Weeshuys Bar and Restaurant – Geertruidenberg, Netherlands
Kittens, it’s quite possible that your asses, like ours, are dragging today. This is, after all, the longest work week of the year. We all could use a little pick-me-up and Lorenzo has helpfully provided today’s loud and obnoxious LOunge. Think of it as visual espresso. Now down that demitasse and get started on your procrastinating for the day. As always, we’re here to help you be as irresponsible and unproductive as humanly possible. To use the one line from Mad Men we quote most often to each other, “Enjoy the liquor and delicatessen!”
Surprise! Lily Collins and Charlie McDowell Are Married
The Emily in Paris star broke the big news on Instagram with stunning photos from their secret nuptials.
Congratulations are in order for Lily Collins! The Emily in Paris star married her longtime love, director Charlie McDowell, in a secret ceremony in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, over the holiday weekend.
Collins confirmed the news of her nuptials on Instagram, where she shared a series of stunning photos from the pair’s wedding. The bride wore an elegant long-sleeved, lace-embellished Ralph Lauren gown for her special day, while the groom looked dapper in a classic black tuxedo.
In her first post, Collins shared an image of the pair kissing against the rustic, woodsy backdrop that set the scene for their ceremony. “I’ve never wanted to be someone’s someone more than I do yours, and now I get to be your wife,” Collins wrote alongside the post. “On September 4th, 2021 we officially became each other’s forever. I love you beyond @charliemcdowell.”
How 9/11 Changed the Fashion Industry Forever
New York Fashion Week in September 2001 was supposed to be the biggest one yet. Instead, on a bright, clear Tuesday morning, the world changed forever. Twenty years after 9/11, the industry remembers.
New York Fashion Week Spring 2002—scheduled to run from Friday, September 7, through Friday, September 14, 2001—was a heady time in the city. The MTV Video Music Awards were held in New York on September 6, with Britney Spears and a snake serving as NYFW’s unofficial opening act. Just three years before, Helmut Lang had helped make New York one of the Big Four fashion capitals, alongside London, Milan, and Paris, when he announced that he would show in September rather than November, prompting the rescheduling of NYFW from last to first. The event became a cultural magnet, with a cavalcade of designers, models, and celebrities and thousands of international journalists flying in to cover it.
Fresh off his graffiti handbag collaboration for Marc Jacobs’s Louis Vuitton, artist Stephen Sprouse had given NYFW’s main venue, the tents at Bryant Park, a neon makeover for the Spring 2002 season. More than 40 collections, including those from Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, and Tommy Hilfiger, had shown by the time Jacobs introduced his first fragrance, Marc Jacobs Perfume, with the blowout party of the new century on the evening of September 10.
Britney Spears’s Father Has Petitioned to End Her Conservatorship
“Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship,” a filing obtained by People states.
According to a court filing obtained by People, Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, has filed to end the conservatorship he has had over her for 13 years. Though he reluctantly stepped down as the conservator in mid-August, Jamie had been in control of Britney’s personal and financial life for over a decade beforehand, which she detailed in explosive testimony earlier this year, saying the arrangement forced her into work obligations she wouldn’t have chosen, and that it forbade her from having her IUD removed or marrying her longtime partner.
Inside the Wedding that Changed the Royal Family Forever
An except from the new book The Mountbattens peeks inside the powerful, political, and very privileged life of one of British aristocracy’s most storied couples.
The wedding had attracted attention around the world with entire issues of magazines devoted to it, postcards and souvenirs produced to commemorate the occasion, and a 14-minute film for Pathé News. The list of presents took up a whole page of The Times and included, for Edwina, a pendant with the royal cipher in diamonds from Queen Alexandra, a brooch from the Aga Khan, a horse from the Maharajah of Jaipur, and the bracelet she had only recently returned to a previous suitor, Geordie, Duke of Sutherland. Mountbatten’s gifts were of a more practical bent, reflecting his interests—a ship’s telescope, a copper hot-water jug and an aneroid barometer—and from the King, the award Knight Commander Victorian Order to add to his cherished Japanese Order of the Rising Sun and Grand Cross Order of the Nile. Finally, at 5 p.m., they set off in the Rolls-Royce for the bride’s family home, Broadlands, to begin their married life together.
The Restauranteur Bringing Paris’s Café Culture Back to Life
The pandemic shut down dining as we knew it. Rose Chalalai Singh is doing her part to revive it—with a modern twist.
Although the 41-year-old from Bangkok has already overseen her share of culinary spaces in Paris—including the low-key Ya Lamaï, which she relocated from the Marais to the 11th Arrondissement in 2015—today’s launch is especially poignant. Opened less than two months after pandemic lockdowns kept the city’s eateries closed for almost seven months, Rose Kitchen is a symbol of the tenacity of Paris’s café culture, a testament to how cafés are both the heartbeat and the nerve center of Paris society. More personally, it’s also a love offering to her adopted city and community.
Love Has Lost
Quasi-religious group Love Has Won claimed to offer wellness advice and self-care products, but what was actually being dished out by their late leader Amy Carlson Stroud—self-professed “Mother God”—was much darker. How our current conspirtualist culture is to blame.
Alternative healing is a major aspect of LHW’s philosophy and business model. According to the group’s teachings, lemon and baking soda can cure cancer, turmeric can cure diabetes, and frankincense relieves depression. The group created an “Ascension Guide” for followers, a lifestyle pamphlet of sorts containing affirmations and inaccurate health advice. It’s a myth that staring at the sun can cause blindness, the ascension guide reads: “As the sun enters your eyes, it burns away the darkness within you.” In a video from September 2020, a member says that a heart attack might really be the heart expanding: “The dark side has fooled all of humanity into thinking you’re having a heart attack, but when your heart is expanding…you get pain in your chest sometimes, down your arms. Just breathe. You are growing in love. So don’t run for the doctors, they’re not going to help you; love is helping you.”
4 Women Open Up About Living With Chronic Pain
We all experience aches and discomfort from time to time. But what’s it like to be in agony every single day? Learn how these individuals cope.
One in five. That’s the number of adults in the U.S. who live with chronic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unlike acute pain—which comes on suddenly and is triggered by something specific like, say, a cavity, a broken bone, a burn, or a cut—chronic pain is ongoing. And it can be caused by a number of conditions, from migraines, and arthritis to multiple sclerosis and even cancer. The women below offer a glimpse into what it’s like living with chronic pain day in and day out. Read their stories to realize you don’t have to suffer alone.
Yes, You Can Actually Watch the 2021 Met Gala This Year—Here’s How
Wondering how, and where, to watch the 2021 Met gala? Well, you’re in luck: Vogue is hosting the only official livestream of the event, which is known as fashion’s biggest night out. Occurring on September 13, the livestream will allow you to be a part of all the action as megawatt celebrities take to the steps of Metropolitan Museum in their finest attire—all with the simple click of a button.
Artist Mamma Andersson on Her Collaboration With Svenskt Tenn
In a book-filled studio in Stockholm, Karin Mamma Andersson creates paintings that transform the ordinary—vases, landscapes, and the like—into another realm that exists somewhere between fact and fiction. Because her subjects are familiar they might evoke a sort of existential sense of deja vu. This fall, Andersson’s work is being celebrated in a major and career spanning solo exhibition at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, on view through October 10th.
In Stockholm, a pandemic-stalled project with Svenskt Tenn finally came to life. The company, which is something of a national treasure, was founded in 1924 by artist Estrid Ericson, who cultivated talents in art, furniture, and interior design. The most fruitful of Ericson’s working relationships was with the Austrian architect Josef Frank. Together they created the Swedish Modern style, which combines functionality with expressive, nature-inspired forms and patterns. Andersson’s collection for Svenskt Tenn builds on these traditions. Titled The Discreet Charm, it includes freehand painted porcelains, as well as her installation at the store.
Julie Delpy’s Recipe For Success? Disregard Fame and Celebrity
“I can’t stand all the bullshit. It’s really hard for me, to the point that I don’t do it, and never did it.”
Since the late 1980s, Delpy has worked consistently in the film industry. She starred in films from directors Todd Solondz, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Jamie Babbit. Her role opposite Ethan Hawke in Before Sunrise and its two sequels (which she wrote) arguably positioned her as a cornerstone for a film that defined Gen-X. Delpy has been an indie cinema darling, a Hollywood starlet, and a celebrity of sorts, but she doesn’t necessarily see herself that way. Here, Delpy talks about her new Netflix endeavor and reflects on the breadth of her career, choosing to become a mother after directing her first film, and why she’s never been about “the bullshit.”
Death of a Storyteller Rare is the actor who can locate the specific in the universal and vice versa. Michael K. Williams was that actor.
Michael K. Williams made you believe.
Michael K. Williams made you believe in Omar Little, a legendary Baltimore stickup man so fearsome that when he strolled to the bodega in a silk robe to buy Honey Nut Cheerios for his boyfriend, kids shouted “Omar comin’!,” their elders scattered like pigeons, and drug dealers tossed stashes from windows to save him the bother of taking them. Michael K. Williams made you believe in Leonard Pine, a Black gay conservative Vietnam veteran in a cowboy hat whose lethal temper is leavened by a laid-back Steve McQueen cool in Hap and Leonard, and that he would be friends with a white liberal ex-hippie in the American South. Michael K. Williams made you believe that Boardwalk Empire’s Chalky White, a ruthless and worldly gangster and a leader in Atlantic City’s Black community, could fall instantly in love with a young nightclub singer and become so intoxicated by her talent and beauty that he’d jeopardize the power he had amassed and the bourgeois homelife he had built.
How Having Synesthesia Helps This Perfumer Create Unique Scents
A lot can happen when you smell a perfume — scents may remind us of our mothers, our exes, or moments in time. But when perfumer Frédéric Malle experiences a fragrance, he also perceives it as an array of colors. This is what it’s like to see — and smell — the world as someone who has synesthesia.
“One of the most effective ways to describe scent is with color,” says Frédéric Malle, founder of the perfume house Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. For Malle, associating fragrance with color is second nature. Born with a sensory-processing trait called synesthesia, he perceives a range of vivid, painterly strokes when he smells perfume—or anything at all. It’s an automatic response that plays a key role in his creative process. “When I’m developing a scent with a perfumer, I might suggest making it ‘darker’ or ‘more purple’ instead of adding a specific chemical,” he says. “This gives some direction while leaving room for interpretation. The result often surprises me.”
On the Texas abortion law, corporate America stays quiet
America’s biggest businesses still aren’t sure what to say about abortion.
Pushed by their customers and employees, big businesses and brands have become more willing to weigh in on big social and political issues in recent years, including voting rights and racial justice and immigration. But thus far, they are largely staying quiet on Texas’s anti-abortion law. Dating companies Bumble, based in Austin, and Match Group, based in Dallas, are some of the few major brands to speak out against the law and take action this month. Lyft followed, then Uber, in part because its drivers are among those who can be sued for driving people to get an abortion.
It’s unlikely that AT&T or Elon Musk or Tim Cook putting out a statement about Texas’s abortion law would have an immediate impact on the law itself or convince the lawmakers who put it in place to change course in the near term.
But the silence from corporate America on the issue is telling. Companies have become more comfortable with talking about controversial issues over the years. On abortion, however, many of them still aren’t there. They profess to care about gender equity, and this is a gender equity issue. But they’re not treating the Texas law that way.
The Other Sara Morrisons are ruining my inbox
Email is an awful online ID that we use for almost everything.
Emails sent to me that were meant for Other Sara Morrisons have given me a good deal of insight into — and a disturbing amount of access to — the lives of the many people who share my name. I know when and where their medical appointments are. I know when they give birth and am kept apprised about what their child ate and how often she pooped at daycare. I know when and where they’re going on vacation, what car they’re renting, and I get tickets to the theme parks they’ll visit when they get there.
I’ve been part of a monthslong job hunting process for one Other Sara Morrison and received the renewed occupational license for another … twice. I know their property tax payment issues. I know their addresses. I know their credit card numbers.
Jasper Conran to auction entire contents of New Wardour Castle next week
This September, the designer famous for his meticulous taste will be auctioning off a feast of 18th century artisanal pieces and one-of-a-kind furniture items in what is likely to be Christie’s sale of the year. Browse the collection now…
Jasper Conran of the multi-talented Conran dynasty, a designer of clothes for Diana, Princess of Wales, wedding dresses for Paula Yates and Lady Sarah Chatto and costumes for the Royal Ballet, sold his apartment last year. Not just any apartment, one within the spectacular Palladian mansion designed by the architect James Paine with additions by Giacomo Quarenghi, the lead architect behind Saint Petersburg in Russia. It’s quite a place that appeals to the discerning eye of a designer and New Wardour Castle did just that, occupying a space as arguably Wiltshire’s grandest property.
Now, the new owner of the apartment – that sold for £4 million last year – will be able to buy up each of the individual pieces to make it an exact replica of Conran’s domestic haven should they wish. For Conran is auctioning the entire contents of his exquisite English palace with Christie’s next week. The two-part auction, Jasper Conran: The Collection Parts I and II, which will be conducted both in the sale room and online this month, will surely be one of the highlights of the auction house’s calendar.
Weeshuys’ murals by Netherlands-based artist duo Niels van Swaemen and Kaspar van Leek from Studio Giftig.
[Photo Credit: hugointerieurvormgeving.nl, weeshuys.nl]