Tatler UK

Tatler UK January 2020

Tatler is mischievous, glamorous, intelligent and fun, providing an insider’s view of what is really happening in British society with a compelling mix of fashion, the arts, politics, people, parties and glamour.

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tatler contributors

HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR This issue, Helen Kirwan-Taylor writes about society’s greatest festive minefield: the Christmas card. As an artist and an American, Helen takes the whole business of Christmas cards very seriously. ‘They are a way of expressing what you are thinking,’ she says. So what is she planning for this year’s cards? ‘I am currently experiencing masterpiece block. Brexit is not really festive. My husband and boys won’t wear funny turkey hats (I asked). If all else fails, there is always our dog, Wilson. He fancies himself a bit of a supermodel.’ CHRISTOPHER STURMAN Photographer Christopher Sturman learnt from the best, beginning his career in the early Nineties assisting Steven Klein and Juergen Teller. Since then, his work has appeared in GQ, The New York Times and Vanity Fair. In this month’s issue,…

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astors galore

One Marylebone was even more lavish than usual as Will and Lohralee Astor celebrated their combined fortieths and 10 years of marriage. Samantha Cameron, the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and other relations gathered for tequila martinis, speeches and dancing, plus a surprise video of Will’s nearest and dearest. Lohralee had a surprise of her own – presenting Will with a wedding ring, which, she laughed, after a decade of marriage, ‘he really couldn’t refuse to wear’. Having finally put a ring on it, Lohralee led the party into the small hours of the morning.…

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glossy posse

The glittering and glamorous circled the V&A’s rotunda for the launch of Nicholas Coleridge’s memoir, The Glossy Years. Everyone from Joan Collins to Hannah Rothschild via Tina Brown – many of them the ‘real friends’ Nicholas insisted on including in the book – arrived in force for caviar, extra-potent cocktails and a chance to circulate among a who’s who of beautiful people. It was a remarkably tall crowd, with Henry Wyndham and James Stourton among those who had the advantage of peering over the heads of the thousand-strong throng, a shimmering testimony to Nicholas’ lust for life. The result: a party so buzzy it’s sure to make his next book.…

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hope & glory

When Hope Coke and her step-brother, Xan Somerset, turned 21 and 24 in the same month, a joint party was the only answer. At the family home, Badminton House, Gloucestershire, guests were transported to Seventies New York for the Studio 54-themed event. Justina Alexandroff and Belle Brown pulled out all the stops with glitter, fringing and flares, while birthday girl Hope dazzled in a Clio Peppiatt jumpsuit and Xan embraced disco in sequin trousers. After dinner, DJs Manami Baba, Jamie Farrington and Tom Williams kept the crowd dancing until dawn, even after the smoke machines set off a fire alarm at 5am.…

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all that glitteratis …

LOOKING DOWN UPON the Great Hall of Cliveden, that baroque Berkshire stately, is the famous portrait by John Singer Sargent of past chatelaine Nancy Astor. Lady Astor once drew the literary lions of the Twenties and Thirties into her salon – and now, on the cusp of the New Twenties, the Cliveden Set has got its mojo back. Its Literary Festival, now in its third year and organised by Natalie Livingstone, Andrew Roberts, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Catherine Ostler, has become a see-and-be-scene power weekend. Politicians, potentates, scientists and generals all gathered at a glittering Speaker Dinner, sponsored by Citibank, in the gilt Dining Room (once a drawing room frequented by Queen Victoria). In the wood-panelled Great Hall, a stylish drinks party was thrown by Dover Street’s happening Arts Club, bringing…

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cards against mundanity

THE DAY HUGO BURNAND’S famous ‘sandwich’ Christmas card (of his entire family piled naked on top of one another) slid under my front door was the day I knew I had to up my game. Personalised Christmas cards have been a thing in Britain for a while now, but of late they have become greater and greater feats of imagination – and competition. Competition to produce the sort of cards that not only make the mantelpiece but are then lovingly stored away for posterity. Mind you, I’ve realised that some people don’t bother putting cards away. At a recent dinner party, I couldn’t help but notice that my host was still displaying Charles and Camilla’s plain white (though crested) card – for 2018. That’s the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s, not…