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Town & Country UK Spring 2016

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

Welcome to the spring issue of Town & Country, which celebrates the places and people we hold most dear – starting with the Queen, whose 90th birthday is on 21 April. Her Majesty’s reign is now the longest in British history – outlasting even those of Elizabeth I and Victoria – and has been characterised by her consistency, stability and unwavering commitment to duty. Yet for all the sense of reliability that has been the bedrock of her sovereignty, the Queen remains the most mysterious and private of public figures; qualities that are intrinsic to her allure. Her wall of silence on matters of state has never been breached – which is extraordinary, when one considers that she has held confidential weekly meetings with a dozen Prime Ministers (from Winston Churchill…

3 min

AGATA POSPIESZYNSKA Before picking up her camera to shoot fashion stories such as ‘Walking on air’ (page 150), Pospieszynska worked as a professional horse rider and stuntwoman. Along with photography, she has a passion for travel, and has journeyed by yacht to Antarctica, toured Vietnam on a scooter and hitchhiked through the Japanese countryside. What do you wear in April showers? ‘My beloved Chloé trench-coat, because it dries so quickly.’Favourite alfresco spot ‘London Fields, after food shopping in Broadway Market.’All I want for Easter is… ‘pavlova with fresh strawberries.’ SKYE McALPINE The writer and photographer divides her time between Venice, where she grew up and where her heart is, and London, where her husband works as a banker. When she’s not cooking, reading Latin love poetry (she has a PhD in ancient literature)…

1 min
what to wear to marry prince harry

Princes are notoriously susceptible to the power of fashion – if it worked for Cinderella, it can work for you. For public appearances in town, model yourself on the Duchess of Cambridge with a look that is conservative, of course, yet feminine and elegant. A dark floral dress from Valentino is the perfect balance of girlish and sophisticated; just add diamonds, such as Bulgari’s heart-shaped pendant. Country outings may call for the conventional attire of a skirt suit, but this is no time to relax into scruffy tweeds; try a bridal look from Rochas and never underestimate the power of a subtle reminder that you look good in white. When in doubt, remember the timeless mantra ‘dress for the job you want’: Gucci’s romantic gowns are perfect for any prospective…

1 min
badminton horse trials

Cross-country may be the main spectacle at this auspicious event, but that doesn’t mean your outfit can’t compete for attention. Stella McCartney’s print dress is a whimsical take on equestrian dressing, and a Sell chic style Maison Michel hat will complete the look. Men should keep it classic in tweeds and wellies, but themed accessories are acceptable – though only in moderation. Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (www.badminton-horse.co.uk), from 4 to 8 May. PHOTOGRAPHS: KOTO BOLOFO, GETTY IMAGES, GRAHAM WALSER/ HEARST STUDIOS.…

1 min
an engagement party

Though the scene-stealer of the day will undoubtedly be the ring, you should still dress to impress. For the affianced, try bridal white; a taste of things to come. Be a vision of elegance in a silk Burberry gown or a contemporary Peter Pilotto piece. Would-be bridesmaids: your best approach is modern-day lady-in-waiting. Choose ruffles from Erdem, and sharpen your look with a Gucci jacket and an embellished Chanel bag for true celebratory style. PHOTOGRAPHS: LIZ COLLINS, GETTY IMAGES. GRAHAM WALSER/HEARST STUDIOS.…

1 min
a spring wedding

Dressing for a nuptial ceremony can be a tricky task. For an event seemingly devoid of rules – bar the obvious veto on a white lace gown – it presents many opportunities to get it wrong. Though muted tones may be tempting, a wedding in the city calls for joyful colour; a buttercup-yellow dress from Boss or a statement blue number from Roksanda is suitably celebratory, and don’t forget to add some sparkle. Country weddings provide the perfect setting for dressing postcard pretty: large hats, punchy florals, ruffles and lace are all de rigueur. A skirt suit might seem conventional, but Oscar de la Renta’s version proves that it can be far from conservative. Alternatively, pair a flower print with a romantic blouse or a bright burst of colour courtesy…