T LOunge for January 19th, 2022

Posted on January 19, 2022

La Sastrería Bar and Restaurant – Valencia, Spain


Kitten, let’s make some noise today, shall we? It’s WEDNESDAY and the LOunge is bold, bright, and ready for us to fill it with clatter. So, let’s get to clattering! Bounce your voices off those tiled walls, we say! But before you do, a moment for the legendary André Leon Talley, whose influence on American fashion, celebrity, young Black queer men and big sissies everywhere cannot be measured. He lived large, he loomed large, and he leaves a large whole in our culture. Rest in power, King. Betcha Anna’s getting a lot of dirty looks from the staff today.


The Fashion Industry Pays Tribute To André Leon Talley
The legendary fashion journalist has died at the age of 73.

Renowned fashion journalist and editor André Leon Talley has died at age 73 in New York.
The news was confirmed on Talley’s Instagram account, via a heartfelt tribute to the legendary fashion journalist that detailed his life and career.
It read: “Mr. Talley was the larger-than-life, longtime creative director at Vogue during its rise to dominance as the world’s fashion bible. Over the past five decades as an international icon was a close confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso, Diane von Furstenberg, Bethann Hardison, Manolo Blahnik, and he had a penchant for discovering, nurturing and celebrating young designers. His byline appeared in Vanity Fair, HG, Interview, Ebony and Women’s Wear Daily and he was the editor of Numero Russia. Mr. Talley wrote several books, including Valentino, A.L.T.: A Memoir, A.L.T. 365+ and Little Black Dress for Assouline, and contributed to Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table and Cartier Panthère.
“He was the subject of the documentary The Gospel According to André and his recent memoir, The Chiffon Trenches became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2014, he was named artistic director of Zappos Couture, and he has been on the Board of Trustees of Savannah College of Art and Design since 2000. Mr. Talley was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Republic in 2020 and the North Carolina Governor’s award for literature in 2021. He was a long-standing member of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church.”
The fashion industry and the rest of the world have shared their own touching tributes to the late fashion editor.


2022 Is All About Pearlcore, According to Pinterest and Fashion Experts
Here’s how to wear the timeless jewel in a way that feels fresh and fun.

Your calendar isn’t wrong and, no, you haven’t time traveled; the year is 2022, but by fashion standards, it could be the early aughts, the 1990s, or even the ’80s. It’s no secret that the trends of yesteryear are having a renaissance right now, with everything from claw clips to the dresses-over-pants combo making a comeback. But for the record, we’re not exactly outfit repeaters. Instead, we’ve been reworking old favorites into our looks in a way that makes sense for our personal style. We’ve also replaced singular ‘It’ items with entire aesthetics, embracing things like cottagecore, fairycore, dark academia, and, most recently, pearlcore while getting dressed.


Le Vian Partners with Godiva on a Decadent Line of Chocolate Diamonds
Inside the new multiyear collaboration.

When jewelry designer Le Vian first introduced its Chocolate Diamonds to the market in 2000, everyone was vying to get their hands on them. Back when malls were at their peak and your next big purchase was on the other side of a glass counter, rather than a computer screen, the rich-colored stones were all the rage. Now more than two decades later, CEO Eddie LeVian is calling them the obsession of 2022. In the spirit of the line’s renewed interest, the brand has partnered with Belgian chocolatier Godiva on a decadent collaboration—and with Cupid’s holiday on the horizon, the timing couldn’t be better.


I’m a Psychiatrist and Yellowjackets Is One of the Best Portrayals of Trauma I’ve Seen On TV
Nearly two years into surviving our own collective trauma, it’s no wonder we’re all drawn to this show.

For those who have yet to catch on to the buzzy and completely addicting new Showtime drama Yellowjackets, I admit the plot can be a hard sell. “It’s about a high school girls’ soccer team that gets in a plane crash and after being trapped in the mountains, they end up becoming cannibals,” I’ve explained to my friends, only to have them respond with a look of horror or shock, clearly wondering what liking this kind of show says about me. And, yeah, it likely made my own therapist wonder what the selection says about my current mental state.


Microaggressions and Field Hockey: A Boarding School Survival Story
In an excerpt from her new memoir, Kendra James reflects on navigating an elite high school as one of a handful of Black students

In 2003 I left the high school in small suburban hometown in New Jersey, for the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. I became a second generation Taftie, eventually becoming the first African-American legacy student to graduate in the boarding school’s century and more long history. As you might be able to imagine, being a Black kid at a mostly white, New-England boarding school where kids loved to sing the full chorus of Gold Digger in a pre-Black Lives Matter, no social media world left me with some stories to tell. And I’m finally telling them–the good, the bad, the ugly–in a new book Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School.


Creating for Change: Art as Activism
Art for arts sake is wonderful. Art that tackles society’s great issues? Even better.

Activism effected through art has been no exception, and artists can rarely put something into the world without confronting questions of creativity, ownership, and capitalism. Maybe Picasso faced these questions too, but in the age of memes, NFTs, and rapid information-sharing, artists must ask themselves what to do if their art (often without their permission or knowledge) takes on a life of its own?


Brazilian Artist Heloisa Hariadne Paints Things as She Feels Them
For the artist Heloisa Hariadne, painting is processing. In richly layered portraits, the skin of her figures is alternately built up from blacks, whites, browns, reds, siennas, and grays, situating the complexities of identity and experience right on the canvas’s surface—or, as Hariadne puts it, “Creating an image of the body while questioning itself and its spaces.”


Melanie Lynskey Is Mad as Hell and Not Going to Take It Anymore. Maybe.
The ‘Yellowjackets’ star has gone from character actor to leading lady thanks to her singular ability to project simmering rage beneath a placid exterior

Since the November release of Yellowjackets, however, Lynskey is finally having her leading-lady moment. The series had Showtime’s second-biggest streaming debut, and garnered an exceedingly rare 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. With the network releasing episodes weekly, word-of-mouth has built through endless fan theorizing and social media chatter. It’s a phenomenon for which Lynskey was not quite prepared.
“I never expect anything to blow up. I never expect anything to take off. I’ve learned to not have any expectations at all,” she tells me on Zoom, as her three-year-old daughter with her husband, actor Jason Ritter, plays in the background. “[I] don’t know if I’ve ever been part of something where there’s been this kind of response as it’s happening. It’s very different for me.”
“It was really important to me for [Shauna] to not ever comment on my body, to not have me putting a dress on and being like, ‘I wish I looked a bit better,’ ” she says. “I did find it important that this character is just comfortable and sexual and not thinking or talking about it, because I want women to be able to to watch it and be like, ‘Wow, she looks like me and nobody’s saying she’s the fat one.’ That representation is important.”


The 3 Secrets to Perfect Paella, According to a Valencian Chef
D.C. chef Danny Lledo is a master of paella. Here are his tips for making the kind of perfect paella he grew up eating in Valencia.

Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, is known for its City of Arts and Sciences, a Santiago Calatrava-designed collection of unique white buildings, but its history goes back centuries. In the center of the city, styles range from Gothic to Art Nouveau, highlighting Valencia’s status as a longtime center of culture and commerce. It is also the home of paella, the generic name for over two hundred types of rice dishes that originate in the region and surrounding areas.


Daniel Radcliffe to Play ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in Roku’s First Original Biopic Movie
Daniel Radcliffe is set to star as Grammy-winning musician ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in the Roku original movie “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.” The film is Roku’s first original biopic and will be available to stream exclusively on The Roku Channel. The project is produced by Funny Or Die and Tango. Yankovic co-wrote the film’s script with Eric Appel, who is also set to direct the project.
The official “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” synopsis from Roku reads: “The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”


Disney Fans Stood in Line for Hours to Snag This Dragon-Shaped Popcorn Bucket
The release of a purple “Figment” bucket was teased on TikTok, causing massive lines across EPCOT as the park’s International Festival of the Arts opened last week.

The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts kicked off at Disney World on Friday, which promised art exhibitions, innovative performances, and limited-edition food and beverage offerings. “Eat, drink and be dazzled by our creative, culinary masterpieces,” the official Disney World website recommended.
But after seeing pics and videos of the long, long, long line that stretched throughout EPCOT, a lot of the weekend’s guests were less interested in the “American Adventure” being served at the Artist’s Table or the disassembled entrees at the Deconstructed Dish than they were in getting a plastic bucket shaped like a cartoon dragon.


Anyone Else Obsessed With Rue’s Style In ‘Euphoria’?
Euphoria’s Rue Bennett was one of 2019’s cult Halloween costume choices because it was a simple way to do fright night chic. Or rather, low-key high-school skater girl grunge. (It’s easier to stomach buying a Jansport backpack and digging out your Cons than it is scouring Amazon for witchy paraphernalia and fake blood, right?) But season two brings with it a different side to Zendaya’s endearing stoner – one which sees Rue pulling herself out of her smoky haze (even if only briefly) to realise that living in the same hoodie does not a positive mental attitude make.


Dolly Parton’s Popular Ice Cream Flavor Is Coming Back (Along with an Exclusive Song)
Jeni’s Splendid is taking pre-orders for Strawberry Pretzel Pie — and this time, it won’t sell out in mere minutes.

It feels like an increasingly common predicament: Brands create a limited-edition item specifically to go viral, the plan works, and then people can’t get their hands on it. Dolly Parton fans can relate. In April of last year, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream collaborated on a special flavor, Strawberry Pretzel Pie, and the entire run sold out in minutes.
But though some of these limited-time-only products never come back, there’s good news for anyone who loves both ice cream and country music legends: Jeni’s announced they’ve brought back Strawberry Pretzel Pie — and this time, they have plenty to go around.


The Deeper Meaning Behind West Side Story’s Dazzling Costumes
With its efforts to illustrate the suffering imposed on immigrant communities in America by gentrification, xenophobia, and gang violence – as well as to tell the stories of those communities more authentically – Spielberg’s version of this classic tale of star-crossed lovers is as profound and probing as it is visually sumptuous.
It was this balancing act that emerged as one of the most exciting challenges for the film’s costume designer, Paul Tazewell, whose striking work on the film – just as exacting as Spielberg’s direction and Tony Kushner’s script – has made him a frontrunner in this year’s Oscar race. “We really needed to establish a world for the costumes that felt plausible and reflective of the 1950s because that was how Steven wanted to depict it, in contrast to what had been done on previous productions and in the original film,” says Tazewell. As anyone who has seen West Side Story on the big screen can attest, his finished product does all that and more – mixing the grit and chaos of the story’s central conflicts with just the right amount of movie-musical spectacle.


The Creators Of @EveryOutfitonSATC On Carrie, The Clothes, And Che Diaz
@EveryOutfitonSATC – a font of Sex and the City fashion nostalgia – has been one of Instagram’s most enthralling accounts since 2016; chronicling everything from Carrie’s aquarium dress to “the momentous day when Samantha Jones and Maria Diega Reyes screamed at each other in matching jewel-tone satin robes.” With the dawn of And Just Like That…, however, @EveryOutfitonSATC became indispensable, authoritatively tracking the tutus and cigarette shots trickling from the set. Now that the reboot is airing on HBO Max, @EveryOutfitonSATC co-creators Lauren Garroni and Chelsea Fairless have gone multi-platform, examining every aspect of the series on their podcast, Every Outfit. (They are also the co-authors of the 2019 book We Should All Be Mirandas: Life Lessons from Sex and the City’s Most Underrated Character). “We did our 10,000 hours in Sex and the City,” Garroni joked via Zoom last week. “We’re officially expert level.”


See Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, and More Reinterpreted by Your Favorite Artists
Think back to some of the most iconic contemporary albums to come out over the past three decades, and it’s all but guaranteed that Interscope Records was behind one of the first that pops into your head. The label, which Jimmy Iovine and Ted Field founded in the early 1990s, has 30 years of hits under its belt, and is now celebrating that anniversary with an appropriately star-studded exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Kehinde Wiley, Ed Ruscha, KAWS, Chloe Wise, Takashi Murakami, and Nina Chanel Abney are just some of the artists who paid tribute to their favorite releases by reinterpreting them on the canvas, making for 50 new original works that will go on display in “Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined” on January 30.


Netflix to Release 25 Korean Originals in 2022
Following the smash success of ‘Squid Game,’ the company is expected to easily surpass the half a billion dollars it spent on Korean content in 2021.

Buoyed by the smash success of Squid Game, Hellhound and half a dozen other shows, Netflix is predictably doubling down on Korean content in 2022. The streamer said Wednesday that it will release 25 Korean films and series this year, its largest annual slate from the country to date.
In 2021, Netflix invested over half a billion dollars in Korean content, and this year’s slate will easily surpass that spending figure, although the company has not released a precise estimate.


Psychology experts explain the sudden obsession with Wordle, a simple word game that has taken over the internet
At the start of 2022, images of green and yellow squares began cropping up on Twitter. The screenshots were from Wordle, a simple puzzle game that the internet had fallen head over heels for.
For anyone not familiar with the online game, the aim of Wordle is to guess a five-letter word in six tries. If you guess the right letter in the right place, the tile turns green. If it’s the right letter in the wrong place, it turns yellow. A gray tile means the letter isn’t in the word at all.


New Research Tracks Ancient Artifacts Looted by the Nazis
Scholars are increasingly focusing attention on the seizure and excavation of antiquities from Greece and other countries by German forces during World War II.

Though the cinematic exploits of Indiana Jones in the 1980s provided a popular, fictional view of a Nazi lust for antiquities, the art world has, understandably, focused considerably more attention on the seizure of art from Jews.
But the topic of the Nazi role in antiquities looting is increasingly drawing attention, in part through the work of scholars who are peeling back the mysteries of what happened to the objects that were excavated or seized eight decades ago.
Last fall, for example, “The Past in Shackles,” a five-volume study on the looting of antiquities in Greece during World War II, written by Petrakos, was published.


A who’s who of the power players of the Gilded Age, ahead of Julian Fellowes’s new drama
From Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, the original Queen Bee who threw the famous ‘Four Hundred’ party for the 400 most fashionable people in New York, to her arch rival, Alva Vanderbilt

Old Money vs New Money, Old World vs New World: the Gilded Age was a time of seismic change in New York society. The industrial revolution of the late 19th century led to an explosion in the middle classes, with the likes of railroad men and construction tycoons suddenly becoming extremely rich. As these so-called nouveau riche emerged into society, they inevitably found themselves confronted with the rancour and jealousy of the existing upper echelons, whose wealth could be traced back generations. Now, the merchant class were mixing with New York royalty, buying up the best houses, marrying their daughters to the most eligible bachelors, and sending their children to the finest schools. This tension forms the basis of the central plot in Julian Fellowes’s new drama, The Gilded Age, portraying these warring factions from the point of view of Marian Brook (played by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep’s daughter, Louisa Jacobson) a newcomer to the social scene whose guiding lights are her Old Money aunts, whose lives are at odds with her New Money friends. Here, Tatler brings you a guide to the women who inspired these characters, from the warring Queen Bees who kept trying to out-do each other with their 5th Avenue mansions moving further and further uptown, to the most glamorous debutantes and dollar princesses.




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