T LOunge for April 15th, 2022

Cactus Paradise Tavern – Stalida, Crete, Greece

 

Drinking and dancing at sunset, darlings! This is what we’re doing today and here is where we’re doing it. It is FRIDAY, for Pete’s sake. Let it go. Let it all go.

 

 

How 9 Directors Are Transforming the Met’s Period Rooms for “In America: An Anthology of Fashion”
Sofia Coppola is seated, elbow perched on knee, on the oak steps of the McKim, Mead, and White Stair Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is dressed in crisp Chanel separates, in sharp contrast to the ornately beaded aubergine velvet dress on the mannequin in front of her. “It’s the first time I’ve seen the dresses in the space, not in the workroom,” she says to Annie Leibovitz, who is taking her photograph.
Coppola is one of nine directors tasked with transforming 13 period rooms of the museum’s American Wing to display a history of American fashion from the late 18th century to the late 20th century for “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” part two of the Costume Institute’s comprehensive survey of American fashion. (In addition to Coppola, the directors include Radha Blank, Janicza Bravo, Autumn de Wilde, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Regina King, Martin Scorsese, and Chloé Zhao.)

 

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Quietly Met With The Queen For First Time In 2 Years
The couple hasn’t been to the U.K. together since March 2020.

For the first time since their final event as senior royals in March 2020, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met with the Queen together in person, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s rep confirmed this afternoon.
Royal reporter Omid Scobie shared the news shortly after TMZ reported that Meghan and Harry made a quiet pitstop to the U.K. and met with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles there. Meghan and Harry will be attending the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, together this weekend. “It was a Windsor visit that their team recently revealed the duke ‘hoped to do,’” Scobie tweeted.

 

The Best 25 Spring Nail Colors for a Warm Weather Upgrade
No boring neutrals allowed in 2022.

“This spring, people are loving bold colors, neon shades, and not-so-basic browns,” celebrity nail artist and founder of NAILS OF LA Brittany Boyce says. “Even pastel colors aren’t as washed out as before. They have a richer, warmer tone to them.” Milky colors are also having a moment, with whites, peachy nudes, and ivory shades becoming popular.
Nail artist and Essie Global Lead Educator Rita Remark agrees with Boyce, noting that nail art will also reign supreme this year. “Nails with a bit more design are definitely trending high this season, so feel free to express yourself,” she adds. And fear not: You don’t have to be an artist to get the look. With easy-to-apply decals, press-ons, and stickers from brands like Mani Me and PaintLab, intricate nail art has never been easier to achieve. That being said, keep scrolling to check out the best spring nail polish colors for 2022.

 

Former President Barack Obama Now Has His Own Netflix Show
The environmental docuseries promises to take viewers into the many marvelous protected areas across the globe, including Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, where Obama grew up.

Former president Barack Obama is now on Netflix.
The politician (and beloved pop culture icon), who has long had an interest in nature and the environment, and fought to help decrease climate change, just released his new documentary series, Our Great National Parks. The show, which dropped yesterday, highlights the beauty, history, and science behind the world’s greatest national parks, wild spaces, and wildlife.

 

Gilded Age Fashion, as Seen Through the Covers of Vogue
The 2022 Met Gala asks its attendees to abide by the specific dress code of “gilded glamour, white tie”—or, in more explanatory terms, their own interpretation of formal Gilded Age fashions from 1870 to 1899.
Mark Twain coined the term “The Gilded Age” in 1873 to describe the dichotomous time in this country’s history. There was explosive economic and industrial growth, yet along with it, great political corruption. Families like the Vanderbilts and Carnegies amassed outrageous fortunes, while millions of immigrant ones arrived at Ellis Island in search of a better, more prosperous future. All the while, the city of New York emerged as a financial and cultural epicenter of this country.

 

We All Lost the Abortion War—It’s Time to Start Over
Republicans continue to rally behind false assertions and emotional pleas, while Democrats continue to backtrack rather than challenge anti-choice operations with the consequences of state intervention in every pregnancy.

There is no political crisis for Lizelle Herrera. It is only days after the 26-year-old Texan was arrested on murder charges for her January miscarriage, and the national Democratic machine is silent. There’s no rapid response team churning out talking points; there’s no deluge of coverage on cable news; there’s no announcement or statement from the president of the United States on his disgust and dismay at the criminalization of this basic human experience and constitutionally protected right. Instead, for reproductive rights and abortion advocacy in particular, the politics of this moment feels like the beginning of the end.
For almost 50 years, the momentous Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade (1973) has affirmed that people have the right to end a pregnancy, not merely for their own health or safety, but because they don’t want to be pregnant. Though history will likely note the end of this era is ahead of us, with Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health in June, it is actually already months behind us.

 

Paired Up with Her Friend Andy Warhol, Pop Art Star Marisol Gets Her Due in a New Exhibition
In 1964 the Venezuelan American artist Marisol Escobar, who went by Marisol, told Cosmopolitan magazine that she needed to spend three to four hours a day daydreaming. “Otherwise I would lose touch with myself,” she said.
Whether it was just one of many cheeky remarks she gave in interviews or Marisol really did devote that much time to rumination, we’ll never know (she died in 2016, at the age of 85), but it’s not hard to believe given her delightfully eccentric body of work. Her almost-life-size wooden assemblage sculptures, often layered with paint and found objects, play with dimensions and perception, blending absurdity and figuration and pulling from Pop and folk as much as they do pre-Columbian art. She was a star of the 1960s New York art scene who had beauty, glamour, money, all the right friends, and fans who queued around the block for her shows—but by the end of the decade all that seemed to disappear, and the history books mostly forgot about her.

 

The Fine Art of a First Date at a Bar or Restaurant
Daters weigh in on rules for picking a restaurant or bar, splitting the check, sharing food, and even making a quick escape.

Going to a restaurant is often a good litmus test for potential relationships. You see how your date treats others, you negotiate sharing food and then a bill. You look for indications of character. One lovely fall evening, senior marketing analyst Megan Stricker went on a date to one of her go-to spots with a man she’d wanted to go out with for three years. They sat down, ordered drinks, and began chatting. He told her he had four children. Fifteen minutes later, things got weird.
“He received a text message that made him laugh and proceeded to tell me it was a girl who wanted to have another baby and asked if he would help her with that,” Strickler told me. “He acted as if I should have been jealous. He kept insinuating I didn’t have to be alone anymore now that I had met him.”

 

‘Gilded Age’ Casting Directors: Season 2 Will Star Even More Tony Award Nominees and Winners
Casting directors Bernard Telsey and Adam Caldwell are already back at work on season two of HBO’s “The Gilded Age.”
The series stars Christine Baranski as Agnes van Rhijn, a socialite living in early-1880s New York City with her sister, Ada Brook, played by Cynthia Nixon. “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes brings wealth, scheming and social hierarchy to New York, and with that a wealth of Broadway actors who make appearances throughout the first season.
Telsey and Caldwell spoke with Variety about how they were able to bring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin and Steven Spinella to the show. They also talk about why Baranski called Agnes “a dream role,” and they tease casting for season two.

 

9 Stellar Cabernet Sauvignons for Under $20
Great Cabernet can cost a fortune, but it doesn’t have to. These nine Cabs from around the world are delicious and easy on the wallet.

The great red wines of Napa Valley and Bordeaux may not be the most budget-friendly in the world—although at their best, they are profoundly wonderful—but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to treat yourself to a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, for $20 and under, there are remarkably delicious options from all over the world. The trick, as always, is knowing where to find them…and then pairing them with a great meal.

 

The most beautiful engagement rings with green stones
Inspired by Jennifer Lopez’s incredibly rare design, we round up the best options available now

It is no secret that celebrities influence bridal trends, and this is particularly the case with engagement rings. We’ve seen this recently with Emily Ratajkowski and Megan Fox prompting sales of Toi et Moi rings, while the Duchess of Cambridge’s blue sapphire-and-diamond heirloom still remains the world’s most popular engagement-ring style, more than a decade after the royal couple first got engaged (and 40 years since Princess Diana first wore it). The next celebrity to kickstart a new engagement trend? Jennifer Lopez.

 

The ultimate guide to collecting and investing in art
From emerging artists to NFTs, we asked the experts…

Knowing where to start with investing in art is much like staring at a blank canvas. Where to begin? What colours, compositions, subjects? The world of creative investments is, after all, an incredibly subjective one; a market propelled by value judgements. Here, you will be capitalising on matters of the heart as much as of art.
But the art world is also evolving. Besides the boom of online marketplaces and the rise of social media as a means of propelling an artist from obscurity into renown, we are also seeing the emergence of NFTs. Digital art operates in an entirely new ecosystem, which could both expand and utterly revolutionise – not to mention transport – the existing art world.
How to cut through all the noise and make the wisest decisions? We asked a roster of experts to wade into the intricacies of buying and investing in art in a rapidly shifting landscape.

 

 

Behind the lens: Marta Lamovsek
The photographer shares how she broke into the industry, the shoot that changed her career and what makes a good pictures

This month we’re turning the spotlight on photographer Marta Lamovsek, known for her vibrant pictorial collaborations with Vivienne Westwood. Her work has also been featured in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and i-D.
Having trained at Central Saint Martins, Lamovsek’s two-decade career has seen her photograph diverse subjects, from royals to lorry drivers; and at the heart of her practice, she says, is a desire to capture the essence of a person, an element of their soul, and depict them with the spirit of an icon. Until 17 April, you can catch some of the dynamic portraits from her ‘I am a Woman: Sovereign by Nature’ collection on display at Me London.

 

 

The Female Stars Of Anatomy Of A Scandal On David E Kelley’s Latest Conversation-Starting Thriller
It’s the first genuinely warm spring morning at London’s Soho Hotel, and the stars of Netflix’s Anatomy Of A Scandal are unusually thrilled to be staring down hours of press interviews in its warren of rooms. Naomi Scott – the last to arrive in the particular suite chosen for our meeting – joyfully wraps her arms around Michelle Dockery, then reaches down to pinch the erstwhile Lady Mary Crawley’s bum, as Sienna Miller jumps up and envelopes them both in a warm hug – all three shrieking with delight at being reunited in person for the first time since early 2021. After a discussion of Scott’s newly cut fringe (“Gorgeous!”), the trio squash together on a couch – ignoring the various free chairs available – ready to chat seriously about the forthcoming TV series, albeit with occasional hilarious conversational detours. A question on their favourite David E Kelley characters prompts much gushing about Laura Dern’s Renata Klein (and a reenactment of her “I will not not be rich” monologue from Dockery), while a query from Scott about the meaning of the word flagellation elicits some comedy guidance from Miller (“it means whipping – not flatulence”).

 

We Seriously Underestimated Julia Roberts’s Style In Notting Hill At The Time
Save for one fashion faux pas in Notting Hill when Anna Scott stands in front of Will Thacker asking him to love her wearing a pair of flip flops, Julia Roberts’s character nails the lo-fi ’90s style that is enjoying a comeback. Despite being a Hollywood movie star, Scott lives in Vans Old Skool sneakers, leather jackets and berets. She’s more off-duty model (Bella Hadid, anyone?) than blockbuster film actor, who’s famously been on a diet every day since she was 19.

 

50 Royal Tiaras Will Go On Display At Sotheby’s Ahead Of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
There are myriad ways to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this June, but the most enjoyable might be a trip to Sotheby’s mammoth royal exhibition, running from 28 May to 15 June. Rather than homing in specifically on the Windsors, the storied auction house will trace the full history of the British monarchy in its “Royal Portraits & Manuscripts” showcase, assembling works ranging from Queen Elizabeth I’s celebrated Armada portrait, on loan from Woburn Abbey for the occasion, to Andy Warhol’s depiction of Queen Elizabeth II, based on a photograph taken at Windsor Castle in 1975 and released as part of the artist’s Reigning Queens series in 1985. Dotted amongst the historic paintings: rare and fascinating ephemera, including a death warrant signed by Elizabeth I, a gold and silver embroidered Bible that once belonged to Queen Anne, and collectors’ items from Elizabeth II’s Coronation.

 

Mads Mikkelsen on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Casting Chaos, Johnny Depp, JK Rowling and ‘Indy 5’
The Danish actor explains how he’s mastered playing franchise villains in Hollywood, gives new details about his role as Grindelwald, discusses the future of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, and teases the long-awaited ‘Indiana Jones 5.’

Mads Mikkelsen has a not-so-secret weapon when it comes to playing villains, of which he has portrayed many. So many, in fact, that Mikkelsen has been six different characters that had a problem with their eyes. Intriguing bad guys, it seems, require an ophthalmologic trauma — whether it’s his Bond villain Le Chiffre weeping blood in Casino Royale, his Kaecilius’ sinister purple-ringed peepers in Doctor Strange or his one-eyed killers in Valhalla Rising, The Three Musketeers and Polar. But aside from his characters’ curiously high rate of optical issues, there’s a second element the Danish actor has employed to great effect: stillness.

 

Iris Apfel Discusses Her Iconic Eyewear Collection
The 100-year-old fashion legend was collecting bold, gutsy glasses for decades before she ever needed them to see.

 

The People Who Decide What Becomes History
However fastidious they may be about facts, historians are engaged in storytelling, not science.

Making History” is a survey—a monster survey—of historians from Herodotus (the father of lies, in Plutarch’s description) to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., sketching their backgrounds and personalities, summarizing their output, and identifying their agendas. Cohen’s coverage is epic. He writes about ancient historians, Islamic historians, Black historians, and women historians, from the first-century Chinese historian Ban Zhao to the Cambridge classicist Mary Beard. He discusses Japanese and Soviet revisionists who erased purged officials and wartime atrocities from their nations’ authorized histories, and analyzes visual works like the Bayeux Tapestry, which he calls “the best record of its time, pictorial or otherwise,” and Mathew Brady’s photographs of Civil War battlefields. (“In effect,” he concludes, “they were frauds.”)

 

65 Festive Easter Crafts Kids and Adults Will Love for Spring
Show your “egg-citement” with these DIY ideas that can double as home decor.

April 17 is Easter! On this “hoppy” day, you’ll likely be looking for ways to decorate your home with store-bought or homemade decor (check out our list of Easter decorations you can DIY). You may even be on the hunt for the perfect Easter eggs to hide for an in-person or virtual scavenger hunt. With Easter, comes an array of festive activities and cheery (yet quirky) puns, along with different crafts you’ve been waiting to make since the start of the new year.
So welcome the beauty of spring and Easter Sunday with our roundup of Easter crafts that will keep you and your family engaged and “egg-cited” throughout the holiday. Our ideas range from egg candle holders and colorful wreaths to eye-catching table settings and pom-pom bunny eggs. There are a slew of fun projects for adults and kids alike. While some are easy to make, others might require more craft expertise. But no matter how advanced you are on your DIY journey, try out these crafts to not just brighten your day, but to give you extra points from the Easter Bunny when it comes hopping your way!

 

Who is Queen Margrethe of Denmark? Meet the other queen celebrating her jubilee in 2022
‘Aunt Daisy’ as she is known in European royal circles is a Cambridge graduate who has worked extensively within the arts

Excitement is building in the UK ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer. Yet it is not only Her Majesty who is celebrating a major milestone in 2022: it is also a jubilee year for Queen Margrethe of Denmark, with the occasion recently marked by the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the country. The 82-year-old Danish queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee for 50 years on the throne – but what else do we know about her?

 

You Can Have This Rich Easter Pie Any Time of Year
Melissa Clark’s take on torta rustica, a Southern Italian mainstay, is full of ricotta and spinach.

Eggs may be the most universal symbol of springtime on Easter tables around the world, but, in Italy, dishes made with ricotta are also a menu mainstay.
Serving them is a custom that dates back hundreds of years to the traditional rules of fasting for Lent, when all animal products (including dairy and eggs) were forbidden. After 40 days of abstinence, the return of ricotta-filled Easter pies, pastries, cakes and breads to the table was in and of itself reason to rejoice.

 

Ambient Music Isn’t a Backdrop. It’s an Invitation to Suspend Time.
In the face of crisis, our critic turned to music that demanded that she relinquish control.

In recent years, ambient music has become an escapist salve for a planet coping with mass death, political instability, climate anxiety, the incessant culture of overwork and the dissociation these conditions cause. The tech world has been quick to cash in: In 2017, the critic Liz Pelly wrote about the proliferation of Spotify’s “chill” playlists, referring to it as “an ambition to turn all music into emotional wallpaper.” This is late capitalist Muzak, smooth-brain anesthesia to pacify the mind.

 

Soft porn, white supremacy, and Epstein: Abercrombie & Fitch’s sordid past
White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch traces ex-CEO Mike Jeffries’ reign of terror, where washboard abs and social exclusion reigned supreme

Shopping centres smelt differently in the mid-00s. From Wisconsin to West London, cavernous barns pumped a blend of woody musk, surf spray, and neurotoxins into the brains of pubescent passerbys, setting off a tinderbox of hormones, flushed cheeks, and cash register ker-chings. Instantly recognisable as Abercrombie & Fitch’s Fierce, the scent was collected, exclusively, from the ravines of sweat that gathered in the clavicles of all-American sports scholars, bodies hairless and buff like a shit-tonne brickhouse. It was like huffing the inside of one of their team jerseys. It was “aspiration”, bottled.
The ceremonious demise of the brand is the subject of a new hour-long Netflix documentary called White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, a true crime-style missive tracing ex-CEO Mike Jeffries’ reign of terror. With candid commentary from models, journalists, and HQ-ers, the show follows Von Dutch’s “rise and fall” whodunnit, which debuted in November of last year, cashing in on the collective thirst for nostalgia and corporate schadenfreude.

 

Our Bodies, Our Selves
Exploring the Visible Woman
On view in Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy, this sophisticated toy speaks to our enduring fascination with our inner workings

Starting in 1959, American children were treated to plastic model kits equipped with tiny packets of bones and an assortment of pink, unpainted organs.
For $4.98, they could recreate in miniature the hidden workings of the human body, from the dark muscle of the heart to the kidney, liver, and spleen. “From skin to skeleton…assemble, remove, replace all organs!” read the box.

 

A 300-foot Observation Wheel Offering Stunning Views of New York City Just Opened
New Jersey’s American Dream mega-mall complex is now home to the highest observation wheel on the east coast.

New Jersey’s American Dream complex, known for its — over-the-top attractions including a water park, A+ shopping and an ice skating rink — is now home to a 300-foot high observation wheel that shows off the best of New York City’s skyline.
“This is the greatest region of the world and you’re looking over at the views of the magnificent city, which is the financial capital, so that skyline is the classic million-dollar view,” American Dream Developer Paul Ghermezian told Travel + Leisure at the Dream Wheel’s opening on Wednesday.

 

A Rare ‘Pink Moon’ Will Light Up the Sky on Saturday — How to See It
You don’t want to miss it.

This weekend will see the rising of the “Pink Moon,” always one of the year’s most popular astronomical spectacles. It will look its best as it appears low on the eastern horizon on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s “Pink Moon.”

 

 

 

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