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October 16, 2017

More on Menéndez

by Matthew Steeples

As Lyle Menéndez creates a Facebook page about the case against him and his brother Erik, a juror contacts ‘The Steeple Times’ and brands their conviction for killing their wealthy parents “imperfect self-defence”   Renewed interest in the 1989 murders of the multi-millionaires José and Mary ‘Kitty’ Menéndez by their sons, Erik and Lyle, has … Continue reading “More on Menéndez”

September 9, 2017

Gone with the Joseffs

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s necklace and Clark Gable’s cigarette case from ‘Gone with the Wind’ to be sold at auction in Los Angeles   Gone with the Wind is undoubtedly one of the all-time classic films. It took in excess of $390 million at the box office, won an astonishing eight Academy Awards in 1940 and propelled … Continue reading “Gone with the Joseffs”

June 5, 2017

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading “Not So Little Italy”

May 12, 2017

Carina Reid

by General

Thieving Chelsea based trollop Carina Reid was labeled “arrogant”, “extremely boorish” and a fraudster by a judge in May 2017. Often spotted in the now defunct La Brasserie restaurant, this tarty so-called beautician was jailed for three years in May 2016 and ordered to pay back £50,000 she’d falsely claimed in benefits a year later. … Continue reading “Carina Reid”

May 3, 2017

Stoddart Stateside

by Matthew Steeples

A preview of John Stoddart’s exhibition at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills   Tonight, in California, an exhibition of the works of photographer to the stars John Stoddart will be opened with a reception at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.     A whole array of guests are expected at the event and … Continue reading “Stoddart Stateside”

February 22, 2017

Take Me To The Gold Park

by Matthew Steeples

Outrageously over-the-top Beverly Hills pad complete with gold accessories galore goes on sale for £80 million; buyers will get a gold Lamborghini, a gold Rolls-Royce and 170 gold coloured bottles of Cristal   Sold last for £7.7 million ($9.8 million, €9.3 million or درهم36 million) in 2012 when it was a 5,926 square foot house, … Continue reading “Take Me To The Gold Park”

October 26, 2016

Overheard – 26th October

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Begging a feast In Gloucester Road, a beggar was overheard talking to an American old lady. He said: “I’m trying to get myself a feast”. She curtly answered: “Who do you think you are? Elizabeth I? Go to the park and kill a … Continue reading “Overheard – 26th October”

February 29, 2016

Putting May under the Spotlight

by Matthew Steeples

The success of Spotlight at the 88th Academy Awards sends a reminder to political figures that child abuse should not be swept under the carpet by Theresa May or anyone else

February 24, 2016

Stavros Niarchos III

by General

Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III dated both Paris Hilton and Mary-Kate Olsen but has been with the Australian supermodel Jessica Hart since 2010.

February 7, 2016

Kelly Brook (born Kelly Ann Parsons)

by General

A leading member of the ‘smug club’, Kelly Brook claims to love animals yet reportedly laughed about punching two ex-boyfriends in the face during an interview in 2014.

January 7, 2016

A Kaiser double

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1954 Kaiser-Darrin roadsters to be auctioned in Arizona and Paris; they come complete with unusual sliding doors

December 28, 2015

Ellen Perry

by General

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Ellen Perry made her name with her brilliantly insightful documentary film The Fall of Fujimori in 2005.

June 22, 2015

Nicolas Berggruen (AKA “The Homeless Billionaire”)

by General

An eternal wanderer and worth some £985 million ($1.56 billion), art collector and founder of the Berggruen Holdings, Inc. fund of hedge funds Nicolas Berggruen prefers to live in five-star hotels

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs

September 21, 2015

Austin Swift

by General

Austin Swift, the younger brother of Taylor Swift, has found his own success as a photographer.

September 20, 2015

Todd Traina

by General

San Francisco born film producer and lover of lunches at Chateau Marmont Todd Traina is a graduate of Connecticut College.

August 20, 2015

Francesco Carrozzini

by General

Born in Monza, Italy in 1982, Los Angeles and New York based photographer and director Francesco Carrozzini has worked with everyone from Tony Blair and Ban Ki-Moon to Justin Bieber and Kanye West.

June 24, 2015

Justin Weiss

by General

Georgetown University educated Justin Weiss is the founder of the innovative rental crowdsourcing firm ClearDigs.

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 23, 2015

Joey Maalouf

by General

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

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 17, 2015

Jordan Edwards

by General

A graduate of Northeastern University, Jordan Edwards became president of the Mixology Clothing Company, the owner of the Gainsborough Group e-commerce development company and vice-president of the Chart Organization during his 20s.

March 21, 2015

Robert Durst

by General

A member of the New York based Durst real estate dynasty and worth some $100 million, cross-dresser Robert Durst first came to the attention of the public when his first wife, Kathie, disappeared

March 2, 2015

Russ Weiner

by General

The son of “banned from Britain hatemonger” Michael Savage, Russ Weiner is the creator of the Rockstar energy drink.

February 26, 2015

André Balazs

by General

Brought up mostly in Cambridge, Massachusetts, André Balazs is a graduate of Cornell and Columbia Universities whose success in the hospitality sector has been phenomenal.

February 18, 2015

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

by General

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”.

February 10, 2015

Afton Elaine Burton

by General

A one-time supporter and former fiancée of Charles Manson, Afton Elaine Burton moved from Illinois to Corcoran, California to be closer to a man she believed to be innocent.

January 5, 2015

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

by General

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman.

September 5, 2014

Governing a Merc

by Matthew Steeples

Arnold Schwarzenegger puts his Mercedes-Benz Unimog up for sale after replacing it with a Bugatti Veyron   Arnold ‘The Governator’ Schwarzenegger is a man who does it ‘large’. Aside from being built like a tank himself, this Austrian actor turned politician likes large cars and in putting his Mercedes-Benz Unimog up for sale and being spotted in … Continue reading “Governing a Merc”

August 20, 2014

Josh Bowman

by Matthew Steeples

Born in Berkshire, Josh Bowman is a rugby player turned actor who briefly dated Amy Winehouse in 2009. Having spent two years in the BBC’s Holby City, he moved to Los Angeles to take up the main role of Daniel Grayson in the popular American ABC series Revenge in 2011. His co-star Emily VanCamp has … Continue reading “Josh Bowman”

August 15, 2014

Dan Bilzerian (AKA “Blitz”)

by General

A true player, this Floridian professional gambler and venture capitalist suffered three heart attacks by the age of 30. Thrown out of the US navy for swearing at an officer, Dan Bilzerian is a badboy who now wants to rebrand himself as “the gentleman of poker”. He has a colossal 4 million followers on Instagram and … Continue reading “Dan Bilzerian (AKA “Blitz”)”

June 22, 2014

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (AKA “The Winklevii”)

by Matthew Steeples

Born in The Hamptons, the 6’5” tall Winklevoss twins have achieved success in both rowing and online ventures. Their long-running legal wranglings with Mark Zuckerberg over who founded Facebook scored them a settlement of at least $65 million and they used this to In 2012, they established Winklevoss Capital and after discovering bitcoin whilst partying … Continue reading “Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (AKA “The Winklevii”)”

April 21, 2014

Doris Thompson

by Matthew Steeples

An octogenarian career criminal who refuses to change her ways. Thompson has a 20 page rap sheet dating back and has been imprisoned at least ten times in Los Angeles and Orange County. She’s variously been arrested for disturbing the peace, forgery, grand theft and burglary and of her Paulette Paccione, the Los Angeles County … Continue reading “Doris Thompson”

April 6, 2014

Nicky Rothschild (née Nicky Hilton)

by General

The sister of Paris Hilton met James Rothschild at the 2012 wedding of Petra Ecclestone and married the banking heir in July 2015.

November 6, 2013

Victoria Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

The Fleet Street Fox spoke sense in November 2013 when she said of Beckham: “Take a bow, Savvy Spice. We got you wrong”. This former Spice Girl turned business maven deserves to be admired for her work ethic and success. She won the Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 … Continue reading “Victoria Beckham”

November 3, 2013

Sir Kenneth Robinson

by Matthew Steeples

20 million people have watched this Liverpool born educationalist’s “How schools kill creativity” lecture on TED and his advocacy for discovering talents and passions have earned him plaudits galore. Now based in Los Angeles, Robinson once wisely stated: “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original”. He believes “curiosity … Continue reading “Sir Kenneth Robinson”

November 1, 2013

Seeing Twilight

by Matthew Steeples

Robert Pattinson sells his Los Feliz Hills home   Given the fortune he made from Twilight and Harry Potter, actor Robert Pattinson’s starter home was never going to be basic. London born Pattinson, whose uncle was chairman of Coys of Kensington, bought 2666 Aberdeen Avenue from retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for £3.9 million ($6.275 … Continue reading “Seeing Twilight”

August 31, 2013

Tamsin Lonsdale

by Matthew Steeples

A Brit who redefined the concept of supper clubs in London, L.A., Miami and New York, Tasmin Lonsdale is the dynamo daughter of the jeans tycoon Tony Lonsdale and model Chekkie Maskell. An Edinburgh graduate who also does event planning, Lonsdale states that what makes for the best parties is a “great mix of people from … Continue reading “Tamsin Lonsdale”

August 25, 2013

Michael Cassidy

by Matthew Steeples

Portland, Oregon born Cassidy is best known for his role as Zach Stevens in The O.C. He has subsequently appeared in Smallville, Hidden Palms, Argo and Scandal and is one of the main characters in Men at Work. If Cassidy weren’t an actor, he’d like to have been a novelist or professional tennis player and … Continue reading “Michael Cassidy”

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 22, 2013

Wentworth Miller III

by Matthew Steeples

British born, American raised, Miller rose to fame in the Fox Network series Prison Break. A Princeton graduate, the actor turned screenwriter used the pseudonym Ted Foulke to write Stoker and Uncle Charlie and came out as gay in August 2013 in a letter posted on GLAAD’s website where he declined to attend a film … Continue reading “Wentworth Miller III”

August 8, 2013

Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud

by Matthew Steeples

This grandson of the brother of the Saudi Arabian ruler was the Head of User Operations for Facebook Arab until August 2011 and once stated: “Facebook is the reason I’m not going for an MBA right now. Facebook was my MBA. Facebook was my PhD. [Working at Facebook] was the most educational opportunity I ever … Continue reading “Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud”

June 25, 2013

Heroes and villains

by Matthew Steeples

Two auctions featuring Princess Diana, Monica Lewinsky, President Kennedy, Wallis Simpson and Adolf Hitler   This Thursday, the Chelsea Arts Club in London is holding an event to conclude their silent auction of images and paintings by members of heroes and villains. In Los Angeles, on the same day, Nate D. Sanders, a specialist in … Continue reading “Heroes and villains”

June 1, 2013

Arfi Lamba: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks actor and producer Arfi Lamba: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I listen to my gut.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “This too shall pass”.  

May 18, 2013

Michelle Mone OBE

by Matthew Steeples

When her husband left her, she could of ‘moaned’ but instead she got on with it and paid her now ex-husband some £24 million for his share of her lingerie business. Glasgow born, Mone “”grew up a Scottish, Labour voting Protestant and is now a Conservative voting Catholic” but it is for her patented Ultimo … Continue reading “Michelle Mone OBE”

May 15, 2013

Candy Spelling

by Matthew Steeples

With her screenwriter husband, this Californian socialite and writer built the largest home in Los Angeles County in 1988. She sold the 123-room property for $85 million in 2011 and then sued the developers of the $47 million apartment she moved into as they had failed to set up a restaurant in the building. Her … Continue reading “Candy Spelling”

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 18, 2013

A prime bargain

by Matthew Steeples

A happy hour with a difference launches at The Palm in London’s Belgravia   Opened in May 2009, The Palm replaced the legendary restaurant Drones of Pont Street. Amongst the original backers of Drones were David Niven Jr. and Sir Roger Moore. Nicky Kerman, a titan of the restaurant world, was another part owner. A … Continue reading “A prime bargain”

April 15, 2013

Christophe Choo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks realtor and television personality Christophe Choo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? That’s a great question. The first thing that comes to mind are the joys and wonderful things in my life: my family & friends and those who guide me … Continue reading “Christophe Choo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 19, 2013

Spying bees

by Matthew Steeples

A review of the St. Ermin’s Hotel   I first visited the St. Ermin’s Hotel close to Scotland Yard in St James’s in June 2012 for the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards. Today, I will return there to attend a reception to announce the second winner of this annual prize by judges Andrew … Continue reading “Spying bees”

March 16, 2013

Magnificently CUT

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane   Continuing our series of revisiting articles from the blog that preceded The Steeple Times, today we re-publish our review of CUT at 45 Park Lane. We’re delighted to report that it’s just as good today.   Wolfgang Puck once commented that he “learned more … Continue reading “Magnificently CUT”

March 9, 2013

Justin Bieber

by Matthew Steeples

This Canadian pop musician rose from poverty to become an international sensation with huge amounts of power over his “Beliebers”. Now wealthy beyond comprehension, this Fisker driving youngster is turning into an arrogant, aggressive brat who fails to turn up to concerts on time and gets aggressive with photographers. “Racks of servers are devoted to … Continue reading “Justin Bieber”

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

February 18, 2013

A Smart move

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the home of a circus heir and the revival of Billy Smart’s Circus   Billy Smart, Sr. (1894 – 1966), a travelling showman and father of 10 children (he was himself one of 23), bought a circus in 1946 and quickly became known as an extraordinary entertainer. One of his son’s, Billy … Continue reading “A Smart move”

February 5, 2013

Topes Calland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks “super-tutor” Topes Calland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? The mantra I use with my students is: “clarity, confidence, creativity”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Neither here nor there”, because … Continue reading “Topes Calland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

January 28, 2013

Jess Black

by Matthew Steeples

An abstract artist, former model and animal rights campaigner. Born near Chicago, Black rejected his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing at the age of 17. His 2012 “Leather Bound in Black or Red” collection about his family’s transition away from the religion attracted great interest and collectors of his works number the American footballer Jay Cutler and … Continue reading “Jess Black”

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 26, 2012

Beverly Cohen

by Matthew Steeples

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with her divorced mother aged 13 when she opened a Kosher chicken killing plant on Santa Monica Boulevard. This hardworking lady now … Continue reading “Beverly Cohen”

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 23, 2012

Shia LaBeouf

by Matthew Steeples

This Californian became a child star to help solve the financial woes of his family. He excelled in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and received a $15 million cheque for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from acting, he’s been in relationships with Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox but it is bar brawls … Continue reading “Shia LaBeouf”

November 19, 2012

Move It Like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Another rumoured sale of “Beckingham Palace” is reported   November 2012: In March this year, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times looked into reports that David and Victoria Beckham would be selling their Hertfordshire home, Rowneybury House (better known as “Beckingham Palace”). For all the talk of that sale, as far as we are … Continue reading “Move It Like Beckham”

November 17, 2012

Fry’s delight

by Andreas Kirchberger

Andreas Kirchberger captures the atmosphere at a private view of the works of Robert Fry   On Thursday 25th October, Ilona Pacia and Jesper Thomsen of Mews42 Gallery hosted a private view of the works of Robert Fry in Princes Gate, South Kensington.     Andreas Kirchberger was on hand on behalf of The Steeple … Continue reading “Fry’s delight”

November 13, 2012

Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

by Matthew Steeples

The rise and fall of the “wealthiest divorcee in history” has been extraordinary. A former nude model for her first husband’s Knave magazine and star of adult films such as “The Nine Acres of Nakedness,” Patricia Kluge is the daughter of an Englishman and a Scots-Iraqi. She married her second husband, the late John Kluge, … Continue reading “Patricia Kluge (née Rose)”

November 11, 2012

Which bear will take the 13th seat?

by Matthew Steeples

Could the number 13 be the reason Halcyon Hall has failed to sell?   Several over the top Californian residences we’ve featured on The Steeple Times, namely the $40,000,000 Chateau d’Or in Bel Air and the $87,000,000 Villa del Lago on the Newport coast, were properties that have seen huge price reductions. Though $15,000,000 has … Continue reading “Which bear will take the 13th seat?”

November 4, 2012

Beverley Craven

by Matthew Steeples

This British singer-songwriter was born in Colombo, Sir Lanka whilst her father was there working for Kodak. Influenced by Elton John and Kate Bush, she began her career touring with Bobby Womack but it was her 1991 single, “Promise Me,” that catapulted Craven into the big time. After a period raising a family, she’s now … Continue reading “Beverley Craven”

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”

Adele Adkins

by Matthew Steeples

“I don’t know what’s going to happen if my music career goes wrong,” states this Tottenham born singer. Having been named “one of the most influential people in the world” by TIME Magazine and broken the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, she really need not worry. Adele’s still … Continue reading “Adele Adkins”

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”

October 25, 2012

Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks contemporary artist and founder of theNativeSociety Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Creativity and sex.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Think rich, look poor” and “Nothing exceeds like … Continue reading “Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 16, 2012

Tarred by Paparazzi

by Matthew Steeples

The bonfire sale of a monster of a mansion that has had a $15 million price reduction   A property was first built at 10425 West Sunset Boulevard in Lower Bel Air, Los Angeles in 1936. Here, in this most exclusive of districts, the homes of the prosperous residents are hidden from view and this … Continue reading “Tarred by Paparazzi”

September 30, 2012

Hawn’s Housesitter

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Malibu beach house   Goldie Hawn’s performance in the 1992 romantic comedy Housesitter with Steve Martin was described by the noted film critic Roger Ebert as “one of her best performances.” In the film, Martin’s character builds a dream home for himself and his girlfriend but is … Continue reading “Hawn’s Housesitter”

July 19, 2012

Hospitality’s game changers

by Oliver Estreich

Sixteen rising stars in hospitality in New York by Oliver Estreich   In the first of a series, we profile the up and coming achievers working in hospitality in New York:   Miranda Mancuso: A lifelong New Yorker and graduate of the Brearley School, Miranda Mancuso’s interest in the hotel industry led her to the … Continue reading “Hospitality’s game changers”

May 24, 2012

Oliver Estreich

by Matthew Steeples

This New Yorker founded theNativeSociety private social networking website that cleverly brings together the most exceptional individuals under the age of 40. Oliver Estreich is also involved in the hospitality division of his father’s architecture practice, David Estreich Architects, and lists his favourite author as Bret Easton Ellis. Here is a gent who brings style … Continue reading “Oliver Estreich”

May 23, 2012

Steven Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

Berkoff is a titan of the stage and a might with a pen. He’s best known for playing the darkest of characters but in reality he’s charm personified. Berkoff beat Julie Burchill in a libel case in 1996 and finds it “flattering” to play evil characters. He lives on the river in a converted warehouse … Continue reading “Steven Berkoff”

May 19, 2012

Erik Wachtmeister

by Matthew Steeples

He founded ASmallWorld.net, “The Facebook for the Few,” in 2004 and has now created his second social network, the Best of All Worlds. This son of a Swedish diplomat and ambassador began his career in investment banking but then moved into the domains of the net with first Viking Internet and then his “MySpace for … Continue reading “Erik Wachtmeister”

May 17, 2012

Natalie Massenet

by Matthew Steeples

She met her financier husband at the Notting Hill Carnival in 1997 and founded Net-a-Porter a year later. She sold her share in the company for some £350 million in 2010 to Richemont but remains involved. She’s now similarly changing fashion for men with her latest website, Mr Porter. Massenet cuts her own hair as … Continue reading “Natalie Massenet”

May 13, 2012

Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)

by Matthew Steeples

“Britain’s ultimate interior designer” is a man of many talents and guises. Haslam flits from party to party by night, but by day writes, edits and designs. He’s performed cabaret at The Savoy and Bellamy’s and interior watercolour renderings by him are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum. This trendsetter’s life is indeed summed … Continue reading “Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)”

Vidal Sassoon CBE (1928 – 2012)

by General

He created the “wedge bob” hairstyle and liberated women from the “tyranny of the salon.” Four times married and a Sephardi Jew, Sassoon sold his brand in 1993 to concentrate on philanthropy. The Daily Telegraph once described him as an “anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser” and he will indeed be remembered as a man who led a revolution.

May 7, 2012

Jonathan Yeo

by Matthew Steeples

There is barely anyone this contemporary portraist hasn’t painted. George W. Bush, David Cameron, Minnie Driver, Prince Philip, Paris Hilton and Rupert Murdoch all number amongst his subjects. The son of Conservative politician Tim Yeo, he’s now made it his mission to poke fun at the politicians and personalities he depicts and even went as … Continue reading “Jonathan Yeo”

May 5, 2012

Damian Lewis

by Matthew Steeples

Old Etonian whose performance as U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland has charmed even President Obama. Married to actress Helen McCrory,  he’s also played Jeffrey Archer and been a host of the BBC’s Have I Got News For You. Through his passion for Liverpool Football Club, he convinced Kenny Dalglish to get involved in … Continue reading “Damian Lewis”

April 28, 2012

Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)

by Matthew Steeples

English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter. His career pottered along until he won an Oscar for Gosford Park in 2002. Subsequent success came with Downton Abbey in 2011 but his personal obsession with the Titanic disaster resulted in an iceberg of a flop with a 2012 ITV mini-series on the subject. Parties at Stafford … Continue reading “Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)”

April 27, 2012

Paris Hilton

by Matthew Steeples

The great granddaughter of the founder of Hilton Hotels is best known for her phrase: “That’s hot” and a sex tape but she’s the one having the last laugh. She’s only in her early 30s but already worth $100 million.

Samantha Brick

by Matthew Steeples

A freelance writer who declared herself to be “beautiful” in a piece for the Daily Mail. Their readership soared whilst she made an utter mockery of herself. Goodness knows what nonsense she’ll spout next.

April 10, 2012

Prospering Paris

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: The genius of self-promotion that is Paris Hilton   At a dinner party last week, my guests gasped in horror when I said that I view Paris Hilton to be a genius. Their faces turned ashen and one asked if I had lost the plot. In the ensuing discussion, several described her as the … Continue reading “Prospering Paris”

April 5, 2012

Bricking it

by Matthew Steeples

The case of Samantha Brick   This probably will be one of the shortest pieces I ever write, as, frankly, I don’t want to give Samantha Brick any more publicity than she’s already brought upon herself.     Brick, a Daily Mail journalist, wrote a piece on Tuesday in which she proclaimed that she was … Continue reading “Bricking it”

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