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TT Vol. 105
King Princess, 24 Hours in NYC, Emmy's & Valentino Couture
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“So I guess it’s over, cause I’m hardly sober anymore,” Raquel kept crooning this week. It seems that Mikaela Strauss aka King Princess is back with a new album. A few tracks were released early, including the 90’s throwback Change The Locks.
KP burst on to the mainstream when the chorus from her debut single 1950 was tweeted by Harry Styles. The song itself was inspired by a Patricia Highsmith cult classic lesbian romance called The Price of Salt, perhaps more famously known as the inspiration for the film Carol (a favorite of Raquel and mine).
Rolling Stone has a long piece on her in honor of the album release:
This is what it’s like to converse with Mikaela Straus, the indie-pop visionary behind King Princess. With her feathery, shoulder-length chocolate-brown hair and extensive knife collection, she exudes a rock-star persona as purely savage as anyone in her generation — she could be Marc Bolan reincarnated or a long-lost cousin of John Lydon, dropping brazen one-liners in between hits from her vape pen. She uses the word “cunt” in almost every sentence, so much that her publicist is worried her quotes will be unusable for this story. A story, by the way, that Straus feels she was born for.
Hold On Baby releases on July 29!
And we talk more about King Princess on this week’s podcast!
I had to go to some meetings in NYC this past week, which meant getting on a plane in the middle of some of the worse airline service in recent memory. I stayed at an Arlo Hotel for the first time, the highlight of which was the giant (for NYC) outdoor terrace. And I got to have an excellent breakfast at Lodi - bellisimo!
While my flight in to NYC was uneventful, the flight back to California was pushed back by three hours. I ended up biking down to the West Village, buying a bunch of British press from Casa Magazines, and spent the late afternoon posted up at the White Horse reading Tatler, HTSI and British Vogue.
We’ve also been hearing horror stories about lost luggage, and that the thing to do is to either not check a bag, or if you do make sure you have an Apple AirTag in each. The battery lasts literally two years, and will help you track down your bag if it ends up in the wrong country.
The big winners from this week’s Emmy nominations were Succession, Ted Lasso & White Lotus, while HBO was the top streaming platform with 108 nominations. We thoroughly enjoyed Amanda Seyfried’s portrayal of Amanda Holmes, and we were happy to see her nomination. And of course, Succession was everywhere, including the best supporting actor category, where it got three nominations. Everyone is excited to see Jeremy Strong on stage:
More fun to discuss - who were the big snubs? With the number of categories1 represented at the Emmys, basically everyone gets a nomination. Blackish and This Is Us, both long running series that ended this year, were shut out. Yellowstone was another surprise snub, given the buzz around it (though we have yet to see it given that it is on Paramount+). And lastly, Inventing Anna wasn’t nominated as a series, though Julia Garner did receive an individual nomination for her portrayal of Anna Delvey. Garner put on an iconic accent, but it wasn’t enough to save the popular series.
It’s now over a week old, but we had to showcase a few looks from the Valentino couture show. The colors! 104 looks!
PS this is a late night photo from 2018 of the Spanish Steps, see if you can spot Raquel, who is not wearing Valentino couture:
Also, as mentioned by Amy Odell, models were allowed to choose their own shoes, all the better to safely descend the Spanish Steps in Rome. What happens without thinking through the footwear? This video from the SS09 Prada has some gruesome falls, like F1 for the runway.
Chris & Raquel
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“BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED OR ANTHOLOGY SERIES OR MOVIE” is an actual category.