T LOunge for September 30th, 2022

Posted on September 30, 2022

Le Plongeoir Bar and Restaurant – Nice, France


There. That’s your Friday all sorted out. Spend the day looking out over the sea and sky, doing nothing, darlings. Or at least imagine such a thing for yourself. We’re off to do recapping and red carpet commentary and podcasting, but feel free to start a tab.


“Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” Will Be the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Spring 2023 Costume Institute Exhibition
Karl Lagerfeld was a regular attendee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, from the Seventh on Sale Benefit in 1991 to Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2011—and of course for the Chanel exhibition in 2005. And yet, says the Costume Institute’s Wendy Yu Curator in Charge, Andrew Bolton: “Karl never tired of telling me that fashion did not belong in a museum. When we worked on the Chanel show together he was incredibly generous in what he lent, but he was completely disinterested in the exhibition itself! He would say ‘fashion is not art—fashion belongs on the street, on women’s bodies, on men’s bodies.’”


Dita Von Teese on Her Cameo in Don’t Worry Darling’s Most Talked-About Scene
“We filmed it in late 2020, and for all I knew it could hit the cutting room floor,” Von Teese tells me from Los Angeles. It was only when she watched the psychological thriller at its recent New York premiere that she realized she played a role in the twisty film’s turning point. Von Teese says she’s “tickled” by fans approaching her about the cameo, recognizing her even with her signature raven hair hidden by a platinum blonde wig. She’t assumed that “people would probably just be like, ‘That’t that girl in the glass.’”


Billie Eilish’s Second Fragrance Is Coming This Fall
Everything we know about No. 2, the singer’s second fragrance.

Launching in November, No. 2 is described as a “sultry, woody floral” that explores Eilish’s sensual side. “A more raw and striking exploration of Billie’s favorite fragrance notes, Eilish No. 2 … opens with the freshness of Italian bergamot and apple blossom. It flows into a woody, earthy spiciness of papyrus and black pepper with a contrast of wild wet poppy flowers. Base notes of woody palo santo and ebony that are expertly wrapped in a metallic, nuanced veil of skin musk complete the experience,” the brand’s release said about the new fragrance’s aromatic notes.


Lizzo Just Played a 200-Year-Old Crystal Flute Owned By a Former U.S. President
And twerked while doing it.

Lizzo cheated on Sasha Flute with another wind instrument — but don’t worry, the beloved flute isn’t jealous. On Wednesday, the pop star shared footage from her Washington, D.C., concert, during which she played a 200-year-old crystal flute that once belonged to President James Madison.
The special instrument, which currently resides in the Library of Congress, was gifted to the U.S. leader back in 1813 by Claude Laurent and has never been played until now. “I want everybody to make some noise for James Madison’s crystal flute, y’all,” Lizzo exclaimed to the audience as an archive curator presented the flute to her on stage. “I’m scared. It’s crystal, it’s like playing out of a wine glass, so be patient.”


Met Gala Themes Over the Years: A Look Back at Many First Mondays in May
It’s official: the theme for the 2023 Met Gala is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” The exhibition will examine the life—and creative legacy—of the late designer, who shaped the face of fashion for more than half a century.
The theme announcement is an important one. It dictates the dress code (celebrities, designers, and change-makers are challenged to create costumes that serve as both a fashion statement and a tribute to the concept), the decor, and most importantly, the larger purpose of the night itself. The gala is, yes, a major star-studded fundraising event, but its importance goes beyond dollars raised and social media impressions made. It’s a grand display of art as fashion and fashion as art, showing how both forms comprise and define our cultural fabric.
Each theme is chosen with the utmost consideration—what story does this tell? What history does it teach? In 2018, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” showcased hundreds of holy items from the Vatican. A few years earlier, “China: Through the Looking Glass” celebrated China’s influence on Western and Eastern design, while May 2019 explored “Camp” and its exaggerated artifice.


Supreme Models Tracks the History of the Black Model in Fashion
Thankfully, the days of one or two Black models being the fashion industry’s “It Girl” are gone. There are a growing number of marquee names walking down the runways: Adut Akech, Duckie Thot, Precious Lee, and many others. Sadly, this was not always the case. How did the Black model finally get embraced, and celebrated, by fashion brands and publications?
A YouTube original docuseries from Vogue and The Machine, a production company founded and led by The September Issue director R.J. Cutler, tracks the cultural history of the Black model in fashion. As journalist and author Marcellas Reynolds poignantly explains it, “The history of the Black model—specific to fashion—is actually the history of the Black person in the United States.”


Reese’s Is Putting Puffs Cereal Inside of Its Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s says it’s the “most meta” candy they’ve ever created.

Let’s be honest, breakfast cereals have long tasted like candy. Cocoa Puffs have been bringing chocolate to bowls since 1956. Lucky Charms has been giving the thumbs up to marshmallows at breakfast since 1964. A bigger innovation occurred when candy companies realized, hey, cereal already tastes like candy, so we might as well slap our name on cereal, too.
Along those lines, Reese’s Puffs was launched in 1994 as a partnership with General Mills, bringing the brand behind Peanut Butter Cups to the cereal aisle for the first time. And today, Reese’s has announced things are finally coming full circle. Reese’s is putting its Peanut Butter Cup-inspired Puffs cereal into an actual Peanut Butter Cup to create a Peanut Butter Cup candy accentuated with Peanut Butter Cup-inspired cereal — a kind of infinite loop of peanut butter candy and cereal. Don’t let it blow your mind!


This Pumpkin Spice Latte Engagement Ring Can Be Yours for Only $10K
The ring is now available for custom order from U.K. jeweler Angelic Diamonds.

If you love pumpkin spice lattes so much, why don’t you marry one… or at least use it as your engagement ring? Proving that the willingness to infuse pumpkin spice into every aspect of our lives knows no bounds, a jeweler has created what they’re billing as the “the world’s first pumpkin spice latte ring” — a PSL-inspired engagement ring that’s also being described as “the world’s most expensive pumpkin spice latte merch.” (Hey, it worked for ranch dressing.)
Angelic Diamonds — a self-described “customer-focused jewelry company specializing in the design and manufacture of fine diamond jewelry” based in northern England — whipped up the £10,000 ring (a mere $10,800 at the current historically-favorable exchange rate) to “add a little spice to proposals” this fall.


From ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ to ‘The Seven Year Itch,’ How ‘Blonde’ Costume Designer Recreated Marilyn Monroe’s Most Iconic Looks
In the end, an old-fashioned filmmaking trick involving heated cardboard helped costume designers re-create Marilyn Monroe’s famous pleated halter dress from “The Seven Year Itch” for Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde.”
“On paper, it looks easy,” says “Blonde” costume designer Jennifer Johnson, who worked on many of Monroe’s looks — including that one — for the movie, which is now streaming on Netflix.
She started by outfitting the film’s star, Ana de Armas, with a facsimile of the dress from a costume house.
“It looked cute,” but it wasn’t right, says Johnson.


An Unbreakable Bond
After the death of their co-star Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright weren’t sure how their new film, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, would go on. But, through grief, they found new purpose.

Although the trio share similarities in their confidence and poise, the differences in their personalities are clear. Gurira is meticulous and methodical; Nyong’o frank and thoughtful; Wright understated and warm. And all are completely in awe of one another, even after so many years of working together.


Maira Kalman Finds Truth in the Mess
The artist’s new book and exhibit, “Women Holding Things,” explore all that women carry.

When Kalman looked at her archives, she noticed that she had a large collection of photographs of women holding things. “I started thinking about the responsibilities that women hold, the nature of being a woman, and what it means to contain the complexity of life,” she said. The idea prompted her to start painting. “When you paint, things reveal themselves. You see what’s on your mind and what’s important. I relate to the paper in an emotional way. I want there to be surprises; I want there to be mistakes, and I want there to be problems. It’s more interesting to me that way. There’s truth in the mess.”


Who built Marilyn Monroe?
Marilyn Monroe was an artist. Her magnum opus was her own image.

In 1953, Alfred Kinsey published his highly anticipated new report “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female.” The first edition of Playboy magazine hit newsstands. And three new movies made their premiere, one right after the other, all starring Playboy’s very first cover girl: Marilyn Monroe.
First noirish Niagara, then frothy How to Marry a Millionaire, and finally Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the movie that would become one of Marilyn’s most iconic. They were the first movies in which Marilyn starred rather than merely appearing as a featured player, marking her ascent into a new level of fame. In a cultural moment obsessed with sex and how women have it, Marilyn Monroe was the woman of the moment. She was seen as the embodiment of sex itself, all curvy pale flesh and bright blonde hair, radiating an easy, joyous sensuality.


What we get wrong about being in love
Carrie Jenkins on what philosophy can teach us about love and heartbreak.

Do we need a new vision of romantic love?
When you think of romantic love in popular culture, you probably think of one of two things: limitless joy or unspeakable sorrow.
Pick your favorite stereotype: obsessed teenagers who can’t leave each other’s side until some youthful misdeed leads to a cry-fest. Or maybe it’s the romance novel depictions of infatuated adults tangled up in passionate love triangles.
The point is, even if we know real relationships are much more complicated than this, we’re still drawn to misleading models of romantic love.


Cary Grant Biopic Series ‘Archie’ Starring Jason Isaacs Sets Cast
Jeff Pope’s series, revealed by Deadline in August, will also star Laura Aikman (Bluestone 42, Gavin and Stacey) as Cary’s ex-wife Dyan Cannon with Harriet Walter (Succession, Ted Lasso, Killing Eve) as Elise Leach, Grant’s mother. Dainton Anderson (Patrick Melrose), Calam Lynch (Bridgerton) and Oaklee Prendergast (Home) will play young versions of Archie Leach and Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, The Halcyon, Sound of Music Live) will play young Elsie. Meanwhile, Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Ragdoll), Ian Pulston-Davies (DI Ray, Coronation Street), Ian McNeice (Doc Martin), Jason Watkins (McDonald & Dodds, Des), Lisa Faulkner (EastEnders) and Niamh Cusack (The Virtues) have boarded.
Archie will start with his birth in Bristol in 1904 and tell the story of a childhood spent in extreme poverty, dealing with his father’s adultery and the loss of older brother John. At 14, he joined music hall act the Bob Pender Troupe and moved to the U.S. and, soon after, Cary Grant was born.


New coins bearing King Charles III’s portrait unveiled
The new monarch reportedly approved the design last year

The official coin effigy of King Charles III has been unveiled today in a historic moment for the Royal Mint. According to the Times, the portrait will first appear on a special £5 coin and 50p piece commemorating the late Queen Elizabeth II (with her son’s likeness on the opposite side), on Monday, with the 50p coin set to enter general circulation from December.


The tragic true story of ‘beauty queen’, Empress Elisabeth of Austria
With the new release of Netflix series The Empress, a period drama focused on the life of Queen Sissi, Tatler asks, who was the real empress?

Bathing yourself in olive oil or washing your hair with a combination of eggs and cognac may seem like a bit of an odd beauty trend in 2022 (or maybe not, if you consider the latest TikTok trends), but in 1880s Austria, such treatments were beloved – nay obsessed over – by ‘beauty queen’ Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Queen of Hungary. In an attempt to preserve her youthful skin and ‘radiant complexion’ (the empress was famously terrified of ageing), Elisabeth would prepare her own beauty compounds and creams. Her personal favourite was named ‘Crème Céleste’ and comprised of white wax, almond oil, and rosewater; a concoction she was apparently confident could forever preserve her natural beauty.


Two-Buck Chuck: Wine of the People or a Cultural Wedge?
Fred Franzia built a cult following with his Trader Joe’s wine, but it comes at a cost to the wine business.

Mention Two-Buck Chuck, the nickname for the famously cheap Charles Shaw wines made by Bronco Wine Company, and you are likely to get two completely different reactions from wine drinkers.
On the one side are people who see it as a bottle for those who want to enjoy wine without spending a lot of money. On the other are people who see it as a cheap wine whose producer used it to make a cynical case that those aspiring to better (and more expensive) wines constituted a snobbish elite.





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