T LOunge for June 20th, 2022

Posted on June 20, 2022

Marty’s Kitchen & Bar – Budapest, Hungary

 

Well, let’s get on with it, shall we? It is MONDAY unfortunately, which is why Lorenzo chose a LOunge with life and color and visual stimulation, because we don’t know about the rest of y’all, but we’re feeling the need for a pick-me-up. Set yourself down in whatever spot appeals the most to you and start creating some din. We’ve provided the refreshments and distractions you require, free of charge, as always.

 

HRH The Duchess Of Cornwall Makes Her Debut In British Vogue – And Speaks Candidly About The Future Of The Firm
As she prepares to celebrate her 75th birthday, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall talks frankly to Giles Hattersley about what life has taught her.

As we prepare to take the first photograph, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, assesses us – a besuited gaggle of creatives – and a look of amusement settles upon her features, along with a flicker of nerves. She tells us that she’s wearing an evening dress by Bruce Oldfield Couture – which, like all the clothes that she wears for our shoot, is taken from her own wardrobe. The Duchess likes fashion – to a point – knows what suits her, works closely with her dresser Jacqui Meakin (who also dressed the Queen Mother), and generally opts for propriety over whimsy. She’s allergic to fuss. “I did have some [press-on] nails, but I lost them all gardening yesterday,” she sighs, glancing forlornly at her hands. She is not immune to the desire to look good, however. On a recce of the gardens two weeks earlier, the Vogue team happened upon a wisteria and asked the Duchess’s staff whether HRH might have anything in her wardrobe in the same colour. This was an absolute no go. The Duchess has a dedicated phrase for her dread colour: “Menopausal mauve.”

 

Everything We Know About The Matilda the Musical Movie
The reimagining of Roald Dahl’s classic book is based on the 2010 West End musical.

The 1996 movie version of Matilda, starring Mara Wilson in the title role, is inarguably one of the best children’s book adaptations in history. So Matilda the Musical, the upcoming 2022 take on Roald Dahl’s classic novel, has some big shoes to fill—though it’s also working from some impressive new source material.
The Netflix movie is based not only on Dahl’s book, but on the 2011 West End musical, which brought the adventures of Matilda to life on stage punctuated by catchy original songs. Featuring music and lyrics by the beloved Australian comedian Tim Minchin, the show was an instant hit with both audiences and critics when it debuted in London in 2011, and went on to win seven Olivier Awards (Britain’s answer to the Tonys).

 

This Video Series Is Teaching Millennials and Gen Zs About Politics
In Civics for the Culture, Fair Fight explains everything from the history of democracy to the job of a governor, and tips on how to vote.

For a country that relies on its younger generations to create meaningful change, little effort is put into trying to speak those populations’ language.
Fair Fight, an organization led by political advisor and strategist Chelsey Hall—a Black millennial—is changing that. Hall hosts a YouTube video series, Civics for the Culture, in which she unpacks facts about everything from voting rights to the history of democracy, the tasks of the legislature, and the job of a governor.
Each video is filled with bright colors, visual cues, and lasts up to five minutes. And while the topics are heavy, Hall talks in a fun and easy way that young viewers can understand and relate to—something that politicians and campaigns often do not do.

 

Perfume Is Finally Moving Away From Gender
Florals for everybody? That’s actually groundbreaking.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and both are for women when it comes to blending perfume. That’s the way it’s always been in the traditional fragrance industry—the scent of a flower or anything sweet has been seen as distinctly feminine, while notes of leather, tobacco, or spices have signaled masculinity and testosterone. But a new generation of LGBTQ+ brand founders and perfumers are rebelling against the hyper-gendered rules of fragrance blending, and instead creating fluid scents that reflect the complexity of human nature.

 

Artists Are Opting Out Of The Content Machine
Instead of churning out “content,” young female musicians are slowing down, indulging in other passions—and igniting their creativity in new ways.

Artists like Spektor, Adele, Lorde, and Fiona Apple have taken years between new records, without constantly dropping a surprise single to make sure that they remain buzzy. Fans are still patiently waiting for new projects from Rihanna, Lizzo, and Beyoncé, all hopefully out soon. Others have made time for pursuits outside of music altogether: Margo Price wrote a memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It, due in the fall. Phoebe Bridgers launched her own label, Saddest Factory Records. Dua Lipa began a newsletter, Service95. Sharon Van Etten has been working toward her undergraduate degree and hopes to study mental health counseling next, while Selena Gomez has honed her baking skills on her cooking show, Selena + Chef.

 

‘Performative Advocacy Doesn’t Work’: Black Justice Leaders Talk Accountability And The Fight For Reparations
As of last year, that day, known as Juneteenth, has been designated a federal holiday. Juneteenth should be a formally recognized holiday; as a nation, we need to tell the truth about American history. But the day also deserves our solemn respect, because Juneteenth commemorates one of the most harrowing examples of what Black Americans have endured in this country—and how much we are owed. The first Juneteenth celebrations included voter registration rallies and collectively purchasing property. But since then, corporations have begun to profit off of what was previously a sacred, intra-community day. In the face of diluted messages and sacrilegious marketing, we need to reclaim Juneteenth from capitalism. How can we return to the radical tradition of building political power for Black communities? By centering the voices of Black women dedicating their lives to reckoning with our past and investing in repair.

 

Happy Birthday, Isabella Rossellini! 20 Glamorous Old Photos of the Italian-Swedish Beauty
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is many things—a model, actress, philanthropist, educator, accidental farm-life influencer—to say nothing of being the daughter of two icons: the actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini. Born in Rome in 1952 with her fraternal twin sister, Ingrid (known as Isotta), Rossellini made her first film appearance opposite her mother in A Matter of Time (1976), before going on to projects like White Nights (1985), Blue Velvet, (1986), Cousins (1989), Death Becomes Her (1992), Fearless (1993), and, decades later, a memorable arc on 30 Rock as Jack Donaghy’s first wife, Bianca. She’s also enjoyed a long association with the fashion and beauty worlds, covering Vogue in the 1980s and serving for years as a “spokesmodel” for Lancôme.
As she celebrates her 70th birthday, we look back at Rossellini’s long and glamorous life in the spotlight—and eagerly await all she still has to come.

 

As Roxy Music Gears Up For a Historic Reunion, Bryan Ferry Talks About Their Legacy—And Their Look
Almost exactly 50 years ago, Roxy Music’s landmark self-titled debut album was unleashed upon the world. An enthralling admixture of heady, brainy art rock and sexy, danceable glam rock, Roxy Music (and Roxy Music) would have a massive influence on everything from electronic music to punk rock, disco, New Wave, and a host of other genres, scenes, and subcultures. At the same time, their swooning, crooning singer Bryan Ferry became an almost instant icon of sartorial, bespoke cool before going on to a long solo career when the band split up after 1982’s Avalon. With Roxy Music setting out on their first tour in more than a decade—and Ferry with a new solo EP, Love Letters, just out—we thought it a good time to catch up with Ferry.

 

Black Venus: the Legacy of Black Woman Representation Seen by Contemporary Female Artists
A new exhibition at Fotografiska New York explores how Black womanhood has been depicted throughout history to the present day. Read our conversation with the curator Aindrea Emelife.

Photography plays a critical role in the reiteration of stereotypes and visual tropes that go down in history becoming part of the collective imagination. This is the premise from which the exhibition BLACK VENUS, on display at Fotografiska New York through August 28, originates.
The show takes a deep dive into the historical representation of Black women with key themes including the fetishization of the Black female body and the investigation of how Black women can and are reclaiming their agency. These messages are portrayed through the array of archival images dated between 1793 to 1930, alongside more than thirty contemporary artworks made between 1975 to the present day. British-born Aindrea Emelife, who conceived and curated the exhibition, chose to feature numerous Black artists, among them Zanele Muholi, Renee Cox, Coreen Simpson, Carrie Mae Weams, Deana Lawson, and our PhotoVogue spotlight artist Amber Pinkerton, the youngest featured in the show.

 

Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne: What’s the Difference?
Champagne may be the most famous sparkling wine in the world, but more and more these days, great bubbly is produced elsewhere, too.

For a long time, the world of sparkling wine was divided into two halves: On one side there was Champagne, and on the other resided everything else. Which, of course, is no longer true at all…and it’s questionable if it ever was. This was made deliciously clear last week at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen when the highly regarded sommelier, media personality, and content creator Amanda McCrossin hosted the “Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles: Sparkling Wine Beyond Champagne” session for 80 thirsty, riveted guests.

 

What Connects ‘Severance’ to ‘Abbott Elementary’? Quinta Brunson and Adam Scott Explain It All
Quinta Brunson, the creator and star of ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” and Adam Scott, of Apple TV+’s mind-bending drama “Severance,” have a connection we can’t quite put our finger on. After they speak about their shows — and the fact that both of their mothers were public school teachers — it turns out that their familiar dynamic comes from an established collegial relationship: As Scott accidentally spills, on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” is presented by Apple TV+, Brunson will be guest starring on the upcoming Starz revival of Scott’s brilliant-but-canceled “Party Down.” Thanks for letting us know!

 

Paul McCartney’s 80 Best Songs, Ranked
On the occasion of Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday weekend, anyone reading this is probably thinking the same thing: Only 80 Paul McCartney songs? The hope, of course, is that he lives to 120, in order to provide a hook for a much easier-to-narrow-down list of his 120 finest. But 80 is just enough to cover the breadth as well as greatness of the 20th century’s (and beyond’s) greatest journeyman singer-songwriter, from The Beatles to today.

 

How South Florida Theme Inspired ‘Father of the Bride’ Wedding Dress
In the reboot of “Father of the Bride,” now streaming on HBO Max, costume designer Caroline Eselin knew that she wasn’t going to emulate either of the previous incarnations of the film when it came to creating the wedding dress worn by Sofia (Adria Arjona). Instead, she drew inspiration from the new movie’s Miami setting and the city’s vibrant style.
This time, Andy Garcia is the title character who must come to grips with the marriage of his daughter and is determined to pay for her wedding. The film, directed by Gaz Alazraki, revolves around a sprawling Cuban American family and the well-to-do Mexican American family Sofia marries into.
Sophie’s sister Cora (Isabela Merced) is a budding fashion designer tasked with helping to create the wedding gown. Says Eselin, “We did things through her lens when it came to Sophie’s dress and the bridesmaid dresses.”

 

How to Buy a New Mattress Without a Ph.D. in Chemistry
The disrupter economy has set its sights on your bedroom, offering gel capsules, ice fabric, green-tea memory foam, and copper-infused toppers. Will they help you get a better night’s sleep?

Let’s start with the basic types: innerspring coil, foam, hybrid (foam and innerspring), and adjustable air. Within each category are subcategories. There seem to be more kinds of foam mattresses than there are craft beers from Brooklyn, but don’t be fooled by proprietary terms like “Ambien-injected kosher crypto-foam.” There are actually only two types of foam: polyurethane, of which memory foam is a subset, and latex.
You’re just getting started making decisions, however. What level of firmness do you like? Do you sleep on your side, back, or stomach? When your bedmate tosses and turns, how much does it disturb you (on the Richter scale)?

 

Remembering Vincent Chin — and the deep roots of anti-Asian violence
40 years after Vincent Chin’s murder, the struggle against anti-Asian hate continues.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the brutal killing of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man in Detroit whose murder sparked a reckoning over anti-Asian discrimination and spurred a surge in Asian American activism.
The anniversary comes as Asian Americans in the US face an uptick in violence, driven by the same xenophobia that fueled Chin’s killing. In 1982, Chin was killed by two white men upset about the competition US companies faced from Japanese automakers, who sought to pin the blame on him. Since March 2020, there have been more than 10,900 hate incidents reported to the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate, including physical attacks and verbal abuse that put the blame on Asian Americans for the spread of Covid-19.

 

Splitting chores can be unfair. Here’s how to do it equitably.
Chores are everyone’s responsibility. Here’s how to get roommates, kids, or partners involved.

Living with someone (or someones) can require a fair amount of sharing: space, noise levels, appliances, bathroom time, you name it. Perhaps most crucially, though, is the sharing of chores. It can also be one of the most contentious parts of cohabitation.
Most of the time, the division of household labor isn’t equal, leading to loads of pent-up resentment. Research among heterosexual couples showed women tend to shoulder the brunt of housework. Even when wives make more money than their husbands, they still spend more hours a week on housework, per a recent study. Another study found that a common belief among roommates is that the housemate who’s most bothered by stacks of dirty dishes and piles of stinky laundry should be the one to handle the messes.

 

Pride and Prejudice: Indian royal Manvendra Singh Gohil on being the world’s first openly gay prince
For Pride Month, we revisit this Tatler interview from the January 2021 issue. When Prince Manvendra came out as gay, many hailed him as a hero – but his family disowned him

Coming out to one’s parents is hard enough at the best of times. For Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, who was born into one of India’s royal dynasties, it was nearly life-destroying.
Speaking exclusively to Tatler from Rajvant Palace, his family’s grand residence in Gujarat, western India, the 55-year-old prince recalls how having a breakdown in the early 2000s set him on a path that led to his being crowned one of the country’s leading LGBTQ+ rights activists and hailed by many as the only openly gay prince in the world.
By 2002, Prince Manvendra was certain he was gay, having been attracted to men for years. But he had no idea how his deeply traditional parents, the Maharana and Maharani of Rajpipla, would take the news. His honesty was not rewarded. ‘My mother and father demanded I have surgery or shock therapy to be cured,’ he says.

 

The Fantasy of the Middle Ages
The castles, knights, battles, and imaginary creatures of the Middle Ages perpetually inspire art, literature, photography, film, and reenactment. These later fantasy works blend historical source material with legendary or magical elements to create memorable characters, creatures, and cultures. This exhibition explores the ways in which the Middle Ages have been mythologized, dramatized, and re-envisioned time and again, proving an irresistible period for creative reinterpretations ranging from the Brothers Grimm to Game of Thrones.

 

Germany Has Some of the Most Beautiful Forests in the World — How to Plan a Road Trip to Visit Them All
German’s legendary forests have been written about in fairy tales and operas. Experience them for yourself on a wandering road trip through the country’s national parks.

In the winter of 1777, the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe set off on horseback from his home in the central German city of Weimar and traveled a hundred miles north to the forests of the Harz region. The 28-year-old Goethe, who had been struggling since the death of his sister the previous summer, hoped to encounter a sign. On December 10, accompanied by a forester, he climbed the Brocken, a mountain in the Harz that is, at almost 4,000 feet, the highest in northern Germany. Visiting this snowy, densely wooded landscape left him exhilarated and renewed; the experience later inspired the poem “Harzreise im Winter.”

 

 

 

 

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