T LOunge for April 11th, 2022

Posted on April 11, 2022

Gunpowder Kitchen & Bar – Jakarta, Indonesia


Let’s go somewhere cool, moody and fabulous today, since those three words also happen to describe us, your manly hosts. It’s MONDAY. You should do nothing but sit here and wait for us to entertain you all day. No, no. It’s no trouble. We’ll just dash back to the content kitchen and whip something up for you. Be back in a jiffy, whatever the hell that means.


Nicola Peltz’s Custom Valentino Couture Wedding Dress Was Like “A Work Of Art”
On 9 April, Nicola Peltz married Brooklyn Beckham at her Palm Beach family home wearing Valentino Haute Couture—and Peltz’s stylist, Leslie Fremar, says the traditional-with-a-twist wedding gown is the most beautiful dress she’s ever seen. (Quite the statement, considering Fremar is the woman behind the wardrobes of Demi Moore, Julianne Moore and Charlize Theron.)
The Hollywood dresser knows a good gown when she sees one, and even Peltz is in awe of this comment. “Coming from Leslie, that is incredible,” the bride told Vogue, days before saying “I do.”


Does Bridgerton Do Justice to Its Indian Characters?
There’s a lot to love about the second installment of Bridgerton: the sight of Jonathan Bailey emerging from a lake, dripping wet; Lady Featherington besting the new Lord Featherington; all of Queen Charlotte’s ridiculously intricate costumes; and of course, the fact that two dark-skinned British-Indian women are its leading ladies. But, for me personally, it wasn’t simply the casting of Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran as Kate and Edwina Sharma that felt significant, but the nods to Indian culture that are sprinkled throughout the season.


The Disarming Delights of “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure”
Throughout his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat dealt in the iconic. His work, which began with graffiti art in the late 1970s before evolving into a more traditional painting practice in his early 20s, absorbed all kinds of flotsam from pop culture, sports, history, religion, science, and the daily news, building up a lexicon of symbols, slogans, and esoterica that became his visual signature.
Since his untimely death in 1988, however, Basquiat has become iconic in the icky, modern way; more closely associated with high-profile bidding wars and branded merchandise than an actual creative vision.


The Official Portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Here
Federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history on Thursday by becoming the first Black woman confirmed to the United States Supreme Court; now, her legacy is being captured for posterity in the form of an official photograph taken by Bronx-based photographer Lelanie Foster, whose body of work serves as a tribute to Black life and culture.
Foster, who has shot for The New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Chanel, Nike, and various other publications and brands and did the on-set photography for the Melina Matsoukas-directed 2019 film Queen & Slim, was over the moon about the assignment…


The story behind JLo’s engagement ring
ICYMI Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got engaged this weekend, sending searches for ‘JLo engagement ring’ soaring on Google. At first glance, the ring isn’t too far in style to the pink diamond Ben gave Jennifer in 2004.
Both rings feature a central coloured diamond, flanked by clear diamonds in a timeless trinity style, however there are some differences. It’s thought Ben chose the colour as his future bride previously wrote about her love of green in a newsletter.


“When privilege is not acknowledged, it can be incredibly damaging”: what Anatomy of a Scandal tells us about politics today
We go behind the scenes of Netflix’s compelling new Westminster drama

Vaughan wrote her novel, which narrates the (fictional) case of a married Conservative politician accused of rape by his parliamentary researcher, between January and September 2016. That was the era of the Brexit referendum, when the cracks in the Tory regime were just beginning to be exposed; at the time of the book’s publication two years later, in January 2018, the ‘Pestminster’ scandal had recently broken, triggering a string of high-profile resignations from politicians and a dawning realisation that sexual harassment was endemic within Britain’s corridors of power. Meanwhile, over the pond, the #MeToo movement had been steadily gathering momentum, with at least 100 women coming forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.


How Princess Diana’s Dance With the Media Impacted William and Harry
Tina Brown examines the legacy of the Princess of Wales’s press strategy for her sons, in this exclusive excerpt from The Palace Papers.

From their earliest childhood, William and Harry were collateral damage in a cold war between their parents, one that could turn hot in front of them in alarming ways. The two-year age gap between them was critical in forging their distinctive worldviews and, equally so, in shaping their perceptions of their mother. Prince Harry idolized Diana more and understood her less. He would always be her baby, a scamp who was “thick” at his lessons and “naughty, just like me.” His emotions, like hers, were always simmering near the surface.
William understood Diana more but idealized her less. He was privy to her volatile love life. He knew the tabloids made her life hell, but he also knew she colluded with them. By his early teens, he was his mother’s most trusted confidant. She used to describe him as “my little wise old man.”


11 Of The Most Compulsively Watchable True Crime Documentaries On Netflix Now
Almost seven years on from the release of the Emmy-winning Making A Murderer, true crime documentaries are still wildly popular on Netflix. The latest hits to have become part of the canon? The tale of a charismatic con artist which became a word-of-mouth sensation and birthed countless think pieces, and a staggering four-part saga involving a vegan restaurant owner, siphoned funds, a prized pitbull and promises of immortality.


From The Archive: When Vogue Dressed The Original Cast Of The Crown In ’40s-Inspired Haute Couture
As news of a prequel to The Crown breaks, revisit British Vogue’s interview with the season one cast for the August 2016 issue, featuring photographs by Jason Bell taken on location at Wrotham Park.
The Crown, a new, meticulously researched 10-part show (with further series in the planning) commissioned by Netflix, will only fuel the fire of our infatuation. Spanning the years from Princess Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947 to the Suez Crisis in 1956, writer Peter Morgan (The Audience and The Queen) and director Stephen Daldry (The Audience) offer us an unprecedented invitation to spy on royalty and watch, rapt by the very ordinariness of this extraordinary family. And for Morgan, that is the Windsors’ enduring appeal; at some level, we all face the equivalent of the Queen’s Tupperware-versus-orb-and-sceptre polarity. “The life we ideally want to lead and the compromises we have to make allows us all to connect with the predicament faced by Elizabeth Windsor and Elizabeth Regina,” he says.


How extra-virgin olive oil is made in Greece
The Messinia in the Peloponnese, Greece, produces what is considered the finest olive oil in the world. It’s made from the Koroneiki olive, a small but rich and aromatic olive. Together with a cold extraction and a slow fermentation process, Koroneiki olive oil tastes like no other — a true nectar of the gods. We follow olive-oil taster Dimitra Mathiopoulou at her family’s olive groves and mill to find out how Koroneiki olive oil is harvested and extracted.


Ezra Miller — and their recent volatility — explained
On the cusp of massive fame, Ezra Miller’s hedonistic spate of aggression may be their undoing.

The Flash may depart the Speed Force if Warner Bros. has anything to say about actor Ezra Miller’s recent arrest for disorderly conduct. Miller, one of Hollywood’s most well-known nonbinary actors, has largely flown under the radar until now, turning in highly acclaimed performances in indie films before joining the Fantastic Beasts franchise and becoming The Flash in the DC Extended Universe. They just kind of (but not really) won an Oscar for that performance.
But last week’s arrest caused other reports of temperamental and aggressive behavior to bubble up. One couple filed a restraining order against them, while rumors surfaced that the actor had been having breakdowns while filming The Flash, an upcoming installment in the DC movie franchise, scheduled to be released next summer. After spending the last decade or so on the cusp of top-tier celebrity, Miller’s starring role in that film finally seemed to be pushing them into the limelight.


Germany Reckons With Wagner: Cultural Jewel, or National Shame?
A new exhibition at the country’s national history museum examines the strong feelings stirred by its most famous 19th-century composer.

Few composers inspire such a mix of appreciation and disgust as Richard Wagner. Especially here in Germany — where Wagner’s work is understood as a combination of national cultural jewel and national political embarrassment — the composer’s work is laden with meaning and interpretation.
Along with his music dramas, Wagner’s legacy includes his antisemitic and nationalist political writings, and the Nazi dictatorship celebrated his musical works as a symbol of the pure German culture they hoped to promote. Hitler was a regular at the Wagner festival at Bayreuth, where he was welcomed warmly by the composer’s descendants, and the regime used Wagner’s music in rallies and at official events.


Closing Up Shop on a Marriage
When the last thing you share is your pharmacy rewards account.

My husband and I separated in 2016. We didn’t have children or own property or have much money. Our marriage was glorious until it wasn’t. In the end, we weren’t even sharing meals. But one thing that has lingered is our shared Duane Reade rewards account, the kind that gives you discounts and points. It’s one of those artifacts so minor, so inconsequential, that I never think about the fact that we still share it until seconds before I pay. Then, boom, beep, and the receipts are emailed to me.


Gufram teams up with the Andy Warhol foundation for a new Cactus series
The limited edition of the radical design icon was created in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts

Originally conceived by Guido Drocco and Franco Mello in 1972, Gufram’s cactus is one of Radical design’s most iconic pieces, and one that over the years has lent itself to many interpretations. It became black, blue and red in a homage to France, while its distinctive green spikes gave way to a psychedelic, multicoloured treatment by Sir Paul Smith. Metacactus, a celebration of the design’s 40th anniversary in 2012, featured a lime green trunk with orange tips, and more limited editions featured the cactus painted white and black.


Inside the Glorious Art—and Fierce Rivalry—of Ancient Persia, Greece, and Rome
Why a new exhibition at the Getty Villa explores the ancient Persian Empire and its cultural links to the Classical world

In ancient times, people couldn’t use smartphones and social media to share glimpses of their lives with the rest of the world, or travel by airplane to far corners of the globe.
But they were far from isolated—and more connected to other cultures than many 21st-century people may realize.
Now, visitors to the Getty Villa can discover how the major powers of the ancient world influenced each other in Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World. The exhibition focuses on ancient Iran, historically known as Persia, a nation that dominated western Asia for over a millennium (about 550 BCE–650 CE). Royal sculpture, spectacular luxury vessels, weapons, jewelry and other objects of gold and silver, as well as religious images and historical documents, reveal the artistic and cultural connections and influences between Persia and the rival powers of Greece and Rome. An interactive website depicting the grand, ancient Persian city of Persepolis accompanies the exhibition.


This Charming Town in Quebec Will Transport You Back to the 1920s — and Has a Waterfall That’s Taller Than Niagara Falls
Val-Jalbert is a 1920s time capsule — and it boasts stunning natural scenery.

About 100 years ago, Val-Jalbert, Canada was a distinctly modern town. Residents had running water and electricity 25 years before the rest of Quebec. But very little has changed since those days.
Today, the Quebec town remains a perfectly preserved relic of its glory days in the early 1920s. During its heyday, Val-Jalbert was a one-industry town. Its pulp mill brought prosperity to the region, but a series of troubles led to the mill’s sudden closure in 1927. It was only a few years until the town was almost completely abandoned.


10 Best U.S. National Parks to Visit During Wildflower Season
These U.S. national parks offer some of the best wildflower views.

National parks wow no matter the month, but there’s something particularly special about wildflower season. Pops of purple, blue, white, and gold bring magic to some of America’s most surreal landscapes. Even better, the kaleidoscopic blooms hint to warm weather on the way.
If you’re planning a trip around those spring and summer colors, bookmark these 10 best national parks to visit during wildflower season. Note that you can keep these wildflowers protected and thriving for future park visitors by following Leave No Trace guidelines, including staying on the trail.







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