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Town & Country UK December 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.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
Back issues only
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

I always find myself surprised at the swift arrival of winter, while summer seems slower to come around with each passing year. Perhaps this has something to do with the rush towards Christmas, as the days shorten and evenings become filled with festive preparations and celebrations. Hopefully, this new issue of Town & Country will both help and inspire you for a season of good cheer; from the delicious recipes in our Food & Drink pages (page 119) to the gift ideas that are as liberally scattered through the magazine as silver charms in a delectable Christmas pudding. This is also a good time of year to plan one’s escape: whether abroad, in the footsteps of Rachel Johnson, to Burma (page 202) or Sir David Tang, to Cuba (page 206); or…

4 min

NAOMIE HARRIS Town & Country’ cover star – a north Londoner, born and bred – reveals all about her latest performance as a sophisticated Miss Moneypenny in the new Bond film Spectre (page 130). It’s a far cry from her early roles as a zombie killer in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, or a voodoo witch in two Pirates of the Caribbean films. Favourite thing about winter ‘I’m a homebody, so I love the guilt-free nights at home in front of a log fire with a good book.’What’s your New Year’s resolution? ‘To laugh as much as I can every day.’Favourite London department store ‘Fortnum & Mason for its beautiful packaging – no matter what you buy it always looks and feels doubly luxurious.’ ANDREW O’HAGAN The award-winning author travelled aboard the world’s…

1 min
what to wear to meet the middletons

Has there ever been a shinier, more attractive clan than the party-loving Middletons? The gleaming, chestnut-haired coterie has bestowed a glossy patina on the Royal Family, who, in turn, as well as granting the Bucklebury-based entrepreneurs their own coat of arms, have gifted them just a touch of grandeur. Which means LK Bennett, Reiss and the rest of the high street will no longer do. The ground rules for a successful encounter with Carole, Michael, Pippa and James remain consistent: knee-length skirts; sensible heels; well-tailored coats; and high necklines. But make sure your jacket is Bally or Burberry, the brolly is Vuitton and the brogues are by Purdey. If you can add some patriotic touches with a McQueen clutch, Tabitha Simmons pumps or Cassandra Goad jewels, all the better. And…

1 min
christmas day

Yuletide calls for joyful, effortless glamour. Sartorially, you can reimagine the best scenes from It’s a Wonderful Life in Dolce & Gabbana’s rose-print dress or plaid McQueen. Pair these with a rich wool coat by Boss and a structured bag from Gucci for an exemplary approach to dressing for morning service in the village church. A touch of sparkle, either from Manolo Blahnik’s embellished buckle flats or Bulgari’s classic emerald and diamond necklace, is the perfect decorative flourish. PHOTOGR APHS: TOM ALLEN, RE X FE ATURES, GR AHAM WALSER/HE ARST STUDIOS.…

1 min
miniature marvels

Parties for the little ones should be times to indulge in tradition; banish technology and enjoy the holiday the old-fashioned way. A nostalgic nutcracker from Harrods; a sugar-plum fairy dress with a handmade wand; gold brocade shoes: fancy dress has never looked sweeter. Dolce & Gabbana’s Father Christmas set is enough to warm any heart, and Armani’s baby-pink coat will keep small girls warm outdoors. For the junior gentlemen, pair a star-print cape with Dior’s suit to conjure up the spirit of Christmas. PHOTOGR APHS: CARLOT TA MANAIGO/TRUNK ARCHIVE, GE T T Y IMAGES, GR AHAM WALSER/HE ARST STUDIOS.…

1 min
boxing day hunt

The Boxing Day meet is the biggest event in Britain’s hunting calendar, so it demands the most elegant fashion. Take your cue from Zara Phillips and mount your steed in traditional hunting dress: a striking red jacket by Oliver Brown paired with Ralph Lauren Black Label boots and a velvet riding hat by Patey. Smart tailoring is de rigueur – the Royals are your role models here – but add a subtle splash of colour with William & Son’s feathered brooch. Or, for the ultimate regal fashion statement, follow the Queen’s example and accessorise with a printed silk headscarf by Hermès. PHOTOGRAPHS: PAMELA HANSON,, REX FEATURES, BIGPICTURESPHOTO..COM, SOLO SOLO SYNDICATION, GR GR AHAM WALSER/HE HE ARST STUDIOS..…