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Town & Country UK Winter 2017

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

As a child, I loved reading stories where winter seemed as compelling a character as any of the human or animal participants – the frozen landscape of Narnia; the eerie darkness of Moominland; the frosty woods of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase; and the icy realms of The Snow Queen. In adulthood, I began to dread the onset of lengthening nights, and those days of heavy skies and grey twilight. But I have come to realise, again, that midwinter may be as magical as it was in fairy tales (and indeed, that the ghostly fables told around a fireplace are another manifestation of the supernatural power of the darkest months of the year). Fortunately, the team at Town & Country are as inspired by the glories of winter as they are…

2 min
contributors – winter 2017

JESSICA FELLOWES The author explores the impact of jazz on post-war Britain (page 68). As Julian Fellowes’ niece, she was perfectly placed to write the official companions to Downton Abbey. Her debut novel The Mitford Murders, set in the home of the aristocratic sisters, was published in September. Your first memory of snow ‘Building a snowman in the park. My father is an artist and so the efforts were pretty good.’ A Christmas tradition ‘We lay our presents on different chairs and sofas before leaving the room and returning again singing “Good King Wenceslas.”’ Your favourite book to curl up with ‘Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate of course.’ SOPHIE ELMHIRST During her interview with Michelle Dockery (page 102), Sophie Elmhirst was surprised when the actress began to sing. ‘As she was…

1 min
buck’s fizz at bucklebury

If you are fortunate enough to be invited to join the Middletons over Christmas, start planning. Could the style stakes be any higher? Fortunately, Valentino or Dior always impress, while also being unlikely to clash with the hostess’ favourite Catherine Walker. An immaculate manicure and blow-dry is mandatory, as is sufficient sparkle. Jewels from David Morris and Boodles add an opulent yet discreet flourish to any ensemble. PHOTOGRAPHS: REGAN CAMERON, OLIVER HOLMS, GETTY IMAGES, HEARST STUDIOS. COMPILED BY TILLY WHEATING. SEE STOCKISTS FOR DETAILS…

1 min
a christmas pantomime

Sprinkle a touch of magic through your children’s wardrobes with a mixture of fantasy and fancy dress. Look to Dior or Gucci for embellished creations that are truly enchanting. Team with sequin wands and Sophia Webster’s playful winged sandals. Dolce & Gabbana makes sweet suits with matching velvet slippers for junior Prince Charmings – or invest in a furry animal costume for your littlest bear. PHOTOGRAPHS: AMBER EGGLEDEN, GETTY IMAGES, HEARST STUDIOS. COMPILED BY HOLLY GORST. SEE STOCKISTS FOR DETAILS…

1 min
a night at the ballet

This is the perfect opportunity to unveil your inner prima ballerina. Stand out from the chorus in a silk dress from Gucci with a glittering clutch bag and the most exquisite jewellery; a pink diamond ring from Jessica McCormack or Chaumet’s floral hairclip will complete any look, along with Harry Winston’s diamond-encrusted binoculars – a must to see and be seen. PHOTOGRAPHS: AGATA POSPIESZYNSKA, CORBIS VIA GETTY IMAGES, GETTY IMAGES, HEARST STUDIOS. COMPILED BY FLORRIE THOMAS. SEE STOCKISTS FOR DETAILS…

1 min
the olympia horse show

For many in the equestrian world, Christmas doesn’t start until this show in early December. Whether you attend for the traditional fun of the Shetland Pony Grand National, or to rub elbows with the horsey elite, be sure to look the part. As ever, the Royals are your role models; take a lead from the Duchess of Cornwall in a knit dress topped with a sharply tailored jacket. Dior’s logo-print saddlebag is the ideal finishing touch. PHOTOGRAPHS: RICHARD PHIBBS, REX FEATURES, PA ARCHIVE/PA IMAGES, HEARST STUDIOS. COMPILED BY SOPHIE CHAPMAN. SEE STOCKISTS FOR DETAILS…