T LOunge for October 6th, 2022

Posted on October 06, 2022

Secret Garden Bar and Restaurant – Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Let’s have cocktails in the Emerald City, darlings. It’s THURSDAY and we feel like indulging in a little fantasy boozing for the day. Today’s LOunge is definitely going into our little book of LOunges to visit in the real world. But for now, the fantasy suits us just fine. Join us, won’t you? Do nothing else today but this. It’ll be good for you.

 

Angelica Ross Doesn’t Want to Be Called a Trailblazer
Just call the newest Roxie Hart a boss.

Angelica Ross is lying across the stage of the Ambassador Theatre, a chorus of limber hunks lavishing her with adoration in the style of Bob Fosse. “The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be” — well, you know who.
That would be the murderous ingenue in the musical Chicago, a role that has been played by showbiz legends like Gwen Verdon and Liza Minnelli, recording artists like Brandy Norwood and Jennifer Nettles, and Bravo divas Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne. Ross, who is starring as Roxie Hart on Broadway through Nov. 6, first fell in love with theater when she played Sleepy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves back in the first grade. Now, it’s finally her turn to don a bold crimson lip and be doted on by a flock of eager admirers.
“I’ve been known lately as somebody who is starting to manifest things, and this definitely feels like one of them,” Ross tells InStyle of making her Broadway debut.

 

Hilary Swank Wants to Slow Down Fast News and Fast Fashion
The ‘Alaska Daily’ star talks about the importance of local news, her slow fashion line, Mission Statement, and the story behind her famous Oscars dress.

Without missing a beat, Hilary Swank knows that people will see her new show, Alaska Daily, and presume it’s just another “White Savior” storyline. She is, after all, playing a white journalist who finds herself embroiled in the cold case of a missing indigenous woman in Anchorage, Alaska, shortly after losing her job at a big city newspaper. The two-time Academy Award winner also knows that she has the opportunity to give viewers something very, very different — and it’s exactly what she’s doing. By bringing the stories of indigenous people to the forefront (in good company, she adds, with shows like Reservation Dogs and Rutherford Falls on the air), she knows that they can take the spotlight.

 

Everything We Know About Season 2 of And Just Like That
On Oct. 5, Parker and Davis were photographed filming in NYC. Dressed as Carrie, Parker wore a Converted Closet jumpsuit, vintage Dior heels, and a JW Anderson pigeon clutch. According to a behind-the-scenes shot she shared on Instagram, she also wore a Fendi ankle bag under her pant hem. Meanwhile, Charlotte looks prim in a pussy bow blouse, pencil skirt, and heels.

 

Is Gen Z Killing Vintage Fashion?
Inside the cutthroat world of rag houses and reselling in the age of TikTok.

As a vintage buyer for Reformation, it’s Seimens’ job to scour public and private rag houses like this one for one-of-a-kind pieces. She visits several of the unmarked warehouses on the outskirts of Los Angeles each week, spending four to five hours wading through bales of miscellaneous clothing, sometimes sorted, sometimes not, usually dirty.
Most of the warehouses have no air conditioning or heating. Today, in the blazing mid-August heat, the stacks have been moved outside under a tarp. A manager checks in to see how she’s doing, while another warehouse employee uses a forklift to stack the bales. Every package is unlabeled—they don’t tell Siemens where they get their supply, and she doesn’t ask.

 

King Charles III’s Coronation Jewels Will Be Worth Nearly $4 Billion
That’s billion with a B.

While King Charles III (formerly known as Prince Charles) technically ascended to the throne immediately following his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s death, his formal coronation will not take place until 2023. There hasn’t been a coronation in 70 years (the queen’s took place in 1953), so it’s hard to know what exactly will go down. But, this is the royal family, after all, so we can expect to see certain traditions that have been in place for over a century. Plus, the royals never miss a moment to make a sentimental fashion statement (see: Kate Middleton’s pearl funeral jewelry.)

 

Janet Jackson Talks Thom Browne, Paris, and Her Most Iconic Y2K Look
The reliably fashion-forward Janet Jackson arrived at Thom Browne’s spring 2023 show wearing a look that deftly mixed masucline and femine prep codes. The academy-ready ensemble was a natural progression of what Jackson does best. She’s been blurring and mixing traditional gender boundaries for decades now: That boxy oversized blazer she wore in “When I Think Of You;” Her form-fitting “Rhythm Nation” military garb; A leather bandeau paired with baggy jeans at the 1993 VMAs. “Even when I was a kid, I loved wearing the suits and the ties and the bow ties,” Jackson says. “I was very much so a tomboy and I still am at this stage in my life.”

 

In Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto, Tricia Hersey Makes a Powerful Case Against Hustle Culture
To look at most television commercials and subway ads, you’d think that human beings were designed to do nothing but work (and occasionally order Seamless). Much has been written about the rise of hustle culture, but in her new book Rest Is Relaxation: A Manifesto, author and Nap Ministry creator Tricia Hersey frames things a bit differently.
Hersey makes the point that a go-go-go approach to working can easily veer into toxicity—opting instead to uphold rest as a vital, potentially freeing, and politically energizing activity for all. In a culture that often seems obsessed with output, Hersey is more focused on the inner calm and self-knowledge that can come with proper rest—by which she means “naps, sleep, slowing down and leisure in a capitalist, white supremacist, patriarchal world”—and on investigating who has traditionally been denied that rest and its myriad benefits. Recently, Vogue spoke to Hersey about extolling the virtues of rest through a lens of Blackness, writing and parenting during COVID, and the importance of slowing down.

 

The Boldly Queer, Proudly Off-Kilter World of Pippa Garner
Pippa Garner likes to joke that her breasts are as old as I am. She underwent her first breast augmentation surgery in the late 1980s, when the people who would become her most dedicated advocates—people like myself—were in our infancy, or not even born yet. Garner, born in 1942 in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, was in her mid-40s at the time and known, in the worlds of publishing, television, and fine art, as Philip Garner, a modestly successful conceptual-cum-commercial artist, illustrator, and writer. Earlier in the 1980s, Garner had appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in a midriff-baring “half-suit,” there to promote her first book of satirical consumer inventions, Philip Garner’s Better Living Catalog. (Made out of khaki wool, the half-suit, which Garner handcrafted herself, looked like a precursor to Miu Miu’s coveted spring/summer 2022 collection.)

 

A Small Canadian Town Is Now the Home of a 17-foot-tall Cheeto Statue
The monument is dedicated to cheese-dusted fingers everywhere.

Cheadle, a town of around 100 people, sits about 30 miles east of Calgary in south-central Alberta, Canada. Nearby Langdon has a Tim Hortons and a KFC, and Strathmore has a McDonald’s and a brewery, but tiny Cheadle has something that’s possibly even more exciting: a 17-foot tall statue of a set of Cheeto-dusted fingertips, reaching out of the earth to grab a single orange Cheeto Puff.
The surprisingly large monument was placed by PepsiCo Canada earlier this week. So why Cheadle? Because according to the company, the official brand name for the brightly colored powder that coats your fingers while you’re eating Cheetos is… Cheetle.

 

The World’s Oldest Whisky Sold at Auction for $340,000
Despite its age, The Macallan The Reach 81 Years Old didn’t break the single bottle record.

What gives whiskey its value? Clearly things like quality and scarcity play a role — but with the world’s most expensive Scotches, the answer can be hard to pin down. The world’s most expensive standard-size bottle — a Macallan 1926 60-Year-Old — sold for around $1.9 million in 2019. That’s actually more than the largest bottle of Scotch ever sold which was filled with 444 bottles’ worth of 32-year-old Macallan and was purchased for a mere $1.4 million.

 

The Black Women That Beauty Forgot
The pioneering Black women that changed the face (and hair) of the beauty industry.

There’s a never-ending mental list of did-you-know statements about all manner of life topics. The tidbits, fun facts, stories about things and people behind the inventions. We tend to mentally store them up to insert into conversations as a means to impress others with our niche knowledge on the latest Zoom quiz.
We don’t have many did-you-knows about beauty, unless the creator of a product happens to be the namesake of their brand, like Estée Lauder or Charlotte Tilbury. So, we rarely give much thought to the stories or facts behind the products that we use in our beauty routines everyday.
To be honest, is it even that important? Well, yes. Beauty has a tendency to excel at the art of contradiction. There’s a much-needed and continuous flow of articles, petitions and social media campaigns trying to push the beauty industry to be more inclusive. Yet, there’s a group of pioneering Black women in history whose inventions and contributions paved the way for how we consume beauty today, and we’ve either forgotten or never heard about them.

 

Emma Mackey: From Brontë To ‘Barbie’
BAFTA nominated star and ‘Sex Education’ actor Emma Mackey talks to Katie O’Malley about her debut lead role in ‘Emily’, teary fan encounters, and her Sunday brunch specialty.

For Mackey, playing Emily was a ‘no brainer’. ‘It felt like the right sort of project and challenge for me to take on, something I could get my teeth stuck into,’ she continues. But the road to filming wasn’t plain sailing. The actor was originally cast in the role in 2020, but with the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, production didn’t start for another year-and-a-half. The time offered the perfect opportunity for the ever-studious Mackey to get stuck into researching her complex character, from watching documentaries and film adaptations about Wuthering Heights and the Brontë sisters, to listening to music. ‘I’m quite clinical in the way I prep,’ the actor admits. ‘I love it. I’m quite academic, so I need to read real facts.’

 

Jared Leto Will Play Karl Lagerfeld In A Chanel-Filled Biopic
After his controversial turn in House of Gucci, Jared Leto is confirmed for another fashion-centric role, signing on to play Karl Lagerfeld in the first biopic of the late Chanel designer – a project endorsed by the Karl Lagerfeld brand. While the Oscar winner and his partner Emma Ludbrook will produce the movie through their company Paradox, three of Lagerfeld’s confidantes will advise on the film: Karl Lagerfeld executives Paolo Righi and Caroline Lebar as well as the designer’s former personal assistant, Sébastien Jondeau.

 

Why Hollywood Is Saying “Yes, Chef” To The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri
In a year of mediocre TV series, The Bear is hysterical, irresistible and relentless (see the penultimate 20-minute episode, filmed in a single panic-inducing take). Out now on Disney+ in the UK, the dramedy centres on the Bourdain-esque chef Carmy Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a tattooed Noma alumnus and vintage Levi’s enthusiast who’s recently been heading up a three-Michelin-starred kitchen in Manhattan. When his brother Michael dies, he goes home to Chicago, trading a prep station worthy of Eleven Madison Park for a dingy office at The Original Beef Of Chicagoland, a sandwich joint on the verge of bankruptcy. Less than thrilled by his plans to make the restaurant into “a respectable place of business”? Just about everyone who worked there under Michael, particularly his best friend Richie (Girls’s Ebon Moss-Bachrach), who refuses to kowtow to “Food & Wine’s Best New Dickhead”. Enter young Culinary Institute of America grad Sydney (Ayo Edebiri), a devoted Carmy fan, who ends up working as his sous chef amongst the gravy-soaked chaos.

 

How YouTube Created the Attention Economy
“Like, Comment, Subscribe,” a new history of the platform by Mark Bergen, makes the case that YouTube cracked the code for turning the desire to watch and be watched into money.

YouTube has consumed a good part of my days for more than a decade. As a teen-ager, I used the video-streaming platform to scrounge for crumbs of knowledge, watching free lectures on everything from algebra to literary modernism. Now I navigate to the YouTube app on my television most mornings to watch the news. I stream workout videos. I listen to music. I watch celebrities give tours of their garishly decorated mansions. Sometimes I stay on the site for hours, lost in the maze of memes, dinner ideas, and all manner of distraction.

 

‘The Rings of Power’ Showrunners Break Silence on Backlash, Sauron and Season 2
Two first-time showrunners who landed TV’s biggest series give THR a behind-the-scenes tour as they navigate challenges even scarier than Mordor — from “patently evil” online trolling to massive industry expectations.

Since Amazon’s billion-dollar high fantasy launched Sept. 2, The Rings of Power has been blessed with strong critical acclaim (84 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes) and dragged by online fan bashing (its audience score is 39 percent — which includes an unknown degree of “review bombing” at the hands of internet trolls). The show’s Nielsen viewership is formidable — its first two episodes were seen by roughly 12.6 million U.S. viewers across its first four days.
But given this is Lord of the Rings, the bar is insanely high. And nobody knows the stakes better than Payne and McKay. They’re two first-time showrunners who embarked on an unexpected journey nearly five years ago to make their J.R.R. Tolkien passion project and have now found themselves, as McKay puts it, “on the fault line of the culture war,” with everybody from armies of anonymous Tolkien fans to the two richest men in the world weighing in. It ain’t easy to focus on writing scripts and managing a cast and crew of 1,300 on the most complicated TV production of all time when Elon Musk is slagging you on Twitter.

 

How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?
Regular washes are a must. Brush up on these general care tips to keep your linens in tip-top shape.

Few things feel as good as diving into a freshly made bed and shimmying on crisp, clean sheets. This is your happy place, your sanctuary, and where you basically spend one-third of your life, so it’s time to give your bed (and its linens) the treatment it deserves. We asked Lindsey Boyd of The Laundress for her advice on keeping your sheets looking and feeling their best.

 

Ayurvedic Cooking Aims to Help You Achieve Holistic Wellness—Here’s How to Try This Ancient Practice
The benefits of Ayurvedic cooking have been observed over thousands of years, including better digestion, clearer skin, and a stronger immune system.

If you have no idea what Ayurveda even is, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. There’s a lot of history to catch up on, but the key facts are as follows. Ayurveda (pronounced ai-yer-vay-duh) is the traditional holistic medicine practice of India and has been evolving for about 5,000 years, but still has many modern applications. “Ayurveda helps us understand and maintain our unique reference point for balance and health by offering personalized guidelines on what is favorable or unfavorable for one’s life in terms of diet, daily routine, and living environment,” explains Alter.

 

The Indian Braid Never Really “Left,” But Its Comeback Is Imminent
It’s a hairstyle, personal perfume dispenser, and patriarchy ball-buster — all in one. Here’s why I want you to try it for yourself.

I grew up watching a butt-length Indian braid with a mix of admiration and disdain. My aunt Bapsy’s chunky plait was a thing of beauty. It all began with immaculately combed, center-parted hair that was separated into three sections and braided at the nape of the neck. It snaked down her back, swished cheekily with every step, and mesmerized me with its inky, black darkness.
To my grade school mind, however, the braid was a superpower that was wasted on her. I fantasized about it sprouting from my head, allowing me to swat at my younger brother when necessary, or lasso my friends on the playground if they got to the ball before I did. Bapsy never exploited its full potential, and to a 6-year-old with a dictatorial bent, she needed to relinquish it to someone more worthy — a deserving niece, perhaps.

 

The Instagram capital of the world is a terrible place to be
Just because you can (sort of) afford to go somewhere doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy it.

This time last week I was wandering the stony streets of Positano, a small village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Positano rests almost vertically on the steep cliffside, with peachy pastel houses stacked on top of one another against zigzagging streets where local vendors sell sips of limoncello and colorful ceramics. At the bottom there is a pebbly beach where, if it’s warm enough (which it usually is), you can swim in the clear, turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Positano is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a proximity to luxury and wealth; it is home to one of the most famous and majestic hotels in the world and provided the backdrop for Diane Lane’s whirlwind romance in Under the Tuscan Sun. Twenty years later, the town has become synonymous with the grandest of influencer travelscapes, clogging Instagram with photos of beautiful people on boats, staring back in wonder at the skyline behind them. It is also the most unpleasant place I have ever been.

 

Picturing Afghanistan
The Qandahar Album reveals a complex history in photographs

Qandahar, Afghanistan, has stood at the center of cultural convergence and conflict for over two millennia.
Situated at the intersection of ancient trade routes and surrounded by powerful Asian empires, it’s not surprising that walls nearly 30 feet thick and 30 feet high once framed the early modern city.
In 1881, toward the end of the Second Anglo-Afghan War, a British military doctor began taking photographs of Qandahar. His images, collected in what is known as the Qandahar Album, are some of the earliest photographic records of the city. Over 140 years later the album can be explored online for the first time.

 

 

 

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