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Darlings, we’re back, you’re back, it’s MONDAY, and there’s just no point in being coy about any of it. Comfort yourself with some swankiness in today’s LOunge and try not to think too much about things if you can. That’s how we plan on tackling the day. We’re in the middle (literally) of our Christmas decorating and we’re thrilled to announce that, for the first time in at least five years, every string of lights (over a dozen of them) worked when we plugged it in. Huzzah and Hallelujah. Weirdly, we also discovered that, for the first time literally ever in our entire marriage, we have not one fresh tealight in the house. Since you can buy those things by the hundred, and since roughly a third of our holiday decor involves the use of them, we’ve simply never ran out of them. We think it must be another unforeseen consequence of the pandemic. They’re the kind of thing you grab when you’re on a Target run and we really haven’t been on one of those in a couple of years. Plus we figure those 18 months of lockdown probably resulted in an elevated year-over-year tealight usage because we were all trying so damn hard to make it seem cozy, remember? Anyway, that’s today’s Holiday Report from T Lo: Good on the electric lights, not so good on the non-electric ones. Stay tuned for further updates.
How was everyone’s observance or non-observance of Thanksgiving? How are you celebrating Hanukkah this year? What are your Christmas plans? Do you think you’ll be doing anything for New Year’s Eve? Sound off, kittens.
Broadway Stars Pay Tribute to Stephen Sondheim
The legendary composer and lyricist passed away at 91.
Sondheim’s work has touched the hearts of several generations of theater lovers. From his early work writing the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy, to his streak of original musicals in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, including Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods, the composer-lyricist was known for expressing a wide range of human emotion, from defiance to yearning to vengeance to artistic frustration to grief, through his gorgeous songs.
All the Juicy Tidbits We Learned from House of Gucci’s Costume Designer
Janty Yates speaks to BAZAAR.com about working with Lady Gaga and reimagining the style legacy of Patrizia Reggiani.
Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci has officially landed in theaters everywhere. An adaptation of the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden, the film is filled with things we’re very excited about: Lady Gaga as a Machiavellian Patrizia Reggiani; Adam Driver as her husband, Maurizio Gucci; Salma Hayek as a tarot card reader; Jared Leto in truly grotesque prosthetics; Al Pacino (enough said); and, of course, tons of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s capital-F Fashion.
We caught up with iconic costume designer Janty Yates (Gladiator, All the Money in the World, The Martian, American Gangster) over the phone last week to learn more about the film’s costume design, what it was like to work with Lady Gaga, and how fashion today is worlds away from the fashion we see in House of Gucci.
“Nobody Can Live Without Water”
Diné artist and activist Emma Robbins talks about the water crisis on the Navajo Nation, the present-day consequences of broken treaties, and the potential of funding from President Biden’s infrastructure bill.
More than two million people in the United States don’t have running water, according to a 2019 report by nonprofit DigDeep and the US Water Alliance. Native Americans are the most affected, with Native households being 19 times more likely to go without indoor plumbing. Across the Navajo Nation, about 30 percent of residents don’t have running water or toilets in their homes.
The “Sliced Bob” Is Going to Be Everywhere This Winter
Expect to see this blunt cut all over your feeds.
How many different ways can you wear a bob? Let us count the ways: Asymmetrical, wavy, straight, with bangs, choppy, blunt, or shaggy — you get the idea. The versatility of the bob, along with the fact that it can be tailored for every face shape and hair texture, is why it remains one of the most-requested cuts at salons. Plus, the bob will never go out of style, there’s always one version of the cut that comes to define the season.
Virgil Abloh Has Died, Aged 41
Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and the Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, has died, his Instagram account confirmed this afternoon.
“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” the post reads. “He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.
For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.
Halle Berry Talks Cat Woman’s Costume, Dorothy Dandridge, and That Bond Bikini
It’s hard not to get teary-eyed while watching Halle Berry in her Vogue “Life in Looks” video. The actor gets visibly emotional while going through her iconic outfits and costumes. And how could she not? Berry has had one of the most megawatt careers in Hollywood—going from beauty pageants to winning an Oscar. Most recently, Berry made her directorial debut in Bruised, a film about a UFC fighter’s comeback in which she also stars.
Speaking of those humble beginnings, Berry first analyzes a black-and-white photograph of her in a strappy dress for the Miss World competition in 1986, which she won. “I was wearing my prom dress, couldn’t afford a real one,” says Berry. “That dress got me far. I became Miss Ohio. I became Miss Teen America and Miss USA in the world pageant in this dress.”
The Greatest Gucci Red Carpet Looks of All Time
Hollywood has always been interested in all things double G. Whether it was Elizabeth Taylor carting around a bamboo tote or Grace Kelly tying down her hair with one of the iconic floral silk scarves, cinema’s elite have long embraced Gucci’s unique perspective on luxury.
Despite the ubiquity of Gucci’s accessories lineup, the brand’s red carpet dominance wouldn’t begin until Tom Ford became creative director in 1994. Ford’s slinky designs struck a chord with celebrities, who, in the years before stylists became the norm, were eager for alternatives to the era’s minimalism. Sure, Ford could create a slip dress with the best of them—the leather bias-cut number Jennifer Lopez wore to a 1997 cocktail party proves as much—but his ability to bring irreverence, sensuality, and occasionally controversy to his collections elevated his work.
Here Are the Winners of This Year’s National Gingerbread House Competition
After holding the event virtually last year, the competition took place in person once again for 2021.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, the National Gingerbread House Competition soldiered on for its 28th year, albeit in virtual form. But for 2021, the largest gingerbread house competition in America returned to its usual format: a live competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.
Unsurprisingly, this 29th annual event saw more entries (over 120 this year compared to less than 100 in 2020) but the stakes remained the same: first, second, and third place awards across four age groups — child (5- to 8-year-olds), youth (9- to 12-year-olds), teen (13- to 17-year-olds), and adult – with $25,000 worth of cash and prizes.
Sylvia Weinstock, Famed Luxury Wedding Cake Designer, Dead at 91
Known among food lovers as the “Queen of Cakes,” Sylvia Weinstock was one of the world’s most in-demand bakers.
Weinstock often stressed that cake was more than just food. It was the centerpiece of an event and the last thing the guests would eat, so it had to be memorable.
Her work simply transformed the way wedding cakes were designed, and still has a lasting effect on the industry today.
That’s especially impressive, considering Weinstock didn’t start baking professionally until the age of 50, after surviving breast cancer. Up until that point, she had been working as an elementary school teacher and homemaker in Massapequa, New York. But while in recovery, she and her attorney husband Benjamin moved to Manhattan and soon thereafter, started their custom cake business.
Tiffany & Co unveils its most expensive piece in history
The impressive diamond can be worn as a necklace or a ring
Tiffany & Co has just unveiled its most expensive piece of jewellery in history.
During a high-jewellery showcase in Dubai, the brand revealed a reimagined version of an archival piece – the 1939 World’s Fair necklace – which features the over 80-carat Empire Diamond in its centre; the jeweller’s most expensive piece of jewellery ever created.
The spectacular piece is uniquely transformable; should the owner wish, the Empire Diamond can be removed from the necklace and worn separately as a very impressive statement ring.
Gemma Chan on the importance of being intentional with our fashion choices
The actor talks to Harper’s Bazaar about her approach to style and the red carpet
Ever since making a splash in that spectacular high-neck, fuchsia-pink ruffled Valentino gown at the 2019 Oscars, Chan – supported by stylist Rebecca Corbin Murray – has emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet, earning herself a reputation for sophisticated gowns with a playful twist, which are always a savvy nod to the project she’s currently promoting, or used to highlight emerging designers deserving of a platform. Take the Eternals publicity tour for instance, which included a hooded Zuhair Murad two-piece and a white Valentino mini dress with a cape – both highly appropriate choices to complement her new superhero alter ego – alongside pieces by lesser-known labels such as Miss Sohee, PH5 and Casablanca.
One Year Ago, Stars Like Gugu Mbatha-Raw Called Out the Lack of Diversity in U.K. Film and TV. Has Anything Changed?
In the past year, Mbatha-Raw — who will soon relocate from Los Angeles back to her home of Oxfordshire in the U.K. — has unlocked a new chapter in her career by accepting invitations to serve as a producer, first on the thriller series “The Girl Before,” in which she stars alongside David Oyelowo, and Apple TV Plus’ thriller “Surface” from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. The timing of these offers isn’t lost on her, and she’s eager to take them on.
“There is an awareness now that if you’re telling a story about women of color, there will be nuances and details in the story and how it’s put together where it’s valuable to have those voices and points of view helping to assemble the project,” says Mbatha-Raw. “I’m trying to be the change myself. I don’t think I’ve worked with any producers of color in the U.K., and that’s shocking to me.”
Big, Bold, Gold: Fabulous Jewellery Is The Other Star Of House Of Gucci
During her marriage to Maurizio Gucci, Patrizia Reggiani was not shy of a bauble or two. “Christmas tree-d up” is how Janty Yates, the costume designer for House of Gucci, puts it. “Patrizia wore incredible jewellery and it was all the real McCoy. She was quite literally dripping in gems,” says Yates.
The movie charts the true-crime story of the couple’s romance, and how Reggiani, incensed by Maurizio’s infidelity and subsequent abandonment, came to plot his murder in 1995. A pantomime-ish ode to all things Italian, the film uses the high polish of bold yellow gold Italian jewellery to chart Reggiani’s rise and fall, from her early life working in her father’s trucking company, to her pursuit of the Gucci heir and their subsequent heady days of excess in the ’80s, to her self-induced downfall in the ’90s.
One Good Thing: How fashion became a part of The Nanny’s legacy
Fran Fine has remained a style icon for a generation of kids born during (and after) the years that the series aired.
The Nanny, both the show and the character, excelled at endearingly doing the most: Yiddish references pepper Fran’s vocabulary; she manages to be brash and self-deprecatingly honest, sweet but not cloying; and her clothes are ridiculously ostentatious for nanny-ing around the house.
Fran’s costumes, engineered by stylist Brenda Cooper (who won an Emmy for her work), were the stylistic vehicle to distinguish her vivacious character from the rest of the well-rounded cast. The Nanny’s catchy, show-tune-like theme song even sets the audience up for this distinction. Fran is described as “the lady in red while everybody else is wearing tan.”
What you need to know about the omicron variant
Omicron is the newest Covid-19 “variant of concern,” according to the World Health Organization.
A new Covid-19 variant, now named the omicron variant, was detected in South Africa on Wednesday, prompting renewed concern about the pandemic, a major stock market drop, and the imposition of new international travel restrictions to stop the spread.
Though the variant’s existence was first reported by South Africa, it has also been found in Belgium, Botswana, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom, meaning the variant has already spread — though how far is unclear, as new cases continue cropping up around the world.
A who’s who of the most important princesses in Europe right now
From Princess Elisabeth of Belgium to Princess Leonor of Spain, these are the next generation of royals set to make waves
In genealogical circles, Christian IX of Denmark is known as the father-in-law of Europe; the philoprogenitive monarch (1863-1906) whose six children married into the grandest European dynasties, producing a spider’s web of regal relatives across Europe, including Denmark, Greece, Belgium, Norway, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Spain and Romania. And his legacy lives on. Behold, the brightest royal young things on the Continent.
Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91
He was the theater’s most revered and influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century and the driving force behind some of Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated shows.
The first Broadway show for which Mr. Sondheim wrote both the words and music, the farcical 1962 comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” won a Tony Award for best musical and went on to run for more than two years.
In the 1970s and 1980s, his most productive period, he turned out a series of strikingly original and varied works, including “Company” (1970), “Follies” (1971), “A Little Night Music” (1973), “Pacific Overtures” (1976), “Sweeney Todd” (1979), “Merrily We Roll Along” (1981), “Sunday in the Park With George” (1984) and “Into the Woods” (1987).
Merriam-Webster chooses vaccine as the 2021 word of the year
With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine.
“This was a word that was extremely high in our data every single day in 2021,” Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, told The Associated Press ahead of Monday’s announcement.
“It really represents two different stories. One is the science story, which is this remarkable speed with which the vaccines were developed. But there’s also the debates regarding policy, politics and political affiliation. It’s one word that carries these two huge stories,” he said.
5 Places in Wales Locals Visit for Gorgeous Hikes, Epic Stargazing, Castles, and Rugby
Here’s how to see the very best of this proud Celtic nation.
The Welsh love Wales. This proud country of 3 million people is culturally distinct from the rest of the UK and geographically unique. Called Cymru (cum-ree) in the Welsh language, the people of this Celtic nation have a reputation for being passionate about rugby (and football), but most of all about Wales itself.
Surrounded by the Irish Sea to the north and west and bordered by England to the east, Wales is a land of mountains, of rolling countryside and, yes, of castles (427 at last count). Living in Wales, I’m always exploring its hidden corners in search of quintessential Welsh experiences and lesser-visited locations. Here’s where the Welsh go on their days off.
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