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‘Better ugly than boring’: book celebrates bizarre Belgian houses

Hannes Coudenys’ Ugly Belgian Houses updated with more from the ‘chaos known as Belgium’Ever since he was a child, Hannes Coudenys was annoyed by the “visual chaos” around him. On the road from home to his school in Bruges, he found a mishmash of architectural styles – haciendas, villas, farm-style houses, all mixed up with boxy malls and carpet shops.One day, as an adult, still exasperated, he took a photo of a house that was split into two jarringly different styles: a grey urban semi whose ot...
Tags: Europe, Books, Life and style, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Homes, Belgium, Bruges, Hannes Coudenys


This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes review – a wickedly honest memoir

With her naughty stories and cutting remarks, the comic actor spares no blushes – but her account is poignant tooI’m quite sure you picked up this book hoping I’d make you laugh,” Miriam Margolyes writes in her memoir, This Much Is True. She more than delivered. When I was reading it this book on a train, a stranger asked if I was OK because I was crying with laughter at Margolyes’s description of her interview to study English literature at Oxford (“‘Do you like Milton?’ the tutor barked. I did...
Tags: Books, Comedy, Television, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Sexuality, Oxford, Harry Potter, Autobiography and memoir, Lithuania, Milton, Miriam Margolyes


Dan Aykroyd: ‘I still have the lizard brain of a 20-year-old’

The actor, 69, talks about crying over his kids, not being able to cook and still having 80% of his dance movesI am actually one of the few people on the planet who is a heterochromiac syndactylite. I have webbed middle toes on both feet. I also have different coloured eyes: one is brown, one is green. I don’t know how many of us there are: I heard seven.I think I still have the lizard brain of a 20-year-old. I wake up every morning and I have the same vision, the same perception – except when I...
Tags: Film, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Blues, Acting, Dan Aykroyd


In control: why fetish fashion has returned

From Madonna to the Met Gala, the reappearance of bondage clothing suggests a reaction to lockdown, experts sayThis week, 40 plus years after Vivienne Westwood first opened her SEX boutique, Kim Kardashian and Madonna have both shocked with fetish-leaning outfits. Madonna appeared at the MTV VMAs dressed in an Atsuko Kudo latex ensemble, leather gloves and cap, while Kardashian wore a face-obscuring, all-black Balenciaga look at the Met Gala (an intentional nod to Kanye West’s recent style). At ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Kim Kardashian, Sex, Life and style, Kanye West, Thom Browne, Culture, Madonna, Vivienne Westwood, Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, MTV VMAs, Balenciaga, Atsuko Kudo, Evan Mock


‘Medium is the message’: AOC defends ‘tax the rich’ dress worn to Met Gala

‘The time is now for childcare, healthcare and climate action for all,’ the congresswoman wrote on InstagramWhen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a white gown with the message “tax the rich” emblazoned in red to the Met Gala, one of New York’s swankiest events, she was sure to ruffle some feathers. Related: The Met Gala 2021: eight key moments from fashion’s big night Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, New York, US news, Culture, US politics, US taxation, Aoc, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Met gala 2021, InstagramWhen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


Met Gala 2021: stars explore ‘American independence’ theme – in pictures

Co-chair Billie Eilish (the youngest in the event’s history) was one of many stars to channel Grace Kelly at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night. She was joined by a guest list of fashion designers, models, celebrities and – to some controversy – TikTok stars, on the steps at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme of the Costume Institute fundraiser was ‘American independence’, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Just ask Lil Nas X, who did a Lady Gaga-esque three-loo...
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Grace Kelly, Billie Eilish, Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art This, Met gala 2021


Contents of Karl Lagerfeld’s eight houses up for grabs at Sotheby’s

Bowls used by world’s most spoilt cat among the more than 1,000 lots that belonged to late fashion designerDishes used to feed one of the world’s most pampered cats and hundreds of pairs of fingerless gloves will be among more than 1,000 lots at eight auctions selling the collection of Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby’s has announced.The auction house announced earlier this year that it would sell the vast and varied number of objects that the late fashion designer accumulated to fill his eight residence...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Cats, France, Germany, Animals, Pets, Life and style, World news, Culture, Art and design, Monaco, Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby, Karl Lagerfeld Sotheby


‘I would never spend that much on a kitchen!’: Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud on money, ambition – and expensive mistakes

For more than 20 years the designer and presenter has shown viewers what it really costs to build a dream home. He talks about the frayed emotions, failure and why the UK needs radical land reformThe first couple of episodes of the current series of Grand Designs have already aired, but – as if it was itself an over-running building project – Kevin McCloud is still filming. When we speak over Zoom, from the small studio he set up “in a cupboard”, he has only just got home from filming; and as so...
Tags: UK, Housing, Environment, Life and style, Society, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Television & radio, Planning policy, Kevin McCloud, Green Building, McCloud


Lashana Lynch, the first female 007: ‘I never had a plan B’

Lashana Lynch, star of the new Bond movie, on ninja training, doing her own stunts and why now’s the time for an agent who’s a ‘real woman’Lashana Lynch knew she was on a very short shortlist. She had taped a couple of auditions for Barbara Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond films since 1995. She met and read with Daniel Craig, who would be making his fifth and final appearance in No Time To Die, the 25th 007 adventure, a new release that you may have caught wind of by now. Then, finally, ...
Tags: Film, Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, James Bond, Thrillers, Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli, Lynch, Lashana Lynch


A decade after she died, I can finally grieve the Amy Winehouse I knew and loved

Coming to terms with the loss of my friend Amy Winehouse, amid the media frenzy that surrounded her death, has taken me 10 yearsGod knows what I must have looked like: a bedraggled 25-year-old dressed as a psychedelic game hunter with glitter smeared across my face crying hysterically in a Cambridgeshire field. It was 4pm on 23 July 2011, and a friend of mine had broken the news to me: Amy was dead. I was totally inconsolable, while around me fellow-revellers danced.It was the Saturday of Secret...
Tags: Psychology, Music, Science, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Amy Winehouse, Cambridgeshire, Jamie, Amy, Secret Garden Party


Teyana Taylor’s Streetwear-Inspired Pretty Little Thing Collection Is Out Now!

250 guests gathered at Gotham Hall in New York city on on September 9th, 2021 to witness Teyana unveil her second collection with PLT.
Tags: Fashion, New York, Style, Culture, Models, Musicians, Jazz, Celebrity News, Teyana Taylor, Gotham Hall, NYFW, Black Girl Magic, BlackGirlMagic, Teyana, Style & Fashion, PrettyLittleThing Teyana Taylor




Why You Shouldn't Freeze Your Jeans, After All

There’s a longstanding piece of sartorial advice that says in order to preserve the color and shape of premium denim, we should refrain from washing them in soap and water and instead “freeze wash” them. Specifically, seal them in a tightly closed plastic bag devoid of air and allow them to chill with the fish sticks…Read more...
Tags: Fashion, Ge, Clothing, Culture, Washing, Lifehacks, Denim, Jeans, Frigidaire, Levi Strauss Co, Chip Bergh, American Fashion, Late Modern Period, Stephen Craig Cary, Stone Washing


Kareena Kapoor Khan on breaking pregnancy taboos: ‘No one wants to talk about belching and swollen feet!’

One of Bollywood’s most bankable actors has written a revolutionary pregnancy book that lifts the lid on libido, caesareans and more. She discusses power, pay and the reality behind the glamourDays after giving birth to her first child – an emergency caesarean after the cord had wrapped itself around the baby’s neck – Kareena Kapoor Khan stood undressed and alone in front of a mirror in her bedroom. “There I was: scarred, chubby, puffy, tired,” she recalls of that moment in 2016. “I saw the baby...
Tags: Family, Film, India, Pregnancy, Life and style, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kapoor Khan


Jean-Paul Belmondo: the beaten-up icon who made crime sexy

Immortalised by Godard and Melville, the actor specialised in seductive tough guys – and blazed a trail through movie historyJean-Paul Belmondo, star of Breathless, dies aged 88A life in picturesOn the streets of Paris, car thief and fugitive cop killer Michel Poiccard has just been gunned down by the police, having shown an insolent, fatalistic attitude to the idea of getting caught, and indeed to the revelation that his American girlfriend Patricia, wannabe journalist and street vendor of the ...
Tags: Europe, Celebrity, Film, France, Life and style, World news, Culture, Paris, Francois Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard, Patricia, Melville, Jean Seberg, Godard, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel


‘Sex isn’t difficult any more’: the men who are quitting watching porn

Addiction to pornography has been blamed for erectile dysfunction, relationship issues and depression, yet problematic use is rising. Now therapists and tech companies are offering new solutionsThomas discovered pornography in the traditional way: at school. He remembers classmates talking about it in the playground and showing each other videos on their phones during sleepovers. He was 13 and thought it was “a laugh”. Then he began watching pornography alone on his tablet in his room. What star...
Tags: Education, Sex, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Schools, Pornography, Thomas, Relationships and sex education


Black Fashion At It’s Finest! Maxie J’s Ellaé Lisqué Fashion Show Brings Out Watch Jazzy, Sevyn Streeter, Malaysia Pargo & More

Designer Maxie J of Ellaè Lisquè, brought her 34th birthday in with a highly anticipated fashion show for the debut of her “Birthday Collection."
Tags: Fashion, Style, Lifestyle, Culture, Jazz, Chris Brown, Happy Birthday, Live Performance, Maxie, Sevyn Streeter, Girl Boss, Seen on the Scene, Black Girl Magic, Red Carpets & Events, Christian Combs, Clermont Twins


Life being put on hold was just the spur this writer needed to fulfil her youthful ambition

Charlotte Northedge wrote a new novel in lockdown. She considers others who have realised the dreams of their youthI wrote a novel in the last lockdown. To be clear, it wasn’t one of those creative outpourings some people had in between yoga with Adriene and baking banana bread. I had a deadline. Some days, I thought I’d never cut through the brain fog brought about by living through a pandemic. But gradually, as the initial panic subsided and the usual distractions of daily life fell away, I fo...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, London, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Creative writing, Adriene, Coronavirus, Charlotte Northedge


Sunday with Ruby Wax: ‘I once learned how to cook potatoes, but I’ve forgotten now’

The comedian talks about living out of a suitcase, kayaking, Cape Town and wishing she liked conformitySunday morning… Could be anywhere. My schedule is irregular. I might be in another country, at home in London, or in the tiny house outside Stevenage where I write and look at cows. I love living out of a suitcase, the thrill of not knowing where the bathroom is in the middle of the night.How do you relax? I meditate every morning, otherwise my mind is flooded: it doesn’t clear my head, but it ...
Tags: London, Television, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Cape Town, Ruby Wax, Stevenage, Sunday with…


Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman review – a brief treatise on time

A sage and sane theory of ‘time unmanagement’ exhorts us to stop chasing the seconds and embrace the joy of missing outYou’ve probably already worked out what this book’s title means, even if the number seems outrageously small. Four thousand weeks is roughly the amount of time you’ll get through if you live to be 80. That will appear even more paltry as you age – not just because you’re running out of weeks, but because time speeds up in your head the older you get, until the weeks seem to flas...
Tags: Health, Books, Life and style, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Marilynne Robinson, Oliver Burkeman, Society books, Mind And Body Books


Are slogan hats the new slogan T-shirts?

Baseball caps and bucket hats used to be about accessibility. But a new school of wearers are using them to express something about themselvesSpotting a man wearing a baseball cap that featured only the name Rachel Cusk, the British author beloved of LRB subscribers, stopped me mid-scroll. A cultural commentator I follow had posted a selfie to his Instagram feed saying: “Copped the hottest hat.” Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Books, Fashion, Hotels, Life and style, Culture, Hats, LRB, Rachel Cusk


I went to the NYC restaurant that makes wings for 'Hot Ones' and now I know why celebrity guests are always complimenting them

"This is the last dab. We call it the last dab because we put a little extra on the last wing." Ben Gilbert/Insider For six years, "Hot Ones" has been hurting celebrities with hot questions and even hotter wings. Much of the time, those hot chicken wings come from the same midtown Manhattan restaurant: Shorty's. Insider visited Shorty's this week to find out what goes into a "Hot Ones" wing. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Like so many of my fellow Mille...
Tags: New York, Entertainment, NYC, Life, New York City, Fresno, Trends, Features, Wings, Culture, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Elijah Wood, Wood, Maisie Williams, Williamsburg


Paloma Faith: ‘If anyone can do it, it’s me’

Despite the balancing act – home schooling, a second baby, a fifth album and a nationwide tour – Paloma Faith always comes out fighting… and full of storiesHere’s a nice little exclusive for you,” Paloma Faith leans into my voice recorder generously, grinning, “and you’ll like this because it’s about lactation!” We are huddled outside a café on a day that promised sun but delivered rain, and she pulls her jacket around her a bit tighter – on the back, in big letters it reads: IT’S ALL BOLLOCKS.S...
Tags: Family, Music, Instagram, Life and style, Culture, Paloma Faith, Parents and parenting


Sally Rooney on the hell of fame: ‘It doesn’t seem to work in any real way for anyone’

At 30, the Normal People author is already the most talked-about novelist of her generation. As she readies her third novel, she’s bracing for more (unwanted) attentionSally Rooney appears before a stark, white background, stripped of even the most incidental feature. It makes me laugh: in 18 months of Zoom meetings, I’ve encountered people in their bedrooms and home offices, in front of bookcases and windows – situations that, no matter how bland or contrived, still betray some minor, contextua...
Tags: Books, Celebrity, Fiction, Life and style, Culture, Rooney, NICK, Sally Rooney, Normal People


Fran Lebowitz: ‘If people disagree with me, so what?’

With a hit Netflix series and The Fran Lebowitz Reader now published in the UK, the American wit talks about failing to write, her dislike of Andy Warhol and her best friend Toni MorrisonFran Lebowitz is a famous writer who famously doesn’t write. “I’m really lazy and writing is really hard and I don’t like to do hard things,” she says, and it’s the rare writer who would not have some sympathy with that. Yet, as all writers also know, writer’s block, which the 70-year-old has suffered from for f...
Tags: Books, UK, New York, Media, Women, Life and style, World news, Netflix, Culture, LGBT rights, Andy Warhol, Essays, Erroll McDonald, Lebowitz, Fran Lebowitz, Journalism books


‘That first year was a crazy rollercoaster’: why a new mother turned a crisis into cartoons

When her partner left her with a newborn one dark Finnish winter, Anna Härmälä didn’t crumble. Inspired by Fleabag, she turned her pain into raw, funny cartoons“It’s Finnish winter in complete darkness, and it’s raining ice. And then you can’t sleep, and the baby is screaming, and you’re too tired to get up, but if you don’t get up, there is no one else there.” Anna Härmälä is describing February 2015, when her partner walked out on her and their five-week-old baby. In order to remember, she has...
Tags: Books, Family, Instagram, Life and style, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Childbirth, Comics and graphic novels, Anna Härmälä, Härmälä


A new start after 60: ‘I always dreamed of being a writer – and published my first novel at 70’

In her thirties, Anne Youngson wrote a book in her lunch breaks at work. It stayed in a drawer. Then she retired, wrote her debut and was shortlisted for a major awardWhen Anne Youngson’s agent told her a publisher had made an offer for her first novel, she was worried. “I said: ‘Don’t they want to meet me?’ I was convinced that when they discovered how old I was, their whole attitude to whether they wanted me would change,” she says.Youngson was 69 then and 70 when her debut – Meet Me at the Mu...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Life and style, Culture, Ageing, Anne Youngson, Youngson


The frill of trading lace with Antwerp | Letter

The Belgian city was a centre for the trade in lace, as well as wool, writes Joanna HashagenI was very interested in your editorial on Antwerp ( ). I have had the opportunity to visit that fine city several times over the last 20 years, collaborating with curators there. It is an underrated city today and, as you state, English traders sold wool there in the past; we also bought their lace in the 17th and 18th centuries.This week The Bowes Museum sent a crate of some of the finest 17th- and 18th...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Belgium, Antwerp, County Durham, Antwerp holidays, Bowes Museum, Joanna HashagenI, Antwerp Lace, Joanna HashagenCurator, Bowes Museum Barnard Castle County Durham Continue


Can You Actually Exercise in an Exercise Dress?

In my experience, exercise dresses are mostly a thing of Instagram ads, and for a while there I thought Halara was trying to make them happen all by itself. But according to two recent articles from New York-based publications (the New York Times and the Cut), these things are everywhere (in NYC, apparently) and…Read more...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Clothing, Culture, New York Times, Dress, Womens Clothing, Lifehacks, Sports Bra, Sportswear, Trousers, Bra, Brassieres, Halara, Hospitality Recreation, Exercise Dress


Tiffany solicits help of Beyoncé and Jay-Z to draw younger buyers – will it backfire?

The musician sports a 128.54-carat stone in a new ad campaign – the jewelry company’s latest attempt to rebrand itselfBeyoncé has become the first black woman to wear the famous yellow Tiffany diamond, in the jewelry company’s latest attempt to rebrand itself for a younger, more diverse audience.The musician sports the “priceless” 128.54-carat stone alongside husband Jay-Z in a new ad campaign for Tiffany & Co. Beyoncé is the fourth woman, and first Black woman, to wear the diamond in more than ...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Beyonce, Jay-z, Advertising, Life and style, Culture, Tiffany, Tiffany Co Beyoncé



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