Tatler UK

Tatler UK February 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

KATE MARTIN Kate Martin moved from New Zealand to London, aged just 17, to kickstart her career in photography. Since then, her work has been published in Vanity Fair and Vogue, among others. For this issue, she shot Soho property heiress and cool girl India Rose James. ‘India was very laid back and up for anything. I loved her punk vibe and pink hair. She wore everything so well,’ says Kate. ‘I expected her to live in Soho, but surprisingly she lives in a very trendy part of Notting Hill.’ TOM LAMONT The journalist Tom Lamont is no stranger to a celebrity interview – Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Vikander are just some of the glitterati he’s grilled for Tatler and Vogue. This month, he met Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, but…

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LOUIS LOUIS The party to celebrate the reopening of the Louis Vuitton Bond Street maison went off with a bang. Society swans and celebrities convened at the store before spilling over to Annabel’s, which the fashion house had taken over, covering the stairs with ‘LV’. ‘They’ve redecorated,’ sighed owner Richard Caring. Sabine Getty, in a mono-grammed jacket and skirt, blended in perfectly. At dinner, a Game of Thrones contingent joined the likes of Orson Fry, the Cholmondeleys and Ali Spencer-Churchill, before a performance by Kylie Minogue. You win some, you Louis some. NICKY TIME If a meteorite had crashed into the Polish Hearth Club during Nicky Haslam’s 80th birthday party, high society would have been decimated. The event was masterminded by art collector and philanthropist Ömer Koç, who gathered grandees such as Peter…

6 min
a game that never ends

YOU KNOW YOU’RE RICH when you don’t know how rich you are. One advisor to sovereign wealth billionaires (demanding anonymity, of course) recalls accompanying a particularly loaded client on a drive through north London. As they turned into The Bishops Avenue – the shabby boulevard of McMansions dubbed Billionaires’ Row – the potentate noticed several properties had fallen into disrepair. ‘Who on earth owns these places?’ he exclaimed. ‘They should take better care of them!’ ‘Actually, sir,’ came the nervous reply, ‘you do.’ On another occasion, a young heiress dropped the fabulous line: ‘I think we own something called Tobacco Dock. Is that a big deal?’ In modern London, there are three types of money that matter: old money, new money – and Monopoly money. Only Monopoly money can forget that it owns…

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the case of the disappearing duchess

A chance dip into Chips Channon’s diaries changed my life. My father gave me the book to read and I loved it. There was an entry – December 1943 – that had Chips going into a Bond Street jewellers and spotting a strange creature – ‘a marionette of a woman, or was it a man?’ – dressed in grey flannel trousers, with long, dyed golden hair emerging from under a man’s brown felt hat, and a large masculine overcoat held in place with a wide leather belt. As Channon examined ‘this terrifying apparition’, he recognised her as Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough – ‘once the world’s most beautiful woman … the toast of Paris, the love of Proust, the belle amie of Anatole France.’ He approached her, but she pretended to…

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under the influence

ON THE FRONT PAGE OF the menu at Gola, my local Italian in Fulham, is a list of all the things you can get for free, depending on your number of social media followers. Perks range from a cocktail to dinner to a taxi home. Starting price: 50,000 Instagram followers. With only 1,000, I was recently reduced to miserably counting my coins for a carbonara. Later that week, I was thwarted again when I tried to book a holiday activity in Tokyo for me and my boyfriend (we’re off go-karting around the city). The company gave two prices: a discounted figure for those who surpass a certain follower threshold and a higher price for plebeians like us. This is the new normal. All over the world, the popular people are lording it…

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scene with sabine

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED WEDDINGS. Of course for the magic of celebrating two people’s love and commitment to one another, but also, let’s be honest, because a wedding is the perfect occasion to bring out the fashion and party all night long. So when I received the invitation to Jean-Christophe Napoléon and Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg’s nuptials in Paris, I knew by the length of both the bride and groom’s titles across the printed card that this would be a ‘proper’ wedding. By which I mean: hat. I immediately wondered what to wear – and remembered a friend of my mother’s had given me an exquisite pale blue Christian Dior haute-couture ensemble from the 1990s, designed by Gianfranco Ferré. It even had matching satin shoes in the same fabric as the…