T LOunge for April 13th, 2022

Posted on April 13, 2022

Dirty Martini Cocktail Bar – Minories, London, UK

 

Darlings, it is WEDNESDAY, which means we all need a darkly fabulous bunker in which to hunker down for the rest of the day while we sip free cocktails and do nothing. As always, Lorenzo provides. Tell us about the day you’re trying to avoid starting.

 

The Met Gala 2022 Dress Code? Gilded Glamour
At the bottom of the Met Gala invitations sent every spring is an inscription small in size but vital in importance: the dress code. In 2020, for “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” it was studied triviality. In 2021, for “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” it was American independence. And come May 2, 2022, for “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” it will be gilded glamour, white-tie.

 

Garcelle Beauvais Is Just Getting Started
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star talks sex post-divorce, her next television gig, and her new memoir, Love Me as I Am.

Released on April 12, Beauvais’s latest project is a bittersweet and soul-bearing memoir titled Love Me as I Am, which charts her journey from her childhood in Haiti and family’s immigration to Boston all the way to where she is now, a happily busy television personality who is navigating raising her boys, looking for a soul mate, and maintaining personal peace despite the pettiness of certain castmates. Beauvais has been lauded by viewers for not only introducing needful conversations about race to the show, but for holding fellow cast member Erika Jayne, whose ex-husband is currently embroiled in a series of embezzlement lawsuits, to account for her alleged role in said legal issues.

 

Brooke Shields Got “Emotional” Passing the Modeling Torch to Her Daughter
Their new Victoria’s Secret campaign aims to celebrate motherhood in all forms.

Brooke Shields is no stranger to the modeling world. In fact, the entertainment industry practically raised her. Since earning her big break at only 11 years old, the multi-hyphenate has become a household name by gracing covers and heading campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world — not to mention her successful acting career. But to her two daughters, Rowan and Grier Henchy, Brooke isn’t a world-famous model, actress, or author. She’s just a mom who’s passionate about watching her children pursue passions of their own — which, in Grier’s case, includes carrying her mom’s modeling legacy.

 

Renée Zellweger Wants Another Bridget Jones Movie as Much as You Do
Please, someone make it happen.

She went on to explain how much she loves the character — and how much she relates to her. For many fans, Bridget Jones was the first time they saw Zellweger on the big screen.
“I love her. And I think it’s really rare to get to follow a character through different stages in her life. And in a way that we find her relatable, because she parallels our own life experiences at that time,” she said. “Yeah, I hope so. I mean, Helen did write another book, so there’s that, you know. We’ll see.”

 

Should You Be Friends With Your Decorator?
A shift in the social order has complicated the most sacrosanct of relationships.

Wait. Haven’t we always been friends with our decorators? After all, when Jacqueline Kennedy needed a fresh start in DC after moving out of the White House, who did she turn to for companionship and curtains? Her designer, Billy Baldwin. Years later, when she was newly married to Aristotle Onassis and needed a friend by her side thousands of miles away from home—on her honeymoon no less—who did she summon to join her? Baldwin again. (She also needed to outfit a new home on a Greek island in time for Christmas.)
Modern examples? Kris Jenner met her decorator, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, more than a decade ago and they hit it off so famously that he began attending her holiday parties and now counts her famous children Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie as friend-clients as well.

 

How Bob Fosse Productions Transformed Beauty, From Directional Eyes to Liberated Bobs
“[Bob] didn’t just choreograph,” explains Kaliardos, who, as a young boy, was heavily influenced by Fosse’s 1979 American musical drama All That Jazz, which found the visionary telling his own story of working on projects including Chicago through a semi-autobiographical fantasy. “He was all about creating these expressive, hyper-individual characters,” said Kaliardos. “And always with this extra-ness in the hair and makeup that communicated glamour. That showbiz feeling, you know?”

 

Oh, Baby! Rihanna’s Plus One
For Rihanna, now in her third trimester of pregnancy, fusty notions of maternity wear were an easy target. “When I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself, There’s no way I’m going to go shopping in no maternity aisle. I’m sorry—it’s too much fun to get dressed up. I’m not going to let that part disappear because my body is changing.” When I bring up the subject of maternity jeans, she rolls her eyes: If it’s not something she would have worn before she was pregnant, then it’s not something she’s going to wear now. To be sure, working outside the traditional bounds of pregnancy style comes with its fair share of challenges—just ask her stylist. “I know he loses sleep over it because my measurements can literally change from hour to hour,” she says. “In fact I’m sure he’s going to ask for a raise after this!”

 

Nail Files: Juan Alvear on Why “Cutesy Toes” and “Spiky Nails” Do, In Fact, Go Together
There’s a Dali-esque quality to Juan Alvear’s trademark manicures, which are often adorned with glass-like tendrils that wrap around the finger and quarter-sized crystals piled so high, the dazzling array of bling seems to defy gravity. It’s why pop stars like FKA Twigs, Rina Sawayama, and Caroline Polachek turn to the New York–based artist when they need a set that can stand on its own, no matter the styling or the venue.
“I get a lot of inspiration from nature and from dreams, from the surreal place, kind of pulling from everywhere but also nowhere at the same time,” Alvear shares, detailing an upbringing that took him from Queens and Ecuador to Colorado and eventually Pennsylvania.

 

Binged Bridgerton? 10 More Period Dramas to Look Forward To This Year
If you’re among the millions who have already devoured all eight episodes of Bridgerton’s candy-colored, extravagantly costumed and frustratingly withholding second season, you may find yourself longing for another Regency-era romance to fill the hole in your heart. You can rest easy: 2022 looks set to be a bumper year for star-studded period dramas, on both the big and small screen. These are the 10 you just can’t miss.

 

The Secret Lives of Restaurant Furnishings
Your chair, wine glass and fork have stories to tell.

At first glance, you may not notice the vintage red velvet banquettes lining the walls of Soif, the basement wine bar that opened last November in Chicago. At best, they may look a little familiar. In fairness, countless other found treasures vie much louder for your attention at this red-lit boîte: gilded mirrors, vintage brocade Scalamandre pillows and sculpted leather chairs sourced from the dining room at Ralph Lauren.
But for Oliver Poilevey, chef/owner of the Chicago bistro Le Bouchon, sliding into one of those tufted benches for a drink feels “just like a hug from an old friend.” That’s because those banquettes already spent a lifetime (and much of Poilevey’s own life) at La Sardine, the popular French bistro his late parents, Jean-Claude and Susanne Poilevey, opened in 1998 and operated for 22 years.

 

 

Gilbert Gottfried, Comedian and ‘Aladdin’ Star, Dies at 67
Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian, “Aladdin” star and owner of the most recognizable voice in Hollywood, has died after battling a long illness, his family announced Tuesday. He was 67.
His publicist told the Washington Post that he died of myotonic dystrophy type 2, a form of muscular dystrophy.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor,” his family wrote on Twitter.

 

19 of the Best Baking Cookbooks, According to the Pros
From cookies that come together in a snap to multi-tiered wedding cakes, these chef-approved baking cookbooks are chock full of recipes for all skill levels.

Baking was a popular pandemic pastime—and while home cooks reconnected with their kitchens or discovered a sweet new hobby in the last few years, the trend shows no signs of slowing down. What’s not to love? The comforting precision, the (relatively) instant gratification, the delicious finished product. Whether you’re interested in tackling a multi-tiered cake or an artful tart, need a step-by-step guide for finally making that sourdough starter, or just want to crack the code on the perfect chocolate chip cookie, there’s a book for that. Read on for all the cookbooks jam-packed with recipes and techniques that will elevate your baking game like the perfect soufflé.

 

‘Abbott Elementary’ Costume Designer Breaks Down Her Favorite Season 1 Looks, Including Janine’s Jelly Bean Belt
Janine Teagues, second grade teacher extraordinaire, is the type to be friendly with the employees of her local Old Navy. And because of that, “Abbott Elementary” costume designer Susan Michalek shops there, too.
Created by Quinta Brunson, who also stars as Janine, “Abbott Elementary” follows a group of teachers who work at an underfunded Philadelphia school, leading Brunson and Michalek to decide to constrain the show’s costumes to a realistic teacher’s budget. H&M, Zara, Target and Old Navy became Michalek’s go-to stores, with occasional splurges at Anthropologie.

 

Joe Alwyn On The Invasion Of Privacy And Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations With Friends’ TV Adaption
Taylor Swift isn’t the only one who has fallen for the British actor, as he steals our hearts in the TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s debut book. Katie O’Malley meets the star giving Paul Mescal a run for his money.

One of the downs is undoubtedly the public’s interest in his own life (Alwyn has been dating Taylor Swift since 2016). He still struggles to understand society’s acceptance that sharing, rather than protecting, one’s private details is the norm. ‘It’s not really [because I] want to be guarded and private, it’s more a response to something else,’ he shrugs. ‘We live in a culture that is so increasingly intrusive… The more you give – and frankly, even if you don’t give it – something will be taken.’

 

Spotlighting the ‘Riches and Delights’ of African Fashion
In Africa: The Fashion Continent, Emmanuelle Courrèges features designers from Accra to Cape Town who are developing a new style vocabulary.

Emmanuelle Courrèges’s earliest fashion memories are all about self-expression: As a schoolgirl in Côte d’Ivoire, she and her classmates swapped out their navy uniform skirts for sarouel pants of the same color, a style typically worn by men that allowed for freedom of movement and a hint of rebellion. She remembers admiring how Aminata Traoré, the Malian Minister of Culture and a family friend, combined traditional garments with accessories by young designers to create “innovative, original silhouettes.” Her early visits to designer Chris Seydou’s workshop in Abidjan were also formative—his atelier was a meeting place for the region’s most stylish women.

 

Warner Bros. Removes ‘Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore’ Dialogue About Gay Relationship for China
The long-awaited reveal of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s romantic past is being censored, but the studio says “the spirit of the film remains intact.”

Warner Bros. confirmed it has removed some dialogue from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore to appease the Chinese government.
The studio has taken out clear references to Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald’s (Mads Mikkelsen) romantic past.
The lines “I was in love with you” and “the summer Gellert and I fell in love” officially make it canon for the first time in the Harry Potter franchise that the beloved Hogwarts professor is gay and had a romantic relationship with the dark wizard.
The cuts amount to just six seconds of the film’s 143-minute runtime, but are rather pivotal to establishing the characters.

 

The Engagement Ring Trend Report You’ve Been Waiting For
We surveyed hundreds of people to find out what they *really* think about engagement rings in the year 2022.

Hello and welcome to the second week of Cosmopolitan’s Engagement Ring Month. In an effort to learn how our readers feel about the whole engagement ring tradition these days, we surveyed more than 1,500 people across the United States via SurveyMonkey—948 people who have or have once had engagement rings and 610 people who aren’t engaged yet but would like a ring in the future. Interestingly enough, even though the ritual of giving a ring dates all the way back to ancient Rome, based on our survey, the custom still stands tall as the defining moment of getting engaged.

 

 

Sabine Getty in conversation with the legendary Bob Mackie on dressing Cher, Hollywood glamour and his tell-all book
Almost 60 years on from his early days working as a costumer at Paramount Studios, Mackie has released a fascinating new book detailing his stratospheric rise to fame as the go-to designer for unbridled fabulousness. With a forward by Carol Burnett and an afterword by Cher, readers can join Mackie on his captivating journey in The Art of Bob Mackie, accessing never-before-seen imagery and endless behind-the-scenes gossip. Tatler’s Editor-at-Large, Sabine Getty, sat down with the man behind the gowns to talk all things fashion.

 

Remembering the Queen of Nightclubs – Kate Meyrick – whose ‘43’ club welcomed princes, movie moguls and millionaires
As a new exhibition at the National Archives recreates Soho’s famous ‘43’ club, historian Lucinda Gosling delves into the turbulent history of its famous proprietress

In the 1920s, London’s toes were tapping to the new sound of jazz. Everybody wanted to dance, nobody wanted to sleep, and nightclubs were mushrooming around the city’s West End. Deep in the heart of Soho, at 43 Gerrard Street, was a small, intimate nightspot known simply as the ‘43’. Its proprietor, a neat little woman with charming manners, ran a string of other clubs; The Silver Slipper in Regent Street and the Manhattan in Denman Street, while her eldest daughter oversaw the Little Club in Golden Square as well as the Riviera in Maidenhead. Briefly, in 1925, during a spell in Paris she found success with the Gaiety Club. Little wonder Kate ‘Ma’ Meyrick was known as the Queen of Nightclubs.

 

Over 50,000 Tulips Are Blooming at This Dreamy English Countryside Hotel — and Sunflowers Are Next
David Rowley, head market gardener at Heckfield Place, gives the inside scoop on the estate’s tulips, which are in full bloom this week.

Heckfield Place in Hampshire, England isn’t your typical country estate. While you’ll find the classic wellies in the downstairs foyer, daily tea and cake, and cozy reading corners around every turn, there’s usually something else blooming behind the scenes.
In April, that “something” is more than 57,000 tulips, planted throughout the estate’s certified biodynamic and organic market garden and in a walled garden directly next to the main house.
Led by head market gardener David Rowley, the team at Heckfield Place buried the tulip bulbs 4 inches under the soil at the beginning of November, when, Rowley said, “the soil is cool to the touch.”

 

Thousands of Fireflies Put on a Magical Light Show in Pennsylvania Each June — Here’s How to See It
For a magical summer trip, head to the Alleghany National Forest for an annual firefly light show.

Night had fallen on Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania. It was a few days past the summer solstice — that magical June evening when Robin Goodfellow and his troupe of fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream emerge to frolic in the forest and hoodwink young lovers. But instead of Shakespearean sprites, I’d come in search of the rare Photinus carolinus, a charismatic species of firefly that puts on a spectacular, synchronized light show each year, just as spring slips into summer.

 

 

[Photo Credit: grapesdesign.com, northern-lights.co.uk]

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