T LOunge for December 16th, 2022

Posted on December 16, 2022

Il Riccio Bar, Restaurant and Sea Lounge – Capri, Italy

 

Real kittens know. When the vast, sunny Mediterranean greets you on our front page, that can only mean one thing. It is FRIDAY, darlings. Huzzah and hooray. You made it. The drinks are free, the sunlight is moisturizing and rejuvenating, and the food contains absolutely no calories at all. As those old Chanel No. 5 ads used to say, “Share the fantasy.”

 

Was the rivalry between Christian Dior and Coco Chanel the chicest in fashion history?
AppleTV series The New Look delves into the life of Christian Dior, with Ben Mendelsohn starring as the designer, Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel and Maisie Williams as Dior’s sister, Catherine

One of the chicest rivalries in fashion history will be placed front and centre in a glamorous new mini series The New Look, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Juliette Binoche and Maisie Williams, who shared a behind the scenes glimpse from the set on Instagram yesterday.
The series, which will be produced by AppleTV and was announced in February, does not yet have a release date but is already prompting chatter thanks to its all-star cast, gripping subject matter, and promise of elegance of the highest order. Fashion, drama and World War II intrigue, all set against the ever captivating backdrop of Paris. What’s not to love?
Writing on Instagram yesterday, Williams, 25, who is best known for her star turn in Game Of Thrones, revealed she had just finished filming in the City of Lights, as she shared a tantalising tease of what viewers can expect from the series. Good news: the costumes are as impeccable as one might hope.

 

‘Avatar,’ Sobriety and Hollywood Clashes: How Sam Worthington Lost and Found His Star Power
Thirteen years ago, Worthington seemed to win the acting lottery, securing the starring role as a military grunt-turned-leader of an alien race in “Avatar,” James Cameron’s sci-fi epic — which earned a record-breaking $2.9 billion after it debuted in 2009. It was a role that almost every leading man wanted. Overnight it made Worthington one of the hottest stars in Hollywood. But that’s not where this story ends. Instead, the “Avatar” experience had a bruising coda, one in which Worthington, then 29, lost control of his life.

 

A New Book From A24 Offers a Hedonistic and Heartfelt Ode to the Dance Floor
“There are a lot of incredible books out there already that look at specific nightclubs and specific dance culture histories, but we wanted this to be something different,” Healy explains. “We wanted to consider what the dance floor means through the films we watch, and the books we read, and the photographs we love—how our experience of the dance floor is also shaped by all this visual culture and literature and these ideas that we consume about it.” Those influences informed the book’s free-flowing kinetic layouts, which deliberately collocate images and text from across the decades (and even centuries), meaning you can open the book at any point and find a way in. “We wanted the materials to really respond to each other in this kind of instinctual way,” Healy notes.

 

The Most High Fashion, Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Courtesy of Jimmy Fallon
The ugly Christmas sweater is a long-running sartorial joke. Though not made for everyday wear, it’s become a seasonal staple—a funny conversation-starter complete with bizarre baubles and oddball embroidery of elves or reindeer. Not all ugly Christmas sweaters are created equal, though, and the best are the ones on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. For the past nine years, the costume design team on the show spends 12 days revealing over-the-top Christmas sweaters to Fallon and viewers. Every episode, one lucky audience member receives the creation. This year, the sweaters have taken magical forms, from one with an oversized collar and a groovy Santa plastered on the front to a hulking cape with a three-dimensional candy cane striped bow.

 

A spectacular new fragrance exhibition, Le Grand Numéro de Chanel, opens in Paris
Free to all, this perfume adventure playground is unforgettable

This festive season Chanel has brought “an olfactory kaleidoscope” to Paris with Le Grand Numéro de Chanel, an exhibition dedicated to fragrance via a unique sensory adventure. Opening today at the Grand Palais Éphémère – a venue synonymous with the fashion house’s runway collections – the spectacular showcase is free to all visitors until 9 January 2023.
Curated by Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur, Chanel’s head of global creative resources for fragrance and beauty, fine jewellery and watches, the exhibit guides you through different chapters of the brand’s rich fragrance portfolio, cleverly demonstrating the multifaceted beauty of scent: “It’s a moment in time, it’s a creative gesture, it’s a culture object, it’s a metaphor of life,” he tells Bazaar.

 

Joe Alwyn and Paul Mescal Get Honest About Anxiety Battles and Sex Scenes: It Must ‘Feel Safe’ but Not ‘Stale’
Paul Mescal and Joe Alwyn are literary heartthrobs, having both headlined TV series based on Sally Rooney books. In 2020, “Normal People” put Mescal on the map as a brooding student. And as married actor Nick in 2022’s “Conversations With Friends,” Alwyn’s character became enmeshed in a messy love triangle.
Their latest projects show what else the actors can do. In “Aftersun,” directed by first-time filmmaker Charlotte Wells, Mescal is a single dad who tries to bond with his preteen daughter (Frankie Corio) on a trip to Turkey. Alwyn had a busy year on the festival circuit, playing an enigmatic Englishman in Claire Denis’ Nicaragua-set romance “Stars at Noon” opposite Margaret Qualley, and a medieval uncle in Lena Dunham’s “Catherine Called Birdy.”

 

CNN Cancels Stanley Tucci’s ‘Searching for Italy’ After Two Seasons
CNN has cancelled “Searching for Italy,” the travel-and-cuisine program that had the actor journeying across Italy to sample food and culture. The series has been an internal favorite at CNN, which had gained traction in the past for a similar documentary program led by Anthony Bourdain.
“Unfortunately, CNN has canceled all of their original programming, so hopefully we’ll end up on another streamer, network, we don’t know,” Tucci told Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Tonight Show.” “But yes, I have plans to do season three and more.”

 

How the Costumes of ‘Tár’ Reflected the Conductor’s Unraveling
When audiences are introduced to Cate Blanchett’s Lydia Tár in “Tár,” it’s through a lengthy interview sequence. Costume designer Bina Daigeler says she was very deliberate with the choice of black-and-white clothes for Tár.
“For me, it’s the well-known image of a conductor, the black and white with the tailcoat is super classic,” she says.
Tár has it all: A wife, and a family and she’s at the top of her game as the leader of a world-famous orchestra — except for her toxic traits that contribute to her downfall. “It was important that there was nothing pretentious about her wardrobe,” says the costume designer of Tár’s super-clean looks. “I also didn’t want to draw too much attention to what she was wearing, particularly in that first scene.”

 

Ke Huy Quan’s True Hollywood Comeback
Indiana Jones and The Goonies made him a child star in the ’80s. Then Hollywood forgot about him. Nearly 40 years later, Quan opens up about Everything Everywhere All at Once and the part that took a lifetime to find.

Inside a greenroom in Anaheim earlier this fall, Ke Huy Quan girded himself for a collision with the past. The 51-year-old actor was in town for Disney’s D23 Expo, where the announcement of his casting in Loki season two would summarily initiate him into the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then someone pulled him aside with the news: Apparently Harrison Ford was standing just outside. As Quan walked over, he could feel his heart pounding. It had been 38 years, after all, since the last time he’d seen his former costar from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

 

How to Press Flowers
When picked at their peak and preserved, pressed flowers offer a wonderful way to savor the beauty of summer long after its blooms have faded from the garden.

Pressing flowers not only allows you to preserve blooms—it also gives you a way to record your garden’s evolution from year to year. Plus, pressed blooms can be used and enjoyed in a myriad of ways, says Janie Gross, a gardener, artist, and the author of Afterlife of Flowers. She shared the art and science of pressing flowers along with some of her own techniques, using a microwave and a custom vented, microwavable press.

 

The Most Popular Christmas Cookie in Every State, According to Google Trends
From iconic choices like gingerbread to cultural favorites like Mexican wedding, this list of uniquely searched Christmas cookies will get you into the holiday spirit.

Christmas involves plenty of traditions—like decorating the tree, gift giving, and holiday dinners—but one many families look forward to year after year is baking festive cookies. Whether you make the treats as part of an annual cookie swap or to package and gift to loved ones, the delicious baked goods are a staple of the holiday season.
While you likely bake a spread of cookie varieties, from gingerbread to linzer, there is usually one cookie you look forward to more than the rest. That’s true for your entire state, too: A new map released by Google Trends shows the most uniquely searched cookie in every state compared to the rest of the country, USA Today reports.

 

How to Organize Your Food Storage Containers the Right Way
Tackling one of your kitchen’s toughest organizing challenges is easier with these expert-approved tips.

Ordering takeout food, packing your lunch, and storing leftovers from dinner can all lead to an influx of small food storage containers in your kitchen. This, in turn, creates the nearly impossible task of keeping all those containers organized.
“This is really a universal challenge,” says Lisa Zaslow of Gotham Organizers. “The pace of change for these containers is practically daily, and if you don’t put things back in the exact right spot, things get chaotic.” But with a few simple organizing tricks, you can keep everything from your smallest dressing container to your largest tub exactly where it belongs once and for all.

 

How to Store Spices So They Stay Fresh and Flavorful
Discover a few ways to maximize the potency of your favorite seasonings.

Nearly every home cook has experienced one culinary crisis or another, from scorching a pot of chili to serving a holiday turkey that’s dry as leather. (Pass the gravy, pronto!) Among the most frustrating? Following a recipe to the letter, only to wind up with say, tasteless Paprika Shrimp or bland Chicken Biryani, lacking the necessary heady scent of cardamom, cumin, and coriander.
So, what went wrong? Chances are, the spices that give your prized dish its distinctive flavor have long exceeded their lifespan—or you may not be storing them properly (or both).

 

Day care will never be germ-free. But we can make it less gross.
Lasting change is going to take more than just good hand hygiene.

Drop a kid with a cold into a child care setting, and you can watch an outbreak unfold in real time. As sticky little hands go from runny noses to cheese puffs to other noses and other sticky little hands, and as uncovered sneezes and coughs fill the air with mists of toddler goo, you’ll soon realize that groups of small children make ideal networks for the spread of communicable diseases. If a child shows up to child care sick, many of the other kids there will get whatever ick they have.
The stakes are especially high right now: Many kids are getting infections for the first time, which is leading to more severe illnesses and overwhelmed pediatric hospitals. And because many child care providers don’t allow mildly ill kids to attend — and with paid parental leave to care for sick children being far from guaranteed in the US — child care illness outbreaks translate to lost productivity and income for many adults.

 

What Made You Look in 2022?
Thinking about some of the images that defined the Styles Desk this year.

Most mornings on the Styles desk, a small group of editors meets to look through dozens of photos that have been filed for upcoming stories. We reserve this time, and treat it with a kind of reverence. Whether looking at distinctive going-out clothing or cover portraits, we revel in the individuality of each person in the frame.
Surveying this year’s selections for our “Year in Pictures,” we were struck by the exuberance found in so many of the shots: a tight crop of a smiling woman, her teeth filled with decorative grills; Jenifer Lewis caught in an impressive high-kick; the incomparable, effortless street style documented by Simbarashe Cha.

 

The Year’s Best Books on Wine (and Whisky)
These six volumes, all published in 2022, are illuminating, surprising and just plain useful guides to better understanding wine and spirits.

Wine, and spirits, have been with us for thousands of years, crucial to civilization and ever-changing. New styles arise, fresh points of view emerge and original voices offer provocative opinions. Here are five books on wine and one on spirits that I found most interesting in 2022, in no particular order.

 

Buried with the Dead, These Vessels Told Stories for the Living
A new book explores ancient vase paintings and what they communicate about the Underworld

More than 2,000 years ago, near the town of Canosa di Puglia in Southern Italy, a prominent man was laid to rest.
We don’t know his name, nor how he died, but given the grandeur of his tomb—a rock-cut chamber, deep in the earth—and the armor with which he was buried, his funeral was surely a spectacle. Five, large, elaborately decorated, terracotta vessels, some as tall as four feet, were placed in the tomb. These had required time and skill to make as well as a delicate and demanding effort to move them from the workshop to the burial chamber.
Some of the mourners may have tried to look closely at the mythical scenes, which seem to speak to the need for consolation or inspiration. One of the vessels was a huge krater (mixing bowl) with a sweeping vista of the afterlife, populated by Greek heroes and divinities. Above a rocky shoreline, Herakles strives to contain Kerberos, the three-headed guard dog of the dead. Nearby, Sisyphus struggles to push his rock, suffering eternally for his wrongdoings, while the poet Orpheus plucks at the strings of his lyre. Overseeing them all, in an elaborate palace, are the gods Persephone and Hades.
What did it mean to behold a vision of the Underworld like this? Was the crowd of deities, heroes, and notorious wrongdoers comforting to the family and friends of the deceased?

 

The Wild Holiday That Turned Ancient Rome Upside Down
How the Romans celebrated Saturnalia

Happy Saturnalia! This ancient Roman holiday honors Saturn, the god of seed-sowing, and celebrates the promise of a spring harvest.
Originally just one day, over the centuries the festivities grew to last a whole week, starting on December 17 and coinciding with the winter solstice.⁠
In Rome, the holiday was kicked off with a religious ceremony in the Temple of Saturn, followed by a free public banquet open to all. Businesses and law courts were closed so everyone could take part.⁠
When the Roman poet Statius attended Emperor Domitian’s Saturnalia feast in the late first century AD, he left this five-star review: “Who can sing of the spectacle, the unrestrained mirth, the banqueting, the unbought feast, the lavish streams of wine? Ah! now I faint, and drunken with thy liquor drag myself at last to sleep.”
During Saturnalia, a time of jovial merrymaking, many social norms were relaxed and inverted. Gambling, normally outlawed, was allowed in public. According to some accounts, you were only supposed to gamble for nuts, not money, to recreate the golden age of Saturn.

 

 

 

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