T LOunge for November 11th, 2022

Posted on November 11, 2022

Vesuvio Panoramic Restaurant and Vista Sky Bar – Sant’Agnello, Naples, Italy

 

The sea and sky are yours for the day. It’s FRIDAY and you’ve earned whatever sort of respite you’d like for yourself, but we would recommend sitting in today’s LOunge until someone kicks you out.

 

Explosive docu-series Kingdom of Dreams explores the rivalries and rising stars behind the ‘golden age’ of fashion
The new series, which was made by the team behind the McQueen documentary, showcases the rise of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford

Fashion, for all its glamour and grandeur, has a dark underbelly. Historic feuding between couture houses and the power struggles of their financial puppeteers make for an industry rife with contention, as well as prime material for a highly watchable documentary series. That’s exactly what is delivered in Sky Original series Kingdom of Dreams, which lays bare some of the most famous fashion feuds of the last three decades, with a dramatic quality befitting such tales.
The characteristics of the series will be familiar to anyone who watched producers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s previous project, the BAFTA-nominated McQueen, with its similarly ominous soundtrack and dark opening sequence. Based on journalist and author Dana Thomas’s book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, this time their subject is much broader, as they take on the defining moments of the 90s and 00s.

 

Dominique Thorne Brings Ironheart to Wakanda
The actress discusses inhabiting the role of Riri Williams, the recent Black film renaissance, and why she was initially intimidated about joining the MCU.

Thorne has acted in award-winning feature films If Beale Street Could Talk and Judas and the Black Messiah, and now Wakanda Forever, which opens in theaters on Friday. Riri lives as a young undergrad student and engineer before she gets recruited by Shuri (Letitia Wright), princess of Wakanda, and Okoye (Danai Gurira), general of the Dora Milaje. While in Wakanda, Riri’s clever talents are on full display as she helps its people defeat an opposing power; she also perfects her own version of the Iron Man suit. Though Thorne has acted for both stage and screen, working on Wakanda Forever further deepened her love for the craft. “Of course, I’ve seen films that have moved me,” she explains, “but being in the MCU has given me a new and far more intimate relationship with film. It excites me for what’s to come.” What’s to come is, of course, Disney+’s new series Ironheart that will debut next year.

 

Prince Philip and Penny Knatchbull’s Friendship Is More Than What’s in The Crown
She was close with the queen. too.

The Crown’s fifth season isn’t solely focused on Charles and Diana drama. It also features Queen Elizabeth II (Imelda Staunton) grappling with the monarchy’s declining relevance in the 1990s and Princess Margaret (Lesley Manville) revisiting a long-lost love. As for Prince Philip (Jonathan Pryce), he develops a close friendship with family friend Penny Knatchbull while experiencing his own marital troubles with the queen.
Although Her Majesty—and probably many of us viewers—first suspects him of having a romantic affair, Pryce’s Philip assures her that his and Lady Penny’s relationship is simply an “intellectual and spiritual companionship,” nothing more.

 

Thanksgiving Nails: 6 Chic Polish Shades for Your Celebration
Thanksgiving is a bountiful feast for the senses. On the beauty front, the gathering of loved ones can inspire an array of statements that run the gamut from glamorously festive with a stamp of bold lipstick and swish of golden highlighter to insouciantly charming by way of a bare, naturally glowing complexion and rumpled, lived-in lengths. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, a glossy manicure is the ultimate finishing touch.

 

Everything We Know About The Great American Baking Show
Production is currently underway in the United Kingdom.

The Great British Baking Show is coming to America—sort of. The American spinoff of the hit British series will still film in the iconic tent in the United Kingdom, include British judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, but include two American hosts and feature American contestants.
Ellie Kemper, of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Office, and Zach Cherry, who currently stars in Severance, will be the show’s co-hosts. Cherry retweeted the announcement with two emojis: a chef and a loaf of bread.

 

What Really Happened Between the British Royal Family and the Romanovs?
Unlike most of The Crown’s fifth season, episode six does not take place in the 1990s. Instead, it opens in World War I–era Britain, when the House of Windsor was headed not by Queen Elizabeth but by her grandfather King George V and his wife, Queen Mary.
A letter arrives at the king’s desk from Downing Street. The subject? The tsar and tsarina of Russia who, months earlier, had been overthrown in the Russian Revolution. “The government is willing to send a ship to bring the Romanovs to safety here in England,” the king’s aide tells him. “The prime minister does not wish to do so without your support.” The whole family exchanges wary glances across the table. The episode then cuts to a home, called Ipatiev House, deep within the Russian countryside. An imprisoned Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra are woken up by a soldier who tells them they are being moved to a new location. “It’s Cousin George!” Nicholas exclaims to his wife. They could not be more wrong: Minutes later, their entire family is brutally murdered in a basement. The British royal family, as it turns out, refused to help them with safe passage to the United Kingdom.

 

Get to Know Rakia, the Spirit of the Balkans
This traditional fruit brandy is a delicious addition to your fall dinner spread.

For centuries, rakia was ubiquitous in the Balkans in the form of moonshine. The first official, legal rakia distillery, Bojkovčanka, about 10 miles south of Belgrade, was founded in 1985, with legal distilleries trickling onto the market in the following decades. By 2012, there were about 200 registered rakia distilleries in Serbia, but, an artisanal, small-batch rakia movement has emerged in the last few years. Today, there are over 800 legal, registered rakia distilleries in Serbia alone, many of which are aging the spirit in Serbian oak barrels for five, ten, or even twenty years, adding depth and flavor to the spirit, similar to the process of aged whisky. Even on my Air Serbia flight, the only direct route from the US to Serbia, the airline offers five different types of rakias from the Belgrade-based Rakia Bar.

 

Dior Has Transformed Harrods Into A Giant Gingerbread House For Christmas
When Dior does Christmas, it means business. The French house has partnered with Harrods on the largest luxury brand takeover of the retail behemoth, featuring no less than 44 creative window displays and a light installation that illuminates the store front with stars, roses and other seminal brand references made magical in the festive glow. If that’s the outer, which took a team of 200 over a year to build offsite, then the treats awaiting customers inside certainly live up to the hype.
“The name says it all: The Fabulous World of Dior,” Pietro Beccari, chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture, tells British Vogue of the brand presence on every Harrods floor, from the two pop-up boutiques, featuring a gifting conveyor belt of One Dior products encompassing all categories, from fashion to beauty, to the café serving up biscuits even more exquisite than the gingerbread window designs brightening up Brompton Road.

 

How abortion rights advocates won every ballot measure this year
Pro-choice coalitions prevailed in red, blue, and purple states.

Americans voiced their preference for abortion rights on Tuesday, casting votes in support of reproductive freedom everywhere they appeared on the ballot: Kentucky, Michigan, Vermont, Montana, and California.
Counting a pivotal ballot measure Kansas voters weighed in on in August, reproductive rights have been on the ballot in six states since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Each time, abortion rights supporters have won.
While Democratic candidates running on abortion access also did extremely well in their contests this week, the vote tallies indicate that the ballot initiatives were often able to draw even more support than the Democratic candidates, garnering votes from individuals who otherwise cast ballots for Republicans, libertarians, or no candidate at all.

 

85 Unique Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas to Brighten Your Holidays
Show off your style with traditional, simple or creative Christmas tree themes for small and large spaces.

Nothing brings holiday cheer to an interior quite like a well-decorated Christmas tree, whether you’re sticking with classic red and green baubles and twinkling lights or opting for a creative Christmas tree theme, like adorning your spruce with pom-poms, colorful ribbons or candy. Encourage the whole family to embrace this timeless holiday tradition as they cover the Christmas tree with homemade ornaments, weave in gorgeous garlands and pick out the perfect tree topper. To help make your holiday a little easier, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas tree ideas to fit any aesthetic — whether you prefer traditional, modern, eclectic or rustic decor arrangements.

 

Paulina Porizkova Doesn’t Call Her Book a Memoir
The model and author spoke about writing “No Filter: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful.”

Beauty, she said, has been her “entire life.” She is critical of every element of beauty culture — how “shallow it all is,” and the way it separates and isolates women. Before Ms. Porizkova was scouted at the age of 15 and sent to Paris from Sweden (to which her family had fled from Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia), she was, she recalls, bullied by her classmates for being “geeky, gawky, and weird looking.”
“I’ve spent forty years thinking about being called ugly, then beautiful, without changing one inch. Then judging myself against other women. ‘She’s prettier, she’s got better legs’— all the horrible shaming comparisons,” she said.
Ms. Porizkova takes little pride in her beauty or success in modeling. Becoming a model, she said, was a stroke of luck. “It has nothing to do with who you are.”

 

The Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Looks as Good as It Tastes
With a showstopping centerpiece and four vibrant side dishes, this menu makes the most of fall vegetables.

Vegetables star in these five new dishes that were made for vegetarians and created to appeal to everyone. Maybe you’re adopting a meatless holiday meal for the first time or maybe you have never felt tethered to turkey and are finally skipping the bird this year because of its increasingly high cost. These recipes provide the richness, comfort and abundance you expect from Thanksgiving: deep, roasted caramelized flavor embellished with bursts of acidity from citrus, hints of heat and some welcome levity from fresh herbs.
At the heart of this celebration of vegetables is an ornate ombré gratin with enough ceremonial pomp to create a stir. The four accompanying side dishes are easier to put together, but taste just as special. You can prepare the whole feast or weave the dishes into your menu. There’s always room for more at the table.

 

12 Unique Ways to Decorate Your Walls With Paint
From using light hues to brighten up a windowless room to adding a unique geometric design element, paint has the power to transform any area in your home—and it’s much more affordable than a full renovation.
Enhancing your space with dark colored paint or simply using it to cover an existing brick wall offers an instant refresh. If you’re not a fan of a one-coat wall, an ombré effect is an easy way to create depth in any room. Or add elegance to your bedroom with a raw-silk wall, which mimics the look of fabric by using two simple tools and your favorite shade.
No matter your aesthetic, there are a variety of easy and gorgeous paint techniques that will give your walls a completely new look—explore all of our favorites, ahead.

 

These States Are Helping Travelers Better Understand and Appreciate Indigenous History
Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month in these four fantastic places.

The United States is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, landscapes that people travel from all over the globe to see. From standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon to witnessing the power of Niagara Falls, it’s all too easy to get lost in the nation’s beauty and forget about the history of the land.
But long before the Going-to-the-Sun Road traversed Glacier National Park, the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai hunted, fished, and gathered there. And before the iconic observation tower was built atop Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky National Park, the land was home to the Cherokee, who had developed permanent towns, created an extensive network of trails, and cultivated croplands.
The reality is that no matter where in the United States you go, you’ll be visiting the ancestral land of Indigenous people. And it’s critical that as travelers, we both know the names of the groups that came before us and understand their significant cultural histories.

 

The Startling Realism of a 17th-Century Sculpture
Have you ever wanted to get really close to a work of art?

Walk into the Getty Center’s Gallery E201, in the East Pavillion, and a startling figure will catch your eye.
His name is Saint Ginés de la Jara. He’s a six-foot-tall likeness of his namesake (more on him later), rendered in hyperrealistic detail.
How did his 17th-century artists accomplish this level of realism roughly 300 years ago? Let’s take a closer look.

 

 

 

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