T LOunge for October 10th, 2022

Posted on October 10, 2022

Cortile Corselli Bar and Restaurant – Bagheria, Sicily, Italy

Here we are once again, darlings. The start of another week. May as well spend it some place fabulous, right? Even if your sojourn is merely imaginary, it still matters. Pick a seat. Pick a view. Pick a cocktail. Hell, pick your nose. It’s not like anyone’s watching. All is good in the LOunge.

 

Derry Girls Creator Lisa McGee on the Show’s Third Season, Finding Comedy in Trauma, and Being a One-Woman Writers’ Room
The Netflix series Derry Girls, which has consistently won fans with its laser-sharp, cackle-out-loud depiction of what it’s like to be a teenage girl growing up in Troubles-era Northern Ireland, returns for a third season on Friday, and it’s not a moment too soon. The show is always a balm, but right now, as teen girls fight for their reproductive rights in the U.S. ,and young women in Iran protest for their freedom, the moment feels particularly apropos for a show about girls who aren’t afraid of what anyone thinks of what they’ve got to say (except the popular girls at school, but hey, that’s to be expected).
This week, Vogue spoke to Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee about the show’s third-season return, what viewers can expect to see from the gang (hint: get ready for a thriller) and what it’s like to apply a specifically young and female lens to a global conflict that’s often viewed through a male perspective.

 

The Serpent Queen Reveals Just How Modern Catherine De Medici’s Story Really Was
“In a world where we talk about glass ceilings, she was somebody who broke a concrete ceiling, and she did it against all odds.”

The Serpent Queen is a series more than a decade in the making. The show’s titular monarch, Catherine de Medici, first captured the imagination of executive producer Erwin Stoff more than 16 years ago, when he happened upon Leonie Freida’s book, Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France.
“What interested me is what a completely contemporary, modern character Catherine de Medici was. And in a world where we talk about glass ceilings, she was somebody who broke a concrete ceiling, and she did it against all odds,” Stoff tells T&C. But the timing wasn’t quite right, so he waited.
“Good ideas never leave you,” Stoff says, and a couple of years ago, the concept came back around. That’s when he called Justin Haythe.
Haythe, who is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for the 2008 film Revolutionary Road, wasn’t looking to do a period show like the one The Serpent Queen would become, or even a show about royals, but Freida’s depiction of Catherine changed his mind. “I thought this was an incredibly modern woman, and I thought that she was an anti-hero. We have so many great male anti-heroes; Corleone and Soprano and Walter White. An audience will tolerate somebody doing terrible things in order to survive in order accomplish their goal, if you sympathize with them. But I couldn’t think of a female anti-hero like that,” he says.

 

The Fascinating History of Palazzo Ralph Lauren
The designer’s midcentury Milanese palazzo inspired its new fall home collection.

This palazzo shows us classicism as something bold, but even more as something pure, almost abstract. It is at once modern and traditional. Its strength is how it looks backward and forward at the same time.”
The architecture critic Paul Goldberger is talking here about a building in Milan called Casa Campanini-Bonomi that is unusual in several ways, not least in that it is now best known for the American who acquired it in 1999: Ralph Lauren. The designer has a gift for making familiar but important architecture signify anew (as he did in 1986 with the Rhinelander mansion in New York, changing retail forever).

 

In Tár, Noémie Merlant Settles the Score
After a 16-year break from directing, filmmaker Todd Field is back with his third feature and the year’s most talked-about film: the stunning and masterful Tár. Star Cate Blanchett, for whom the film was written, gives perhaps the best performance of her career as the world-famous conductor Lydia Tár. Yet she’s in good company, joined by a magnetic all-female ensemble that includes Portrait of a Lady on Fire star Noémie Merlant. Honing her quiet intensity to a fine point, the French actor plays Francesca, Lydia’s personal assistant and an aspiring conductor in her own right, who helps shape the psychological thriller’s destructive arc.

 

A Look Inside Emma D’Arcy’s Transformation for House of the Dragon
“Emma was very collaborative; we had extensive talks of who Rhaenyra is and when she needed to appear more vulnerable, upset, or youthful—and when a game face was required,” says makeup artist Amanda Knight of not shying away from breakdowns and pain, adding that they even discussed Knight’s own birthing experiences ahead of filming. “We are here to tell a story, whether that be tears, sweat, dirt, or blood.”
For House of the Dragon, Knight teaming up with hair artist Rosalia Culora cut the prep process down to an hour and a half on most days.
Of the many styles, Culora’s favorites hold secrets that viewers may have missed—like in episode six, “you only really caught sight of it towards the end of the episode, but in the back she’s got a four-strand plait, and the braids are shaped as eyes of a dragon.” Ultimately, Culora’s chair was where D’Arcy would end their day on set and morph back into Princess Rhaenyra every morning as they were crowned again with Rouse’s work. “Alex makes them, we transform them, and there is no better compliment when someone asks you, ‘Is that a wig?’” says Culora. “Emma loved it! You know that moment the wig goes on, their character becomes a Targaryen.”

 

The World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet Is Finally on Display
The 14,360-pound skillet was seen speeding down the highway in January, but it’s not been officially available to the viewing public until now.

If you’re a regular reader — or perhaps just have a Google alert set up for “World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet” — you may remember that, indeed, the World’s Largest Cast Iron Skillet made headlines back in January when it was seen being hauled down Interstate 59.
At the time, the massive pan wasn’t totally ready for its big debut. But it’s hard to conceal a 18-foot, 14,360-pound skillet as it’s speeding down the highway, and so Lodge Cast Iron had their hand forced in telling people about their creation as the cookware was being transported from Alabama, where it was manufactured, to Lodge’s cast iron museum in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

 

Friendships are our greatest asset, so why do we not celebrate them more?
We are a society which celebrates commitment – but only of the amorous variety

Friendships are the balustrades of our existence. Our friends form the rich tapestries of our good days and hold our hands through our worst. They plug the deficits in our lives; giving us a love that may be missing, or simply different, from that of our families and romantic partners. They are not expected to expire, the way amorous connections might (although, of course, sometimes they do). They are a family you choose for yourself – and that act of choosing is what makes them so special. A community you build from common interests, shared values and a connecting rod of experience is vital. So many of these friends have been with you for so many chapters in the story of your life that often, they know you better than your family, your partner or even yourself.

 

Inside the Met’s Major Move Into Contemporary Art
While the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been one the world’s leading cultural institutions since its founding more than 150 years ago, it hasn’t always engaged with the now particularly well. With some major backers, a newish director, and a splashy new hire, that may be about to change.
“Probably if you ask many artists in New York what their favorite museum is, they would say The Met—probably not because of The Met’s contemporary collection, but because of what The Met means for them for their own artistic practice, inspiration, and upbringing,” Hollein said. “I think that for The Met to now be so serious and committed but also engaged with representing and engaging with contemporary art on such a level, that’s basically also a homecoming for a lot of artists and for the contemporary art scene, which should and can see The Met as their home and as their place.”

 

Gemma Chan On Narrow Beauty Standards, Ageing On Screen And Why She Loves Eva Longoria
‘We can always go further. It’s about accepting everyone as individuals and moving towards that.’

When your career has spanned roles that include, but aren’t limited to, a Marvel superhuman, a haute-couture wearing Singaporean socialite, a 1950s housewife stuck inside a conspiracy and an AI robot, you’d be forgiven for thinking that walking a runway for actor, producer and L’Oréal Paris Global Ambassador, Gemma Chan, would be relatively regular by comparison. But you’d be wrong. Stepping out for the make-up giant’s annual Le Défilé show during Paris Fashion Week in a crisp Louis Vuitton suit, Chan joined the likes of Camille Razat, Andie Macdowell and Liya Kebede to celebrate all things beauty and sisterhood – a subject the Don’t Worry Darling star is keen to champion.

 

Emma Mackey On Channelling The Spirit Of Emily Brontë For Frances O’Connor’s Not-Quite-Biopic
Instead of sticking to the historical facts (or going the classic Hollywood route of being “inspired by” the author’s life), Emily takes the little concrete information available about the middle Brontë sister and tries to imagine what could have led her to write Wuthering Heights. O’Connor’s deliberately fanciful theory? That Emily had a premarital affair with William Weightman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a real assistant curate who worked with her father Patrick in the village of Haworth, Yorkshire. (Many Brontë scholars actually believe Weightman had a romantic attachment to Anne, with Charlotte writing damning letters about his incessant flirting.)

 

David Dawson On Romancing Harry Styles In My Policeman
In 1950s-set My Policeman, David Dawson is the breakout star, says Douglas Greenwood.

Based on Bethan Roberts’s 2012 novel, My Policeman follows Tom and Marion, a lovestruck couple (played by Styles and Emma Corrin) in the 1950s. When Dawson’s character, a local gallerist named Patrick, enters the picture, the relationship’s blissful path goes awry. The trio, also played in replicate 40 years on (Rupert Everett is the older Patrick), spin a morally ambiguous story about complex, impulsive decisions and the way homosexuality existed in a society that punished those who practised it.
“You knew going into it that there had to be chemistry for this story to work, and so we constantly promised each other we’d keep talking throughout the process,” he says of his co-stars. The film also involves intimate scenes with Styles. “He was a true professional and a gentleman,” Dawson says, crediting constant communication, an intimacy coordinator and director Michael Grandage’s cinematic reference – the 1959 romance Hiroshima, Mon Amour – as the reason for their effectiveness. “You might love or loathe a character at various points throughout this story,” Dawson says, “but hopefully you understand that because of how they have to live, they’re forced to be this way.”

 

Your Cast-Iron Skillet Can (and Should!) Last Forever—Here’s How to Turn It Into a Family Heirloom
Maintaining your cast-iron pan—so you can pass it on to future generations—is remarkably easy.

If a cast-iron skillet is a fixture in your kitchen, then you already value its versatility. You have probably used it for frying eggs and plenty of bacon, baking cornbread or a tarte tatin, braising chicken legs, and searing a ribeye steak. (You may even have packed your cast-iron skillet into the back of your car and lugged it on a camping trip so you could cook directly over glowing coals.) If you rely this heavily on your pan, it’s important you know how to maintain it—especially since your cast-iron pan can last for decades with the correct care.
In fact, you should treat your pan like the heirloom it could be: While it might not be a shiny gem or a framed piece of art, a good cast-iron skillet will take care of its owners. If you’re wondering how to ensure your cast-iron skillet’s longevity, you don’t have to think far beyond daily maintenance (which isn’t high maintenance).

 

12 Brilliant Ways to Decorate a Blank Wall
An empty wall is like a crisp, white canvas—it’s filled with possibilities.

If you have a blank, open wall in your home, you might often pass it with a frown—that’s a whole lot of negative space that might not be intuitive to fill. While working with this type of a blank canvas can be challenging, see it for the opportunity that it is: a chance to display a carefully curated collection, a prized blanket, or a series of family photos that are as precious as heirloom jewelry. Inspiration is all around you—so let us help you fill the void.

 

Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Silverman, Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance and More Respond to Kanye West’s Removed Tweet: “Your Words Hurt and Incite Violence”
Members of the entertainment and media community have called out a series of statements from rapper Ye over the weekend labeled antisemitic by the American Defamation League.

Sarah Silverman, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Rapaport are among those in Hollywood and the larger entertainment and media industry responding to a recent tweet from Kanye West repeatedly labeled antisemitic by the American Defamation League (ADL) and others.
In a tweet featuring West’s now-removed Twitter statement, which he posted Saturday night, Curtis told the rapper that his “words hurt and incite violence.”
“The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide,” she wrote. “You are a father. Please stop.”

 

The Secret Erotic Drawings of Duncan Grant
For decades, the Bloomsbury-group artist quietly sketched his male lovers. These works, long kept hidden by the friends who inherited them, are finally going on display.

What happens in an artist’s private life? In public, Duncan Grant was a charismatic and influential painter, a member of the Bloomsbury group of artists and intellectuals who flourished in London during and after the World Wars. In private, he was equally charismatic, and involved with a series of male lovers—erotic dalliances that he kept hidden to avoid criminal prosecution. Born in 1885, when Queen Victoria still ruled, Grant was a hearty octogenarian when private acts of homosexuality were largely decriminalized in England, in 1967. By then, he was a man of considerable experience, adept at picking up men at the National Gallery and Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner. For decades, Grant, a compulsive sketcher, kept hundreds of explicit drawings—scribbled on the backs of paper scraps and grocery lists—out of the public eye. Playful and inventive, they were fuelled by memories of his trysts and his freewheeling imagination. “I can’t speak for anyone else,” he said, in 1970, “but I had relations with anyone who would have me.”

 

Everyone wants a tip now. Do you have to give them one?
Thanks to touchscreens and the pandemic, tipflation is everywhere — and it’s hard to say no.

Sometimes it seems as though everywhere you go, you’re asked to chip in a little something extra, even for things that weren’t tipped services just a few years ago. Tips are requested at automatic car washes, for Botox treatments, even for smoothie-making robots, usually through those touchscreen tablets a lot of businesses use as their point of sale (POS) systems. Thanks to a combination of technology, social pressure, and a pandemic that accelerated the adoption of contactless digital payment methods, those tablets have become ubiquitous, and so have the tip requests. At a time when the prices of many goods and services are already far higher than they used to be due to inflation, we’re paying even more again to the workers who provide them.

 

Tiara of the Month: The curse of the Allan Tiara
The chilling story of the diamond diadem which survived the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, while family members perished

With Halloween approaching, Tatler’s Tiara of the Month is a fittingly frightening one.
Jewellery aficionados may be familiar with the curse of the Hope Diamond, which crossed paths with Marie-Antoinette; or the Black Orlov Diamond, and its trail of suicidal owners; but the list of jinxed jewellery also features the lesser-known Allan Tiara. Commissioned from Cartier in 1909, the diadem showcases a large central detachable diamond set within a meander style band of circular cut diamonds and a border of seed pearls. The piece was made for Lady Marguerite Allan, wife of Sir Hugh Montagu Allan, heir to a family-owned shipping company in Montreal.

 

Madame Wu’s Chinese Food Was Glamorous and Transformative
Sylvia Wu, who died this week at 106, reshaped the tastes of Los Angeles power diners.

In the mid 1970s, as the Pritikin diet drifted over the Westside of Los Angeles like a bland and joyless cloud, Sylvia Wu strategized. How could she keep big-ticket dishes like Peking duck on the menu at Madame Wu’s Garden when A-listers wanted more low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar foods?
Ms. Wu devised a plan: Air-dry the ducks as usual, but render off as much fat as possible in the roasting process. Leave nothing but meat, wrapped in the finest, thinnest, crispiest shell of burnished skin, with no chewy fat underneath. She called this version, pretty honestly, “lower-fat” Peking duck.
Ms. Wu, who died last month at the age of 106, had a knack for culinary improvisation.

 

Behind Every Monarch, an Art Alliance
“The Tudors” shows how the English Renaissance was the work of wily leaders and enterprising foreigners. No dynasty has better captured the modern imagination.

The labels beside seven objects in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition of art from 15th- and 16th-century England have a credit line that slightly jars: “Lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
In one sense, the credit is accurate. Elizabeth was alive and well when the keepers of the royal collection in London approved the loans to the Met — and so, in tribute to her, the museum has decided to leave the labels as written. But the drawings and paintings are Charles’s now, and the obsolete credit line underscores how the modern state grinds on from one reign to the next. Barristers are updating their business cards from Queen’s Counsel to King’s, but no one needs a fresh appointment at the bar. A new pound is being minted, with a new royal punim, but it’ll be worth just the same as before. (Well, less, but that’s more the new government’s fault than the new king’s.)

 

51 Most Romantic Places for a Getaway in the USA
Here are some of the most romantic places in each U.S. state.

Nothing brings couples closer together than traveling to new destinations and creating shared experiences. But no two love affairs are the same, which is why we believe that no two romantic getaways should be the same, either.
For couples planning a month-long escape across the nation or those just hoping to book a weekend getaway close by, we went from coast to coast to find 51 of the most romantic getaways in the U.S.A. These trips include romantic wilderness retreats, urban escapes, and, of course, a few castles for couples swept up in their own little fairytale.
And hey, even if there isn’t a special someone to take on a trip this year, in the words of Oscar Wilde, “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Here are 51 romantic getaways in the U.S.A. that will make your heart skip a beat.

 

 

 

 

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