T LOunge for October 31st, 2022

Posted on October 31, 2022

Salon Sacher Cafe – Vienna, Austria


We couldn’t really agree on a spooky LOunge for Halloween, so Lorenzo went for a Halloween-colored space with occasional glimpses of ghostly figures. By the way, did we ever mention that our loft is haunted? It’s a former manufacturing space that still has holes in the floor from where the machinery was bolted to it. We figure someone had to have died here at some point, given the safety conditions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. No sightings, just things like footsteps, phantom smells and the occasional murmur or inexplicably moved object. We don’t know who they are, but they apparently don’t like the holidays given the number of Christmas wreaths that have flown off of our walls over the years. The funny thing is, we didn’t realize it until we left the space for a few years to try living in a house and we realized how different it felt to live in a space that didn’t have that “off” feeling all the time. It was like when your refrigerator or air conditioner stops running and the silence reveals just how loud and pervasive the background noise was. Anyway, happy haunting! Tell us your ghost stories.


Inside Doha’s “Forever Valentino” Exhibition—“What We Create Has to Stand the Test of Time”
“Forever Valentino,” the most comprehensive exhibition to date paying homage to the maison’s founder Valentino Garavani and the house’s haute couture legacy, opened last night at M7, the design and innovation hub in Msheireb Downtown Doha.
Under the creative direction of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Italian curator Massimiliano Gioni and the British fashion critic and author Alexander Fury devised an imaginative curatorial project—an emotional promenade through the Valentino archives, in which themes, chronology, and heritage references were blurred into a moving experience—counterintuitive, while remaining cohesive and visually captivating. At an on-site preview, Piccioli called it “not a retrospective, but a perspective.” In keeping with his approach—which values the creative tension between modernity and tradition, classicism and subversion, and exclusivity and inclusion—he aimed not for a celebratory ode to the past, but a sort of polyphonic composition, a narrative rich in layers that reflects the many conversations that have shaped the house’s identity, “whose spirit,” he noted, “is intrinsically timeless.”


U.K. Pubs Turn to Candlelit Dinners to Battle Soaring Energy Costs
British pubs are turning back the clock with candles to handle a very modern problem.

A major allure of many British pubs is their history: Some are hundreds of years old, or possibly even over a thousand, And plenty maintain a traditional feel with their decor as a further nod to the past. But recently, a number of pubs have revived an old custom, not out of nostalgia, but due to a modern problem: They’re turning back to candles to save money on exorbitant energy bills.
Similar to the U.S., the U.K. has been battling significant inflation, but British energy bills especially have soared sky high. The Guardian reports that many small businesses have seen their electric bills more than quadruple since February 2021. So to try to stay open, some pubs have been shutting off the lights. From big cities like London to small villages like Puddletown, reports continue to emerge of a candlelit renaissance.


Kylie Jenner Is a Stunning Bride of Frankenstein
The star raised the bar for “Halloweekend” 2022.

Kylie Jenner has outdone herself with her couture Halloween look.
The style star, who is known for her history of pop culture-themed costumes, celebrated Halloween weekend by sharing an extravagant photoshoot spotlighting her Bride of Frankenstein costume. To pay homage to the 1935 film, Jenner paired her impressive makeup recreation with a custom Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown by Glenn Martens.


How TÁR Is Turning Sophie Kauer from a Classical Music Phenomenon Into a Movie Star
The British cello phenomenon takes on a starring role in one of the year’s buzziest films.

Was making a movie different for Kauer than playing music? “In a way,” she says, “but in principle, the outcome is the same. We’re all trying to realize someone else’s dream or bring to life a work that’s already been written, trying to pick up what either the composer or the writer’s intentions were, and convey those emotions to an audience. We’re always trying to achieve excellence.”
And that means there might be room for more movies in her future. “I think that would be a lot of fun,” she says. “I’m still aiming to become a concert cellist—that is my dream—but I am aware of this amazing opportunity I’ve been given. I remember, when I said yes to the film, I felt guilty because I thought some people have wanted this kind of opportunity their whole life, and it’s somehow come my way. I felt like someone else should be getting it, but it’s been so much fun and I hope to be able to continue with both of them.”


Why Catherine de Medici Is a Fitting Icon for Modern Times
A new TV series and book shine a light on our ongoing obsession with the original aristocratic influencers.

Dazzling the world with lavish expenditure and artfully crafted public image may be a mainstay of our TikTok times, but it is not a new secret to success. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Medici family used extravagant patronage to gain and keep political power. Small wonder, then, that two of this fall’s guiltiest pleasures, the Starz series The Serpent Queen and Maggie O’Farrell’s novel The Marriage Portrait, show Medici women—­Catherine de’ Medici, the consort of one 16th-century French king and the mother of three more, and Lucrezia de’ Medici, Duchess of Ferrara, whose husband was thought to have murdered her after their 1558 marriage—living and dying by their family creed of extravagant display. (Catherine also inspired Dior’s spring 2023 runway show in Paris.)


Kate Middleton Speaks to Those Struggling With Addiction in New Video Message
The Princess of Wales, who has supported addiction charities since the beginning of her royal life, appears in a new addiction awareness campaign.

The Princess is backing the Taking Action on Addiction campaign, which has been launched today in Addiction Awareness Week. In a video message recorded earlier this month at Kensington Palace, she described addiction as a “serious mental health condition” and spoke directly to those suffering to tell them, “Please do not let shame hold you back from getting the help you so desperately need…please ask for help.”

“Addiction is a serious mental health condition that can happen to anyone, no matter what age, gender, race or nationality,” Kate began her message by saying. “Attitudes to addiction are changing. But we are not there yet, and we need to be. Still the shame of addiction is stopping people and families asking for help and people are still tragically losing their lives.”


The Beer at Germany’s Biggest Oktoberfest Celebration Must Officially Be Brewed in Munich
The European Commission recently recognized the city’s brewing history and water supply as essential to Oktoberfestbier.

In October 1810, the man who would become King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen got married in Munich — and they invited the entire city to celebrate with them, to watch a horse race, and to generally have the best time you could have before anyone had electricity. That event was repeated the next year, and the next, and it eventually became the Oktoberfest celebration that attracts over 6 million people and almost as many pairs of lederhosen to Munich every year.
But surprisingly, it wasn’t until this week that the European Commission named the city’s “Oktoberfestbier” — the beer brewed in Munich — as a Protected Geographical Indication of Germany. (That’s an ultra-formal way of saying that the designation means that any beer labeled as “Oktoberfestbier” has to come from Munich.)


How ‘The Woman King,’ ‘Till’ Hairstylists Use Pin Curls and Braids to Define Looks in Black Period Films
A new renaissance in hairstyling and makeup for Black actors appears to be on the horizon, thanks to the work of female artisans on a trio of recent period films: “The Woman King,” “Till” and “A Jazzman’s Blues.”
Braiding, twists and locs were a staple for characters in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “The Woman King,” set in 1823 in the African kingdom of Dahomey, now known as Benin. Hair department head Louisa Anthony researched and collaborated with locals in South Africa to secure a stellar team on the movie, which stars Viola Davis.
Although a historian and a research specialist were on set, there was very little available photography from the period, so the makeup team relied mostly on sketches. “Google search was quite helpful in going back to discover hundreds of years of African hairstyling and braiding for us to attempt to blend today and yesterday into one creative look that maintained the authenticity of the Agoji tribe,” Anthony says.


The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2022
Halloween came early this year — and in full force — as Hollywood’s best costumed up over the weekend for a series of exclusive parties.
Celebrities like Machine Gun Kelly, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, Henry Golding, Taylor Lautner and Rebel Wilson were just a fraction of the A-list studded guest list at the Casamigos Halloween Party on Oct. 29, which Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford co-hosted in Beverly Hills.
Others took this Hallo-weekend as an opportunity to debut their unique costumes on social media — like three-time Grammy winner Lizzo, who unveiled her transformation into Marge Simpson on Instagram on Saturday.


“Every Photographer Comes From A Different Place Within Blackness”: A First Look At Saatchi Gallery’s Historic The New Black Vanguard Exhibition
An hour before the party to celebrate The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art And Fashion, Antwaun Sargent, the show’s stylish New York-based curator, walks in, casually dressed, espresso in hand. “It’s probably my ninth today,” he chuckles, admitting to straddling the line between exhaustion and elation. And it’s no wonder. Inspired by the book of the same name, the groundbreaking exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, which gloriously explores how today’s exciting new guard of young Black photographers are reframing Black representation, has been on tour for almost five years. The vanguard of image-makers in the show, including Campbell Addy, Nadine Ijewere, Tyler Mitchell and Micaiah Carter, are shifting cultural definitions around beauty, desire, fashion, art, identity and Black joy. It is a global generation – with roots across Lagos, New York, Accra, Atlanta, Johannesburg and everywhere in between – with work that represents those cultural shifts in real time.


Diane von Furstenberg Looks Back at Her Life in Parties
The designer, known for her ultrawearable clothes as much as her joie de vivre, has seen it all.

“I celebrate all the time,” says Diane von Furstenberg, who devotes her every waking moment to packing two lifetimes’ worth of joy and decadence into the space of one. “My mother was an Auschwitz survivor, and she used to say she suffered for me so I didn’t have to.” The Belgium-born fashion designer, philanthropist, and author (her latest book, Live It: The Secret to Joy, is due out next year) is now 75 and at what she calls the “legacy moment of my life.” Her appetite for all-out fabulousness, however, shows no signs of waning. Speaking from Portofino—she’s aboard Eos, the three-masted schooner she and her husband, Barry Diller, named after the Greek goddess of the dawn—von Furstenberg reflects on her multi-act adventure: She’s been a princess (she was 22 when she married Egon von Fürstenberg, the son of an Austrian prince and a Fiat heiress), a globe-trotting party girl (she ran with Andy Warhol’s entourage and regularly hosted Yves Saint Laurent and Bernardo Bertolucci at her expansive Park Avenue apartment), and an unflappable businesswoman, spinning a $30,000 loan from her father into a multimillion-dollar company. Her recollections are full of grit and guts, brio and bemusement—but never regret.


Jerry Lee Lewis, a Rock ’n’ Roll Original, Dies at 87
With his pounding piano, his impassioned vocals and his incendiary performing style, Mr. Lewis lived up to his nickname, the Killer.

Jerry Lee Lewis, the hard-driving rockabilly artist whose pounding boogie-woogie piano and bluesy, country-influenced vocals helped define the sound of rock ’n’ roll on hits like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire,” and whose incendiary performing style expressed the essence of rock rebellion, died on Friday at his home in DeSoto County, Miss., south of Memphis. He was 87.
His death was announced by his publicist, Zach Farnum. No cause was given, but Mr. Lewis had been in poor health for some time.
Mr. Lewis was 21 in November 1956 when he walked into Sun Studio in Memphis and, presenting himself as a country singer who could play a mean piano, demanded an audition.
His timing was impeccable. Sun Records had sold Elvis Presley’s contract to RCA Records a year earlier and badly needed a new star to headline a roster that included Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.


How to Swap Honey, Maple Syrup, and Other Natural Sweeteners for Sugar in Your Baking
Follow our tips for replacing regular sugar with these unrefined sweeteners.

If you’re an avid baker, you’ve likely used your fair share of refined sweeteners. They include white and brown iterations, which are made by processing raw sugar from sugar cane or sugar beets. White sugar is made by removing the molasses from raw sugar, while brown sugar is produced by adding molasses back to white sugar.
Both types are staple ingredients in baked goods, from simple cookies to elaborate cakes. But if you’re looking for more natural, minimally processed alternatives, you’ll be glad to know that it is absolutely possible to use unrefined sweeteners instead.





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