The Master of Swish. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, The inspiration for my appreciation of fashion was two-fold. Hollywood movies costumed by the greats such as Travis Banton, Edith Head, Irene, Orry Kelly and Travilla taught the power of glamour. But it was portrait artists such as … Continue reading

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Bed, Bath & Beyond. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, Weren’t you enchanted by Philip Hoare’s biography of ‘prince-of-aesthetes’ Stephen Tennant? As a text book for young gentlemen who understand how to mis-match textiles and have a penchant for Coldstream Guards, Serious Pleasures is equal to the definitive Hugo … Continue reading

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Costume Drama. June 2015.

Dear Rowley, How many times were you asked as a boy what you wanted to be when you grew up? Having visited the Crown Jewels before most boys had varnished their first conker I always said I wanted to be … Continue reading

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Bring Up The Bodies. December 2013.

Dear Rowley, You’ll be relieved to hear that come Christmas Day, prohibition was repealed at the Sherwood family home so knees were rouged, stockings rolled down and a good time was had by all. We had a house full of … Continue reading

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Cannes Can. May 2013.

Dear Rowley, Couldn’t you just die for the French Riviera? I fell in love with the Cote d’Azur aged five when I first saw Cary Grant’s dashing jewel thief and Grace Kelly’s American heiress play cat and mouse in Hitchcock’s To … Continue reading

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