T LOunge for November 2nd, 2021

Posted on November 02, 2021

Savor Bar and Restaurant – Sant’Elena, Venice, Italy


Darlings, we LOVE a LOunge where snacks have been laid out for us ahead of time! Grab something to nibble and settle in for the long haul because today is TUESDAY, which we have long held to be a far worse day than Monday. It’s best to not try too hard today.  Instead, waste a lot of time on frivolities and gossip over cocktails. And if you absolutely must do something productive or important today, then stop by the LOunge today for a few minutes at a time, if for no other reason than to complain to sympathetic kittens about how busy you are. All are welcome!


The Designer Behind Diana’s Power Suits On What It Was Like To Dress A Princess
The first time Amanda Wakeley met Diana, Princess of Wales, they both burst out laughing. Wakeley, a rising British designer, was scurrying around her small Chelsea studio preparing to face a police escort ushering in the royal. But when the buzzer rang five minutes early, she was not greeted by sniffer dogs. Diana herself stood there alone, as bemused by the whole supposed drama of it all as Amanda was. Giggling was the only thing to do. They hit it off right away.


What The Spice Girls Gave Us
As the iconic girl group releases a 25th anniversary edition of their debut album, Spice, we reflect on the band’s “girl power” ethos and how they inspired us to be ourselves.

When the Spice Girls emerged in the mid-’90s, the state of pop music changed forever. Before 1996, the music landscape had been largely dominated by alternative rock and rap, with music fans worshipping its respective idols, Kurt Cobain and 2Pac. But when five young women from the U.K. debuted the candy-coated empowerment anthem “Wannabe,” they transformed a genre and an entire generation with their “girl power” ethos.
Formed in 1994 by way of an ad in a trade magazine, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, and Victoria Adams became the Spice Girls, a “manufactured” girl group that was meant to compete with British boy bands like Take That and 5ive. “Wannabe” was just the beginning. When the band released their debut album Spice in 1996, it became a global sensation with perfectly crafted pop ditties—like “Who Do You Think You Are” and “2 Become 1”—meant to cater to the masses. And they did: The album’s perky radio hits, bratty lyrics, and shameless fantasizing ignited a resurgence of “Beatlemania”—except this time it was “Spicemania.” They’ve since kept their seat warm as one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.


How Romeo + Juliet Shook Up Shakespeare for a New Generation
Twenty-five years later, Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of the classic play still resonates.

When my class watched Romeo and Juliet, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film adaptation, it didn’t offer much help in translating the words of the 16th-century playwright for a 21st-century audience. So when my teacher rolled in the TV on wheels and popped in the VHS tape of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version—which marks its 25th anniversary today—my peers and I were predictably skeptical.
But it didn’t take long for even the most Shakespeare-averse student to become totally enthralled with the dizzying, vibrant cinematography that’s now a cornerstone of Luhrmann’s canon. Set in a fictional, modern-day Verona Beach (a real-life mash-up of Miami, Mexico City, and Boca del Rio, Veracruz), the movie opens with a news anchor reading the play’s famous prologue and setting the scene for “where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”


“We Knew It Was Us Against the World”
On the eve of their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Gina Schock and Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s hook up with their friend Kate Pierson of The B-52’s to reminisce about being young, female, and punk in 1980s Los Angeles.

The Go-Go’s—the 1980s pop-punk band that gave us hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation”—are having a bit of a moment. Last year, a new documentary made the case that their legacy of vivacious pop-rock hits rooted in punk bone fides should be taken far more seriously, winning a slew of praise and a Critics’ Choice Award in the process. This weekend, the band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Tina Turner and Carole King. And this week, drummer Gina Schock released Made in Hollywood, a book compiling the candid photos she took of her bandmates as they rose to fame through the L.A. scene.


The Queer Mourning of Princess Diana
How the people’s princess became an icon for LGBTQ+ people like me.

My earliest memory of Princess Diana is actually of myself, as a young gay boy, playing dress up. Wearing a tulle skirt, a plastic tiara and a selection of rings that were far too big for my fingers, I’d do my very best Lady Di.
I was only four years old when she died, and I don’t remember how I learned the news. Everything I know about Diana today has come from documentaries, TV dramas and films made after her death, but when I see her big blue eyes giving one of those glances, I still feel emotional.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Stuffed with Potato Chips Are Being Spotted in the Wild
Rumored since last year, the new Big Cup with bits of salty potato chips are already getting positive feedback.

My dad has never been a culinary trailblazer, but one uncommon food he’s always advocated for is the chocolate-covered potato chip. “Why aren’t these easier to find?” he’d lament, digging into a bag. His query is justified: They’re a delightful mix of salty and sweet, combining two things most Americans can’t get enough of — and yet, they’ve never quite broken into the mainstream.


The History Behind Fashion’s Most Loved Motif: The Butterfly
Fashionably speaking, the butterfly is literally everywhere right now. Even Chanel put it on the runway along with Blumarine and Alberta Ferretti, to name a few, for Spring 2022. Meanwhile, Emanuel Ungaro’s 2000 butterfly top for Mariah Carey has become somewhat of a legend in the year 2021, with so many people recreating it and sourcing it secondhand. Gucci has also explored the butterfly again and again. And it’s hard not to scroll past at least one Chopova Lowena butterfly choker or classic plastic butterfly hair clip from your childhood on TikTok. But what’s behind the meteoric rise of one of fashion’s most flighty creatures?


The Britney Era Turned a Pop Star Into a Fashion Icon
“I’m not a girl, not yet a woman,” Britney Spears sang these now-iconic lyrics on track four of her 2001 album, Britney. Though the line directly spoke to her phase of life, it was also indicative of the pop icon’s evolving personal style. Having just skyrocketed to fame with her first two studio albums, “… Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again,” the then-20 year old shed her innocent schoolgirl look in favor of sexier outfits and a more provocative sound overall for her third. (Britney opens with “I’m a Slave 4 U,” in which she proclaims, “I need to do, what I feel like doin’—so let me go, and just listen.”) In honor of the game-changing album’s 20th anniversary this week, Vogue is looking back at some of the singer’s best looks from the era (cue the infamous denim gown she wore to the AMAs).


How to Integrate High-End Design into Your Kitchen
You don’t have to go for a complete overhaul, but a few key elements can transform your current kitchen into a space that fits you like a glove.

My kitchen is a sanctuary and one that I can navigate with my eyes closed, yet always find what I am looking for. It is completely open, flanked by a large deck and the dining room, so there is no barrier between host and guest at dinner parties. A fellow chef once told me that to cook in someone else’s space is like wearing someone else’s shoes. And so, I stepped into the kitchen clogs of a few stylish culinarians and designers, to find out what design elements they integrated into their kitchens.


How The Day Of The Dead Is Celebrated In Oaxaca, Mexico
The Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition. It extends throughout Mexico and various Latin American countries. It’s a festivity listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage with different influences – including European ones – that has one purpose: During one or several days, we remember those who are no longer with us.
The origin of the Day of the Dead cannot be located in a single place in Mexico. The consensus among historians is that the traditions dedicated to the deceased date back to pre-Hispanic times. More than two thousand years ago, various cultures ranging from the Mexica to the Zapotec worshipped death, sending off those who passed to Mictlán, the Aztec underworld containing the nine circles of Hell that souls must go through until they reach peace.


The 40(ish) Most Influential People in Comedy 2021
From comedy royalty like Kevin Hart, Larry David and Tina Fey and touring titans like Ali Wong and yes, Dave Chappelle, to the distinctive new voices making breakout hits like ‘Hacks’ and ‘Reservation Dogs,’ these are the people shaping the funny business right now.

Earning a spot on the Comedy Power List doesn’t mean The Hollywood Reporter’s staff finds you hilarious (though that certainly helps). Rather, the creatives and executives honored — from the touring titans and living legends to the makers of this year’s hottest shows and its most distinctive new voices — are the ones truly shaping the ever-evolving funny business. And that, as they say, is no joke.


Gabrielle Union’s Adventurous Red Carpet Style Knows No Bounds
Gabrielle Union may have begun her Hollywood career with a girl-next-door fashion sense in the late Nighties and early aughts, when she broke onto the scene in sitcoms like Moesha and Sister, Sister before taking her star turn in the cheerleading comedy Bring It On, but since then, she’s grown into a full-fledged style chameleon—willing to try out new colors, shapes, materials, and textures at every red carpet event. Although Union has historically taken a liking to white and black column gowns, she can also work a bright pink, rhinestoned mini dress (like the one she wore to the 2005 BET Awards,) or a sultry black beaded gown with matching cape by Zuhair Murad at the 2017 Emmys. In honor of Union’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at her most impactful and boundary-pushing looks—many of which were unveiled with her husband Dwyane Wade at her side.


Early Civilizations Had It All Figured Out
A contrarian account of our prehistory argues that cities once flourished without rulers and rules—and still could.

Moments of sociopolitical tumult have a way of generating all-encompassing explanatory histories. These chronicles either indulge a sense of decline or applaud our advances. The appetite for such stories seems indiscriminate—tales of deterioration and tales of improvement are frequently consumed by the same people. Two of Bill Gates’s favorite soup-to-nuts books of the past decade, for example, are Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature” and Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens.” The first asserts that everything has been on the upswing since the Enlightenment, when we learned that rational argument was preferable to religious superstition and wanton cudgelling. The second concludes that everything was more or less O.K. until about twelve thousand years ago, when we first beat our swords into plowshares; this innocent decision, which must have seemed a good idea at the time, heralded an era of administrative hierarchy, state-sanctioned violence, and the unchecked proliferation of carbohydrates. Perhaps what readers like Gates find valuable in these books has less to do with the purported shape and direction of history than with the broad assurance that history has a shape and a direction.


The Dancer Who Turned Everyday Life into Art
How Blondell Cummings took inspiration from cooking, cleaning, and eating lunch

Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, post-modern choreographer and video artist Blondell Cummings (1944–2015) explored this very question, finding poetry and beauty in the universal rhythms of life and translating them into mesmerizing works of art.
For Cummings, gestures as seemingly mundane as tasting a meal or packing a suitcase could represent themes of kinship or longing. In her capable hands (and legs, feet, and arms), common rituals inspired movements that alternated between graceful, lurching, fluid, and staccato.


Why McDonald’s looks sleek and boring now
Your local McDonald’s probably looks a lot more like Starbucks than classic McDonaldland these days. What happened?

If you’ve ever had a hankering for a Big Mac in Orlando, Florida, there’s a good chance that you wandered into a very special McDonald’s. With its hideous red-and-yellow checkerboard exterior and its neon-lit french fry monolith, the so-called “World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s” (now known as Epic McDonald’s) bears down on innocent customers like a monument to bad taste.
But while that McDonald’s might not win any awards for its architectural prowess, it at least lingers in the imagination. The muted colors, large glass windows, and overall boxy appearance of a modern McDonald’s are forgettable, and a far cry from the garish red-and-yellow buildings that many recall from their childhood. Slowly but surely, fast food restaurants are giving up their once brand-defining facades to follow in the path of “fast casual” eateries like Chipotle, which have become much more popular over the years.


The Crown has found its Tony Blair
As we eagerly await the fifth season of The Crown, the importance of the role of the premiere cannot be disputed. Gillian Anderson handled the role of Margaret Thatcher with memorable panache – with her thick, gravelly accent and bright blue suits. She even won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Britain’s first ever female prime minister.
The Crown is reportedly keen to examine more of the constitutional crisis behind the scenes; and how the Queen was said to have felt bullied by her Prime Minister into making a public declaration about Diana.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to Welcome Back Spectators This Year
After a scaled-back, pandemic-conscious event last year, the iconic NYC event returns to celebrate its 95th anniversary.

Manhattan will be filled with balloons floating down Sixth Avenue on Thanksgiving once again. After the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was scaled back last year due to the pandemic, the longtime American tradition will return to its old self on Nov. 25, including traveling down the two-and-a-half-mile route from the Upper East Side to Herald Square.
To celebrate its 95th year, the parade will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, and 36 novelty and heritage inflatables. Several new floating characters will take to the sky, including Ada Twist from Netflix’s Ada Twist, Scientist and Grogu — better known as Baby Yoda — from the Star Wars series The Mandalorian. There will also be new versions of McDonald’s Ronald McDonald and Pokémon’s Pikachu and Eevee. They’ll join returning favorites like Astronaut Snoopy, The Boss Baby, Paw Patrol’s Chase, the Pillsbury Doughboy, Papa Smurf, Sonic the Hedgehog, and SpongeBob SquarePants and his pal, Gary.


The Paradox of Alimony for Men
The Supreme Court ruled that alimony is gender neutral in 1979. But, to some, women having to dole out spousal support still comes as a shock.

When it comes to alimony, the law is blind to gender. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, that’s how family law works,” said Laura Wasser, the California lawyer representing the singer Kelly Clarkson in her high-profile divorce.
Even though the Supreme Court ruled that alimony is gender neutral in 1979, Ms. Wasser said that women have still been surprised to find themselves doling out spousal support. “What amazes me is that many bright and sophisticated women don’t realize they will have to pay,” said Ms. Wasser, declining to comment directly on Ms. Clarkson’s case.





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