T LOunge for September 12th, 2022

Posted on September 12, 2022

Kohakinho Bar and Restautant – Lugano, Switzerland

 

A question, kittens. HOW ON EARTH are we in the middle part of September? When did that happen? Yes, we know the answer to that is “After the beginning of September” but we were being dramatically rhetorical about it. Anyway, Happy MONDAY, if such a phrase can even be said to exist. Lorenzo has chosen a coolly surreal sort of space for the day’s LOunge and as always, he knows how to set a mood. Grab a seat and ponder life’s mysteries or gossip. We’ll be with you shortly.

 

‘Rings of Power’ Star Morfydd Clark on How Humility Will Play ‘Big Part’ in Galadriel’s Evolution
Clark is playing the younger version of the elven warrior, well-known to viewers of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films.

Clark, a self-described fan who said she has seen the original Lord of the Rings films “tens and tens of times,” said she hasn’t spoken with Blanchett about the role, as that would “be like meeting Galadriel herself,” but drew upon her portrayal in the films to help build the evolution of her character from a feisty fighter to wise ruler.
The actress, who spent close to two years shooting the first season alongside a large cast in New Zealand, said she does not yet know all of the details of her character’s development (Amazon has promised five seasons of the series), but knows the general arc.

 

Ana de Armas On Channeling Marilyn Monroe Through Style
Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, received a 14-minute standing ovation at its grand premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday. The film offers a fictionalized chronicling of Monroe’s inner life as she grappled with her superstardom. De Armas was drawn to the project not only as an opportunity to slip into Monroe’s signature glamorous fashions (all of which are costume-designed by Jennifer Johnson), but to showcase a different side of the vampy Old Hollywood star. “I would like—more than people learning about Marilyn Monroe—it is my hope that they can see Norma Jean, and they can connect with her and feel her,” de Armas tells Vogue. “That they are able to also see her pain and her vulnerability. I would like the audience to rediscover who she was, in the sense of who the woman was underneath the character of Marilyn Monroe, and discover her human side.”

 

Lady Gaga’s Outfits for Chromatica Tour In Los Angeles Were Some of Her Best Yet
On Saturday evening, Lady Gaga arrived at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium for the next leg of The Chromatica Ball world tour and she brought some fantastic ensembles. The pop icon is known nearly as much for her incredible looks as she is for her music, and the fashion has been almost as hotly anticipated as the hit songs. Lady Gaga did not disappoint.
Amongst her outfits for the extravagant concert set was a hot red marble bodysuit with black tape placed strategically over the bust, the cut hugging her figure. She paired it with shredded lengths of red fabric over short shorts. She wore this look with over the knee black boots that made several appearances, and black fingerless gloves.

 

The Royal Pains of The Serpent Queen‘s Samantha Morton
The actress calls the modern costume drama about Catherine de Medici “Goodfellas in the Renaissance.”

“I feel so kind of in awe of Catherine, and so honored to play her,” Morton tells T&C. “As well as a huge responsibility to give her authenticity the best I could. When you contemporize the drama, that’s when you’re allowing these characters to tell their stories. If you’re going to break the fourth wall, you have to make sure you’re not doing it just for effect. Catherine really is seeing the audience as a confidant, she’s saying, ‘this is real, can you believe it?’ There are certain certain streaming channels that do make chocolate-box costume dramas, but you never feel that you are in it because it feels so fake. Everything might look great, but you don’t feel anything. That’s the trick: the truth of the story has to come first.”

 

Everything We Know About the New Little Mermaid Starring Halle Bailey
We’re ready to head back under the sea.

It’s been over 30 years since The Little Mermaid graced the big screen with anthems like “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World.” The Disney classic is beloved by many late-’80s and early-’90s kids, who watched and sang along with Ariel’s journey to dry land—and falling in love with a human prince. The live-action remake has been in the works for a few years, but it became a hot topic in July 2019, when Disney announced Halle Bailey would be taking on the role of Ariel.
The 20-year-old singer is one half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, a protégé of Beyoncé, and a star on Freeform’s Grown-ish. Fans of The Princess and the Frog and the Brandy-starring Cinderella know another Black Disney princess is long overdue. Though the film’s release date has yet to be announced, I’m ready to buy my tickets now.

 

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan make a surprise appearance at Windsor Castle
To see the floral tributes

William and Kate, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, made a surprise appearance at Windsor Castle yesterday with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The four amazed onlookers when they arrived unannounced to see the floral tributes that had been left at the palace gates.
The two couples arrived by car together and were then pictured walking down The Long Walk, before stopping to read many of the messages of condolence that had been written in tribute to the Queen. It was a clear display of togetherness from the brothers and their wives, who haven’t been pictured in public together since the annual Commonwealth Service in March 2020.

 

One of Hollywood’s Most Storied Estates Gets a Second Act
The iconic Beverly Hills home of Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst, for years an oasis for film stars and power brokers, is being restored by philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen.

Beverly Hills is used to seeing its history destroyed. Over the years residents of Southern California’s best-known zip code have become inured to witnessing elegant estates demolished, often to be replaced with boxy megamansions. This appeared to be a one-way trend until several recent buyers of homes built in the 1920s reversed course, showing that it is possible for wealth and taste to work together.
This change in direction is best exemplified by the meticulously planned renovation of the home known as the Beverly Estate (designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann) by the financier and philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen. After having his eyes on the historic residence for some time, Berggruen purchased it in 2021 with that very commitment in mind. “I had first seen the house years ago,” he says, “and when I heard it was available, I wanted to celebrate it and bring it back to life.” He was charmed by its design, its pedigree, the people who had lived there, and those who had visited. “It’s a unique property,” he says now, “so dramatic and theatrical, and also so elegant.”

 

Kellogg’s Wants You to Add Water to Your Cereal
Powdered milk has existed for generations. So why did this “revolutionary” product take so long?

It’s an age old conundrum: You wake up and lazily pour yourself a bowl of cereal. You plod over to the fridge, and then you realize: You’re out of milk. You definitely aren’t going to the store; the inability to do anything productive is why you’re eating cereal to begin with. So what do you do? Add orange juice? Add beer? Eat it dry?!
The latest innovation from Kellogg’s purports to have the answer: Just pour in water. And not only because it’s wet. Kellogg’s new Instabowls will magically turn your water into milk.

 

Learn How to Make Perfect Crepes That Never Stick or Tear With Our Easy, Comprehensive Guide
Plus, discover four creative, sweet-and-savory recipes your family will flip for.

Crepes seem complicated until you prepare them and realize how simple they truly are—and then you’ll want to make them over and again. These paper-thin, versatile pancakes originated in France and serve as the foundations for sweet and savory dishes alike. Puréeing the batter is key to getting a super smooth consistency that will cook evenly. This is also the time to break out your nonstick pan—the coated surface is essential to successfully flipping the crepe without it sticking or tearing along the way.

 

Lea Michele Has COVID, Will Return to ‘Funny Girl’ on Sept. 20
After sitting out Saturday’s performance of “Funny Girl” due to “early signs and symptoms of COVID,” Lea Michele confirmed she has tested positive for COVID. “Due to current Broadway protocols, she will return on Tuesday, September 20th,” said a statement from the production.
Julie Benko, the understudy for Fanny Brice, is stepping into the lead role in Michele’s absence.
“I’m devastated to say that due to early signs and symptoms of COVID and an inconclusive test result — due to the production’s safety protocols I’m not allowed to perform for today’s shows,” she wrote on her Instagram story earlier Saturday. “I will be testing again and will know more about tomorrow’s performance soon. Julie is going to crush it today as Fanny — as are all of our amazing understudies who have stepped up so incredibly this week while we battle a very intense covid outbreak in our theater.”

 

Why You Should Add Wool Dryer Balls to Your Laundry Routine
These fuzzy orbs are all the rage.

Wool dryer balls are tennis ball-sized orbs that you add to a wet load of clothes before tossing them into your dryer. They allegedly shorten a cycle, help evenly dry larger items like comforters, and leave laundry feeling fluffier. But how true are those claims? Here, two laundry experts weigh in.
According to Sean Busch, the CEO and co-founder of Puracy, wool dryer balls are generally biodegradable, and they can replace wasteful or harmful products, such as dryer sheets and fabric softener. But not all iterations are created equal. Busch suggests checking the origin of the wool and resources used to create the product—and how they both impact the environment. “Some wool may also be cleaned or brightened with harsh chemicals,” he explains.

 

Grace Jones on “Hippie Acid Love” and the Rain-Soaked Scents of Jamaica
The legendary performer-provocateur has teamed up with Boy Smells on a new candle inspired by her mother country. Ahead of this week’s launch party, she talks up good butts, Beyoncé, and Antonio Lopez–era makeup.

For Boy Smells, a six-year-old fragrance brand that rallies behind the term genderful (as opposed to the neutered genderless), Jones is a surreally perfect partner. In her half-century in the public eye—lighting up catwalks and gay clubs and sold-out concert venues, creating culture-defining images with the likes of Antonio Lopez, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Paul Goude—the musician has defied the usual constraints. Geometric haircuts and high-beam blush have proved her fluency in, and disregard for, masculine and feminine codes. Stage costumes (she is slated to perform in Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles later this month) lay bare her gleeful celebration of skin, never mind the matter of age. “She’s so unapologetically and ruthlessly authentic to herself and just doesn’t give a fuck,” Boy Smells cofounder Matthew Herman says, under the lilac-tinged glow of a disco ball. “And that’s a big part of queerism.”

 

The Duchess of Cambridge inherits Princess Diana’s title
Kate becomes the Princess of Wales

The Duchess of Cambridge has inherited Princess Diana’s title and is now known as Catherine, the Princess of Wales. Our new monarch, King Charles III, confirmed the title change in his first address to the nation as king.
He began his speech by paying tribute to his mother and honouring her life of service. “Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example,” he said. “I know that her death brings great sadness to so many of you and I share that sense of loss, beyond measure, with you all.”

 

“Who will take care of the corgis?” The mood outside Buckingham Palace
We speak to members of the public who have travelled to the Queen’s former home to pay their respects

Among those standing round the trees are Bernie and Joan, two sixty-something Australian sisters, who were on route to London when the news broke. They deposited their luggage at the hotel and came straight to the palace to lay flowers. “We love the royals,’ says Joan. “She reminded me of my mother, who was a very gracious lady like her.” For Lauren, in her twenties, it’s about “showing our gratitude; she’s been so constant throughout our lives and we wanted to say goodbye. We’re going through turbulent times so it’s nice to have that figurehead that always felt so comforting. I feel really upset, I was so shocked when I heard the news, even though she was 96.”

 

The Enduring Allure of Choose Your Own Adventure Books
How a best-selling series gave young readers a new sense of agency.

You were a girl who wanted to choose your own adventures. Which is to say, you were a girl who never had adventures. You always followed the rules. But, when you ate an entire sleeve of graham crackers and sank into the couch with a Choose Your Own Adventure book, you got to imagine that you were getting into trouble in outer space, or in the future, or under the sea. You got to make choices every few pages: Do you ask the ghost about her intentions, or run away? Do you rebel against the alien overlords, or blindly obey them?
This was the late eighties in Los Angeles. You binged on these books, pulling tattered sun-bleached copies from your bookshelf: four, five, six in the course of a single afternoon. All over the country, all over the world, other kids were pulling these books from their bookshelves, too. The series has sold more than two hundred and seventy million copies since its launch, in 1979. It’s the fourth-best-selling children’s-book series of all time. Its popularity peaked in the eighties, but the franchise still sells about a million books a year.

 

“I Shall Endeavour To Serve You With Loyalty, Respect And Love”: King Charles III Addresses The Nation For The First Time
The King opened and closed with tributes to his “darling mama”: “Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived, a promise with destiny kept, and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today. Alongside the personal grief that all my family are feeling, we also share with so many of you in the United Kingdom, in all the countries where the Queen was Head of State, in the Commonwealth and across the world, a deep sense of gratitude for the more than 70 years in which my mother, as Queen, served the people of so many nations.” He also pledged to renew his mother’s “promise of lifelong service”, made during her 21st birthday speech from Cape Town, adding: “I shall endeavour to serve you with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life.”

 

Dolly Parton just launched a line of pet gear called ‘Doggy Parton’ and now we’re dying to put our dog in a Dolly wig
Country music icon Dolly Parton has launched her own line of pet accessories and toys, delightfully named “Doggy Parton.”
The lineup of merchandise includes toys, leashes, harnesses, and pet clothing. Perhaps our favorite is the plush “I beg your Parton” toy. There are plenty of dress-up options, too, whether you have a chocolate lab or a pup with a coat of many colors. If your dog is patient, you can adorn them in a Dolly wig or combination tiara-cowgirl hat. You can buy the products on Amazon now and at the DoggyParton.com store, which is not yet live.
Because this is a new launch, shipping times may not be for a couple of months. (Hopefully, your purchase will arrive in time for a hard-candy Christmas.)
A portion of the proceeds of sales support the Willa B. Farms animal rescue.

 

In Pictures: The Queen’s Final Journey From Balmoral Has Begun
The Queen’s coffin has left her beloved Scottish retreat Balmoral, as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch begins her final journey to Westminster Abbey for her state funeral. Three days after her death at the age of 96 on 8 September, Her Majesty’s coffin is being conveyed by road from Aberdeenshire to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, 175 miles away in Edinburgh, where it will rest in the Throne Room overnight.
It is the first part of a four day journey to London, ahead of the Queen’s state funeral, which will be held on Monday 19 September. Mourners were lining the streets from early on Sunday morning for the chance to pay their respects, as the Queen’s last journey got underway. The hearse drove through the gates of the Scottish estate shortly after 10am, giving the public its first sighting of the monarch’s coffin. It was draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland and decorated with a simple wreath of white flowers. The wreath includes dhalias, sweet peas, phlox, white heather and pine fir, all picked from the Balmoral Estate.

 

55 Unique Costume Ideas for Halloween 2022
And a few classics.

Halloween might still be weeks away (not that we’re counting or anything), but for 2022, we’re going all out — that means planning starts early. Taking inspiration from some of our favorite characters and some of the best moments of the past year, there’s sure to be the perfect outfit for you in this list. Whether you’re celebrating the spookiest day of the year with a makeup-inspired costume or using a wig to transform into your favorite pop culture icon, there are so many good ideas out there for you to try.
And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with dressing like a black cat or wearing a tiara and calling yourself a princess, sometimes you just want to wear something that no one else at your Halloween party will have. Don’t worry, there’s still time for you to craft a clever, unique costume that will stand out in the crowd and maybe even win you a few awards. Whether you want to dress up like the villain of the year, Vecna from Stranger Things, or as Cardi B with her bowl cut (trust us, it’s good), let this list of 55 Instagram-worthy and award-winning costumes inspire your upcoming Halloween look.

 

After Decades of Silence, Art About Abortion (Cautiously) Enters the Establishment
Yet artists acknowledge self-censorship on the topic.

In recent years, a fashion for painting the human figure has preoccupied the art world, with an emphasis on race, gender and other urgent social issues. Yet another pressing topic in America has been curiously absent from art: abortion, which became all the more timely when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
Depictions of abortion are still rare in the art-history canon. Check the walls of museums and flip through the pages of H.W. Janson or other art textbooks, and you are likely to encounter countless images of beatific mothers, dimpled infants and a world in which pregnancies are not terminated.

 

Diane Noomin, Who Helped Bring Feminism to Underground Comics, Dies at 75
Her best-known creation was a sendup of a certain kind of female stock character. But Ms. Noomin rendered her with compassion, and used her to tell important stories.

Ms. Noomin’s own best-known creation was DiDi Glitz — a curvy, big-haired, leopard-print-loving, fishnet-stocking-and-miniskirt-wearing, hard-drinking single mother. DiDi, whose world was filled with bad sex, sleazy men, cocktails and extravagant decorating, was a sendup of a certain kind of suburban stock character, but she was rendered with both affection and compassion.
Ms. Noomin was not planning on a career as a cartoonist when she arrived in San Francisco from New York in the early 1970s. She had been making sculptures and drawings and had just ended a brief and unhappy marriage. She and Ms. Kominsky-Crumb (then Aline Kominsky) met at a party, and when Ms. Noomin showed her her sketchbook — she was already experimenting with the comic form — Ms. Kominksy-Crumb dragged her to a meeting of female artists who were putting together the first issue of Wimmen’s Comix.

 

The Black Knight of the Round Table
And more medieval images of diversity

The medieval world was a much more diverse place than it is often given credit for. Some of the best evidence of this is in the illustrations and imagery from the period.
Getty’s new publication, The Fantasy of the Middle Ages, examines the artwork from the era to reveal a time period much more modern than “the Dark Ages” gives it credit for.

 

These Retro Trailers Are the Newest Way to Glamp on the East Coast
Fall glamping just went retro at Spacious Skies Campgrounds on the East Coast.

There’s nothing like a night under the stars to bring back childhood nostalgia, like the smell of an open fire, the art of perfectly toasting a marshmallow, and a camping trailer in the background, waiting to welcome you into its cozy interior.
Thanks to a fleet of new retro trailers available to rent at campgrounds around the East Coast, the nostalgia just got a lot easier to recreate. Spacious Skies Campgrounds, which operates 12 campgrounds between Maine and North Carolina, recently announced that they’ve added a fleet of 1950s-style camping trailers to their offerings.

 

 

 

 

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