Hollywood Black Tie. March 2017.

Dear Rowley, Department of no surprises that Paul ‘Diana’s Rock’ Burrell has divorced his wife and is marrying a husband. ‘Royal Butler is Gay’ shocker is up there as a headline with ‘Madonna Adopts African Baby’ and ‘Kardashians Speak Out’. … Continue reading

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Happy Valley. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, While immersed in the 1920s Henry Poole ledgers, I chanced upon an order from Sir Jock Delves-Broughton, he of the still-unsolved Happy Valley murder in Kenya in 1941. You’ll recall cash-strapped Jock married young beauty, Diana, and took … Continue reading

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Acting-Up. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, Hollywood really can’t win when held up to scrutiny by the fashion police.  The 88th Academy Awards this weekend was one of the best-dressed in years and yet cause for criticism was found. Best Supporting Actress Alicia Vikander’s … Continue reading

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Puppy Power. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, As you know, I am a terrific fan of Round the Horne and no character more so than Betty Marsden playing an ancient actress who has had – how to put this delicately? – a colourful past. When asked … Continue reading

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On the Clock & Off the Bottle. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I’m thinking of reviving the late, great Diana Vreeland’s Why Don’t You? column for Harper’s Bazaar on Twitter. My first money-saving style tip is ‘why don’t you purchase children’s T-shirts at Uniqlo and spend the VAT on Tequila?’ I’ve also … Continue reading

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