T LOunge for August 15th, 2022

Posted on August 15, 2022

Mama Campo Restaurant – Madrid, Spain


It’s MONDAY, darlings. Dammit. Let’s ease into the week by spending all day in a cool, soothing, low-key chic LOunge that won’t ask much of us today. It’s August, for Pete’s sake. No one should be expected to do anything productive or answer any emails until at least the second week of September. It’s the law.


A League of Their Own Star Chanté Adams Is Swinging for the Fences
The actress talks baseball, bravery, and knocking it out of the park with her new series, streaming now.

“Sometimes, you will play a character who is the complete opposite of you in real life,” Chanté Adams says. “When it comes to baseball skills, that’s me and Max.”
Adams is talking about Max Chapman, the character she plays in A League of Their Own, the new series (premiering August 12 on Prime Video) about life in and around the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s. And while there are many things about Max—a preternaturally gifted athlete who’s kept out of the league because she’s Black—with which Adams can identify, a knack for baseball isn’t among them.


Maitreyi Ramakrishnan’s Coming-of-Age Story Isn’t Over Yet
The Never Have I Ever star was one out of 15,000 hopefuls. Now, she confronts the approaching end of the show that made her famous.

Ramakrishnan can recall the exact date Never Have I Ever season 1 landed on Netflix: “April 27, 2020,” she says. “So peak pandemic, right after Tiger King, Love Is Blind, Too Hot to Handle. So people’s standards were very—very receptive, we’ll say that.” There was no red carpet for Ramakrishnan or her co-stars, and all publicity was conducted over Zoom and social media. It took her a while to understand, as the show gained momentum, that real people were watching her as Devi, and those people would “know me before I know them.”


Darren Barnet Is More Than a High School Hot Boy (for One Thing, He Is 31)
He may be best known as Paxton Hall-Yoshida on Netflix’s Never Have I Ever — but he’s just a guy with intense dreams and an even more intense skincare routine.

Barnet is more than his handsome features, too, and he definitely isn’t the character he plays on TV. For starters, he’s a full-grown, 31-year-old man, not a teenage boy (slightly shocking, I know). And, when we finally do begin chatting, I learn that while he’s just as charming and funny as his on-screen alter-ego, he wasn’t exactly Paxton Hall-Yoshida during his high school years. Instead, Barnet labels himself “the kid from across town” and says that he was way too booked and busy to have much of a social life.


In Justice Alito’s America, Who Defines Family?
We’re abortion providers, and we’re extremely concerned about the future of the family in the United States.
Perhaps that sounds odd. For decades upon decades, Republican politicians, social conservatives, the religious right, and organizations like Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, and others of their ilk have sought to position themselves as the true defenders of the American family—and us among the family’s most fearsome enemies.
But among the many things on our minds in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade—and will end or drastically curtail access to legal abortion across vast swaths of the U.S.—family looms large.


These Are the Brands Redefining, Modernizing, and Making the Best Bras
In 2022, the best bras are introducing something fresh into a category that, just a few years ago, felt a bit stale. Now, sports bras are doubling as posture correctors, reality stars are sharing their shapewear secrets, powermesh fabrics are supporting in all the right ways, and delicately detailed, hyperfemme lingerie is the joyful base layer that makes dressing for the beginning or end of every day a tiny frill more appealing.


Todd Oldham Is Giving His Archive a New Life With an Assist From His Nephew Presley
Todd Oldham, the ’90s wunderkind who charmed the industry with maximalist prints and kitschy rainbow confections, is returning to fashion with a new endeavor: Todd Oldham Maker Shop. “Making things from other things” is the project’s tagline, and most of what’s coming incorporates elements from Oldham’s archive– everything from beading samples to bolts of fabrics and over a ton (yes, they weighed it) of buckles, earrings, buttons, and other metallic doodads. Todd Oldham Maker Shop launched this week with an e-commerce website offering home furnishings, clothes, and jewelry. The baubles are a collaboration with his nephew, the jewelry designer Presley Oldham.


Tiffany and Co. Unveils Its First All-Gender Jewelry Collection, Tiffany Lock
The Tiffany Lock bracelet’s padlock motif has a long history with the house. First employed as a working latch in the late 19th century—to protect the secrets in your strongbox, perhaps—it reappeared in the 1950s, and from then on its form and shape have informed brooches, necklaces, money clips, and those iconic key rings. The mechanism that opens the lock, meanwhile, is a bit of an engineering feat: The clasp features an innovative swivel that echoes the functionality of a padlock.
Asked whether he thinks all jewelry in the future will be gender-neutral, Arnault demurs. Certain collections, like Tiffany’s HardWear, were originally intended for women, “but you see a lot of men wearing it now,” he says—and he is sure there are gentlemen out there flaunting Elsa Peretti’s bone cuff; after all, he has already seen them sporting that designer’s Diamonds by the Yard chains.


Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Tea
From brewing times to temperatures, here’s how to get the most out of that next cup of Hojicha.

As the second-most consumed drink in the world, tea’s ability to serve as a soothing ritual and smooth source of caffeine is anything but news. Much like wine, tea leaves can express a region’s climate and terroir once brewed, and few growing regions are as varied and intriguing as Japan. Even though all teas are made from the same plant, camellia sinensis, there’s surprisingly little that a Sencha shares with a Hojicha or Gyokuro when it comes to flavor profiles, caffeine levels, and brewing times.
Here’s everything you need to know about Hojicha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Genmaicha, and Matcha, to make that next brew especially transportive.


Laura Carmichael on life post Downton Abbey and the complex new role she had been “wishing for”
The actress chats to Bazaar about her latest thrilling TV show, The Secrets She Keeps

“I feel so lucky to have played Edith,” she says, thoughtfully assessing the role which made her name. “In a big ensemble show like that it is amazing to be given such interesting storylines, such a journey as the one she had.” She says she cherishes her time on Downton; viewing the cast as “genuinely like a family” and revealing she will always be willing to return, should Fellowes plan another film. “It’s a gift to work on that show, and I don’t think any of us are unaware of that. It’s a real joy…”


How ‘A League of Their Own’ Costume Designer Created Wartime-Era Outfits for on and off Baseball Field
“A League of Their Own” costume designer Trayce Field wanted to give each character her own costume arc and palette to help tell a visual story about women, many of whom had been housewives, leaving home for the first time to live their dreams.
Based on Penny Marshall’s 1992 movie, the series, coming to Prime Video on Aug. 12, is a fictional story based on the real women’s baseball league that started during World War II.


Everything You Need to Know About Identifying Silver
Our illustrated guide highlights the subtle ways you can discover the origins of any piece of silver.

One of the most common inquiries at antique shows often has to do with authenticity: How do you know whether or not something is made of real silver? Collectors aren’t always looking for pure sterling silver, per se, but they should be able to know the value and composition of the pieces they’re buying. Most of the time, you can find the information you’re looking for by simply taking a closer look at the teaspoon, fish fork, ice cream saw, or cheese scoop that you’re eyeing. More often than not, you can find an indented mark (or a series of marks) that can tell you a lot about the item: what it’s made of, where it was made, when, and by whom.


Is The Subject Of Miscarriage Finally Getting The Proper Care And Attention It Deserves?
For too long, the subject of pregnancy loss has existed in the shadows, writes Nell Frizzell.

“I remember the feeling of immediate darkness,” recalls Laura Buckingham, 37, sitting by the window in her Kent home, describing her reaction to her first miscarriage – one of 11 she has experienced to date. “It was so frightening.” For Bex Gunn, also 37, there was an overriding sense of bewilderment. “When I was at my 12-week scan and the sonographer said there was no heartbeat, I was so embarrassed not to know what was going to happen or how big the baby was at that gestation,” she explains, speaking from her photography studio in East Sussex. “As someone who’d already had children, I ignorantly didn’t think miscarriage would be part of my story.”
Driven by a desire to reach out to other people who had found themselves in that darkness, to offer comfort where so often we find shock, sadness and incomprehension, Buckingham and Gunn co-founded the podcast The Worst Girl Gang Ever, which has offered guidance and solace to countless women since it launched in July 2020.


The Young Princess Anne’s Most Noteworthy Royal Ensembles
It was the third season of The Crown that woke up the world to the wardrobe of Princess Anne. As the Netflix phenomenon explored the coming of age of the Queen’s only daughter, expertly-replicated ensembles highlighted the extent to which the young princess had her finger on the pulse.
As also evidenced in The Crown season four, the princess was – and remains – one of the royal family’s most progressive thinkers. Note how this extends to her wardrobe, too. Turning 18 in 1968, she took on the decade’s natty hemlines and swiftly followed up in the diaphanous florals the ’70s were famous for. Most notably in recent years, her Balenciaga-like practical sunglasses have become popular Instagram fodder. To mark her 72nd birthday on 15 August, Vogue revisits the princess’s most memorable fashion moments.


28 Iconic Photographs Of Grace Kelly, Princess Of Monaco
It is easy to describe Grace Kelly’s life as a fairy tale: she was a one of the great beauties – and talents – of the Golden Age of Hollywood before leaving California behind to marry the dashing Prince Rainier of Monaco. Yet it’s a notion that Princess Grace herself dismissed: “The idea of my life as a fairy tale is itself a fairy tale,” she once said.
Born on 12 November 1929 in Philadelphia, Kelly moved to New York City in 1947 to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. To pay her tuition, she modelled. It was a worthwhile investment: two years later, she made her Broadway debut.


The Stories Behind Marion Ettlinger’s Author Portraits
For decades, getting “Ettlingered” was a rite of passage in the book world. The photographer, now retired, looks back.

Like Yousuf Karsh’s photographs of Ernest Hemingway in his rugged fisherman’s sweater, or Berenice Abbott’s portraits of a rakish James Joyce, or Julian Wasser’s indelible pictures of Joan Didion smoking in front of her 1969 Corvette Stingray, many of Ettlinger’s photographs became part of the mythos of her subjects. Take even a small sample of her great pictures, and the list of sitters reads like selections from the library of a particularly voracious friend: Cormac McCarthy, Patricia Highsmith, Elizabeth Hardwick, both Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley (separately, of course), Nikki Giovanni, Denis Johnson, George Saunders, James Ellroy, Francine Prose, Walter Mosley. The first Ettlinger picture I remember seeing was her smoldering portrait of Raymond Carver, on the cover of my college copy of his story collection “Where I’m Calling From.” I marvelled at his appearance, which was every bit as hard-bitten as his prose, like a man who was fixing to dispense with some tough truths.


How Beyoncé turned herself into a pop god
From surprise albums to Beychella to “Break My Soul”: Behind the singer’s 10-year journey to cultural dominance.

Beyoncé’s latest solo album, Renaissance, released at the end of July, was greeted with the kind of critical rapture that is now the standard for her work.
The new album “succeeds exquisitely,” said Vulture. Beyoncé’s singing, wrote Wesley Morris in the New York Times, comes “in waves of rhapsodically long, Olympic-level emissions” and “seems to emanate from somewhere way beyond a human throat: The ocean?” Renaissance, Rolling Stone argued, proved Beyoncé to be “the only sovereign of pop to have truly evolved artistically while also expanding an enormous commercial empire.”
Beyoncé’s artistic, commercial, and cultural evolution is one of the most important pop culture stories of the past decade. It made Beyoncé one of the most important cultural figures of this decade, catapulting her to rarified air in 10 carefully calculated years.


Why monkeypox is a repeat of the data mistakes made with Covid-19
Accurate data is critical for public health, and the US doesn’t have it.
The US declared monkeypox a public health emergency this month, but the decision may have come too late. Though states are now required to report cases, and commercial labs have an approved test, a testing bottleneck persists, and cases — which passed 10,000 confirmed cases this week — are likely still being underreported. Any effective public health response to an infectious disease is dependent on having accurate data. If the virus spreads to other populations, such as college dorms — where cases have already been reported — the testing bottleneck could ultimately make it impossible to contain the spread. Reliable demographic information is key to making the right choices for allocating limited tests and vaccines.


Honouring the enduring elegance of Princess Anne on her birthday
42 of the Princess Royal’s most breathtaking ensembles

The second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne has witnessed the evolving monarchy first-hand. Born in 1950, the Princess Royal has remained a glimmering beacon of British style for over seven decades. A stalwart of tastefully tailored coat dresses, marvellous millinery and pastel hues, the princess’s fashion hallmarks are those of championing local designers, injecting modernist riffs into heritage silhouettes and truly celebrating sovereign style as an art form.
From the satin A-line gowns of the Sixties, to the bohemian luxe of the Seventies, to the puff sleeves of Eighties, Princess Anne has always led the pack of fashion-informed royals while continuing to upkeep the standards of protocol. Present-day Anne is no exception either. Her outings to Ascot in the past few years have been nothing short of fabulous, donning decadent dresses in bold colours and her trusted angular sunglasses.
As she turns 72, Tatler revisits her greatest fashion hits.



[Photo Credit: Qatay, Mama Campo]

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