T LOunge for September 27th, 2022

Posted on September 27, 2022

Restaurant and Cocktail Bar – Warsaw, Poland

 

A gorgeous LOunge to sit in and make some clatter today, darlings. It’s TUESDAY. A little noise and fuss may be the fuel to help you get through it. Or maybe you’d rather not deal with other people at all. Either way, take a seat and make the day you want for yourself.

 

How the Elaborate Costumes of House of the Dragon Came to Be
“When you have a beautiful cast, half your work is done,” the show’s costume designer, Jany Temime, says.

For a show like House of the Dragon, the audience’s expectations are astronomically high—every detail needs to be executed flawlessly. So it makes sense that HBO brought in the big guns: Jany Temime, veteran costume designer. Her IMDb credits stretch back to the 1970s and include more recent blockbusters such as six of the Harry Potter films, Black Widow (2021), Judy (2019), and not one but two James Bond films, Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
Joining the House of the Dragon crew marks Temime’s first foray into American television, but based on her expertise with billion-dollar franchises and mind-bogglingly complex productions, it’s clear even from the show’s trailers that her work is nothing short of exquisite. Here, we catch up with the legendary designer to talk about her big-picture inspirations and the nitty-gritty that went into creating this instant classic’s immediately identifiable costumes.

 

Serena Williams’s Enduring Influence, According to the Black Women She Inspired
“Her impact on my life is impossible to overstate, her blueprint mapping the way at every turn.”

In my own life, Serena’s example has been a guiding light through vastly different personal milestones. As one of a handful of Black students at the U.K.’s elite University of Cambridge, I thought of Serena’s resolve and determination at a predominantly white Wimbledon, the manicured lawns of which were strikingly similar to those of a Cambridge college. Working in Brussels as a new graduate, I sought comfort from Serena’s impeccable handling of racially motivated abuse at the Indian Wells tennis tournament as I watched locals take to the streets in Blackface as part of national celebration. Her impact on my life is impossible to overstate, her blueprint mapping the way at every turn.
We can all take personal lessons from different parts of Serena’s journey. From her humble origins practicing on the courts of Compton to gracing the front row of the world’s most high-end catwalks, hers is a trajectory spanning the extremities of class, wealth, and sporting excellence resulting in both relatability and profound inspiration. Coupled with her navigation of at times hostile spaces as a Black woman, Serena’s array of achievements mean there’s almost no situation in which the mantra “What Would Serena Do?” isn’t of value, making her legacy indispensable.

 

The 13 Best Lesbian Movies on Netflix Right Now
In years past, a good lesbian movie was hard to find. But thanks to streaming services like Netflix, we’re seeing more films that feature lesbian, queer, and bisexual protagonists falling in love, breaking up, or just dancing and singing their way through a Midwestern high school prom. These films give audiences a chance to see characters, who have so often been left off-screen, just living their lives; they offer representation to a large slice of the population too often ignored by Hollywood.
The good news? The tide is slowly turning. According to GLAAD’s 2021 Studio Responsibility Index, more LGBTQ+ characters were prominently included in studio-backed feature films last year. Until recently, a good lesbian movie was hard to find.

 

Queen Elizabeth II’s Final Resting Place is Marked With a New Ledger Stone
The late monarch was buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip, and her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth II’s final resting site has been officially marked.
Buckingham Palace released a new image of the new ledger stone at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where the late monarch was interred last Monday. The stone—which is made of Belgian black marble with brass letter inlays to match the previous ledger—now includes the dates of birth and death for King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip.
In a photo provided by the Palace, several wreaths from family members are lain around the ledger, including the wreath from King Charles, which laid on top of the queen’s coffin during the funeral procession, and a blue and white wreath from the Sussex family.

 

Changes Announced to Stamps, Coins, Bank Notes and Post Boxes for the Reign of King Charles III
Organizations emphasized that the changes will be gradual and that new money and stamps will circulate alongside old ones.

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a new era of King Charles III immediately began. And exactly what that looks like is now becoming clear as bank notes, coins, stamps, and post boxes will soon begin to feature the image and cypher of the King.
In a co-ordinated effort to announce the changes, Buckingham Palace, the Bank of England, Royal Mint, and Royal Mail have today shared information about the King’s cypher and how money and mail will be affected. “His Majesty The King’s new cypher is revealed today, Tuesday 27th September. The cypher is the Sovereign’s monogram, consisting of the initials of the monarch’s name, Charles, and title, Rex – Latin for King, alongside a representation of the Crown,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. The Palace outlined that the cypher, which was designed by the College of Arms, will appear on government buildings, state documents and on some post boxes. “The decision to replace cyphers will be at the discretion of individual organisations, and the process will be gradual,” the Palace emphasized.

 

Vintage Photos of Hollywood Stars Celebrating Halloween
Witches, jack-o’-lanterns, and spooky surprises await.

Since the days of Old Hollywood, celebrities have brought a certain glamour to every occasion—even bobbing for apples or attending a costume party. When Ava Gardner and Jayne Mansfield ruled the screen, stars of their caliber were known for celebrating every holiday in style, Halloween included. Through the decades that followed, parties were aplenty and, much like at the star-studded events of today, it wasn’t uncommon to see your favorite household names mingling in unforgettable outfits. For a nostalgic peek at the biggest bashes, most glamorous costumes, and spookiest photo shoots (plus some great costume inspiration), here are 50 vintage pictures of Hollywood stars celebrating Halloween.

 

You Can Own One of the French Crown Jewels
M.S. Rau is selling a magnificent necklace that was worn by France’s royal family.

In 1887, the French crown jewels were publicly sold to the highest bidders in what was regarded as the auction of the century. Exquisite ruby, emerald, and diamond jewels and tiaras that were worn by kings, queens, and empresses were sold by the newly elected Third Republic. The infamous sale was fueled by the government’s fear that royalists might stage a coup, but they reasoned that without a crown, there could not be a King.
One of those magnificent French crown jewels has resurfaced at M.S. Rau, the New Orleans-based art and antiques dealer. It’s a necklace set with rare Burmese rubies, old-mine cut diamonds, and natural pearls that was crafted circa 1830 and remains in perfect condition. The price tag for a piece of wearable history is $375,000. “There may never be another opportunity to own one of the French crown jewels,” says Bill Rau, the company’s president. He recently acquired the jewel from an elderly couple in Geneva and he doesn’t know of any other French crown jewels that remain in private hands today.

 

We Tasted As Many Fall Beers As We Could Find—Here Are Our Favorites
These 9 editor-approved favorites channel the best of spooky season.

With Labor Day well behind us, the dregs of tomato season are giving way to pumpkin-flavored-everything in a polarizing time of year that overtakes big box stores, grocery aisles, and bottle shops alike. Whether you’re pro-PSL or refuse to acknowledge summer’s end until the autumnal equinox, there’s no denying that Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers are everywhere this time of year. It’s seasonal, but comes with a certain amount of drinker’s risk.
To make picking up a six pack feel a little less scary, team Food & Wine tasted through as many seasonal beers as we could get our hands on. Read on to find the best of the best for every kind of tailgate, Halloween party, and precious last park hang of the season.

 

Lever Knitting Is the Fastest Knitting Technique in the World—Discover Its Benefits and Basic Steps
It’s quick, efficient, and (literally) painless.

Knitting is a craft technique that offers a variety of stylized methods for those who have a pair of needles, some yarn, and a willingness to learn. As beginners, many of us learn to knit with the English method or the German/Continental method; over time, we may pick up other methods and stitches. We’d encourage you to expand your horizons one more time and master lever knitting—also known as the Irish cottage style—which has the reputation of being the fastest knitting method in the world.
Knitters find that this style helps them to finish their projects in a shorter amount of time and with a reduced risk of carpal pain. We spoke with two people skilled in this technique about their experiences with lever knitting, and asked them to share their best tips for getting started using this style with your own knitting projects.

 

Eat Like a Sicilian: 15 Delicious Recipes from This Beautiful Italian Island
The island of Sicily is a collection of many wonderful things. Over centuries it has been influenced by a succession of invaders, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Islamic Arabs, and Spanish—and it has the culinary inheritance to show for it. There’s a brightness and simplicity to its food but also many layers of flavor. The local produce is amazing: We love its fragrant lemons, tender greens, and juicy tomatoes. In the rolling hills are wild fennel, pistachios, and almonds, and along the coast, anchovies, sea salt, and capers.
From high to low, sweet to amaro, and everything in between, Sicily can seem like a series of contrasts: It is the aggressive heat of the beating sun and the delicate touch of a lemon ice. The rich, crunchy pastries with creamy ricotta fillings. Sicily can be as decorative as a gold-leaf ceiling or a jewel-like cassata, and as poor and rugged as its bumpy country roads. Here, find our favorite recipes from a complex place worthy of exploring.

 

Does Gossip Sell Movie Tickets?
Does drama on the press tour really mean disaster at the box office? Ahead of Don’t Worry Darling, let’s look at what history has to teach us.

The Don’t Worry Darling drama is by no means unprecedented. The scandal-plagued film production is a phenomenon as old as the film industry itself, and one that comes with its own set of expectations. Depending on who’s talking, messy press tours like this have been said to be harbingers of catastrophic failure at the box office and “no such thing as bad press” free publicity. A quick tour through some of Hollywood’s most notoriously fascinating productions tells us that both—or neither!—can be true.
Perhaps the most notorious scandal-plagued movie set in history was 1963’s Cleopatra, which nearly ruined 20th Century Fox with its runaway budget, and melted down the rumor mill with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s on-set affair, which ended both of their marriages. As Vanity Fair put it in a 1998 retrospective, “Never before had celebrity scandal pushed so far into global consciousness, with Taylor-Burton preempting John Glenn’s orbiting of the Earth on tabloid front pages, denunciations being sounded on the Senate floor, and even the Vatican newspaper publishing an ‘open letter’ that excoriated Taylor for ‘erotic vagrancy.’” Just sit with that for a moment.

 

The New Royal in Town: Emma D’Arcy Takes the Crown
House of the Dragon cast addition Emma D’Arcy talks about Milly Alcock, power, and how The Argonauts helped them find their vision for playing Rhaenyra.

To D’Arcy, the binaries present in medieval fantasy aren’t all that different from the world in which we now live. “If she’s gender questioning in any way, it’s because she sees men occupy a space that isn’t afforded to her. And she craves the space, which makes her reflect on why she is not afforded the same things as, say, her uncle Daemon, to whom she feels incredibly similar and akin and sort of genetically familiar,” D’Arcy says. “And yet the rules are applied completely differently to two of them. I think, probably, I started in a very similar place when I was younger in terms of craving the right to occupy space in a way that I saw boys and men do.”

 

How to Recover from a Happy Childhood
Like many children, I didn’t really understand what my parents were like. But I collected clues.

Recovering from a happy childhood can take a long time. It’s not often that I’m suspected of having had one. I grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, a daughter of immigrants. When I showed up at college and caught sight of other childhoods, I did pause and think: Why didn’t we grow our own tomatoes? Why did I watch so many episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie”? Who is Hermes? What is lacrosse? Was my childhood a dud? An American self-inspection was set in motion. Having lived for more than forty-five years, I finally understand how happy my childhood was.

 

Fabien Frankel Is (Happily) Along for the Ride
The House of the Dragon star reflects on the success of the HBO series, and reveals his dream cinematic collaborator.

Despite starring in the recently premiered House of the Dragon, one of HBO’s most-watched show of all time, Fabien Frankel claims his life isn’t too different these days—apart from the odd comment. “I played a football match yesterday, and a bunch of lads I hadn’t seen in a really long time were like, ‘I can’t believe I had to watch you have sex on TV,” he tells W over the phone, laughing. “But day-to-day, my life, actually, is pretty much more or less the same.”

 

American trains aren’t great — but you should still take them anyway
Long-distance trains in the US are very slow, but it’s much more environmentally friendly and rewarding.

Last year, I took the Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco in coach, and loved it so much that I did it again. So this summer, I decided to take four more long-distance trains: San Francisco to Seattle, Seattle to Chicago, Chicago to New Orleans, and New Orleans to Los Angeles. (I flew from Los Angeles home to San Francisco because of timing issues, which is a big problem with US rail — something we’ll get into later.)
Along the way, I learned about America. I saw the quaint lakes of the Upper Midwest, the humid clouds of the Mississippi Delta, the breathtaking mountains of Montana, and the endless hills of West Texas. I saw beautiful sunsets in northern Washington and Chicago and the Arizona desert. Most of all, I met people with wildly different life experiences from me — people rebuilding their homes after Hurricane Ida, blues musicians from Chicago, overnight commuters through the Great Plains for work, people talking about their experiences in the military, or farming, or being grandparents.

 

Blockbuster Lucian Freud show free to peruse for a pound, says National Gallery
Art enthusiasts can enjoy Freud’s first major exhibition in a decade for as little as a single pound on Friday evenings

The National Gallery will be offering a chance to visit the upcoming Lucian Freud show on Friday evenings with tickets from just £1 each. This is due to be its first ever Pay What You Wish pricing scheme, after sales to the exhibitions to the gallery hit a record high this year. It is said to be in response to the cost of living crisis. According to the Times, tickets are usually among the ‘highest charged’ for an exhibition at a British museum or gallery, costing £24 per person on weekdays and £26 on weekends. Instead, these will be offered for a minimum payment of £1 on a Friday evening, with an option for visitors to pay more if they want to.

 

The Most Popular Writer You’ve Never Heard Of
In “Listen, World!,” Julia Scheeres and Allison Gilbert present a portrait of the pioneering journalist Elsie Robinson.

From 1921 to her death in 1956, Elsie Robinson dished out frank, open-minded advice and cleareyed opinion columns to 20 million readers daily. Who? You might ask. This is the question the journalists Allison Gilbert and Julia Scheeres are keen to answer in “Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman.”
That we suffer from a shortage of women’s histories is not new information. But Robinson’s obscurity feels particularly surprising when you consider both her popularity and the dramatic life behind her hard-won sagacity. This was a woman who, already the highest-paid female writer at her company, leaned right in and told her boss, the mighty George Hearst, that she deserved more. The result: He threw a luncheon in her honor.

 

A Chronicle of Anthony Bourdain’s Last, Painful Days
A new, unauthorized biography reveals intimate, often raw, details of the TV star’s life and death. And it’s drawing criticism from many of his friends and family.

On Oct. 11, Simon & Schuster will publish what it calls the first unauthorized biography of the writer and travel documentarian. “Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain” is filled with fresh, intimate details, including raw, anguished texts from the days before Mr. Bourdain’s death, such as his final exchanges with Ms. Argento and Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, his wife of 11 years who by the time they separated in 2016, had become his confidante.
Drawing on more than 80 interviews, and files, texts and emails from Mr. Bourdain’s phone and laptop, the journalist Charles Leerhsen traces Mr. Bourdain’s metamorphosis from a sullen teenager in a New Jersey suburb that his family couldn’t afford to a heroin-shooting kitchen swashbuckler who struck gold as a writer and became a uniquely talented interpreter of the world through his travels.

 

 

 

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