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Tatler UK January 2019

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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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
4,88 €(sis. verot)
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2 min
blenheim revisited

Once a generation there is a major Marlborough wedding and Tatler has covered them all. When the magazine was founded in 1709, the Marlboroughs had just been given Blenheim Palace as a gift for the Duke’s victories in the War of the Spanish Succession. And still fresh in the nation’s mind was the deliciously public argument, in 1708, between the Duchess of Marlborough and Queen Anne on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, in which the Duchess told the monarch to ‘be quiet.’ (Their close, sometimes overwrought friendship is captured in the film of the moment, The Favourite, starring Rachael Weisz as the 1st Duchess, Sarah Churchill.) Many notable Marlborough men and women have followed and been duly heralded in Tatler. There was the glamorous American heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt, whose fortune saved…

1 min
paris by night

Fashion designer Racil Chalhoub’s birthday falls each year during Paris Fashion Week – and what better time to throw a party? Her chic friends, including Browns’ Holli Rogers and shoe maestro Edgardo Osorio, arrived at Caviar Kaspia ready to celebrate. Guests were dancing on the banquettes to DJ Laila Sarkis, who was flown in from Ras’ (as she’s known to her friends) home city, Beirut. A Valentino party was taking place next door, so Giancarlo Giammetti popped by to give the birthday girl a big kiss. Bravo!…

1 min
hell’s angels

Debauchery returned to the Hellfire Caves as, more than 250 years after Sir Francis Dashwood’s days of hedonism, his descendent Tor Dashwood hosted a Hellfire banquet in its subterranean passages in support of the Global Heritage Fund. The theme was interpreted in a blaze of red capes, brocade and lashings of velvet by guests including Ben Goldsmith, Princess Alia Al-Senussi, Adam Weymouth and Harry Dalmeny as the Angel of Death. As the hostess put it, they were ‘dancing in the footsteps of the original dilettante’.…

5 min
new year, new u

Nancy Mitford has a lot to answer for. It was she who, in 1955, set out in print what had never been written before – the unspoken rules for being ‘U’ or upper-class, and ‘non-U’. Her article, published in the CIA-funded magazine, Encounter, provoked an outcry, not least from her old friend Evelyn Waugh. In an open letter denouncing her for lobbing this grenade into British society, he wrote: ‘There are subjects too intimate for print. Surely class is one?’ Reading Mitford’s essay now, you realise how quickly everything changes. Back then, her observations on class were based on language – whether you ‘took a bath’ (non-U) or ‘had one’s bath’ (U). Whether you said ‘chimneypiece’ (U) or ‘mantelpiece’ (non-U). Today, having a bathtub at all is a sign of leisure,…

9 min
the life of the party

Annabel’s was – is – London’s grandest and most glamorous nightclub, a place beloved of royals, rock stars, Hollywood A-listers and the peerage alike. Its doors were first opened in 1963 by the dashing Mark Birley, who named the club after his wife, Lady Annabel, younger daughter of the 8th Marquess of Londonderry and a renowned society beauty: slender with foxy hair, cut-glass cheekbones and almond eyes. Its strict dress code of ‘proper shoes and ties’ belied the often raucous antics within. It was famed, fêted and the epitome of the place to be. In 2007, though, Birley sold Annabel’s to Richard Caring for £95 million; last year, Caring uprooted the club from its original cellar at 44 Berkeley Square and relocated to splashier, more spacious surroundings at number 46. But…

6 min
lady and the trial

A few weeks ago I rashly bid for an old Penguin paperback. Few sane people would bid their life savings on a tatty paperback full of underlining. But this was no ordinary paperback. The book in question was Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence. More thrillingly, it had belonged to the judge who famously presided over the 1960 obscenity trial that was to overturn 30 years of censorship. Lawrence privately published the novel 90 years ago in Italy. But within months it was banned almost everywhere. The story of an aristocratic woman who has a torrid affair with her husband’s gamekeeper, Lady Chatterley’s Lover was the first literary novel to write explicitly about sex and to use four-letter expletives. The copy at auction included a list of the scenes deemed…