T LOunge for November 10th, 2021

Posted on November 10, 2021

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Darlings, today is WEDNESDAY, which is semi-officially “hunker in your bunker” or “get down in the grotto” day ’round these parts; a day for eschewing sunlight and responsibility for coziness, cocktails and gossip. Granted, that’s pretty much every day around here, but we’re in the business of distraction, so that’s to be expected. So let’s get distracted, dolls. Ice-breakers can be found below. Please sample freely while we head back to the content kitchen and whip up some dishes for the day.

 

Elie Tahari Is The Embodiment Of The American Dream
A new documentary traces the designer’s journey from sleeping on a park bench to becoming a fashion mogul.

They say that if you can make it in there, you can make it anywhere. Nobody knows this better than Elie Tahari, who famously arrived in New York in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket and slept on a bench in Central Park. Born in Jerusalem, the Israeli designer spent his formative years living in a refugee camp with no electricity or running water. “I remember the other kids used to make jokes out of me because my clothes were dirty and wrinkled,” he says.
If only they knew who they were dealing with. In a new documentary, The United States of Elie Tahari, now streaming on Vimeo, Tahari recounts his journey from fleeing Iran with his family to building a billion-dollar fashion empire.

 

Kerry Washington’s Latest Jewelry Collaboration With Aurate Is Genderless
Bonus: every piece is sustainable and made from 100 percent recycled gold.

Actress, producer, philanthropist, investor, Emmy winner, Kerry Washington has always been a leading lady. And her resume just keeps building. Next up: This holiday season, the multi-hyphenate is debuting her third jewelry collection with female-founded sustainable fine jewelry brand Aurate. Featuring Art Deco details, gold finishes, and a touch of topaz, the “Be the Lead” collection consists of five stunning pieces—all sustainably sourced, and made to be worn by all genders.
I take my partnerships very seriously. Life is too short to partner with people who you don’t want to be creating with. When I met these founders, Sofi [Kahn] and Bouchra [Ezzahraoui], I was blown away by them. They’re incredibly inspiring and impressive women. I loved their vision to democratize fine jewelry. I love working in a luxury space that makes fine jewelry more attainable for more people.

 

This Celebrity Photographer Single-Handedly Defined the 2000s
Markus Klinko’s images of pop stars from Beyoncé to Britney Spears are on exhibition this fall.

Photographer Markus Klinko’s images will instantly transport you back to the 2000s.
Klinko’s journey into photography began in 1994, following a few-years stint as a professional harp player. Since then, he’s gone on to photograph the likes of Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, and more. He has created some of the most recognizable album covers in recent memory as well, including Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love, Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi, and David Bowie’s Heathen. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his initial collaboration with the late Bowie, Klinko’s most esteemed work will be on exhibition in a series of art gallery openings in Munich, Toronto, Vienna, London, and Dubai.
His images defined the early-aughts aesthetic. “The people that really love the 2000s are generally people who were very, very young at that time. Now they’re in their 30s. And they’re very melancholic about that,” Klinko says.

 

The Billion Dollar Question
Why can’t the military fix its violence against women problem? Congress is on the precipice of ushering in the biggest shift in military policy since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But would it have saved 21-year-old airman Natasha Aposhian?

Over more than a decade, Congress has provided the military with $1 billion to address the issues service women disproportionately face. Per a 2018 Department of Defense survey, 63 percent of the estimated 20,500 service members who experienced sexual assault were women, despite making up only 16.5 percent of the military. But while sexual assault in the military is often called an “epidemic,” and the movement to combat military violence against women has focused around it for years, intimate partner violence, by contrast, against both civilians and fellow soldiers, has been more overlooked. During a 2019 subcommittee hearing, California Congresswoman Jackie Speier described it as a “forgotten crisis.”

 

Message in a Bottle
“Why do I feel so strongly that letters express deep transness?” Jeanne Thornton writes. “Maybe because part of transition is narrative, which is always an adornment applied to facts.”

In 2010, I started to come out to people in my life in conversations, in phone calls, and sometimes in letters. Some of these letters were to trans elders—questions that today I’m astonished they had the grace to answer. Some were letters to cis friends at a distance, trying to articulate my transness. How had I known, and what would I want? What would I wear? What would my name become; what would my body become? What pills would I take, what surgeries? Who and how would I love? Who will want to hurt me, and, more quietly, do I deserve not to be hurt?

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Life Before the Internet and Why We Need to Set Boundaries With Our Devices
Tim Cook is the first to acknowledge that with great power comes great responsibility. Here, he shares his “North Star,” how he’s building his legacy, and why we should put the phone down and go for a walk.

The air at Apple Park, in Cupertino, Calif., is so fresh, you’d think Apple made it. Here, in a ring-shaped building around which one can walk in an infinite loop, is the heart of the world’s communications, the maker of people’s tools for modern life (the iPhone alone surpassed a billion active devices earlier this year). Before the low-key Tim Cook, then a VP at Compaq, joined the company in 1998, he met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs said to him, “I want to change the world.” Cook, as so many of us have since, signed up.

 

Princess Diana’s Friend Jemima Khan Has Stepped Down From Co-Writing ‘The Crown’ Season 5
She didn’t agree with the portrayal of her late friend.

The Crown season 4 was generally kind to Princess Diana, making viewers everywhere empathize with her difficult time in the royal family. Not so with the upcoming season 5—at least according to one of the late royal’s close friends, Jemima Khan, who has recently stepped down from her role as a screenwriter on the series.

 

Coca-Cola’s Iconic Santa Claus Will Be on Cameo This Year
Cola fans can enter to win one of 1,500 personalized videos made by the bearded guy himself.

Even in an age when celebrities are sharing their lives with us on social media, Cameo has found a noteworthy niche: offering the unique opportunity to receive personalized video messages from celebrities most people could never access otherwise. But those messages are inherently detached — it’s not like these videos are the start of a genuine friendship.
So when you think about it, Cameo is a perfect place for Santa: He’s the original one-sided relationship. And this year, when Coca-Cola announced that their iconic Santa will, for the first time, be making “real life” appearances, Cameo was their platform of choice.

 

25 of Sex and the City’s Best Side Characters, Ranked
Ah, Sex and the City. A show where adult, female, four-way friendship looked aspirational instead of exhausting (sorry, friend group!); where a humble newspaper columnist could own a closetful of Manolos; and where new blood appeared regularly to spice up the cast. After many, many, many viewings of old Sex and the City episodes, we’re ready to rule on the show’s best side characters. Below, find a comprehensive (though by no means complete) list of all the best Sex and the City characters who aren’t Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, Samantha, or their romantic partners. Enjoy, and let it inspire you to fit in an entire SATC rewatch before the reboot drops in December.

 

Every Time Blake Lively Rocked ‘Gossip Girl’ Chic On The Red Carpet
A red carpet dream

Whether she’s opting for chic Chanel or beautiful Valentino, Blake Lively takes the best of her upper east side Gossip Girl alter ego Serena van der Woodsen and creates ultra glamorous, and totally high fashion looks we’re a little bit obsessed with. Check out every dreamy red carpet outfit Blake Lively’s ever worn.

 

A Basic Guide to America’s Most Beloved Regional Chili Recipes
Have you “bean” to any of these chili destinations?

Whether your mom mastered a multi-generational recipe, your community held chili cookoffs, or you frequented the Wendy’s drive-thru, your idea of chili probably stems from the version you grew up on. And if you hail from one of these chili-loving locations — Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Missouri, or New Mexico — your ideal chili likely looks different than your neighbors’ in other states. From ingredients to serving style, here’s what sets regional chili recipes apart.

 

Breaking Down The Royal Family’s Unusual Christmas Traditions
There are many surreal moments in Pablo Larraín’s Spencer (take Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess of Wales, eating a pearl necklace and conversing with the spirit of Anne Boleyn), but not all of the royal family’s quirks at Christmastime are fantasy. Case in point: the Queen’s request that all guests hop onto a weighing scale at the beginning and end of the festivities – an entrenched Windsor tradition that reportedly horrified Diana. Also distinctly real: the Boxing Day shoot, when the family hunts pheasants together around the 20,000-acre estate. Eccentric, maybe, but it’s the House of Windsor that established many of our best-loved Christmas rituals during the Victorian era.

 

Christian Siriano on Shooting Project Runway during COVID and why Lady gaga is “Fabulous”
15 years into his career, Christian Siriano is only at the beginning of expanding his fashion and design empire.

On a warm Thursday evening in October, gays, lesbians, and drag queens gathered outside Norwalk, Connecticut’s Troupe429, where Christian Siriano has come to support his boyfriend, Kyle Smith, on his debut pop-up shop. The event is for Smith’s menswear brand, Future Lovers of Tomorrow, which he created during the pandemic and is now selling his clothes in-person where fashion nerds shop and potentially bump into Siriano. Luckily, I had the luxury of speaking to Christian directly, but I couldn’t call him the winner of Project Runway, the show that jump-started his now multimillion-dollar empire, because he just doesn’t like it. I was unsure of how his personality would translate to meeting him in real life after watching him compete on the reality competition show back in 2007. Instead, Siriano shared that he approaches building fashion fantasies through prioritizing inclusivity.
The fearlessly flamboyant personality that was ever-present on season four of, dare I say it, Project Runway 14 years ago and is now a matured, 35-year-old business-focused designer who is humbly dressing A-list celebrities and politicians. As a mentor on the show along with endless projects ahead of him, he’s one of America’s most successful new designers who keeps expanding his empire. 

 

The Question We’ve Stopped Asking About Teen-Agers and Social Media
Should they be using these services at all?

The trouble started in mid-September, when the Wall Street Journal published an exposé titled “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.” The article revealed that Facebook had identified disturbing information about the impact of their Instagram service on young users. It cited an internal company presentation, leaked to the paper by an anonymous whistle-blower, that included a slide claiming that “thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse.” Another slide offered a blunter conclusion: “Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression. This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.”

 

Major contemporary artists design plates to aid homeless in New York
For the 2021 edition of the Artist Plate Project, Ai Weiwei, Mickalene Thomas, Virgil Abloh and more step up to the plate to raise urgent funds for the homeless community in New York City

We’ve all had a lot on our plates in recent times. The same could be said for Coalition for the Homeless, which for the second year, has transformed the humble dinner plate – a symbol of home, community, and nourishment – into a canvas for world-renowned art.
Last year, following the Covid-19-forced cancellation of its annual gala Artwalk NY, the charity went back to the drawing board to think up an inventive alternative to raising urgent funds for New York’s homeless community during a time of increased precariousness. The inaugural edition of the Artist Plate Project raised $1.5m to support New York’s most vulnerable citizens, with many artists’ plates being snapped up by eager collectors in under 60 seconds.

 

Julia Child’s Former Washington, D.C. Home Just Hit the Market for $3.5 Million — See Inside
To truly master the art of French cooking, cultivating the right environment is key. So why not cook in the very kitchen where cultural icon and celebrity chef Julia Child wrote the famous tome? Now that the TV personality’s D.C. home is on the market, you might just have a chance.
The TV personality’s 19th century yellow clapboard house was her pride and joy. Nicknaming it her “little jewel,” Child lived in the 3,275-square-foot Georgetown home with her husband Paul from 1948 to 1961. After the couple moved out, the house at 2706 Olive Street NW passed through a series of renters who left the historic home in disarray.

 

Coffee as we know it is in danger. Can we breed a better cup?
Farmers in the Bean Belt perilously depend on just two species. New breeding — and traditional growing practices — could fix that.

The rare coffee plant sat on an isolated ridge in northern Sierra Leone, a lone shrub with thin leaves and marble-sized fruits. A team of researchers had spent over a year searching for it, only to discover the plant hadn’t begun to fruit. If they hoped to scale up this uncommon variety, they would need to find it a mate.
This wasn’t just any species of coffee plant. It’s one that could help pull the world’s beloved beverage out of the dire straits it finds itself in today. Coffee is under attack from all sides. It’s threatened by climate change, by a deadly fungal disease that has devastated crops, and by risky farming practices. And at the root of it all is a startling vulnerability: The coffee we cultivate and drink today, which sustains an industry valued at over $100 billion, comes from just two species — and research on others is woefully behind.

 

Why there are so many black-and-white movies in 2021
From Passing to Belfast, The French Dispatch to Gunda, the monochrome movie is back in full force — and for interesting new reasons.

Black and white — which never really went away — is huge at the movies this year. Conventional wisdom says that audiences are bored by black and white, but the 2021 offerings suggest that maybe the larger culture is finally ready to see this for what it is: an aesthetic choice, another tool in the filmmaker’s toolbox.
Stumble into a theater right now, and you might catch Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s drama about his childhood during the Troubles, filmed almost entirely in black and white save for a few brightly colored movie screens, a theater performance, and footage of contemporary Belfast at the very beginning. Or you could see C’mon C’mon, Mike Mills’s family drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, and newcomer Woody Norman, a film that looks back at one family’s past to try to understand the future.

 

Discover the influence of ancient Islamic art on Cartier at this dazzling Parisian exhibition
Francesca Cartier Brickell, a descendent of the jewellery dynasty, reviews a glittering exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

‘Never copy only create’ was the motto of the three Cartier brothers, Louis, Pierre and Jacques. The idea, my grandfather Jean-Jacques Cartier explained, was that inspiration could – and indeed should – come from everywhere except from existing jewellery. And so the Cartiers and their designers soaked up ideas from their surroundings: they walked barefoot through ancient temples, marvelled at modern skyscrapers, were first in line at ground-breaking theatre productions and never without a sketchbook as they wandered through museums. The seeds of inspiration came from far and wide, from old and new, but somehow the jewels they inspired always tapped into the mood of the day: the almond-shaped motifs in a 1920s bandeau may have been inspired by pre-Islamic Iranian book-bindings but made in diamonds, framed by rubies and set against black steel, they became strikingly avant-garde.

 

It’s Never Too Late to Become a Bollywood Actor
Richard Klein left behind his life as a Hebrew day school teacher in California and became an actor in Mumbai, often playing a “mean British officer.”

By most accounts, Richard Klein had a pretty good life: a solid job as a teacher at a Hebrew day school in Oakland, Calif.; friends that were like family, and a passion for singing and dancing that ruled his nights and weekends. But one morning, at the age of 45, he woke up and realized that he had yet to embrace his full potential. He wanted to break into Bollywood.
“I’ve always loved performing, and I was listening to Indian classical and devotional music a lot,” at the time, Mr. Klein said. The 2001 Bollywood epic “Lagaan” inspired him to try and make his passion his profession. “Things have come full circle,” he said, adding that he appears in the 2022 film “Lal Singh Chaddha” with Aamir Khan, who starred in “Lagaan.”

 

 

 

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