Queen of Fashion. August 2017.

Dear Rowley, If you’re going to be a writer, you have to be a reader. I know something is distinctly off kilter if I’m not able to sit down with a book and absorb it like Litmus paper. The book … Continue reading

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Weak in the Presence of Beauty. July 2017.

Dear Rowley, It is ten years since Cartier last launched its high jewellery collection, L’Inde Mysterieuse, in London at Lancaster House. That was one of the most glamorous parties of my life, crowned when legendary beauty the Rajmata of Jaipur made one … Continue reading

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The Other Woman. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, Well, I was shopping the other day in the Piggly Wiggly and chanced upon a tableau that might hold the key to my immediate future. There was this hen-pecked man in a decent suit trailing after this hag … Continue reading

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A Napoleonic Interlude. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Having not been in Paris since the launch of The Perfect Gent at Ralph Lauren’s flagship on the Boulevard Saint Germain, it was something of a pleasure to return at the invitation of Chaumet to speak to their … Continue reading

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Luxury. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, Having been asked to give a lecture about luxury for Chaumet – Imperial jewellers to the court of Napoleon I – in Paris next month, my thoughts turned to the obvious cliche that celebrity is the new aristocracy. … Continue reading

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