, 2021

Posted on September 07, 2021

Winter Garden Bar, Restaurant and Terrace – Dubrovnik, Croatia


Welcome back from your long weekend, kittens. We’ve decided to ease you into the day by serving up a Friday-appropriate LOunge. Enjoy the bright colors, comfy seats, and expansive view while you mutter into your coffee and wave people away from you. You may not have earned it, but who cares? You deserve it anyway.

We actually didn’t take the weekend off. There was so much activity at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend that we didn’t want to let too many of the looks get stale with three-days-later posts, so by all means, go check out all the opinionating we did while you were off partying and being irresponsible.

As for today, we have much in the pipeline, thank the content gods. We’re off to whip it into shape, so order whatever you want and chat amongst yourselves. Discussion prompts can be found below. Please use them responsibly.


Camille Cottin Is Ready for International Stardom
The Call My Agent! star on her big-screen breakouts in Stillwater and House of Gucci.

In the coming months she’ll appear in House of Gucci, opposite Lady Gaga and Adam Driver—”it’s going to be very interesting and rich in terms of the artistic direction,” she says, “you’re really in the Italian jet set in the 1990s, full of glitter, color, fur, marble, and gold”— and she’ll reprise her role as a shadowy crime boss in Killing Eve, but it’s Stillwater, a story about an American girl accused of murder in Marseilles, that’s set to make her a star stateside.


Dread at 30,000 feet: Inside the increasingly violent world of US flight attendants
Working as a flight attendant previously afforded Mitra Amirzadeh the freedom to explore the world — taking her from her home in Florida to destinations including Kenya, France and Spain.
As the pandemic spread, the perks of Amirzadeh’s job diminished. Now restricted to domestic US flights, her work involves navigating not only the fear of catching Covid-19, but also the recent uptick in disruptive passengers.
“I’m dealing with a lot of babysitting, which I never counted on doing,” Amirzadeh, who works for a low-cost US airline, tells CNN Travel. “The actual children on board behave better than the grown adults do.”


20 Different Ways To Style Your Senegalese Twists
At the rate the hair community is going, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to stay updated on the latest styles. Passion twists evolved into passion braids; Faux locs have been cut shorter to launch the trend of butterfly locs. So if you’re on the market for a new look but can’t quite adjust to the latest hairstyles, there’s nothing wrong with going back to the basics. Enter: Senegalese twists.


Billy Eichner’s Love Letter to New York City
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Billy Eichner pays tribute to the streets that continue to inspire him.

I’ve always said that Billy on the Street is a strange love letter of sorts to the people who walk these streets: rich, poor, every race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation — those New Yorkers were always the stars of the show. And what I’ve learned after years of filming here is that under the sometimes gruff surface, you’ll find the funniest, smartest, and most optimistic people, and that’s why it remains my favorite place in the world.


How Do Your Favorite Fashion Products Get Their Names?
The “Olivia” jacket? The “Devon” sandals? Turns out the personification of fashion goes deeper than you thought.

Over a decade ago, Coca Cola’s “Share a Coke” campaign took the world by storm, bringing us beverage bottles named ‘Laura’ and ‘Sarah’ and proving one key point: Everyone loves seeing their name on merchandise. In the fashion industry, the phenomenon of naming dresses, shoes, and handbags predates the famous campaign, and it’s so ubiquitous, we’ve come to take it for granted; from the Olivia jacket at Urban Outfitters to Mara Hoffman’s cult Sloane dress, it seems like most clothes say someone’s name. But what’s behind this insanely popular practice?


The Iciest Winter Nail Trends To Try Right Now
Five trends that can keep the coldest hands warm.

Warm up those cold digits with the hottest winter nail trends, according to celebrity manicurist (Hello, Blake Lively’s pressed flower manicure) Elle. Elle picked favorites and from frosted tips to chromed shades that shine, you’re bound to win best nails at all of your holiday parties this year.


Claudia Rankine on How Beyoncé Became an Icon
The award-winning poet and essayist charts how Beyoncé radically redefined what it means to be a pop icon.

Beyoncé’s brilliance walks the tightrope between a deliberate self-empowering personal journey of radical Black feminism for public consumption and a commitment to family and self-care. Her attention to herself and her family demonstrates a form of power built on practices that are inward facing. This sovereignty might be read as a departure from her role as a pop diva, but it ought to be seen as an attempt to place boundaries between the performer and the woman. The beauty of this is that the superiority of her work is what maintains her role as a cultural icon. She is not someone who wishes her “laundry in the streets.”


Brooke Shields Is Ready to Master TikTok
No longer just an app for Gen Z, TikTok has been taken over by Hollywood stars like Selena Gomez and Jessica Chastain. Another such high-profile star who recently got on board with the platform? Actor and model Brooke Shields.
With the help of her two teen daughters, Rowan and Grier, Shields launched her TikTok page in August (it already has more than 2.6 million likes and counting). But Shields tells Vogue she’s hardly a TikTok pro—yet. “I’m still afraid to touch anything,” says Shields. “If I do, all of a sudden I’m live. [My daughters] are like, ‘Mom, don’t touch anything. Don’t touch any buttons.’”


Craving Art This Fall? Here Are 57 Varieties
I’m not alone being a germaphobe anymore, and I’m sure I’m not alone in not having been inside a museum or gallery since leaving New York City in March 2020. So I’m hungrier than ever to see what’s coming up this fall, and I’m especially eager to see the fifth edition of MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York” survey of New York artists (47 of them this time, plus collectives; October 7–April 18, 2022). It’s a fine way to take the temperature of what’s going on right now. I’m also excited about Independent (September 9–12 at Cipriani South Street), the scrappy, free-spirited art fair that tears down walls between blue-chip and emerging galleries, and, as the New York Times’s Roberta Smith called it, “the one where you stand to learn the most about promising new art.”


Blythe Marks Is the Internet’s Most Colorful Vintage Dealer
The great thing about Blythe Marks is that she is not just a vintage dealer, but also a storyteller. Sure, her looks are absolutely fabulous. On her kaleidoscopic Instagram feed, she’ll pose in a hypnotic, face-printed Pleats Please pant and shirt set from 2001, a tiger stripe print mini dress by Vivienne Tam from the spring 1998 collection, and a Thierry Mugler highlighter yellow jacket that looks more like a sculpture than a garment. Marks has a way with words on Instagram and describes these pieces in a way that makes it easy for one to imagine themselves in those very threads.


Michaela Coel on the Power of Being a Misfit
When Michaela Coel was in drama school, teachers told her and her classmates they should become “yes” people if they hoped to make a living as storytellers, and that they should expect to be poor forever. Coel—most famous for writing, directing, and starring in HBO’s smash hit I May Destroy You, a fragmentary, terribly lucid gut punch of a series based on her own rape—initially loved the concept. “All of us united,” as she puts it. “Climbing toward storytelling at the risk of poverty, screaming, ‘Yes!”
But as Coel would soon learn in a bizarre in-class exercise, she was the only person in her cohort whose parents weren’t homeowners. Shaken, she went home and did what a “yes” person never would. “I wrote about the resilience borne from having no safety net at all,” she says. “Of having to climb ladders with no stable ground beneath you.”


When Did Weddings Become Marathons?
Chelsea Jones spent more money as a bridesmaid than it would’ve cost a single guest to attend her own Jamaican destination wedding for 10 days. Over the course of countless bridal showers, multi-day international bachelorette parties, and dress fittings, Jones, an occupational therapist and photographer in Alberta, Canada, estimates she spent around $10,000 on gifts and ancillary wedding events. Throughout her 20s and early 30s, Jones, 34, noticed the scope of weddings grew to encompass celebrations beyond the ceremony and reception. (A trend she’s now clocked among pregnancy and baby-related parties, too.) The amount of time and money she felt obligated to spend on weddings—weddings she was genuinely excited for, mind you—grew to a point where she wondered if there was a limit to what people would celebrate.


Spike Lee, Wendell Pierce, Joel McHale and More Mourn Michael K. Williams: ‘An Actor for the Ages’
As the news broke on Monday that Michael K. Williams had died at age 54 after being found in his Brooklyn residence, stars took to social media to remember the actor who starred in shows like “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
Director Spike Lee paid tribute to Williams in an Instagram post, featuring a photo of him and Williams cheering on the New York Knicks. “Whew Lawd,Dis Is A Tough Day-1st We Lose The Great French Actor JEAN PAUL BELMONDO And Now My Brother MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS,” Lee wrote. “Our Brother Passed Away Today In His Home,Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn. I’m Shook. Drinking A Bottle Of Italian Red Wine-Brunello Di Montalcino By Myself. Our Greats Are Leaving Us Left And Right. GOD BLESS.”


This Colorado Mushroom Festival Draws Visitors From Around the World — See the Magic of It All
Photographer Theo Stroomer shares his experience at the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

Katrina Blair walked for a week to get to the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. A wild foods expert, nonprofit founder, and restaurateur, Blair traveled more than 70 miles on foot from Durango to cook and present. Other visitors came from around the world — Canada, Chile, and Hawaii. Mushrooms and mushroom lovers popped up everywhere for the extended weekend in August. The festival, now in its 41st year, offers lectures, mushroom identification, networking opportunities, gourmet meals, and forays for foraging.


What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic
Hundreds of psychologists looked for ways to make people feel better during the pandemic — and they found one.

During the pandemic, I’ve spent a lot of time alone. I live by myself. I work from home. At times, I experienced fits of fidgetiness and restlessness, contributing to feelings of burnout. Here’s what helped: reappraising the situation.
What I was feeling was isolation, and the loneliness that comes with it. Instead of letting it gnaw at me, I tried to remember: Loneliness is normal, sometimes even useful. I remembered that sadness existed in part to remind me of something I really value, the company of other people. I knew, when the opportunity arose, I’d reorient myself to immersion with others. And when that time came, I’d embrace it; it was a reminder that I was still capable of feeling the joy I had been lacking. And as a consolation, that felt good.
Cognitive reappraisal — sometimes called cognitive reframing — is most commonly encountered in therapy, where it’s used to regulate emotions. It’s a component of cognitive behavioral therapy, a whole suite of strategies that can encourage positive patterns of thinking and behavior.
Reappraisals are useful. But they’re not something people learn exclusively in the context of clinical care. It’s arguably a skill we all can benefit from. And by “we all,” I mean just about everyone, all across the globe.


Remembering Jean-Paul Belmondo, the Suave French Film Icon Who Inspired Spielberg and Tarantino Alike
If Jean-Paul Belmondo had gotten his way, he would have been a stage actor. He applied to the Conservatoire de Paris three times before the illustrious drama school accepted him and spent the 1950s trying to launch a theater career.
Lucky for world cinema, Belmondo had greater success on screen, thanks to his role in 1960’s “Breathless,” the movie that launched the French New Wave — and instantly rendered everything Hollywood had been doing old-fashioned. In “Breathless,” Belmondo wasn’t playing a gangster so much as someone who had seen too many gangster movies, a self-styled tough guy who took Humphrey Bogart as his model. His crime spree feels more improvised than scripted, while his doesn’t-care, screw-society attitude effectively thumbed its nose at all the good reasons on-screen criminals had used to justify their actions before.


The most glamorous pictures from Venice Film Festival over the years
Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, the Duchess of York and more…

“Kirk Douglas, with beard, on a motorlaunch in Venice after his arrival by rail from Rome for the showing of Hollywood’s The Bad and The Beautiful , which was shown at the Film Festival, 1953”
“Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Taylor during the 2001 Film Festival”


Istria Is Croatia’s Hidden Gem—and the Melting Pot of the Adriatic
Croatia’s Istrian peninsula is rich with the bounties of earth and sea—and with remnants of the many cultures that have claimed it through the ages.

A who’s who of problematic empires ruled Istria until Croatia’s declaration of independence in 1991: Roman, Venetian, Napoleonic, Austro-Hungarian. After World War I, Italy and its Fascist regime forcibly Italianized the region, subjugating (and murdering) Croats and Slovenes, who fled to Yugoslavia. After World War II, Yugoslavia and its Communist regime forcibly de-Italianized the region, subjugating (and murdering) ethnic Italians, who fled to Italy, North America, and beyond.
Still, Italy’s influence is as culturally and culinarily embedded as the olive trees that have been grown here since the first century. Prosciutto is as revered as it is in Parma, but here it’s gamier, muskier, deeper in color, and cut in chips thick and sturdy enough to build a house of cards.





[Photo Credit: archello.com, hilton.com]

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