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Tag: fashion

May 13, 2017

A Fashionable Bargain

by Matthew Steeples

£39 million summer house on Lake Geneva that was designed by one of the architects of the Eiffel Tower to be sold at auction without reserve   Built in the Belle Époque style on the north shore of Lake Geneva, Château de Promenthoux is a 13,988 square foot house on a plot of 9 acres. … Continue reading “A Fashionable Bargain”

May 5, 2017

Bored of Black Tie, Crushed by ‘The Club’

by Matthew Steeples

As black tie bonanzas deservedly take a bashing, we ask: “What’s next for Britain and America’s party paraders?”   Last May, the acerbic Spectator columnist Taki wrote a brilliant opinion piece bemoaning the ghastly affair he believed New York’s Metropolitan Museum Gala had become. It perfectly summed up the vulgarity of an age where Kardashians … Continue reading “Bored of Black Tie, Crushed by ‘The Club’”

November 2, 2016

A Soho Secret

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples meets Christopher Flourentzou, a little-known tailor but one well worth knowing   There are tailors and then there’s Christopher Flourentzou. Described as a “master of copying a pattern” by the well-known hairstylist Luke Hersheson and originally from Liopetri, Cyprus, this talented Soho craftsman has made suits for many a Savile Row firm.   … Continue reading “A Soho Secret”

October 25, 2016

The Island Car

by Matthew Steeples

Perfect ‘his’ and ‘hers’ cars for billionaires with mega yachts offered by Neiman Marcus as part of a charity benefit   Each year since 1926, Neiman Marcus have produced what they call the Christmas Book and in this year’s they have produced a ‘fantasy list’ that will benefit charities including The Heart of Neiman Marcus … Continue reading “The Island Car”

August 30, 2016

Nicola Radano – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with Nicola Radano, an Italian fashion blogger and founder of tie producers Spacca Neapolis   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Determination and loyalty.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “One can get rich at any moment, … Continue reading “Nicola Radano – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

March 11, 2016

The trials of Khemka

by Matthew Steeples

Old Harrovian jeans designer Sheel Khemka to face retrial

March 3, 2016

Nadja Swarovski-Adams (AKA “Nadja Swarovski”)

by General

A scion of the Swarovski AG crystal dynasty, Southern Methodist University, Texas educated Nadja Swarovski-Adams has been described as a “modern-day Medici in the fashion and design worlds”.

February 25, 2016

Out of Fashion

by Matthew Steeples

London echoes New York in bemoaning what its Fashion Week (and other events) have become dominated by

February 21, 2016

Hannah Wick

by General

Despite having suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Herefordshire born Hannah Wick displays passion and gusto that’s hard to find.

February 3, 2016

Nicholas Campbell

by General

The founder of Narcissus Arts began his career at Haunch of Venison, White Cube and Christie’s.

March 6, 2016

Luigi Tadini

by General

Co-founder of Brooklyn based creative consultancy The Gathery, Luigi Tadini was listed amongst New York’s “most stylish” by Time Out in 2012.

January 17, 2016

Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers

by General

Described as the “preppiest man on Instagram” and a “young Ralph Lauren”, Rhode Island native Kiel James Patrick and his wife Sarah Vickers claim to “design the American dream”.

December 9, 2015

Tanya Burr

by General

Born Norwich in 1989, beauty and fashion blogger and vlogger Tanya Burr has made a small fortune from her craft.

September 7, 2015

Bonded to a Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé owned by Bond set designer Sir Ken Adam to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale tonight

July 20, 2015

Debbie Bancroft

by General

Debbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”.

July 16, 2015

The surprising rise of Alexa Chung

by Matthew Steeples

Why does Alexa Chung generate so many column inches? The answer remains shrouded in mystery suggests Matthew Steeples

July 3, 2015

The W***er’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

June 16, 2015

Beavering at Ascot

by Matthew Steeples

A £25,000 top hat suitable for a gent who wants to stand out at Royal Ascot

June 9, 2015

Luca Rubinacci

by General

A third generation tailor, Luca Rubinacci loves Château du Galoupet rosé and “prefers to live life rather than read about it”.

June 3, 2015

If you’re bored of Miami Beach…

by Matthew Steeples

Calvin Klein is bored of living in the “resort” of Miami Beach and has placed his £10.4 million home on the market

May 29, 2015

Goga Ashkenazi (born Gaukhar Berkalieva)

by General

Termed “the first female oligarch”, Goga Ashkenazi made her first fortune in oil and gas before moving into fashion after buying Vionnet in 2012.

May 23, 2015

Joey Maalouf

by General

This Los Angeles based hair and make-up artist has 30,000 followers on Twitter.

May 21, 2015

Closing the avenue

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea institution Poissonnerie de l’Avenue to close after 53 years in business on 24th May

May 17, 2015

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

by Matthew Steeples

The Houston home of the “ageless wife” of the once jailed Texan oil baron Oscar Wyatt became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” after becoming a “home away from home” for everyone from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret

April 22, 2015

Leon Max (born Leonid Maxovich Rodovinksi)

by General

Having become “more British than the British” after paying £15 million for Easton Neston House at Towcester in Northamptonshire in 2005, Leon Max got what he described as “a smoking deal” when he snapped up Madonna’s former home 

April 11, 2015

Barbara Casasola

by General

This Brazilian firecracker and rising star of the fashion world loves spending time at 5 Hertford Street and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

March 22, 2015

Pat Albeck (AKA “Queen of the Tea Towel”)

by General

Hull born textile designer and mother of one Pat Albeck studied at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s and is best known for creating special tea towels for the National Trust.

February 21, 2015

Model Behaviour

by Matthew Steeples

La Brasserie celebrates London Fashion Week and the Gin Festival with a new cocktail named ‘Model Behaviour’

February 20, 2015

Charlie Baker

by General

Best known for his stunning window displays for Hermès and Ralph Lauren, Charlie Baker was born in New York’s Upper East Side

October 16, 2014

Indré Rockefeller

by General

The wife of venture capitalist Justin Rockefeller, Indré Rockefeller became the US president of the Spanish fashion brand Delpozo in March 2014.

September 15, 2014

Wally of the Week: Dame Vivienne Westwood

by Matthew Steeples

England hating designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has the right to leave   Vivienne Westwood was born in Derbyshire and made her supposed £114 million ($185 million) fortune in Great Britain. Yesterday, in using her London Fashion Week showcase to denounce the Union, she yet again showed herself to be nothing but bonkers.

September 8, 2014

Barbara Hulanicki OBE

by General

This Polish born, British raised fashion icon described herself as “a natural feminist” in a 2014 interview with The Observer. As the co-founder of BIBA with her late husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon (AKA “Fitz”), Barbara Hulanicki revolutionised design and her followers included Brigitte Bardot, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Marianne Faithful. She only closed her store … Continue reading “Barbara Hulanicki OBE”

August 10, 2014

Scott Harvey-Nicholls

by General

He shares a similar sounding name with a department store but Scott Harvey-Nicholls is instead co-founding partner of Romelle Swire, a London and New York based firm that “develops enduring partnerships between talent and brands”. A former marketing director of Elizabeth Arden in both the UK and Australia, Harvey-Nicholls grew up in Manchester and studied at … Continue reading “Scott Harvey-Nicholls”

July 7, 2014

The hats of Henley

by Matthew Steeples

The 2014 Henley Royal Regatta was a fashionable affair   The run up to this year’s Henley Royal Regatta widely featured in the news in the context of a book named Rowing Blazers that is published today, the 7th July.

July 4, 2014

A fond farewell to Juicy Couture

by Claire Rubinstein

Claire Rubinstein laments the closure of Juicy Couture’s US stores   When I heard the news that the clothing brand Juicy Couture – famed for the much maligned rhinestone bedazzled tracksuits – had shut down all its US Stores at the end of last week I was somewhat surprised.

June 16, 2014

Royal Ascot 2014: A regal week on the turf

by steepleadmin

The Tout’s predictions for Royal Ascot 2014   I’m savouring a full week in my morning suit this week and with the weather set fair, the going is looking good. All we have to do now is to find some winners, so here are my predictions for Royal Ascot 2014

April 19, 2014

Chaneling an Audi

by Matthew Steeples

Audi Q7 rammed through the window of Chanel’s Brompton Cross store   In the early hours of Good Friday, thieves rammed a stolen Audi Q7 through the window of Chanel’s store on Brompton Cross, SW3.

April 4, 2014

Picture of the Week: Tagging the National

by Matthew Steeples

Tagged race goer spotted at Aintree   Spotted by Jules Hearn and shared on Facebook, our Picture of the Week shows a race goer at Aintree sporting a most unusual accessory.

February 16, 2014

Fool’s gold

by Matthew Steeples

Claire Rubinstein attends a party but doesn’t strike gold   The invite read: “Fashion Brands Viewing & Party At LFW – PRESS INVITE – must RSVP”. Surely, I thought, this must be something exclusive.

December 20, 2013

Errol Douglas MBE

by General

This award winning Guyanese-British hair stylist has had his own salon in Motcomb Street since 1998 and began his career in an East End salon at the age of eleven. Douglas’s clients are said to have variously included Emilia Fox, Annie Lennox, Brad Pitt and Forest Whittaker and he is a regular on the BBC … Continue reading “Errol Douglas MBE”

October 16, 2013

Bond’s Barbour

by Matthew Steeples

Barbour’s Commander waxed jacket as worn by Daniel Craig   Daniel Craig wore a three-pocket waxed Barbour Commander jacket in Skyfall in 2012. Now, Barbour Heritage are selling the jacket for £399.

October 14, 2013

Wally of the Week: Lady Gaga

by Matthew Steeples

Lady Gaga in £1.25 million bidding war for macabre Michael Jackson images   An eight-page medical report on Michael Jackson’s hair-fire accident in the 1980s is not something most normal people would want. It’s for sale, however, according to The Mirror and Lady Gaga is supposedly after it. The price? £1.25 million.

October 1, 2013

Byron Bradshaw: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with New York based fashion entrepreneur Byron Bradshaw   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’d rather be dead than boring.  

September 19, 2013

The Politics, The Powerhouses, The People

by Matthew Steeples

Latest advertising campaign for ‘The Steeple Times’   As featured in the September edition of the California Courts Monitor.     Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:[wysija_form id=”1″]

September 15, 2013

Emilia Wickstead

by General

A talented lady with a knack for being in the right place at the right time. When the founder of The Steeple Times first encountered her, Wickstead was a little known fashion designer who was part of a charity fashion event in Chelsea organised by a Russian with a boutique in Essex. This Auckland born … Continue reading “Emilia Wickstead”

August 23, 2013

Kira Plastinina (Ки́ра Серге́евна Пласти́нина)

by General

Born in 1992, this Russian youngster launched a fashion brand in 2008 and currently has around 300 stores in “a few countries”. Plastinina’s father, a dairy tycoon, once paid Paris Hilton $2 million to attend one of the “teen millionaire’s” launches but her PR strategy hasn’t been exactly great. Of her designs, the Los Angeles … Continue reading “Kira Plastinina (Ки́ра Серге́евна Пласти́нина)”

August 19, 2013

Lapping up the Gucci

by Matthew Steeples

Fiat heir partners with Gucci to launch Lapo’s Wardrobe   Lapo Elkann, a member of the Italian Agnelli dynasty, recently launched a made-to-measure collection named Lapo’s Wardrobe in conjunction with Gucci.

July 22, 2013

A French farce

by Matthew Steeples

French fashion brand mocks Jimmy Savile’s victims   A French fashion brand bizarrely named Brooklyn We Go Hard has used the former Scottish holiday home of the deceased paedophile Jimmy Savile as the location for one of its photoshoots.

June 20, 2013

Joy Venturini Bianchi

by Matthew Steeples

This San Francisco based style icon is famous for her signature oversized black glasses and “natty attire”. A divorced philanthropist, Joy Venturini Bianchi has been involved in the Helpers Community Inc. charity for decades and considers the Balboa Café one of her favourite dining spots. In 2016, she was criticised for the excessive pay cheques … Continue reading “Joy Venturini Bianchi”

May 30, 2013

Chanel – A brief history

by Katusha Fletcher

Katusha Fletcher takes a brief look at the history of the iconic brand Chanel   For a certain type of woman there is one label coveted above all others, Chanel. Founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel, daughter of an unwed laundress and street peddler, in early 20th century Paris, the House of Chanel epitomises effortless, … Continue reading “Chanel – A brief history”

May 26, 2013

Ryan Lochte (nicknames ‘Reezy’ and ‘The Lochtenator’)

by Matthew Steeples

This American competitive swimmer has won 11 Olympic medals, been challenged to a swimming race by Prince Harry in Las Vegas and featured in a Funny or Die spoof with Sir Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg. Known for his diamond-encrusted smile, Lochte trademarked the catchphrase “Jeah” in 2012 and of its meaning explained: “It means … Continue reading “Ryan Lochte (nicknames ‘Reezy’ and ‘The Lochtenator’)”

May 25, 2013

New York’s real estate power brokers: Part I

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich’s New York real estate power brokers   In the first of a series, Oliver Estreich profiles New York’s top realtors. He begins with Joan Swift, James C. Cox Jr. and Emily and Elizabeth Beare.  

May 18, 2013

Laurence Benson

by Matthew Steeples

Laurence Benson is an international jetsetting businessman who is based in Belgravia, Florida and the Seychelles.

May 10, 2013

Derek Blasberg

by Matthew Steeples

This witty New York based fashion journalist and author’s first book, Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady, was a New York Times bestseller in 2010.

April 19, 2013

Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist and gallery manager Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Joy, art and love.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my … Continue reading “Zuleika Parkin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 10, 2013

Paul Johnson Calderon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Paul Johnson Calderon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Wit, cunning and sheer will.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Trust no one.  

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

March 9, 2013

Justin Timberlake

by Matthew Steeples

This child star has morphed via a stint on the Disney Channel and in boy band ‘N Sync into an internationally known singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, dancer and businessman.

Rachel Khoo

by Matthew Steeples

“Mademoiselle Khoo”, as she likes to be known, is a Paris based chef, writer and broadcaster. Bubbly and vivacious, she’s “seduced the French with Paris’ smallest restaurant” and charmed the Brits with her fresh and enthusiastic approach to all things edible. Watch out – her profile is rising faster than any soufflé.

March 4, 2013

Till death do us part

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $100 million Californian estate with a catch   If you were to spend $100,000,000 on a house, you’d expect something impressive. I imagine you’d want acreage, vast amounts of space and something luxurious. Stunning views and a prime location would be a must but at the bottom of your list, no … Continue reading “Till death do us part”

February 4, 2013

Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the Bond Street couturier and Huntsman co-owner Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “Achieve the ideal”, striving for perfection in my craft. Indeed, I am reminded of this every day, because I am lucky enough to work with the team at … Continue reading “Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 17, 2012

Legged off

by steepleadmin

Fashion writer Jacinta de Vere looks into the perils of wearing leggings, jeggings and meggings   What is up with women who assume leggings paired with a short top or crop jacket is a good idea for a night out or a trip to the supermarket? Leggings are not trousers, ladies. Leggings are actually the … Continue reading “Legged off”

December 3, 2012

Seeing RED

by steepleadmin

Our new columnist Jacinta de Vere analyses fashion’s most dangerous colour   I really enjoy seeing people take various pieces that you would think would look hideous on their own and combine them to make a fantastic look. Alternatively, there are people who take one piece and manage to look like a hot mess.   … Continue reading “Seeing RED”

December 2, 2012

Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks model and personality Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? I try to learn something from everyone I meet.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Life is short so enjoy a … Continue reading “Nicholas Gruber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 27, 2012

Blessed Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Victoria Beckham tours Brian Blessed’s former home   In April, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times featured an article on Clarence House in Richmond.   At the time this former school and home of actor Brian Blessed was priced at £22,500,000 but after languishing on the market, the price has been slashed by £4,500,000 … Continue reading “Blessed Beckham”

November 25, 2012

Richard Caring

by Matthew Steeples

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the majority of the top restaurants and clubs in Central London. He survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and viewed that to be a wakeup call. Since then he’s donated millions to … Continue reading “Richard Caring”

November 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

November 18, 2012

Jax Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the financier turned fashion designer Jax Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Love.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.”   Kerry Katona … Continue reading “Jax Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

November 13, 2012

More Purdey than Posh

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Mitford Cust test drives the Range Rover Evoque   When I saw my first Range Rover Evoque coupé in the flesh I decided right then that it was time to emigrate. The actual remark I made is too rude to put in print, but the jist is that it’s ‘slammed’ rear styling reminded me … Continue reading “More Purdey than Posh”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

John Gaze (1947 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

A gent who operated by routine, whisky and 40 cigarettes a day. This clubman’s knowledge of London history was phenomenal and he was dedicated to his role as parish clerk at St. Michael’s Cornhill. Gaze, a Russian icon dealer with a shop in the Piccadilly Arcade, lived a life full of dramas that included being … Continue reading “John Gaze (1947 – 2011)”

November 4, 2012

Tom Ford

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan born designer and film director turned around the fortunes of Gucci and YSL and had a huge success with A Single Man. A fixture at New York’s Studio 54, his designs are hugely influenced by the club’s disco-era glamour and his love of all things black and square. Ford met his journalist partner, … Continue reading “Tom Ford”

November 3, 2012

Post-Fordism

by Matthew Steeples

The flexible £12.75 million former home of Tom Ford   Number 26 Gilston Road in London’s SW10 is a property that has been on and off the market repeatedly in recent years. On each and every occasion it has been promoted as the “former home of the fashion icon Tom Ford” and though he hasn’t … Continue reading “Post-Fordism”

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