T LOunge for March 25th, 2022

Posted on March 25, 2022

Tramonto All Day Lounge – Oia, Santorini, Italy


There it is, kittens. Your reward. Go and claim it. It’s FRIDAY and the sky is clear, bright and wide open. Drinks, as always, are on us. Go procrastinate some.


An Exclusive Sneak Peek of the Oscars 2022 Stage
The 2022 Academy Awards will return to the Dolby Theatre—with a brand new stage.

For the first time in three years, the 2022 Oscars will be held at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre, which means less awkward celebrity Zoom screens and more of the Hollywood glitz and glamour that makes the Academy Awards so fun to watch. Naturally, the stakes for creating the perfect stage for the affair were high. “There are only a couple of projects in the world that when you get the phone call you just say yes immediately,” says David Korins, production designer and creative director. Korins was also the production designer for the 2019 Oscars and worked on productions like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, so while he was no newcomer, the pressure was on—especially since he received the call to action in November, a very accelerated timeline that Korins summed up as “terrifying,” but one that he and a talented team of designers have pulled off with aplomb.


The Infectious Charm of Nicola Coughlan
Bridgerton turned the actress into an accidental icon. She insists she’s just getting started.

The Bridgerton star is telling me about the culture shock of moving to Oxford, England, to study drama in her mid-20s. It was very different from Galway, the harbor city on Ireland’s west coast where she grew up. In Ireland, she never really thought about class. Her dad was in the army and provided her family with a relatively normal life; her parents could afford to send her to ballet and acting lessons. In the South of England, however, signifiers of the British obsession with status (like weekend shooting trips) were impossible to escape. Her peers would hear her accent and assume she grew up in a shack somewhere, surviving on potatoes. “There were a lot of very well-to-do, upper-society people in my year, but they would never describe themselves like that,” she recalls. “Some of them would say they were ‘middle class,’ but they literally had connections to the royal family! It was really interesting.”


Duchess Meghan Announces Archetypes Podcast Series About “Labels That Try to Hold Women Back”
The series is the first Spotify offering from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Audio production company.

While she was a working member of the royal family, the tabloid media’s use of stereotypes often shaped inaccurate narratives around the Duchess of Sussex’s life. Now, Meghan is launching her first podcast series investigating the labels that impact the lives of women around the world.
Launching this summer, Archetypes will feature “uncensored conversations” with historians, experts, and women “who know all too well” about how typecasts can influence and change narratives. A Spotify statement shared with BAZAAR.com says Meghan plans to uncover the origins of these stereotypes, as well as address “the common stereotypes that have historically generalized women through the lens of popular culture and media.”


Only Seven Women Have Ever Been Nominated for Best Director. Why?
A look at the Oscars’ gender disparity, plus eight female directors to follow.

During Hollywood’s early years, when filmmaking was seen mostly as an eccentric side hustle, women were the bosses and made great money. But as it became clear how lucrative the business could be, men began taking over. In the late 1920s and early ’30s, Hollywood transitioned to talkies, cinematic ventures boomed, and women began to get pushed out of the better-paid directing, screenwriting, and producing roles. The few who managed to stay on top (like actress and producer Mary Pickford, who helped to establish the Motion Picture Academy) are considered pioneers and groundbreakers. Probably, they just wanted to do the thing they loved, the thing they were good at, and the thing that made them some money.


Gloria Steinem Hosted a Talking Circle-Inspired Dinner Party With Warby Parker
Gloria Steinem knows how to get people talking. And I don’t just mean she knows how to attract attention. Ahead of her 88th birthday on Friday, the legendary feminist, organizer, and writer has made many a headline. Steinem is equally adept at getting a group of women—mostly strangers to each other—to immediately open up and share their stories. Her talking circles are the stuff of legend—non-hierarchical discussions about ideas where listening is more important than talking. Last night, in partnership with Warby Parker for Women’s History Month and in support of her organization Gloria’s foundation, she hosted a dinner inspired by those discussions at her warm, turmeric yellow-painted New York home.


Why 1970s Interior Design Is Trending Again
For a recent project in Montauk, Robert McKinley of Studio McKinley painted the kitchen floor an unusual color: avocado green. In an age of all-white eateries and greige living rooms, this may sound like an aesthetic crime against humanity. Avocado green? Like my grandmother’s house? But McKinley’s kitchen evokes an earthy, Laurel Canyon meets Wes Anderson ambiance, a delicate balance of earth tones with playful color that doesn’t tread into the kitsch. It’s cool, it’s calming, and it’s, well, a little bit ’70s.
Oh, yes. Among the avant-garde, 1970s interior design trends are making a definitive comeback. “Earth tones and fun multi-color concepts are current trends now, as well as low slung soft furniture,” McKinley says. A similar sentiment was echoed back in February by a host of interior designers embracing that much-maligned color, brown. “The 1970s are definitively on trend in design,” Giampiero Tagliaferri, principal of Studio Tagliaferri and former creative director of Oliver Peoples, says. “The design of the time was fun and sexy but still sophisticated—I think that heavily resonates with modern audiences.”


The 22 Most Shocking Moments in Oscars History
For all its predictability, the Academy Awards ceremony has managed to serve up several surprises throughout the years—fashion risks, onstage mishaps, and powerful speeches among them. Here, we take a look back at some of the most shocking moments in Oscars history.
Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn Tie for Best Actress
Way back in 1969, two of Hollywood’s most in-demand leading ladies split the vote for best actress. Hepburn’s performance in The Lion in Winter and Streisand’s in Funny Girl were apparently just too hard to choose between.


IHOP and Pepsi Made a Maple Syrup Cola — Will It Pair Well with Pancakes?
Here’s how to score your own taste of the limited-edition flavor.

Limited-edition flavors are nothing new, but recently, Pepsi has been swinging for the fences with some unorthodox choices: Pepsi Apple Pie, Pepsi Cocoa Cola, Pepsi Peeps, and Pepsi Cracker Jack are some of the varieties the soda brand has tried over the past couple years. Now, they’re back again, this time taking inspiration from pancakes.
Announced today, Pepsi Maple Syrup Cola is an official (and fitting) collaboration with IHOP. This new soda won’t be available in stores. And oddly enough, it won’t even be available at IHOP locations either. Instead, in what has become a common promotional method, these “highly limited-edition” sodas will only be available through a social media giveaway.


“My Work Has Always Been A Product Of An Industry I Didn’t Feel Seen In”: Photographer Campbell Addy On Diversity, His Artistic Process, And His Stunning New Book
Until he was hit over the head with the idea, Campbell Addy hadn’t considered a career in photography. “I was in detention at school sorting out a library and Nick Knight, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn books fell on me. Maybe it was me from the future knocking it over.” That Isaac Newton moment would end up changing his path, leading him to pursue the arts and a place in the fashion industry, where Addy is now at the forefront of a wave of creative change-makers pushing for more diversity.


Oscars: Who Will Win, Who Should Win
The Hollywood Reporter’s award expert Scott Feinberg and chief film critic David Rooney hash out the likely winners and the most deserving, respectively, ahead of Sunday’s show.

WILL WIN: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Twenty-eight years after being nominated for The Piano, the trailblazing Jane Campion became the first female director ever nominated for this award a second time. Having swept every precursor prize, including the all-important Directors Guild Award, she’s the safest bet of the night and will become the third woman to take home this category’s Oscar. — SF
SHOULD WIN: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
I lean toward Hamaguchi for reasons stated above but am going with Jane Campion — not just because the ranks of Oscar-winning women directors are so thin. Campion draws indelible performances from her four leads while reconsidering the myths of the West through a blistering lens of corrosive masculinity, repressed sexuality and a stealth tale of queer revenge. — DR


The Fine Art of Becoming Your Server’s Favorite Customer
These five things will help you become your waiter’s most beloved diner — and only one of them involves tipping.

Growing up, it was always my not-so-subtle goal to be every teacher’s favorite. Good manners and good grades were some of the tools I used to get there. In fifth grade I tried to be Mrs. Weaver’s favorite student by sharing knowing glances with her when other students said something I thought deserved judgment. One time, she winked at me after one of those fleeting looks and I knew then that I was her favorite. We all want to be liked, but sometimes we want to be liked the most. If you go to a restaurant and want to be your server’s favorite customer, you need to make some real effort for it to happen. Good manners will help, but grades won’t matter since your server cares about SAT scores about as much as they care about the freshness of decaf coffee. Ann and Jerry were my favorite customers to serve for over seven years and I know exactly what they did to earn that spot. Be like Ann and Jerry.


Who is Simone Ashley? Star of Bridgerton‘s long-awaited second season
The newcomer is playing Kate Sharma in Season 2 of the beloved show

If you’re a fan of the insightful and fascinating Sex Education, then you will already be familiar with the talents of Surrey-born Simone Ashley, who plays popular-girl sidekick Olivia Hanan in the series. Having impressed audiences with her characterful death stares and moody teenage quips, the actress is now spreading her dramatic wings in the second instalment of the much-loved Bridgerton, a series that had us gripped with its high-society scandal, Regency-era drama and highly attractive cast members. Taking on the role of the female lead in Season 2, Ashley will play the charismatic and no-nonsense Kate Sharma, the love interest of the dashing Viscount Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey.


Chips Are the Ultimate Snack and You Can’t Convince Me Otherwise
I don’t know what we did to deserve these salty snacks, but I’m grateful.

My earliest food memory is of a three or four-year-old me wandering around my grandparents’ house in the middle of some celebration, curly pigtails sticking out at odd angles, blanket tucked in the crook of one arm, a bag of Cheetos held tightly in my hand, signature orange dust coating the stubby little-kid-fingers on the other. I had a huge grin on my face, because, well … Cheetos. According to my mom, who also recalls this little vignette with clarity, that night was the first time I tried chips. Not to be dramatic, but that was the real start of my life. OK, maybe I sound a little over-the-top here, but the fact that I remember that specific moment like it was yesterday—when it was, in fact, very much not yesterday—is a testament to the hold that chips have had over me from that moment on.


Dior’s new Paris flagship and exhibition pays tribute to the legendary Christian Dior
The director of Dior Heritage, Soizic Pfaff, on how we need to respect the past in order to move forward

Mr Dior was not just the designer – he was the boss,” Soizic Pfaff tells me. As the director of Dior Heritage, Pfaff arguably knows more about the legendary brand founder than anyone else in the world. We’re speaking in Paris at the launch of the brand’s newly renovated flagship store, which also includes the extensive new Dior Galerie exhibition – a museum-like installation that was more than four years in the making.
Christian Dior – whom Pfaff fondly refers to as Mr Dior throughout our meeting – launched his eponymous label in 1947, with his boutique opening in 1955 at 30 Avenue Montaigne. The current flagship store and exhibition still sits on that exact same site.
“You can see Mr Dior’s office, where it originally was,” says Pfaff. There’s also a recreation of the model ‘cabin’, a backstage space where the models used to change and have fittings. “How they’ve arranged the cabin – it’s as if they never left,” she adds. “You are almost ready to see Mr Dior arriving! For me, it would have been impossible to have this anywhere else.”


‘Star Trek: Picard’: How the Actor Playing Young Guinan, Ito Aghayere, Stepped Into Whoopi Goldberg’s Shoes
“I watched all of ‘TNG’ as a kid, primarily because my parents are immigrants, and they’re very conservative,” she said in a Zoom interview. “As a kid growing up, there were very few shows that they would let us watch without having to care what it was about, or understand what it was about.”
She laughed. “I don’t think I told Patrick — as I probably should have — but they thought he looked really smart and intelligent,” she said. “So they were like, ‘Eh, she’s gonna learn something, let them watch it.’ I couldn’t watch ‘Power Rangers,’ but I could watch ‘Star Trek.’”


Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier’s Turbulent Relationship, Retold With Compassion
In “Truly, Madly,” Stephen Galloway writes about one of the 20th century’s most glamorous couples, training an eye on Leigh’s mental health struggles.

There have been many, many previous biographies of Leigh and several of Olivier (including one by his oldest son, Tarquin, from a first marriage to Jill Esmond); a memoir by Olivier, “Confessions of an Actor”; and a memoir by his third wife, Dame Joan Plowright. There has even been at least one book, “Love Scene” (1978), devoted specifically to the Olivier-Leigh romance.
But Galloway, the former executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter, is perhaps the first author to interpolate this oft-told story with commentary from contemporary mental-health experts, like Kay Redfield Jamison, the psychologist who herself suffers from bipolar disorder and wrote “An Unquiet Mind.” He accomplishes this smoothly, in a contribution to the LarViv literature that is — if not strictly essential — coherent, well-rounded and entertaining. To the couple’s tale of passion he adds compassion, along with the requisite lashings of gossip.


How Balloons Blew Up
The staple of children’s parties, awkward school-auditorium dances, and sporting events has taken on another life.

Balloons were invented in 1824, when an enterprising scientist stacked two sheets of rubber, sprinkled flour between them and sealed the sides to create perhaps the most valuable ravioli of all time. They have since become a staple of children’s parties, awkward school-auditorium dances, and sporting events. But what balloons have not tended to be is aspirational — until now.
No one explanation accounts for their cultural ascendence, but the pandemic was a factor, moving more parties outside, and from elaborate hotels and event spaces into people’s homes, where balloons can be set up and broken down like Bubble Wrap. The reliance on livestreamed events helped too; lush, screen-filling décor looks better than sparser floral arrangements. And of course, because this is a social-media-fueled trend, there’s a Kardashian at the center of it all.


Alternative engagement rings with an edge
As the sales of engagement rings sky-rocket during lockdown, enjoy our off-kilter curation of edgy and unconventional engagement rings

After a surreal couple of years in which priorities have been reassesed and love celebrated, jewellers both new and contemporary are reporting a spike in engagement ring purchases for those who have enjoyed confinement together in close quarters, with a focus on unconventional and alternative engagement rings especially. ‘We have seen an increase in sales within fine rings during lockdown and interestingly across all different price points,’ says Tanika Wisdom, jewellery buyer at Matches Fashion. ‘We have seen more traction with statement styles; they all have a point of difference and stones range from diamonds to precious multi-coloured stones.’ For a ring with a difference, traditional elements such as gold and diamonds can be transformed with subtle design tweaks, making this most romantic of rings both special and surprising – alternative engagement rings have never looked so good.


We Might Have Been Calling Machu Picchu by the Wrong Name For Over 100 Years — Here’s Why
The site was originally called Picchu or Huayna Picchu.

The ancient Incan site of Machu Picchu may not be called Machu Picchu, according to a published academic paper stating significant evidence the name may be wrong.
The paper, published by Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology, suggests that the Peruvian site visited by countless tourists each year was originally called Picchu or Huayna Picchu. And the name Machu Picchu didn’t even become associated with the archaeological ruins until 1911 when archaeologist and explorer Hiram Bingham first visited.


Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting the Galápagos Islands
Planning a trip to the Galápagos Islands? Read on to find out when to visit, where to stay, what to do, and much more to ace your vacation.

The Galápagos Islands, located roughly 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, remained a closely-guarded natural secret for millions of years. Over that time, the archipelago evolved into a home for an all-star cast of plants and animals. Sometime in the 1800s, some swashbuckling pirates and intrepid explorers started arriving in the Galápagos Islands. The most famous early visitor was Charles Darwin, a young naturalist who spent 19 days studying the islands’ flora and fauna in 1835. In 1859, Darwin published On the Origin of Species, which introduced his theory of evolution — and the Galápagos Islands — to the world.







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