T LOunge for November 28th, 2022

Posted on November 28, 2022

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Darlings, we’re well-rested and full of butter. We hope you are too. After a lovely holiday weekend, it seems that today has turned out to be a MONDAY. We regret having to inform you of that. The good news is that we have a lovely and swanky LOunge in which you may spend your day doing very little of import. The celebrity red carpet pickins are slim, as they usually are after a major holiday, but we’ll see if we can rustle up a few frivolities for y’all. In the meantime, please enjoy our sampler platter of minor distractions:


Adele Continues Her Vegas Residency in Custom Givenchy
The superstar will reportedly wear a new custom gown every weekend of her five-month run.

In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Adele’s stylist Jamie Mizrahi revealed that the star will wear a new look for each weekend of the residency, and that the pieces will be archived after each run. The duo has commissioned 20 other looks from established designers such as Versace, Loewe, and Louis Vuitton as well as newer designers like Paco Rabanne, Proenza Schouler and Harris Reed.
“One of Adele’s superpowers is the ability to give you déjà vu in the right way,” Mizrahi told the outlet. “Even when she does something new or modern, it feels like the same Adele you first fell in love with. That’s the look we’re going for.”


These Rarely Seen Photos of the Romanovs Show Life Inside the Russian Royal Family
The latest season of The Crown depicts the final days of the Russian Imperial family. These vintage photos show what they were like in real life.

In the annals of royal history, few families are as famous as the Romanovs. The final royal family to rule over Russia, the Romanovs presided over a time of great upheaval, until their tragic deaths in 1918. As an episode of The Crown looks back at their 1918 execution, and the family’s connection to the British royals, take a look back at some rarely seen photos of the family before their tragic deaths.


Alessandro Michele Is Exiting Gucci After an Extraordinary Seven-Year Run
Alessandro Michele is exiting Gucci, Kering announced today. The Roman designer had an enormously successful nearly eight-year run as creative director that reversed the fortunes of the Italian heritage label and changed the look of fashion.
Michele was a Tom Ford hire and worked under Frida Giannini. He was plucked from the accessories studio by Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, an unexpected choice if ever there were one. Early requests for interviews with the scruffy haired designer, who came out for his first bow in January 2015 surrounded by his team, had to wait for the then-unknown to go through media training.
In a statement Bizzarri said, “I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Alessandro at
the end of 2014, since then we have had the pleasure to work closely together as Gucci has charted its successful path over these last eight years. I would like to thank him for his 20 years of commitment to Gucci and for his vision, devotion, and unconditional love for this unique House during his tenure as Creative Director.”


Take a Trip Through the Maximalist World of Jeremy Scott Collector Joey Arias
Ten years and about 700 pieces in, there’s no other way to put it: Joey Arias is deeply devoted to Jeremy Scott. “I’ve amassed what seems like a ridiculous amount of clothes for one person,” Arias tells Vogue in this latest episode of “Devoted.” As if to prove his point, he’s wearing a silver metallic leather crown from Scott’s first men’s collection for Moschino for fall 2015. “But truly, it’s an archive that’s a labor of love, and I wear the pieces on a daily basis.”
Off-business hours, that is, because Arias is a Dallas-based clinical operations manager for a mobile dental company and he usually wears a uniform–blue scrubs, to be specific. (No, this is not Joey Arias, the legendary New York-based performance artist.) This Arias’s collection encompasses toys, accessories, jewelry, and ready-to-wear, the full gamut of Scott’s tongue-in-cheek world. It all started with a jacket, Arias says as he walks around the room he’s dedicated to his collection, showing off a silver leather, angel-winged number from Scott’s Adidas Originals collection for spring 2012. “His work just speaks to my heart and soul, it just makes me feel complete.”


An Ode to Bug-Eyed Sunglasses and the Icons Who Wore Them
Sunglasses were first mass-produced by Sam Foster in 1929, though it took until the late sixties for tastemakers like Onassis to popularize behemothic frames. But by the early seventies, huge lenses were shielding the eyes of everyone from actors Brigitte Bardot and Sharon Tate to supermodel Twiggy. Onscreen they were just as popular. See: Peggy Lipton in The Mod Squad, Małgorzata Braunek in Hunting Flies, and Jane Birkin in La Piscine.
Lenses began to downsize beginning in the eighties, and the nineties offered up wee shades that rival the current era’s. But the early 2000s ushered in a resurgence of giant sunnies, due in part to the paparazzi’s ruthlessness. Once child stars like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen entered adulthood in 2004, they were no longer afforded protection from incessant badgering. Similarly, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian—women who were famously stripped of their privacy during the aughts—were regularly seen sporting colossal shades. In a 2021 episode of her podcast, Hilton admitted that wearing sunglasses helped her feel confident as a naturally shy person, inspired by the movie Big Daddy. “If you’re afraid, you put them on, they make you invisible,” Adam Sandler tells a young Cole Sprouse. Large, dark glasses became a pragmatic shrouding tactic—and a chic one at that.


In The English, Costume and Character Are Inextricable
In accordance with the genre’s Hollywood tradition, this is a series where dialogue is limited largely to veiled threats; if someone is talking at length about anything even vaguely emotional, it’s usually a sign that they’re about to be dispatched with a pistol, which means costume designer Phoebe De Gaye (Killing Eve) had to develop a wardrobe that could both semaphore characters’ psychological states and stand up to The English’s stark prairie backdrops. “I realized early on that the costumes were going to be very exposed,” the BAFTA winner recalls. “It really is just figures in a landscape. [Production designer] Chris Roope did these fantastic sort of skeletal structures [to represent the frontier towns], but that’s really it.”


Here Are All the Winners of the 2022 National Gingerbread Contest
This year, 219 entries competed for $40,000 in cash and prizes.

Thanksgiving week marks the official start of the holiday season. But it also marks the official end of the National Gingerbread House Competition. Now in its 30th year, the annual event — billed as the largest gingerbread house competition in America — announces its winners just before Thanksgiving, leaving event hose The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina time to put everything on display for the Christmas rush.
This year, the number of entries — which were first solicited back in July — nearly doubled from over 120 last year to a massive 219 houses in 2022. The cash and prizes across all of the categories also increased: a value of $40,000 compared to $25,000 in previous years.


King Charles Has Banned Foie Gras at Buckingham Palace, Other Royal Residences
The king is continuing a policy he began as the Prince of Wales.

Has his ascension from the Prince of Wales to King Charles changed the U.K.’s new monarch? At the very least, it apparently hasn’t changed his policy on foie gras. Similar to a policy from his days as Prince, King Charles reportedly now prohibits any foie gras from being served in his residences.
As Prince of Wales, Charles banned chefs at his residences from serving foie gras in 2008, according to the Telegraph. (Buckingham Palace apparently followed suit, but not until three years later.) And last week, PETA says they received confirmation from the new King that he plans to extend this policy to all of his new royal residences as well.


Nicole Kidman Receives Standing Ovation at Broadway’s ‘The Music Man’ After Bidding $100,000 for Hugh Jackman’s Signed Hat
Nicole Kidman received a warm welcome on Broadway Saturday evening when she made an appearance at a performance of Hugh Jackman’s “The Music Man” revival. During an auction for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Kidman made her presence known when she bid a hefty sum of $100,000 for a hat signed by Jackman.
Jackman shared a video of the meeting on Twitter, thanking his fellow Australian thespian for her support.
“I love you. I love Broadway. And I love what they do, Broadway Cares, but I also want to say this show is extraordinary,” Kidman said, taking the microphone after approaching the stage at the Winter Garden Theatre.


Behind the Music of ‘Tár’ and ‘Aftersun’: Music Supervisor Lucy Bright on Cate Blanchett, the Classical World and the Majesty of ’Under Pressure’
Two of the best and most intriguing films of the year have something in common: music supervisor Lucy Bright. Both “Tár” and “Aftersun” contain some of the most riveting musically based sequences in 2022 cinema, and although Bright can’t take credit for either the use of Mahler’s fifth symphony in the former or Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” in the latter — those having been baked into their auteurs’ scripts — the delicacy with which she made the combinations of original score and source music work in both pictures is evidence of a sensibility that more than lives up to her surname.


What Hollywood’s Ultimate Oral History Reveals
For all the clouds of publicity, the dream machine is actually a craft business. Have we asked too much of it?

What exactly is an “oral history,” and why would we need one? Most history begins and ends with personal witness, and even written documents, after all, were very often once spoken memories, with many of the best histories depending on recollected conversation, from Boswell’s life of Dr. Johnson to the court memoirs of Saint-Simon. Yet the term has become so much a part of our book culture that it tells us to expect something very specific: a heavily edited chain of first-person recollections, broken into distinct related bits, about a place or a system or an event. Although the contemporary version has roots in the oral histories compiled by the W.P.A. in the nineteen-thirties, it seems to derive, in form, from documentary films of the sixties like those of D. A. Pennebaker and Richard Leacock, in which testimony is offered in sequential counterpoint, without explicit commentary.


Helena Bonham Carter Rails Against Cancel Culture, Defends J.K. Rowling and “Vindicated” Johnny Depp
The actress called out a “witch hunt and a lack of understanding” and said that the treatment of Rowling has been “horrendous.”

Helena Bonham Carter is making it quite clear how she feels about so-called cancel culture, along with sharing her thoughts on such embattled public figures as Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling.
During an interview with The Times that published online Saturday, Bonham Carter criticized the notion that someone’s personal life should impact their career: “Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them. You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding.”


Irene Cara, Oscar-winning ‘Flashdance’ singer and Fame star, dies at 63
The “Flashdance… What a Feeling” singer died at her Florida home.

The actress became an overnight sensation upon the release of the 1980 high school musical Fame, in which she not only played its star Coco Hernandez but also performed its groovy, disco-infused title song. The song earned her two Grammy nominations — for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female — in 1981.


King Charles III will reportedly give Princess Charlotte a title that’s a ‘fitting’ tribute to the late Queen
The King is reportedly planning to make Charlotte the Duchess of Edinburgh, despite initial reports suggesting the Earl of Wessex would inherit the dukedom

Princess Charlotte, the middle child and only daughter of the Prince and Princess of Wales, enjoyed a close relationship with her late great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, whom she affectionately knew as ‘Gan-Gan’. Royal watchers noted the physical similarities between the pair, but now their connection will reportedly be strengthened in a surprising, and meaningful, manner.


Roman Coins Thought for Centuries to Be Fakes Get a Fresh Appraisal
New research suggests that the gold coins, which were found in 1713 and long dismissed as forgeries, may be authentic.

In 1713, a medals inspector documented the acquisition of eight gold Roman coins that had been buried in Transylvania. For centuries, experts believed them to be forgeries — and poorly made ones, at that.
The coins featured the image of an otherwise unknown leader and characteristics that differed from other mid-third century Roman coins. But now researchers who have re-examined the coins, which were in a collection at the University of Glasgow, say they may, in fact, be authentic.
The design on the coin was irregular for the time period, and the man depicted on them, Sponsian, was mostly lost to history. The coins included references to “bungled legends and historically mixed motifs,” experts said.
Research published on Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE posited that the coins — and Sponsian, the man depicted — deserved another look.


How to Arm Knit a Cozy, Chunky Blanket
Bulky-style yarn and nimble handiwork are all you need to try out this simple technique.
Snuggle up in a big, cozy blanket made by hand—literally. This blanket’s pattern, designed by Teresa Carter of DeBrosse, involves arm-knitting, a technique which uses the knitter’s arms instead of needles. When arm-knitting, choose yarn in a size of 6 or “super bulky.” Knitters can decide the number of skeins they want to use based on desired thickness and length.
We also have a few tips for those attempting this pattern for the first time: First and foremost, depending on the size blanket you want to make, you will need to purchase varying pounds of yarn. For a small 30 x 50-inch blanket, use 6 pounds of yarn; for a large 40 x 60-inch blanket, you’ll need 8 pounds. To achieve your desired final size, keep a loose tension. When you start the project, do not turn or flip your work. And if you’re a beginner? Use our basic knitting how-to as a guide.


10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas
Fill every room with notes of spice, evergreen, and peppermint using everything from DIY stovetop potpourri to fragrant wreaths.

The holiday season is filled with nostalgia and notes of spice, evergreen, and peppermint. To infuse your home with natural, clean fragrance that speaks to this time of year, look to foraged items such as pinecones, citrus fruits, whole cloves, and balsam boughs. They come together in our best DIY projects and ideas—evoking citrus, spice, and everything nice.




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