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Town & Country UK Summer 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

If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper.’ So says Sebastian Flyte of his teddy bear in Brideshead Revisited, a novel that conjures the perfect days of an English summer, when the sky is blue, and butterflies dance amid scented roses and honeysuckle. The fleeting nature of such moments is what makes them all the more precious (an evanescence that Evelyn Waugh captures in Brideshead, his masterpiece, which first appeared in serialised form in Town & Country in 1944). A similar sense of beauty and bountiful pleasure is, I hope, at the heart of our latest issue, which includes a guide to the summer season, from polo at Cowdray to country-house opera, and much else besides.…

2 min
contributors — summer 2016

LAURA THOMPSON The award-winning author was first drawn to the story of Lord Lucan because of his links with her late father. Her book about one of the most famous mysteries of the 20th century, A Different Class of Murder, was published in 2014; and she returns again to the story on page 150. Take Six Girls, her biography of the Mitford sisters, appears this year. She lives in Richmond with one dog and dreams of owning 20. The best thing about the English summer ‘The look of the sky in the weeks leading up to the solstice.’A luxury you can’t live without ‘Ballet tickets. As a failed ballet student, I crave the sight of people dancing like I do in dreams.’ SAM MCKNIGHT The celebrated hairstylist Sam McKnight worked and travelled with…

1 min
acountry wedding

When preparing for a rural engagement, one must consider the surroundings. A party in a meadow? Go for knee-length and block heels. A service at a stately home? Then you can wear full-length. Do also be aware of the setting: a Valentino feather headband and flowery dress will show you are at home with the flora and fauna, while Laurence Dacade’s dragonfly sandals suggest you’re a country girl at heart. ANNA ROSA VITIELLO PHOTOGRAPHS: DAVID SLIJPER, REGAN CAMERON, WWW.PAULWHITEWEDDINGS.COM, GETTY IMAGES, KAT PISIOLEK AND GRAHAM WALSER/HEARST STUDIOS.…

1 min
the polo

Let Cecil Beaton’s My Fair Lady be your inspiration when attending the polo. Classic monochrome pieces are complemented by floral prints, such as this cut-away dress from Michael Kors. Erdem’s lace dress with a sporty trim is equally chic, especially when paired with Chanel’s pearl-embellished flats. Delight in lady-like touches: top-handle bags, straw boaters and dainty brooches complete the look. CHARLOTTE DAVEY PHOTOGRAPHS: RICHARD PHIBBS/TRUNK ARCHIVE, KOTO BOLOFO, GETTY IMAGES, KAT PISIOLEK AND GRAHAM WALSER/HEARST STUDIOS.…

1 min
the chelsea flower show

How to not be outdone by the flowers on display? Wear them, of course. Erdem’s tiered dress is prettier than a picture – best paired with lady-like flats. If you’re more of a wallflower, McQueen’s embroidered clutch is a subtle nod to your surroundings, elevating a classic shift dress. Alternatively, repeat after Eugenia Kim’s hat: a rose is a rose is a rose… ARV The Chelsea Flower Show (www.rhs.org.uk) from 24 to 28 May. PHOTOGRAPHS: ERIK MADIGAN HECK, KOTO BOLOFO, OLIVER HOLMS, XPOSURE, GETTY IMAGES, © CAMERA PRESS, KAT PISIOLEK AND GRAHAM WALSER/HEARST STUDIOS.…

1 min
the queen’s 90 th birthday

For clues as to how to dress for the Queen’s special day, you need only follow her lead. But remember, you’re not competing with HRH herself. Take heed of her style rules and you won’t put a foot wrong. Colour co-ordination is key; what could be more fitting than red, white and blue (or indeed, the Union Jack itself, as per Alexander McQueen’s statement clutch)? Ralph Lauren’s neat mid-length dress pays tribute with a regal red sash, while a trouser suit is equally appropriate, particularly when worn with Hermès’ witty apple-adorned pouch.…