T LOunge for May 26th, 2022

Posted on May 26, 2022

Sucre Cocktail Bar and Restaurant – London, UK


Grandeur is on the menu today, darlings. We just feel like it. It’s THURSDAY, the world outside remains distressing and disappointing in ways big and small, and there are drinks on the menu. Grab a seat. Keep it all at bay a little longer.


A New Museum Exhibit in Florence Celebrates Wanda Ferragamo
The Salvatore Ferragamo matriarch transformed an artisanal workshop for women’s shoes into the fashion house we know today.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s unlikely path from village cobbler in the Campania region of southern Italy to celebrity footwear designer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Judy Garland was first explored in his 1957 autobiography Shoemaker of Dreams. More than six decades later, director Luca Guadagnino adapted the book into a documentary of the same name. But what hasn’t been widely talked about until now is that after Salvatore Ferragamo’s untimely death in 1960, it was his wife, Wanda Ferragamo, who over nearly six decades as president and later honorary chairman of the company that bears her husband’s name, helped build the Florence workshop he founded into the global luxury brand we know today.


Downton Abbey‘s Thomas Barrow and the Future of the Gay Past
The Downton movie explores Tom’s sexuality, but what was life really like for queer men in 1920s Britain?

Dating back at least into the 19th century, queer performers were integral to the spread of sexual information in several ways. Some took queer or gender-bending roles, including in such early silent films as The Amazons (1917) or What Is the World Coming To? (1926). Others lived public “bachelor” or “spinster” lives, traveling from one metropolitan center to another, connecting queer communities and spreading their ideas. And regardless of their own true identities, nearly every celebrity was the occasion for a bustling gossip and newspaper industry, whose intimations of sexual deviance were equal parts titillating and informative to readers who might otherwise never had access to the bedrooms of Hollywood and London.


How My Indian Culture Became an Essential Part of My Personal Style
After discovering my family’s history, my everyday fashion choices changed forever.

There has been a lot of discussion around cultural appropriation in recent years, and several non-Asian friends or followers on social media have expressed their hesitancy about experimenting with Indian fashion and accessories (that Diwali episode from And Just Like That, when Carrie and Seema visit the sari shop, comes to mind). However, I personally feel that cultural exchanges can be beautiful, especially in fashion, and I’m happy to see these looks adopted by non-Asians — as long as they’re worn in respectful and appreciative ways, with an understanding that my culture is absolutely not a costume.


Eiko Otake and Margaret Leng Tan Reflect on Art, Friendship, and Life
Otake and Tan are celebrated avant-garde artists from storied lineages. Otake spent time with Manja Chmiel, an exponent of the German modern dance movement Neue Tanz, and the Butoh legend Kazuo Ohno; Tan was the protégée of pioneering conceptual musician John Cage. Both women are self-professed workaholics, and Otake gives a wry smile as she says: “I told Margaret, if we want to see each other, we need to work together.”


What Do Artists Wear, and Why Does It Matter?
Back in 2015, the writer Charlie Porter was visiting an Agnes Martin retrospective at the Tate Modern in London when he found himself pausing over a photograph of the artist herself. In the image, Martin stands halfway up a ladder, in front of a canvas covered in lightly washed stripes—the first step in crafting one of her signature gridded paintings—and with a spirit level tucked under her arm.
Really, though, it was Martin’s quilted workwear jacket and trousers that caught Porter’s attention. That same year, the London menswear maestro Craig Green had just shown his first-ever standalone collection, evolving the quilted lines of workwear jackets into the vertical strips that would become one of his brand’s booming staples. “It just seemed to collapse time for me,” says Porter. “It made me think about why she was wearing those clothes. I realized that considering an artist’s garments can make you think about someone’s way of working and being in a way that I might not have done if I had just read a biography, or just seen the painting.”


Meg Stalter on the New Season of Hacks, “Las Vegas Lady” Makeup, and TikTok as Self-Care
In Hacks, Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) is a Las Vegas stand-up legend that reluctantly joins forces with twenty-something comedy writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) to refresh her material. Stalter plays Kayla, the clumsy assistant to their talent agent Jimmy (played by series co-creator Paul W. Downs). As the big boss’s daughter, inept and entitled at every turn, Kayla embodies Hollywood nepotism. And yet she’s charming with her irreverent disposition and highly kitschy style, which hinges on outré hair accessories and ’60s-inspired color-blocked cat eyes. The latter detail is all Stalter. “They wanted Kayla’s look to be how I usually do my makeup, but with a little more pop,” she tells me over Zoom from her home in Los Angeles, her face framed by Ginger Spice streaks (a move for her starring role in forthcoming dark comedy Cora Bora, she tells me).


Francis Mallmann Is Grilling Vegetables Now
With his new cookbook ‘Green Fire,’ the ‘Chef’s Table’ star and live-fire legend turns over a new leaf.

If you possess a mental picture of Francis Mallmann, especially from his hagiographic Chef’s Table episode, it’s likely of the Argentine chef emerging, Dionysian, from a woodsmoke haze, bearing the reverently-charred remains of a whole beast, bird, or fish to a laden table. The smoke and showmanship haven’t dissipated, but he would now like for you to roll back that footage and slightly re-imagine it. Still fire, still swagger, but now in a jaunty pink beret, bearing eggplants, pumpkins, zucchini, and fruit. It’s passion — his stock in trade — but it’s also something of an atonement for the excesses of his generation. Mallmann’s newest book, Green Fire, which he wrote with Peter Kaminsky, is an exploration of the powerful alchemy of flame, fruit, herbs, and vegetables, and what he hopes will be a course correction for the climate and culture.


The Feminist Evolution of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’: How Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard and DeWanda Wise Became Summer’s Breakout Action Stars
A lot has changed in the ensuing three decades, but that line still roars. And it’s a piece of dialogue that has become a central strand in “Jurassic’s” DNA. Because, after all, it’s not just men who enjoy watching a T. rex feast on parkgoers; women dig dinosaurs too. In a sign of the cross-gender appeal, the U.S. audience for 2018’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” was split nearly evenly between men and women.


How Shows Like ‘The Girl From Plainville’ Are Helping TV Improve Depictions of Mental Health
It’s easy to mock Peak TV for just the sheer amount of content out there these days. And for those of us who cover the business, it sometimes feels like we’re drowning in it. (No, this isn’t a cry for help. But help.) There are benefits to this content surge, though: Creators can finally tell so many stories from so many different communities, and also tell them accurately.
“The conversation on mental health is something really important to me,” says Hannah, who previously worked with “Plainville” star Elle Fanning on “All the Bright Places,” a Netflix film that also dealt with these subjects. “It’s something that I’ve been personally touched by, be it dealing with depression myself and dealing with various mental health journeys [of] my family and friends. It’s something that has been so stigmatized in just personal lives, and then not seeing it expressed in the media is very isolating. Not seeing a well rounded or a full depiction of it is something that can make you feel very unseen. So I feel an enormous amount of responsibility in tackling that subject matter.”


What Is the Difference Between a Cocktail and a Mixed Drink?
Ingredients and intentions count when you are determining which category suits your drink.

The cocktail world is full of never-ending debates: Is cognac or gin better for a French 75? Are we using vodka or gin for martinis? But before you get that far, start with the basics: What’s the difference between a cocktail and a mixed drink? It sounds simple, but even though many people use the two terms interchangeably, there is a difference. That said, how precisely they’re defined is also up for debate.


Tom Cruise, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and the Uneasy Echoes of Hollywood Past
The flag-draped 1986 blockbuster ushered in the testosterone-fueled glory years of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer — and cemented the industry’s most enigmatic (and complicated) star.

Top Gun: Maverick, set to open May 27, sits at a sky-high 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. After seemingly endless pandemic miseries, it feels like there are whole audience quadrants hungry for an old-school, PG-13 popcorn movie, a throwback for parents who can revel in nostalgia while their kids enjoy the action.
But Top Gun also cooks up a pretty complicated stew of feelings for some — feelings about politics, about the fate of the business and, for me unexpectedly, emotion that had nothing to do with the action onscreen. (Truth: I had never even seen the original film until I watched it on Netflix the night before I went to the sequel’s May 4 premiere in San Diego.)


How Bodegas Became Cultural Centers for Beauty
To unknowing passersby, it’s a convenience store. To New York City dwellers, it’s a bodega. And for writer Xochitl Gonzalez, it’s a beauty supply store, runway, and most significantly, a place to connect with her community and culture.

Growing up in New York in the ’80s and ’90s, the most beautiful girls — the flyest ones, that I wanted to be — were the girls who gave fresh face — caritas lindas. The ones from the block who looked like God and their mothers had just made them perfect. With nothing more than a white tee, cutoffs, fresh kicks, and a smile, they’d emerge for a session of stoop-sitting like goddesses. Hair pulled back with the part just so; baby hairs laid flawless; pretty, long nails; and soft, glowing skin warmed from summer trips to Coney Island or Orchard Beach. And the most perfect shine on their lips. By our local beauty standards, the supermodels in magazines had nothing on them. Because there was no smoky eye or high-fashion hairdo that amplified natural beauty the
way these fresh-faced girls did, with nothing but some basics from the local bodega.


The plant-based future of food doesn’t always taste that great
What I’ve learned from four months of vegan food samples.

The vegan gold rush is a direct effect of the sheer difficulty of changing hearts and minds — not to mention diets — on meat-eating by trying to appeal to consumers’ stomachs. Nearly all meat, milk, and eggs are produced on factory farms that pose a risk of incubating the next pandemic while polluting the air and water, not to mention condemning animals to a lifetime of misery and subjecting meatpacking workers to hazardous conditions.
Despite a majority of Americans telling pollsters they support a societal shift toward plant-based eating, moral pleas have largely gone unrequited: US per capita meat consumption continues to rise, while global meat consumption (excluding fish) jumped from 65 pounds per person in 2000 to 75 pounds in 2019 and is projected to increase significantly in coming decades, especially in low- and middle-income countries.


The tragic true story of ‘beauty queen’, Empress Elisabeth of Austria
With the upcoming release of Corsage, a period-drama focused on the life of Queen Sissi, Tatler asks, who was the real empress?
Born into the royal Bavarian House of Wittelsbach and nicknamed ‘Sissi’, Elisabeth enjoyed an informal and unusual upbringing, where her hands-on mother and father raised her to explore the countryside and enjoy creative musings. The young Sissi would go on to wed Emperor Franz Joseph I at the age of 16, a marriage that thrust her into the much more formal Habsburg court life, for which she was unprepared and found unpleasant. Eccentric and educated in the values of creativity and adventure, the dullness of royal life was no match for Sissi. In an act of defiance, the empress took up smoking (ironic, considering her fear of ageing), riding and gymnastics during her marriage, which caused her to become a reluctant victim of gossip.


From Italy to Croatia on Two Wheels
A leisurely paced ride, from Trieste, Italy, to the ancient city of Pula, on Croatia’s Istrian shore, offers culture, history and sublime views, not to mention wine and truffles.

A bike ride from Trieste, Italy, through Slovenia, to the ancient city of Pula, Croatia, starts from the Adriatic coast’s 90-degree bend on the sea’s northern coast and rolls down its eastern shore to the tip of the Istria peninsula. The 150-mile leisurely journey brims with ancient traditions, sublime food and perched-village photo ops. History here is measured in millenniums and empires: Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Napoleonic, Austro-Hungarian.


The Traditional Houses in This Centuries-old Village Are Beautifully Preserved — and You Can Stay in Some of the Estates
Author and writer Frances Cha returns home to South Korea with her aunt to explore Hahoe Village, just outside Seoul.

Dating from 1797, Bukchondaek has been preserved in its original form, from the long water trough for horses to the “ondol” convection system used to heat the floors of the home. The structure has been passed down through seven generations. The current owner, Ryu Se-Ho, oversees everything.
Hahoe Village is famous for being one of the few preserved traditional communities left in the country. Bukchondaek is not the oldest estate there, but it is arguably the most luxurious, or as luxurious as an understated hanok-style dwelling can be, and is still occupied by Ryu and his wife.




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