T LOunge for April 27th, 2022

Posted on April 27, 2022

Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

It’s WEDNESDAY, darlings. Find a spot and set yourself up for the duration. Today’s LOunge is coolly elegant and chic, which means we all get to pretend that we are too, at least for today. Be dazzling and irresponsible! We give you full permission. You were just waiting for someone to tell you you could, weren’t you?

 

 

What Is White Tie? The Definition—And Origins—Of Society’s Most Formal Dress Code
White tie first popped up in the earlier days of Victorian-era England (around 1840), ironically as a more minimalist counter to the traditional evening dress of the day. Stylish dandies who adopted the style preferred the black-and-white color scheme and simple bow tie over ruffles and other accouterments that had been standard in decades past.
Come the 1870s—the start of the Gilded Age in America—white tie was the definitive formal dress for the upper echelon. It was worn to the opera and at debutante balls and any of the fancy-dress parties thrown by rich socialites of the day. Even as the tailless tuxedo arrived stateside in the 1880s, it only caught on as a look for dinner parties and smaller soirees.

 

The 20 Most Famous Supermodels of the ’90s
The ’90s brought us “The Big Six.” Need we say more?

The Supermodels (note the capital S) of the ’90s were pretty much as close to superheroes as we’ve come. These girls were celebrities in their own right, hosting TV shows, owning restaurants (who can forget Fashion Cafe?), appearing in music videos—like the legendary “Freedom ’90” by George Michael—and killing it on the catwalk. While we have Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner to obsess over now, modern-day models can credit much of their careers and celebrity to the “Big 6” (comprised of Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington), who kickstarted our societal obsession with supermodel culture.

 

Janelle Monáe Wants to Tell You About the Future
The artist tells us about her speculative fiction debut, the short-story collection The Memory Librarian.
Janelle Monáe has been challenging the status quo ever since they (Monáe recently shared that they identify as nonbinary and use both she/her and they/them pronouns) had us “tippin’ on the scene” in 2012’s “Tightrope.” Though the term Afrofuturism is most often associated with the Saturn of Sun Ra and the waterfalls of Wakanda, Monáe has been using elements of science fiction to offer not just an escape but also an exploration into the darker edges of our other-phobic world. In their new book of short stories, The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer, Monáe presents a techno, progressive future filled with obelisks and oppression, a desert safe haven where all is not what it seems, an apartment that features all the time in the world, and a promise of a better life at the price of being wiped clean.

 

My Brilliant Friend Is the Best TV Show That No One Is Watching
After three brilliant seasons, it’s still underrated.

My Brilliant Friend, HBO’s Italian-language drama that just wrapped its third season, begins with a mystery.
Elena Greco, the elderly narrator of the show — and of the four books the series is based on, Elena Ferrante’s best-selling Neopolitan Novels — receives a call from her best friend’s son. Lila has disappeared. This compels Elena, aka Lenu, to recount their nearly 60-year friendship: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Born and raised in a poor Naples neighborhood in the 1950s, from which the girls follow very different trajectories, Lila (Gaia Girace) and Lenu (Margherita Mazzucco) develop a friendship so deep it’s like a sisterhood. It’s full of rivalry and support, loyalty and betrayal, challenge and acceptance, secrets kept, and painful truths shared.

 

How Female Correspondents Are Defining War Coverage in Ukraine
Isobel Yeung has maintained her composure while reporting on atrocities that some people can hardly stomach. As a Vice News correspondent, the 35-year-old London-based Yeung has covered the child brides and domestic abuse victims of the Yemeni Civil War and the decimation of women’s rights under the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year. “It’s possible to detach yourself in those moments,” Yeung says. Sometimes, however, “something cracks and you suddenly find yourself on the edge.”
In an immersive report aired in March, Yeung laid bare the horrors in southern Ukraine in the face of a Russian army that has killed civilians and forced more than five million people to flee their homeland. In the southern port city of Mykolaiv, Yeung and a small field crew documented the stream of casualties rushing into a hospital, a chaotic scene of blood and bullet wounds and guttural cries of pain.

 

The 31 Best-Dressed Men in Met Gala History
In the 2010s, after a surge of experimentation at men’s fashion shows, male stars at the Met began to adopt a more free-wheeling spirit. As Jacobs said, “boring” was no longer acceptable. Out went the suits, in came the outré looks. Some of the best moments in the past decade have been entirely out of box. Jaden Smith offered up the wildest example of this when he carried his own dreadlocks on the carpet in 2017. Other winning ensembles have come as the result of absolute commitment to a theme. Take Kanye West’s robotic Balmain look from the technology theme in 2016; Chadwick Boseman’s angelic Versace cape for the “Heavenly Bodies” theme in 2018; Jared Leto, who went full-on camp in 2019, with a prosthetic of his own head designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele tucked under his arm.

 

Director Julie Dash Tells the Story Behind the Making of Daughters of the Dust
Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters of the Dust—which follows three generations of Gullah women in South Carolina as they prepare to head North—was a major Sundance hit in 1991, and is particularly notable for being the first indie by a Black woman to gain a general theatrical release. In the over 30 years since its release, though, the film has only grown in power and meaning, even providing inspiration for Beyoncé’s Lemonade; recently, Vogue sat down with Dash to discuss the ongoing cultural significance of Daughters of the Dust.

 

Who Needs Milk? Tropicana Created a Cereal Specifically for Orange Juice
Tropicana will be giving away boxes of the limited-run, granola-based cereal for free.

Pouring milk onto your cereal is the classic (and, for many people, only) viable combination. Sure, you can crack jokes about dumping in beer or even try water in an act of complete desperation, but, for whatever highly-scientific reason, milk and cereal are the ultimate pairing.
What about orange juice? It’s already on the table as part of a mythical “complete breakfast,” so why isn’t it plausible to pour OJ over your cereal? (And didn’t we all try this as kids at least once?)

 

KFC’s Mother’s Day Deal Is a Bouquet Full of Fried Chicken
Make that a “Buckquet.”

KFC has long been a fast food king of bizarre promotional items. Highlights over the years include a KFC bucket hot tub, fried chicken-scented firelogs, a faux-bear skin rug with a Colonel Sanders’ head, and, just a couple months ago, a massive chicken sandwich pillow.
However, some of the brand’s strangest promotions have been tied to Mother’s Day: a KFC-themed romance novella, chicken-flavored chocolate truffles, and the KFC Chickendales dancers.
So what does the chicken chain have planned for 2022? Well, comparatively-speaking, this year’s Mother’s Day promo feels downright sensible: the Kentucky Fried Buckquet — a DIY floral arrangement allowing customers to create a bouquet that is half flowers, half fried chicken.

 

Secrets of the Stylish: Getting ready with Elizabeth McGovern
The Downton Abbey premiere called for a custom, re-purposed gown and plenty of diamonds

Downton Abbey: A New Era premiere was a glamorous affair that brought all the stars of the beloved TV show back together on the red carpet for the first time in years – and the actresses and their stylists pulled out all the stops. This was certainly the case for Elizabeth McGovern, who worked together with her stylist Mary Fellowes on a very unique look, one which championed sustainability.
The dress was created by Beirut-based couture house, Azzi & Osta, who re-purposed an old design with deadstock material.
“These big red-carpet moments can get hundreds of millions of digital impressions and therefore are a wonderful vehicle and platform to spread awareness,” Fellowes told us about why it was so important to make a statement about sustainability on this occasion. “Not to do so, in the age of climate crisis we live in and when we are all patently aware of how polluting fashion is, to me is a dereliction of duty and unethical. For this event, we needed to rework this heirloom dress, so I insisted that any fabrics be sourced from an upcycled supplier.”

 

Has our consumption of trauma on social media made us more empathetic or desensitised us?
We have never been more engaged with global events – which is both vital and overwhelming

There is the question to be asked here: are we actually caring more because we see more, or because we feel the need to prove we care? Hancock has a more positive take on our humanity when it comes into contact with social media. His research has suggested that, while social media news consumption shows huge spikes in anxiety, not being able to access the news is almost equally as distressing: “People naturally want to feel connected,” he says. “Broadcasting your take on something isn’t always performative, it can often be part of a very natural human need to express yourself, and to offer support. So, engaging with the news like this is accomplishing that goal.”

 

Pachinko explores the dark legacy of Japan’s colonisation of Korea
Based on the bestselling novel, series Pachinko made the show’s creators and actors confront issues head-on

Soo Hugh didn’t want to read Pachinko.
The 2017 novel by the Korean-American author Min Jin Lee tells the story of a Korean family over 80 years and four generations. Sunja, the novel’s protagonist and the family’s matriarch, is born in the 1910s in Japanese-colonised Busan, Korea, and migrates to Osaka, Japan. The family are Zainichi, Koreans living in Japan, who are subject to discrimination and bullying.
Pachinko, which gets its name from the arcade-style gambling game (Sunja’s family ultimately ends up operating pachinko parlours in Osaka), was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2017 by The New York Times. It was a finalist for a National Book Award. Hugh was aware of the buzz but, although she is a Korean-American herself, something held her back from reading it.

 

Margot Robbie’s ‘Barbie’ Sets 2023 Release Date, Unveils First-Look Photo
“Barbie” is parking her pink convertible in U.S. theaters on July 21, 2023.
The release date for the much-anticipated live-action adventure from the iconic doll, played by Margot Robbie with a star-studded supporting cast, was announced on Tuesday during the Warner Bros. presentation at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon.
Notably, this movie will open against Christopher Nolan’s sprawling ensemble film “Oppenheimer” — but Barbie came to play, and has a dream cast of her own. Ryan Gosling, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, America Ferrera, Simu Liu, “And Just Like That” actor Hari Nef and Will Ferrell all co-star in the reimagining of Barbie’s world.

 

‘The Garcias’ Costume Designer on Dressing Powerful and Stylish Characters: ‘Not all Latinas Dress in Flowers’
“The Garcias” on HBO Max is not a period drama, but clothing is just as important for the characters in the day-to-day shenanigans of the Garcia family who are enjoying an extended Summer vacation at their fancy beach home in Mexico.
Based on the Nickelodeon series “The Brothers Garcias,” “The Garcias” spinoff is the first English-language sitcom to have an all-Latino cast and creative team. This time around showrunner and creator Jeff Valdez flips the original script, which featured three boys and a girl, by casting three girls and a boy. The series also jumps forward 15 years and the Garcia kids, now all grown up and with children of their own, are surrounded by strong women. “I was raised with five sisters,” Valdez explains. “That was by design.”

 

On Sonia Boyce, Simone Leigh And Why The Venice Biennale Is A Win For Black Women
After decades of Biennales in which nine out of 10 artists have been white males, women of colour won the top prize for the first time. Ebele Okobi, the exhibition’s first Black female principal patron, explores why this matters

‘Black Women Reign Victorious’ is the headline on ARTNews and I honestly might get that as a tattoo (all caps, of course!) because it is perfection. For the first time in history, both Golden Lions, the top honours at the Venice Biennale, have been awarded to Black women: Sonia Boyce and Simone Leigh.
This year, the wins feel deeply personal. Not only because of the joy of seeing brilliant Black women finally recognised, but also because I had the profound privilege of supporting the artists by becoming a principal patron of the UK Pavilion — I am the first Black woman to do so — as well as a patron of Scotland’s pavilion.

 

Betty Gilpin Is a Force To Be Reckoned With
The actress, who stars in the Watergate drama Gaslit alongside Julia Roberts, brings intention (and humor) to every project.

Her latest project is the much-buzzed-about political thriller Gaslit—a retelling of the Watergate scandal that focuses on untold stories and forgotten characters surrounding the events. The series sparked Gilpin’s interest because of her own fascination with Watergate. She loved the movie All the President’s Men; her dad had been “a huge Watergate head” in the 1970s. “[He] told me all about how they were so glued to the hearings every day and that it felt like this explosive soap opera,” she explains. However, when she rewatched the Watergate hearings on YouTube, she couldn’t help but become bored by the coverage—which she believes speaks to society’s leanings when it comes to consuming media today. “Now, we’re so used to the news being like a wrestling match, basically: insane, electrified, coked-up college essays being screamed at you, instead of calm people just telling you the facts,” she says.

 

8 easy cocktail garnishes that will instantly make your drinks look more professional
It’s easy to think that garnishes just make a cocktail look pretty, but they also affect how a drink smells and tastes. The right garnish can enhance certain ingredients or provide contrast, creating a more complex drink.
“You’re going to enjoy the cocktail much more if the garnish is prepared with care,” says Mike Perez, expert mixologist, and bartender at Death & Co. LA.
With nothing more than a sharp knife, a peeler, some fresh produce, and a little planning, you can prepare fresh garnishes that take your cocktails to the next level.

 

The incredible heiresses and party-girl muses who changed art history
Ultra-rich and ultra-ambitious, four women who took control of their fortunes to turn themselves into art

Among art history’s muses are those heiresses and original It Girls who dazzled artists with their wondrous wardrobes, unrivalled beauty and lavish parties. Opening the doors to their museum-worthy homes, these women poured their time and resources into creative relationships which shattered societal norms. In turn, they were framed as immortal icons for all to remember. Here are four incredible individuals who took control of their fortunes, to turn it, and themselves, into an art form.

 

Alice Walker Has ‘No Regrets’
Walker has grappled with some of the thorniest issues of 20th-century America. She’s also taken troubling stances. She has now opened up and shared her diaries, giving readers a window into her life.

Alice Walker is one of the most renowned — and complex — public figures of her generation.
Born to sharecroppers in rural Georgia and raised in homes without electricity or indoor plumbing, Walker became an activist and a prolific writer, with 41 books across genres. Her 1982 book, “The Color Purple” — an epistolary novel addressed largely to God, which focused on the experience of poor Black women in the American South — was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was the first Black woman to win the prize for fiction.
In recent years, she has taken positions, including in The Times, that many have found to be antisemitic and deeply troubling. Her stances have cast a shadow over her legacy, leaving readers to grapple with how to approach Walker, and her work, today.

 

10 of the Best Road Trips in Europe
From the U.K. to Italy, here are 10 of the best European road trips.

Sometimes a road trip is a way to reach a destination; other times the road itself is the destination. Scenery that would disappear if you flew over it, or turn into a blur if you passed by it on a train, is yours to enjoy at your own pace. For Europe road trips, you’ll want to take it slow and enjoy the journey as the destination.
Having a car lets you stop where and when you want, letting you find those out-of-the-way spots that make a trip especially memorable. My personal favorite way to do a road trip is to spend time at a destination, and then add a drive to the itinerary for a day or two. Perhaps you would like to focus your entire vacation on the drive, spending a night or two in each place before moving on to the next.

 

 

 

 

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