Town & Country UK

Town & Country UK September 2015

Town & Country UK is the British edition of a revered American magazine that has been an arbiter of style and taste since 1846. This luxury lifestyle publication offers an insider’s view of fashion, society and culture with a uniquely British sensibility.

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7 min.
england’s glory

As a distillation of the best features of her mother, Jerry Hall, and her father, Mick Jagger, Georgia May Jagger has the look of a young Brigitte Bardot, all tousled golden locks and luscious pout. It comes as a shock, then, that this Barbarella starlet is actually practical and more than a little maternal. Despite being only 23, she says of her pair of fellow-model friends Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse: ‘I’m the mummy. I’m the wrangler of this wayward group. I’m always looking after everyone. Me and my sister [Lizzy] do it. We call it “mumming”. ‘I’ve always been like that,’ she continues, as we sit on a faded velvet sofa in the basement of a battered but beautiful house in Camberwell where the Town & Country team is shooting.…

1 min.
magic carpets

Popular with interior designers and private clients alike, Deirdre Dyson’s sumptuous rugs are as pleasing to the eye as they are soft underfoot. Her new book records the various designs she’s created over the past 14 years. Dyson’s eponymous business is completely bespoke, so each rug is made from scratch to a room’s measurements. That said, she often gets far more exacting requests. ‘I’m taking some pictures of a painting right now – a couple sent it to me as they wanted a rug inspired by its colours,’ she says. Given that her new book is called Walking on Art, this latest commission seems particularly apt. ‘Walking on Art: Explorations in Carpet Design’ by Deirdre Dyson (£38, Thames & Hudson) is published on 14 September.…

1 min.
east to west

This autumn, Ai Weiwei takes over the Royal Academy with a major show that looks at more than two decades of material. Having had to work remotely for the early stages of the exhibition planning, the resulting display is testament to a careful collaboration between the RA and Ai Weiwei’s studio in Beijing. The artist had to master the art of long-distance curation: last year’s exhibition at Blenheim Palace played cleverly on its traditional surroundings, with a giant chandelier and a specially woven carpet, as well as introducing elements of the unexpected – most memorably a large pile of porcelain crabs. This retrospective documents the artist’s continued exploration of censorship, human rights and creative freedom. ‘Ai Weiwei’ is at the Royal Academy ( from 19 September.…

1 min.
goodwood revival

A celebration of the golden era of motor sports, this is one of the more glamorous occasions on the calendar, and calls for a wardrobe to match. A lavishly pleated dress, a sumptuous cashmere coat, darling velvet slippers, something decadently pale: even minimalists should seize the chance to look as joyfully extravagant as possible. A dazzling display of diamonds is also a good idea. Goodwood Revival (, from 11 to 13 September. PHOTOGRAPHS: ARTHUR ELGORT/ART+COMMERCE, GETTY IMAGES, REX FEATURES, ALAN DAVIDSON, TOM ALLEN, ALPHA PRESS, WIREIMAGE, GRAHAM WALSER/HEARST STUDIOS.…

1 min.
home soil

Imported hothouse blooms are falling out of favour: instead, there’s an increasing demand for English flowers. For many a fashionable florist, the source of these cottage-garden favourites is the Land Gardeners in Oxfordshire. Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld set up the company 18 months ago, and now supply cut flowers to a growing number of clients. ‘Two autumns ago, we had a conversation with Scarlet & Violet’s founder Vic Brotherson and she said she needed stock,’ says Elworthy. ‘We offered to supply it. We grow wild and wavy loose flowers, grasses that have gone to seed – things that make bouquets look very natural.’ It is the perfect way for Elworthy to make the most of her walled garden at Wardington Manor, where she and Courtauld have been doing some…

1 min.
let it shine

The American land artist James Turrell has spent a lifetime fascinated by light – he’s best known for transforming an Arizonan crater into a gigantic observatory. The Marquess of Cholmondeley has long been a fan of Turrell’s work. Almost 15 years ago he commissioned ‘Skyspace’ – a wooden viewing chamber that opens to the sky – for the grounds of his home, Houghton Hall in Norfolk: it now forms a central part of the exhibition he is hosting of Turrell’s art. ‘LightScape: James Turrell at Houghton’ (, until 24 October.…