T LOunge for November 16th, 2022

Posted on November 16, 2022

Cut & Craft Bar and Restaurant – Leeds, England, UK


GRANDEUR, darlings! RICHNESS! Also BALUSTRADES! (just because it’s a good word to say out loud) Plant your ass on some velvet and plan on doing nothing else for the day, because it is WEDNESDAY. All day long. Enjoy our carefully curated Menu of Distractions.


The Mugler Mothership Touches Down in Brooklyn
Thierry Mugler was lightyears ahead of his time. Now, a retrospective of his work is coming to New York City.

More than a million people have seen “Thierry Mugler: Couturissime” over the course of a run that’s taken the show from Montreal and Paris to Rotterdam and Munich. But until this month, it had never come to New York, where the designer lived for a dozen years. It was important, says curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, that the show make its way here for its last stop, “to give him a last goodbye, because New York was a city that inspired him.”
The show—which opens on November 18 at the Brooklyn Museum—gathers together the late designer’s pathbreaking work, which inspired a generation of acolytes, including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, and is credited with injecting the once-fading genre of couture with an inimitable aura of cool.


New Banksy Artwork Confirmed in Ukraine
The British street artist has created seven new murals in the war-torn eastern European nation.

Banksy confirmed seven new murals around Ukraine. Located in Kyiv, Borodyanka, Irpin, and other locations, the works are the famous street artist’s first public murals in over a year.
Some murals appeared on destroyed buildings, including one of a gymnast doing a handstand on a pile of rubble, graffiti’d on a bombed-out building. Another shows a child throwing a man—who some believe to resemble Russian President Vladimir Putin—to the ground in a judo match. Yet another shows a woman in her dressing gown wearing a gas mask and holding a fire extinguisher.


Joan Didion’s Devotees Flocked to View Her Estate in Hudson, New York
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Joan Didion wrote in the opening line of her essay The White Album, from her 1979 book of the same name. With this famous Didionism in mind, it was fitting that the weather was unusually warm—perhaps a spiritual nod to Didion’s home state of California—on a Saturday morning in November when droves of Didion devotees and curious collectors arrived at Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, to view and bid on 224 items from Joan Didion’s estate, from a set of orange Le Creuset cookware to the famous Julian Wassner photo of Didion standing by a Corvette Stingray.
Didion, who died last November at age 87, became a somewhat accidental style icon. Her minimalist packing list became a mainstay on Tumblr, and she starred in a campaign for Celine under Phoebe Philo’s tenure. She achieved the elusive goal of becoming a tastemaker without seeming like she was trying to at all. And now, her fans are looking to add a piece of the writer’s je ne sais quoi at the auction, which ends on Wednesday, November 16.


All the EGOT Winners in Award History
See the full list of artists who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

Viola Davis could be poised to become the next member of entertainment’s most exclusive club, the EGOT winners. Named for four of the entertainment world’s biggest awards, the EGOTs are made up of individuals who have achieved the extremely rare honor of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award in competitive categories (i.e. without special or honorary awards).
Davis, who already holds the rarified honor of being the first Black woman to receive the trifecta of an Academy Award (for her role in 2016’s Fences), an Emmy (in 2015 for How to Get Away With Murder), and a Tony (in Davis’s case, two: in the 2001 production of King Hedley II, and in the 2010 production of Fences) is now up for a Grammy for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording. If she wins, she’ll join the ranks of just 17 people who have ever pulled off an award show superfecta. Here, take a look at every composer, musician, actor, and director to attain the title of EGOT.


Author Mac Griswold on the Glamour—And the Grit—of Bunny Mellon
Bunny Mellon, née Rachel Lowe Lambert, was not just a social figure. She was also a great landscape and interior designer at the intersection of history and style. Born on Madison Avenue in 1910 and living for 103 years, she saw both World Wars, the Great Depression, and the halcyon days of the American Century.
She attended the Black and White Ball, frequently traveled with Givenchy or Schlumberger, visited Hyannis with the Kennedys (for whom she designed the White House Rose Garden and, tragically, the grave at Arlington National Cemetery), and hosted a tea for Queen Elizabeth II when she visited America shortly after her coronation. Over several decades, Bunny and her second husband, philanthropist and racehorse breeder Paul Mellon, hosted a series of openings at Washington’s National Gallery of Art (the expansion of which they made possible) and even hired Bobby Short to sing at a cocktail party at their New York City home, mere blocks from the Carlyle. That was one Bunny Mellon.


How to Have a Spectacular Thanksgiving for Two
There are pros and cons to planning a Thanksgiving for two—the pros being less work and, well, fewer people. The cons, however? Many cookbooks assume you’re making dishes for extended family or a large group of people, causing a lot of unnecessary effort and creating waste. Look, leftovers are wonderful. But be honest: can you really eat sweet potatoes for seven days straight?
So for those having a solo, or intimate, gathering this year, Vogue decided to ask the expert: Klancy Miller. Author of Cooking Solo, she has long championed the culinary joy of compact creations. While most recipes out there have a serving size of four to eight, Miller’s recipes are for one to three (so, perfect for those celebrating by themselves or with one other person). Ahead of November 24, she shares her top tips on how to execute a tiny, yet memorable, Thanksgiving—as well as her perfect holiday dessert recipe for mini chestnut cakes.


What The $1.6 Billion Paul Allen Auction Means for the Art World
After the blockbuster Christie’s sale, “$100 million is almost a starting point for a great picture.”

Halfway into the Paul Allen sale at Christie’s on Nov. 9, auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen brought down his gavel at $21.5 million for a slender, four-foot-tall bronze of a woman by Alberto Giacometti. The moment wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy had it not marked a new milestone in auction history. At that very point, the sale’s running total crossed $1 billion.
The keenly anticipated event, which lasted almost three hours, would go on to rake in $1.5 billion (and add another $116 million the following day). The two parts smashed auction records for 24 artists, some of which have been in place for decades. Their paintings are the pride of the world’s major museums, their names—Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Gustav Klimt, Lucian Freud—are the foundation of 20th and 21st century art.


What Happened to the Royal Yacht Britannia?
The Crown season five begins and ends with the same plot point: The Royal Yacht Britannia. The vessel serves as a—fairly obvious—metaphor in the first episode, where Imelda Staunton’s Queen Elizabeth describes it as “a floating, seagoing version of me.” The problem with her metaphorical marine self? It’s in desperate need of multi-million dollar repairs.
She asks British prime minister John Major, played by Jonny Lee Miller, whether the government might be able to help foot the bill. He, in turn, asks if the royal family might front the cost, given the public pushback they both might receive if such a seemingly extravagant project was approved. In the final episode of the season (a note to the reader: spoilers will follow), Tony Blair and Queen Elizabeth agree to decommission the yacht after Prince Charles’s trip to Hong Kong.


Coors Light’s New Nail Polish Changes Color When Your Glass of Beer Is Cold
Coors Light Chill Polish promises to bring the color-changing tech on the brand’s cans to your fingertips.

Different styles of beers have different ideal serving temperatures. But for Coors Light, only one temp will suffice: “as cold as the Rockies.” To hammer that point home, since 2007, the brand has offered color-changing labels to let drinkers know when their Coors Light is properly chilled. Now, they’re taking that idea to the next level, giving the drinkers themselves the power of cold-activation. Get ready for Chill Polish.


How to Cut a Perfect Slice of Pie, According to a Food Stylist
It all comes down to using the right tools and taking your time.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, turkey gets a lot of attention—and it’s usually considered the centerpiece of the feast. For many of us, however, the Thanksgiving dessert table is the real star of the show. And while pumpkin-spiced cakes and cookies might enjoy some of the limelight this season, there’s no doubt that the queen of all Thanksgiving desserts is pie.
Autumn pies can take many forms: fruit, custard, cream, and more. When you’ve spent time and care perfecting that flaky crust and achieving a smooth surface free of cracks, the final step is cutting a perfect slice. It can be nerve-wracking to portion and cut your pie as friends and family watch your every move, eagerly anticipating their dessert. Heed these tips to cut the perfect slice every time—regardless of the holiday or time of year.


History of the Hero: The Burberry trench
From polar exploration to cinematic styling, this is how Burberry’s iconic creation became part of the fashion vocabulary

Every 100 years or so, someone creates a very special piece of fashion that is as beautiful as it is practical. In the early 1900s, that piece was the Burberry trench coat – a feat of design that’s as desirable now as it was over a century ago.
It all started in 1879, when gentlemen’s outfitter (and founder of the eponymously named brand) Thomas Burberry invented gabardine. Until then, waterproof macs were made of rubberised cotton – a heavy fabric that would cause the wearer to sweat profusely. Not very chic. Unlike its vulcanised rubber counterpart, gabardine’s fibres were individually waterproofed before weaving, making it lightweight, comfortable and considerably less sweaty.


Tiaras At The Ready: The Princess Diaries 3 Is Coming To Disney+
It’s time to book your flight to Genovia – on 15 November, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed that a brand new Princess Diaries film was officially in the works at Disney.
The confirmation was welcome news to fans of the franchise who’ve been waiting almost two decades for the return of Anne Hathaway’s awkward high schooler-turned-monarch Mia Thermopolis, but rumours of another sequel have, of course, been swirling for years. Back in 2016, Garry Marshall, the director of the first film and its delightful follow-up The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, discussed the possibility of a third film, but plans were temporarily shelved following his death later that year. Talks slowly resumed over the next few years and during a TV appearance in 2019, Hathaway confirmed that there was in fact a script for the third instalment. “I want to do it, Julie [Andrews] wants to do it, Debra Martin Chase, our producer, wants to do it,” she said. “We all really want it to happen, it’s just we don’t want to do it unless it’s perfect, because we love it just as much as you guys love it.”


The Beautiful, Brutal World of Bonsai
An American undergoes a gruelling apprenticeship to a Japanese master.
In the winter of 2002, a young American named Ryan Neil joined an unusual pilgrimage: he and several others flew to Tokyo, to begin a tour of Japan’s finest collections of bonsai trees. He was nineteen, with an athlete’s body and a sunny, symmetrical face. The next-youngest adult in the group was fifty-seven. Then, as now, rearing tiny trees in ornamental pots was not commonly considered a young man’s hobby.
Neil had grown up in a small Colorado mountain town. For much of his youth, he was focussed on playing sports, especially basketball, which he approached with an almost clinical rigor: during high-school summer breaks, he’d wake up every day at five-thirty and attempt twelve hundred jump shots before going to the gym to lift weights. By his junior year, he was the best player on the team. By his senior year, he had torn one of his quadriceps—“It was hanging on by just a thread,” he recalls—and was looking for a new obsession.


56 Christmas Door Decorations That Are Impressive Enough to Dazzle Your Neighbors
Make your front door stand out with DIY wreaths, garland arrangements, festive banners and more!

Calling all Christmas lovers! There’s nothing like decking your own halls with DIY Christmas decorations, and with the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to pick the perfect easy and cheerful Christmas door decorations.
Sure, you can always buy your decor (especially when there are tons of Christmas options on Amazon), but there’s something special about making your own personalized door decoration. We’ve rounded up an array of original ideas for your front door, including DIY Christmas wreaths and holiday banners. If you want to keep things simple this year, go for a traditional evergreen wreath embellished with twigs and colorful berries. Or get creative with a wreath made of vintage lightbulbs, disco balls, balloons and pom-poms. Use a silky ribbon to hang pinecones at the entrance or incorporate painted wooden lights instead of classic string lights for a larger-than-life decoration.
Whether you want to DIY the front door or give more life to your store-bought options, these ideas will give you the most impressive curb appeal on the block. Plus, these Christmas decoration hanging hacks will help make the process even easier.


See the full list of 2023 Grammy Award nominations
With 11 new nods, Beyoncé has officially tied her husband Jay-Z’s record for most Grammy nominations ever. Plus Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Brandi Carlile, Harry Styles, and more top this year’s list.

It’s time to face the music: the 2023 Grammy Awards nominations are officially here.
On Tuesday, the Recording Academy unveiled its nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, but, let’s be real, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have already solidified themselves as the real winners this year. The Renaissance artist leads the pack with nine nominations to her name, while Jay-Z received three. In doing so, Beyoncé has officially tied with her husband for the title of most-nominated artist in Grammys history at 88 nods each. As the old adage says: the couple that slays the awards circuit together, stays together.
Other nominees hot on Beyoncé’s heels are Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations, Brandi Carlile and Adele with seven apiece, and Mary J. Blige, Future, and Harry Styles each with six. Taylor Swift also notably nabbed noms for Song of the Year and Best Music Video for her 10-minute track “All Too Well” and its accompanying short film featuring Stranger Things star Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, which Swift wrote and directed.


Climate activists throw dye over Klimt’s masterpiece Death and Life at Vienna’s Leopold Museum
The protest comes in the wake of other international climate protests, including ‘Just Stop Oil’ throwing soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Climate activists today threw black dye over the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s 1915 masterpiece Death and Life at Vienna’s Leopold Museum, prompting fears it might be permanently damaged.
Two members of the group ‘Last Generation’, a student-led organisation, threw the dye over the painting, before one proceeded to glue himself to the glass protecting the masterpiece. Museum staff are now concerned that the painting has been damaged by the dye. ‘Restorers are working to determine whether the painting protected by glass has been damaged,’ the museum’s spokesman Klaus Pokorny said.


The Museum of Broadway Is Opening Today — What to Expect
“Tell all the gang at 42nd Street, that I will soon be there…”

Start spreading the news: Broadway fans won’t have to wait one day more for the Museum of Broadway, which opens to theatergoers on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The museum, which was originally conceived as a pop-up in 2020, is now opening right in the heart of Times Square at 145 W. 45th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The space was designed to be “interactive, informative, instagrammable and experiential,” according to the museum, as well as feature moments from Broadway’s long and storied history.


Reykjavík in Wintertime Is a Dream Destination for Book Lovers — Here’s Why
Each holiday season, there’s only one thing on Icelanders’ wish lists: a stack of new books.

In Iceland’s Heiðmörk Nature Reserve, just outside Reykjavík, I sat in front of a small fire and waited for the reading to begin. It was raining steadily, but Icelanders do not cancel for bad weather. After a small crowd had gathered, Sunna Dís Másdóttir read an excerpt from “Olía,” a book she co-authored with five members of her writing group, who call themselves the Svikaskáld, or “Impostor Poets.” “Each of us wrote one character’s voice,” Másdóttir told me later, “and we wrote intensely in a cabin, away from distractions.”
Literature is central to Iceland’s identity — the storytelling tradition stretches back at least as far as the sagas that were recorded in the 13th century. These novel-like accounts, which describe the conflicts between the Norse and Celtic families who lived on the island from the ninth to 11th centuries, have inspired several modern works, including The Lord of the Rings. Today, one in 10 Icelanders will become a published writer, and 1,500 new books are typically released each year. Since 2011, Reykjavík has been designated a UNESCO City of Literature, for both its long literary history and its contemporary writing festivals and conferences.





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