T LOunge for May 1st, 2023

Posted on May 01, 2023

Brasserie32 at Heythrop Park – Chipping Norton, UK

Shall we be elegant today, darlings. Yes. It’s MONDAY and dreary reality is not welcome in our LOunge. We’re doing all the pre-game stretching and warming up as we count down the hours to the biggest red carpet night of the year, the Met Gala. Chat amongst yourselves and be sure to follow along on Twitter as we report on the looks. Until then, enjoy your day, kittens!


Yara Shahidi: “My parents reminded me that Hollywood isn’t going anywhere”
The Peter Pan & Wendy star lifts the lid on her love of history, her guilty pleasures and what she’d tell her younger self

When most people leave university, they’re interning, trying to find their first job, or even just starting to think about what they’d like to do as a career. Not Yara Shahidi. A year after graduating from Harvard, the 23-year-old actress went from the role of student to Tinker Bell in the new Disney film, Peter Pan & Wendy.
It’s an important part in the remake of the classic tale – not least because this is the first time an actress of colour has played the character – but Shahidi has taken it in her stride. “Not only is she the Tinker Bell that has the fierceness and feistiness that we know and love, but she has a lot to say,” she tells Bazaar in the latest episode of our series, What You Don’t Know About Me.


Everything you need to know ahead of Monday’s Met Gala
This spring, the Met Gala will return on the first Monday of May, the annual celebration of the Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition which, for 2023, will centre around the late Karl Lagerfeld. This year, that falls on Monday 1 May, this coming Monday.
The spring 2023 exhibition theme is ‘Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty’. The Met first confirmed the news at a press presentation during Paris Fashion Week in September and, more recently, it announced that the theme of the gala would be “in honour of Karl”.


39 of the Most Breathtaking Chanel Sets Ever
Just as anticipation surrounded the unveiling of a new Chanel collection when the late Karl Lagerfeld was at the helm, the big reveal of the show set was always a guaranteed moment at Paris Fashion Week—a tradition his successor Virginie Viard is continuing. Over the years, Chanel models have walked runways that riffed on cafés and casinos, icebergs, supermarkets, space rockets—and even enormous bottles of Chanel No. 5.


The Unstoppable Rise Of The Sheer Wedding Dress
When Tish Weinstock wed Tom Guinness in the autumn of 2022, she did so in three different dresses in three slightly differing degrees of sheerness. The first? A John Galliano for Dior slip with its corset lining removed, in which she cosplayed as Baz Luhrmann’s Juliet for her Halloween-themed welcome night. The second? Her “Miss Havisham meets Corpse Bride” wedding gown, where her bare skin peeked through antique Normandy lace. Her third and final look? A see-through John Galliano gown from his fall 2009 collection, Iced Maidens, with which Weinstock wore long hair extensions to add a little modesty, while Galliano’s intricate and carefully-placed beading covered part of her thong. “Although it was totally transparent, I didn’t really feel naked,” she says. “I felt like a beautiful gothic mermaid.”


Lions, tigers and heirs: Longleat’s chatelaine Emma Thynn on the fabled estate’s next chapter
Presiding over a magical kingdom, home to wild creatures and a palace of dreams, Emma Thynn, the beautiful Marchioness of Bath, effortlessly balances her duty of care for the storied estate of Longleat with her myriad roles as chef, conservationist, model and mother to two sons

Does anyone really lead a fairy-tale existence? The recent travails of a certain Prince and his bride suggest that living happily ever after is as fictional as wicked witches and seven-league boots.
On the other hand, there is Emma Thynn. Happily married to Ceawlin, the Marquess of Bath, she has two adorable young sons, John and Henry, a 128-room home set in 9,000 rolling acres, and a flourishing career as a model and brand ambassador for the jewellery house of Chopard, a role that requires her attendance at red-carpet events, glittering in extraordinary gems. Moreover, in a positively Philip Pullman-esque twist, she has gorillas in her garden, wolves in her woods and hippos swimming in her ornamental lake…

Tate Modern’s new Piet Mondrian and Hilma af Klint exhibition is a must-see
This groundbreaking new show pairs the two abstract artists, a move that highlights the surprising similiarities between their work

That Hilma af Klint should be coupled with Piet Mondrian in a major new show, which opened at Tate Modern this month, is surprising in itself: here are two turn-of-the-century artists from different countries who never met, nor even made contact, yet whose work shares unexpected connections. Even more intriguing, however, is what the pairing says about the evolution of the art canon.
A decade ago, af Klint’s work existed in relative obscurity, little known beyond the academic sphere or outside her native Sweden; today, she has a cult following around the world (in the past 12 months alone, she has been the subject of a new biography, a biopic and a virtual-reality experience). She is now just as likely as Mondrian to be described as a pioneer of abstraction, and it is her name rather than his that Tate Modern is banking on to give its forthcoming exhibition blockbuster status.


Viva Napoli! Why Naples Is The Place To Be In 2023
Once the bad boy of Italy, with an intimidating reputation to match its swagger and energy, Naples has smartened up in recent years – but lost none of its seductive power

I’d like to say that I fell in love with Naples the first time I visited it but, in reality, the opposite is true. I was seven years old, brought to the city by my Italian mother who had called it home for a decade, and whose love for the place, its people and its rich culture was palpable. But despite her best efforts, perfectly curated itinerary and countless stops for pizza, it was my idea of hell. Chaotic, gritty, overrun with mopeds and loud people, it was an assault on my senses – and an experience I found so intense that I avoided the city for the next 20 years.
I passed through Naples many times, but only out of necessity and as quickly as possible, in pursuit of the more glamorous dolce vita found on the nearby Amalfi Coast and the islands of Capri and Ischia. Here, I spent countless summers in comparatively quiet bliss, happily lapping up the local culture – food, ceramics and handsome men, mostly.


Remembering Karl Lagerfeld’s Career As A Costume Designer
Karl Lagerfeld was the costume designer responsible for creating that memorably opulent excrescence. The combination of fetish gear and understated elegance seemed fitting for a renaissance man whose clothes often trod the line between classic and naughty. Alongside his prodigious work as a fashion designer for houses including Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel and his eponymous label, Lagerfeld also crafted many costumes for the stage and screen, ranging from Harold Pinter plays to acclaimed French and German classics. In the 1970s and ’80s, he worked on numerous films, including Silver Bears (1977), Les Noces Rouges (1973), Folies Bourgeoises (1976), The Black Bird (1975) and Babette’s Feast (1987). Sometimes this involved wider costuming, sometimes dressing a single actor (à la Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy). The latter four films starred the poised French actor Stéphane Audran, whom Lagerfeld costumed frequently.


Michelle Pfeiffer’s 10 Best On-Screen Beauty Moments
Her bright blonde hair. That ice blue gaze. Those cheekbones so sharp they could cut glass. Since starring in 1979’s Delta House as “The Bombshell”, Michelle Pfeiffer, who turned 64 on 29 April, hasn’t stopped enrapturing audiences with her stunning good looks and equally arresting acting chops. And she’s got a lifetime’s worth of on-screen beauty inspiration to prove it.
To this day, Pfeiffer’s turn as the curvy-bobbed, sharp-tongued Elvira Hancock in 1983’s Scarface makes the case for a sleek, chin-grazing cut. During the latter half of the decade, she became the poster child for big hair, going full throttle with the body and volume of her prenaturally thick mane. First, with rumpled, gravity-defying waves in The Witches of Eastwick alongside Cher and Susan Sarandon. Then, while sporting a tidal wave of dark, brushed-out curls in Married to the Mob.


The Original Influencer Was French: A Show Dedicated To Sarah Bernhardt Celebrates The World’s First Superstar
A centenary after her death, the most famous French actress of all time, Sarah Bernhardt – aka “the Divine Sarah” – is back for an encore in a specular, sprawling exhibition that opened at the Petit Palais on 14 April. But anyone who expects a sepia-tinged, neo-Romantic stroll through a career that took off during the Second Empire is in for a few surprises. Subtitled “Et la femme créa la star” (“And the Woman Created the Star”), the show presents Bernhardt as a fashion icon despite her unconventional physique; she was also a one-woman brand, a disruptor, a shrewd marketer, and a talented plastic artist. A diva and a workhorse, she flouted social norms, relished eccentricity, and loved freely – her relationship with the artist Louise Abbéma is a through line in her life.


The Costumes of ‘Bob Fosse’s Dancin”: How Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Evoked the Choreographer’s Legacy With a Modern Touch
When it came time to create the more than 200 mini-skirts, sequined dresses, elegant suits and other outfits that the cast of “Bob Fosse’s Dancin’” hoofs it in, costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung faced a big dilemma. They needed to pay tribute to the legendary choreographer’s legacy while still making something of the moment.
That meant combing through archival material from Fosse’s many shows, ranging from films like “Kiss Me Kate” and “Cabaret” to his late-period masterpieces such as “Big Deal.” But there was very little to consult when it came to the 1978 original “Dancin’” other than a few grainy videos of a Japanese production and some photos of Willa Kim’s costumes.


Crazy About Tiffany’s
With a reimagined flagship and a new setting for the Tiffany Diamond, the New York jeweler shows off its limitless capacity for reinvention.

Holly Golightly exits a New York City taxi cab at dawn in front of the Tiffany & Co. store on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. She’s wearing a black evening gown, opera gloves, and a multistrand pearl and rhinestone necklace. The camera pans up the facade of the building, with its Atlas clock and revolving doors, then returns to Golightly, who is gazing at the window display as she sips coffee and munches on a Danish. With the iconic opening of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the jeweler entered the realm of pop-culture mythology. In the publicity photos for the film, actress Audrey Hepburn traded her costume jewelry for a necklace set with the spectacular 128.54-carat yellow Tiffany Diamond. Now the two things most emblematic of Tiffany—the Fifth Avenue store and the Tiffany Diamond—are getting dramatic makeovers as a new design for the famous stone takes center stage at Tiffany’s freshly renovated Fifth Avenue flagship, which has been christened the Landmark.


The Ultimate Guide to Copenhagen
Explore one of the happiest cities in the world.

Copenhagen is unique for several reasons. Not as sultry as Paris(opens in new tab) or as scene-y as Berlin, Denmark’s capital is known for its eccentric street style, sublime food scene, and good-natured citizens. The city is ranked the fifth happiest in the world, according to a 2020 World Happiness Report(opens in new tab) (while COVID-19 swept the world, the Danes were still able to see the bright side, a true testament to their infectious optimism) and abides by the Danish concept of hygge, which values coziness, happiness, trust, and togetherness. It’s a wonderfully eclectic and colorful city that welcomes weirdos with open arms. I, of course, had to go.


Tom Jones Star Solly McLeod Is Loving His Age of Innocence
The lead of the new Masterpiece series on the enduring appeal of naiveté.

When Tom Jones premieres April 30 on Masterpiece on PBS, it won’t be the first time that Henry Fielding’s comic novel, first published in 1749, appears on screen. The story, which follows the story of a young man of mysterious birth who struggles to find his place among England’s upper classes, was adapted for the big screen in both 1963 and 1976, and a version aired on the BBC in 1997. The points that Tom Jones has to make about identity, love, and the importance of having a devastatingly charming smile, however, are timeless enough that a new adaptation—starring Solly McLeod, Sophie Wilde, and Hannah Waddingham—feels more than welcome.


The Right Way to Clean With Bleach in Your Home
You can use it on everything from your shower curtain liner to your gym clothes.

As far as cleaning supplies go, your grandmother kept things pretty streamlined. Chances are, she had a scrub brush, a bucket, and a gallon of bleach. It can be easy to forget about this old-school, yet incredibly effective disinfecting tool when your local big box store has an entire aisle of specialty cleaning products. Even so, classic bleach is a powerhouse tool to use throughout your entire house, even the garden.
“Bleach isn’t just for the washing machine,” says Mary Gagliardi, in-house scientist and cleaning expert for Clorox. “It can be used to clean the entire home, and it’s very economical.” Ready to get back to basics? We asked the experts for a refresher course on bleach’s many uses, from shower curtains to patio furniture.


How to Hand-Wash Dishes the Right Way
These are the tools and techniques you need to get your most delicate items crystal clean.

Your dishwasher is designed to take on the dirtiest part of your end-of-the-day kitchen cleaning routine, but not every item is meant to stand up to a machine clean. For these pieces, which might range from delicate china to wood-handled spatulas, you’ll have to take the old-fashioned route and hand-wash them.
“The force and heat of the water—and even the detergent—can damage fragile pieces,” says Jessica Ek, senior director of digital communications at the American Cleaning Institute. “Aluminum utensils, cast iron, china, crystal, cutlery, decorated glassware, hollow-handled knives, milk glass, pewter, plastics, silver, and wooden items should be washed by hand.”


Concrete Floors Are Trending—Here’s Why You Should Consider This Affordable Alternative to Hardwood and Tile
This flooring type isn’t just for industrial style homes.

With its clean gray colorway and minimalist appeal, concrete flooring has long been a go-to staple in urban homes aiming for an industrial aesthetic. However, this design detail is increasingly making its way into homes that don’t necessarily fit that “modern” mold, including rustic, farmhouse, and contemporary styles.
“Today, concrete floors are mixed with more traditional finishes, like whitewashed brick, vintage wood beams, and Shaker-style cabinetry, which quickly balance out the stereotypically cold concrete. They are being used more commonly,” says Jaimee Longo, interior designer and founder of The Layered House.

Mrs. Maisel’s Michael Zegen Needed Future Joel to Have a Full Head of Hair
Joel is the catalyst for everything we’ve seen in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Way back in the first season, his affair and abandonment are what encouraged his now-ex-wife, Midge, to give stand-up comedy a try, and we now know how lucratively that turned out for her. But in the ensuing seasons, he seemed to have earnestly taken to the Pearl Jam method of redemption, acting as an audience surrogate of sorts while he established a popular nightclub and dealt with goings-on between the Maisels and the Weissmans. He wasn’t there for the bullshit, you know?


A castle in Sicily that was in ‘The Godfather III’ is listed for $6.6 million. It has 22 bedrooms, a chapel, and a private park — take a look inside.
A 19th-century, 43,000-square-foot castle in Sicily, Italy, is on sale for $6.6 million.
The property was originally built to be a museum, and later used for films like “The Godfather III.”
The castle has a private 2.5-acre park, chapel, wine cellar, and 22 bedrooms. Take a look inside.


Georgia O’Keeffe Before She Was Famous
She’s known for her paintings of skulls, flowers, and deserts. A new MOMA show suggests that her early work was stronger.

You don’t have to spend long at “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” moma’s new show of the artist’s works on paper, to see that she was wrong about her own talents. This is nothing unusual. Mark Twain was sure that his masterpiece was a soggy thing called “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.” Susan Sontag thought that she was a great novelist whom the world had mistaken for an essayist. And O’Keeffe devoted the better part of her ninety-eight years to grand, sometimes grandiose oil paintings, despite the ample evidence that she was spectacular with charcoal and watercolor. A world-class sprinter chose to run marathons.


7 burning questions about sunscreen, answered
Yes, you need to wear it.

Not all sunscreens available in the US (and elsewhere) are built alike. In the European Union, for instance, sunscreen is regulated as a cosmetic product so new ingredients have been introduced into their formulas, compared to the US where new ingredients haven’t been approved in over two decades. Some sunscreens leave a ghostly cast; others can exceed $50 for just a few ounces of product. To help guide you toward the sunscreen of your dreams, experts provide clarity on common questions about the product.



The 100 Best Movies of the 1970s
From ‘The Exorcist’ to ‘Eraserhead,’ Blaxploitation epics to blockbusters, ‘The Godfather’ movies to adventures set in a galaxy far, far away — our picks for the greatest movies in the greatest decade of American filmmaking

IT WAS THE decade that gave us midnight movies, modern blockbusters, Blaxploitation epics, neo-noirs and the cream of the New Hollywood crop. The “Film Brats” were in full bloom, and after the studio system had let the bearded barbarians in through gate, audiences were gifted with what seemed like some new beautiful, bleak vision of American life on a weekly basis. Later, boxers, biking teens, baseball kids and broken-down hockey players would prove that sometimes, the underdogs win even if they don’t actually win. These were the years when we learned to be scared of sharks, masked slashers and pea-soup-spitting youngsters. (In all fairness fair to Regan MacNeil, the devil made her do it.)


King Charles and Queen Camilla are photographed with historical royal treasures in three new Coronation portraits
To commemorate King Charles’s Coronation, Buckingham Palace has shared three new photographs of Their Majesties

With just over a week to go until King Charles’s Coronation, Buckingham Palace has released three new portraits of King Charles and Queen Camilla to commemorate the occasion.
The pictures were taken last month in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace by Hugo Burnand, the former Tatler and society photographer who has been selected to take the official Coronation photos of Their Majesties. One photo shows the couple standing together, the other two are individual seated portraits.


Their finest hour: Winston Churchill’s secretive Old War Office is ready to be unveiled in a magnificent new incarnation
The Old War Office is about to be unveiled as The OWO, which will turn heads when the King’s coronation procession passes by. In Tatler’s June issue, Catherine Ostler meets the ‘rich list’-topping family behind its monumental transformation

Between Downing Street and the Thames, with one of its palatial façades on Whitehall, glowing in newly cleaned Portland stone and finessed by turrets, lies the trapezium-shaped block where Britain ran operations during two world wars and one cold war. If the fabric of a city can tell its story, the tale of the Old War Office begins in 1906, during the imperial splendour of Edward VII’s reign. Its cogs, its spies, turned and whirred as the lights went out across Europe and the Iron Curtain descended across the Continent. The building fell into disrepair – and now, as in a fairytale, the enchanted castle has been brought back to life by the Hindujas, Britain’s richest family, whose interests are so diverse and so wide-spread that they make Succession’s Roy clan look like small-town amateurs.


Why Are More Men Getting Perms?
The modern male perm is softer, more natural and has taken off, thanks to K-pop and TikTok.

The modern men’s perm is loud for a hairstyle so soft. On TikTok, the hashtag #menperm, referring to one of the latest hair trends to be born from the app, has garnered more than 20.7 million views.
Those videos often begin with a man in a salon chair, pictured from the shoulder up. The camera orbits around his head just before a final shot of his crown: silky, voluminous waves lacquered with the aplomb of K-pop boy bands.


Goodbye to the Bread Basket. Hello to the Bread Course.
Chasing a pandemic-era interest in lovingly made loaves, restaurants are charging a premium for bread that’s anything but filler.

At Nura, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it’s two fresh rounds of butter-drenched naan, nestling a pair of warm Parker House rolls. At Dauphine’s, in Washington, D.C., it’s fat slices of sweet potato brioche with buttermilk biscuits and a demi-baguette. Bird Dog, in Palo Alto, Calif., serves everything-togarashi challah — a Jewish-Japanese hybrid — and at Audrey, in Nashville, there are burnished orbs of Appalachian salt-risen bread.
At a certain tier of restaurants, the bread has been good for decades. But now it has emerged as a course of its own.


Long Live the Library!
How books, libraries, and knowledge sharing got their start in the Middle Ages

Before library cards and the Dewey Decimal System, and stacks of books that anyone could check out, libraries were private rooms in the homes of the rich and powerful.
It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that the world started to become more aware of the knowledge, stories, and resources housed in these private collections. But how did libraries come to be as we know them today? And why are they open to the public? Since most people associate libraries with books, that’s where our story will begin.


15 Stunning Black-sand Beaches Around the World
From volcanic sands on Hawaii’s Big Island to a glacial lagoon in Iceland.

When you think of a beach vacation, you probably envision pristine golden or white sands and turquoise waters. And while there’s nothing wrong with that picture, there’s just something mysterious and dramatic about a black-sand beach.
The fascinating dark hue of the sand is caused by volcanic lava flow over time. Black sands can be found around the world, from Iceland to Japan to Dominica. Below is a list of 15 must-see black-sand beaches, all of which possess an unrivaled contrast to the blue waters that lap their shores.




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