T LOunge for November 1st, 2021

Posted on November 01, 2021

Le Grand Véfour Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France

 

Let’s get a little grandiose and full of ourselves today. After all, it’s MONDAY and we could all use a little pretension to help us get through. We have to dash to go find some celebrities who made bad choices over the weekend, so we’ll leave you with a little history about today’s LOunge: “Le Grand Véfour, the first grand restaurant in Paris, France, was opened in the arcades of the Palais-Royal in 1784 by Antoine Aubertot, as the Café de Chartres, and was purchased in 1820 by Jean Véfour, who was able to retire within three years, selling the restaurant to Jean Boissier.”

 

 

Timothée Chalamet: how the prince of indie grew into a multiplex star
“We took to calling him ‘Prince Timmée’ in our posts because there’s a sort of aristocracy, cosplay element to his style, very Le Petit Prince,” says Lorenzo Marquez, co-editor of fashion commentary site Tom + Lorenzo. “He and his team know how to play with the perceptions of him: when you have a name like Timothée Chalamet, American audiences in particular are likely to see you as somehow more sophisticated and privileged than the usual movie star.”
“He’s very savvy about avoiding the one thing that trips up so many young male stars when they hit it big: he’s not trying to grow up or grow out too fast,” says Tom Fitzgerald of Tom + Lorenzo.

 

Christian Siriano Is The Hottest New Museum Acquisition
The designer’s first solo show is now open at the SCAD Museum of Art.

“I cringe when I hear the word ‘museum retrospective,’” he says. “I’m only 35! I get that to these kids, it sounds ancient—remember when we were students? Thirty was this impossible number. Now, it’s just, like, life!” he laughs. “So I’m not going by ‘retrospective.’ I’m just calling it, ‘The First Decade.’”
Call it what you want, but the exhibit is a big one. Formally titled “People Are People,” it’s officially open at the SCAD Museum of Art. Among the pieces on display are Lizzo’s glimmering Grammy gown, Lili Reinhart’s recent Met Gala look, and a lime green tulle dress worn by Céline Dion in concert, complete with a matching microphone pocket in the back. The whole show is arranged by color, a Skittles moment made with couture; it opens with Billy Porter’s black velvet Oscar gown from 2019, which will next appear in London’s V&A museum.

 

Everything We Know About WWI Love Story The History Of Sound
A new film directed by Oliver Hermanus and based off a Pushcart Prize winning story by Ben Shattuck will be starring The Crown’s Josh O’Connor and Normal People’s Paul Mescal as two men who fall in love during WWI. Titled The History of Sound after the story’s name, the movie is already creating quite a stir.
The original short story focused on two young men, Lionel and David, played respectively by Mescal and O’Connor. During World War I, the pair begins recording the voices and music of American countrymen, also catching insights into their lives. Heralded as a love story, there will also be an element of romance to Lionel and David’s journey together.
Embankment is repping the film in America, and one of their producers Tim Haslam described the story by saying, “Ben Shattuck beautifully combines the epic and intimate minutiae of life, capturing the freedom and truth of human instinct and its conflict with expectation. The History of Sound gives us so much to experience and take home.”

 

Adam Lippes on How It Feels to Dress the First Lady
Dr. Jill Biden wore the designer’s navy midi dress to meet the Pope this morning.

The First Lady and President Joe Biden met with the Pope to kick off their trip to Europe, which is only the second foreign tour of Biden’s presidency so far. The moment had particular historic significance; it’s been over half a century since the last time Catholic U.S. President sat down with the leader of the Catholic church at the Vatican.
For the occasion Dr. Biden wore a textured navy sheath dress by Lippes with a matching blazer over it, along with a pair of navy Marion Park heels. Over her hair, she pinned a black lace mantilla by Gigi Burris, conforming to Vatican protocol that requires women to cover their heads when meeting with the Pope.

 

The Mental Health Impacts of Beauty Filters on Social Media Shouldn’t Be Ignored — Here’s Why
Experts say it plays a subconscious role on self-esteem and confidence.

Whether you’re on Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok, chances are you’ve dabbled in playing with the filters on these apps. Filters can be fun, especially ones that turn you into Pixar characters or give you a whole new face. Sometimes they can even make us feel seen and beautiful, like the Belle filter on TikTok, which highlighted aegyo-sal or puffy under eyes, which is a feature that mainly Asian women have. Videos of TikTok users celebrating that they finally had a filter that enhanced their natural features went viral.

 

The History of the Corset Is a Controversial One
2021’s most popular trend has been around for centuries — and it definitely didn’t start out as sexy.

When Bridgerton first premiered on Netflix in December 2020, nobody could have predicted the passionate Regency era phenomenon that ensued. Fans of the show became fans of the same-titled book series by Julia Quinn (skyrocketing its sales and ranking to number one on The New York Times best-sellers list in the process), and outwardly craved more steamy romance scenes between The Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) and socialite Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor). But the fandom’s infatuation didn’t end with the season finale or the last pages of the novel. It also translated into everyday wardrobes through statement pieces that were popular during that time in history, such as pearl jewelry, empire-waist dresses, and corsets — so many corsets.

 

With Passing, Rebecca Hall Honors Her Family’s Complicated History
I considered my mother’s life—growing up in an atmosphere of secrecy in which her father’s darker-skinned siblings could visit only after sundown, witnessing the racist humiliation of her father and her family upon the neighbors’ discovery of his “true” identity—it became clear to me that his decision, for which I have nothing but empathy, had resonances that went beyond his own life. Many family dynamics that I had always seen as more or less psychological in origin began to appear much more socially and economically determined.
What is the emotional legacy of a life lived in hiding? It is a question I hope anyone who watches my film will consider. One of the obvious consequences of my grandfather’s choice is that my mother also passed, though unlike her father she did so without much volition. Instead of inheriting his history (which, as it happens, is a truly extraordinary story of genius and resilience that goes back to the American Revolution, in which my many-times-great grandfather Bazabeel served as one of only a few thousand Black soldiers on the American side), she inherited his denial of that history, and she honored her father as any child would. She also passed that denial on to me.

 

Secrets of a Professional Palate
Salt, fat, acid, sweetness. When these elements exist in harmony, it is magic. But to tear them apart, to pinpoint perfection, who can do that? Chefs can, and here’s what they can teach us.

Everything I know about food is based upon balance. As a child growing up in a Chinese household, if I craved something fried and indulgent like a bag of Doritos or the ubiquitous spring rolls at weekend dim sum, the indulgence would be followed up by a crisp cucumber or a banana, pressed into my hand. I understood balance not to be science, but necessity.
This notion of balance was informed by a loose interpretation of qi–of hot being mitigated with cool and vice versa. This balance has since followed me, haunted me through a life of cooking with the aim to alleviate homesickness, and then later, cooking as a career.

 

Lily Collins Is Making Her Move
Lily Collins has been famous since she was a teen, garnering awards, accolades…and her fair share of column inches. After the enormous success of Emily in Paris, she tells Alice Wignall why she’s finally taking control of her own story

‘For me as Emily, but also as a producer on [the show], after season one, hearing people’s thoughts, concerns, questions, likes, dislikes, just feelings about it, there were certain things that spoke to the time that we’re living in and what’s right, and moral and correct and should be done. And [that was] something that I felt passionate about. [The producers] all believed in the same things. And I really wanted diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera to be something that we really put our focus on, in a lot of ways. Hiring new people in front of the camera, also giving new storylines to different characters, which was really important.’

 

“It Was Like Hosting The Ultimate Party”: An Oral History Of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette
There would be no beheadings in her script – nor much to do with the French Revolution at all. Rather than reduce the queen to a sentence she never actually said – “Let them eat cake” – Coppola wanted to show Marie Antoinette as she was: a young woman never taught to consider life outside the gilded gates of Versailles. “Marie was just 14 when she got sent over from Austria to become the Queen of France,” Coppola recently told Vogue. “I felt compelled to portray how her story had been misrepresented over time. I had this idea of how to interpret her life in a way that felt youthful and girly instead of academic.”

 

Take a Private Jet Around the World in Search of the Finest Cheeses — With This $300,000 Vacation Package
Around the world in 80 chèvres, camemberts, and goudas.

What if you put one of America’s foremost cheese experts in charge of your cheese-fueled journey? That’s exactly what Air Charter Service wants to offer, complete with a customized itinerary. By booking its new private charter cheese trip on board one of the service’s private jets, James Beard Award-winning Laura Werlin, who calls herself “an American cheese cheerleader” on her Twitter page, makes all the decisions for you — after some preliminary probing to find out what your palate prefers. Examples of stops on the private-jet journey — which is not limited to one country and can instead be an around-the-world adventure — might include a five-star restaurant with a cheese cart as premier as its cuts of meat, hanging with a city’s most beloved cheesemonger, and trekking to an off-the-beaten-path (but completely worth it) creamery to meet the cows, sheep, and goats whose milk is woven into the final product.

 

Will Ferrell Just Wants to Entertain You (and Himself)
The ‘Shrink Next Door’ producer-star on building (and winnowing) his empire, splitting with collaborator and pal Adam McKay and chasing the funny above all else: “I’ve always loved making other people laugh. I’ve just never needed to make you like me.”

Making people laugh — his fans, his collaborators, himself — is still a priority for Ferrell. Sure, the 54-year-old has dabbled in more dramatic fare, including his upcoming turn, opposite Paul Rudd, in the anticipated Apple TV+ series The Shrink Next Door (dropping Nov. 12); but he’s not looking to turn his back on the genre that made him famous, nor is he desperate to be taken seriously in the way so many of his predecessors were. You won’t see him pursuing straight-up Oscar bait, or using his work to make pointed political statements, even if the winds of comedy have blown in that direction. And while he’s not going to throw shade on projects that set out to say something — “because those are great,” he says, “and more than needed” — he wants to laugh at unabashed silliness again, and he’s hopeful you do, too.

 

Stanley Tucci Is Savoring It All
The actor and food-show host discusses writing a memoir, surviving oral cancer, and his most memorable terrible meal.

As Tucci explains in his new memoir, “Taste: My Life Through Food,” his career has orbited the world of food and drink nearly from the start. The book is a decidedly un-Hollywood memoir that traces Tucci’s path from son (and grandson) of magnificently talented Italian American home cooks up through his most recent project, the CNN series “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy,” in which he takes on the role of culinary tour guide. He writes that the realization that food, and not acting, is the central passion of his life came in 2017, after he was diagnosed with a form of oral cancer, the treatment for which destroyed his taste buds and left him temporarily reliant on a feeding tube. “Food not only feeds me, it enriches me,” he writes. “All of me. Mind, body, and soul.” Tucci and I spoke recently via video chat, as part of The New Yorker Festival. Our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity, touches on the process of writing a memoir, the importance of truth in art, and why terrible meals aren’t always bad.

 

I Walked a 200-mile Mountain Trail Through Italy With My Granddaughter — Here’s What We Learned
John Martin, 81, reflects on the trip of a lifetime with his 16-year-old granddaughter, Ella Jane.

“Count me in, Pops!” That was my granddaughter’s response when I invited her to make a 200-mile trek through the Apennines range of mountains down central Italy. I chose this trek after reading an account by a photographer friend who had done it several years ago.
A little history: A Catholic frier from a hill town in Italy lived and preached a life of poverty. He believed that he should pattern his life as closely as he could to that of Jesus. Others began to follow him and his teachings.
The trek we aimed to walk approximates the path taken by Francis and his first 11 followers from La Verna, Italy, to Rome in 1209 to seek permission from Pope Innocent III to establish a new religious order. We are not Catholic but can trace our religious heritage through Francis and his contemporaries.

 

21 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World
These beautiful waterfalls are well worth the trip.

It’s hard to explain exactly why waterfalls are so enchanting, but there’s no denying their effect. They top travelers’ lists and are so cherished, they’re often protected by parks or UNESCO designations. Each year, people traverse the globe just to witness the magnetic power of water pouring over a cliff’s edge and plummeting to the earth below. And while these wonders exist all over the world — from the lush hills of Hawaii to the rugged coast of Iceland — there’s no denying that some waterfalls are a little extra special, and perhaps slightly more beautiful than the rest.
From falls heralded as the largest, tallest, or most powerful in the world to little-known waterfalls with enticing swimming pools at their feet, these are some of the best and most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

 

The Stunning Grandeur of Soviet-Era Metros
Between 2014 and 2020, Frank Herfort visited more than 770 metro stations in 19 cities, creating a remarkable archive of architectural and artistic splendor.

Between 2014 and 2020, I photographed all of the existing Soviet-era metros, ultimately visiting more than 770 stations in 19 cities. My goal was to create as close to a full archive of the metros as I possibly could.
It wasn’t just the individual stations that captured my imagination — though many are undeniably stunning in their own right. Rather, it was the entire underground system, both in Moscow and extending out to other former Soviet cities, that inspired me: the mystique, the immensity, the pervading sense of colossal authority.
For a long time the project seemed impossibly daunting. The number of stations felt endless, each full of transecting passengers and decorative features.
The Moscow Metro alone, which opened in 1935 and serves as a propagandistic model of Soviet might, has more than 200 stations and spans hundreds of miles.
And yet the beauty and grandeur of the stations propelled me ever onward — to visit the next, and the next, and the next.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: grand-vefour.com]

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