By Nicholas Haslam
From British inside clothier Nicholas Haslam, a blinding and witty account of a frenetic and entire life—from the Nineteen Forties to the present—in Europe and the US, in a crowd of pals and associates that incorporates almost all the cultural icons of our time.
Haslam has came upon himself on the heart of a few of the main fascinating circles at any place he is—at events, establishing nights, royal weddings. In London within the past due Nineteen Fifties he crossed paths—and more—with Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon, Diana Cooper, Greta Garbo, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, David Bailey, and Noël Coward. A time dwelling within the nonetheless unspoiled south of France used to be an schooling in every thing from the paintings of Buñuel to the fashion of toreros like Dominguín and Ordóñez. In Paris he met Jean Cocteau and Janet Flanner, and, in Saint-Tropez, danced with Brigitte Bardot. within the Nineteen Sixties, in big apple, he encountered Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, Andy Warhol, Jack Kennedy, Joan Didion, and Marilyn Monroe whereas operating within the paintings division at Vogue and later as artwork director, following Henry Wolf, at Huntington Hartford’s Show journal. After Show, Haslam moved to a ranch in Arizona to elevate Arabian horses—Truman Capote and John Richardson, between others, got here to stay—and he begun designing and commuting to la to accessorize for the stars.
Back in England within the Eighties, he labored on David Bailey’s Ritz journal, attended the marriage of his cousin Diana Spencer, and designed for everybody from the financier James Goldsmith to rock celebrity Bryan Ferry.
Redeeming positive aspects is approximately even more than documenting a lifestyles one of the celebrated and the eccentric: it's a vibrant, every now and then funny and relocating portrait of a life-style that has all yet disappeared. Haslam has an exacting eye for the telling element and his tale is a compelling and entirely interesting record of our occasions.
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Belmont, Steckler, and Sandison were lounging in chairs around the living room. I didn't know why any of them was here. I had come to speak to Keith and Mick about the letter I needed to get a publisher, to go on living, to write a book. I lay down on a leather couch, gazed out the window, and saw, coming down the valley-side, a small brown fawn. Soon the music at the back of the house stopped and the Stones came out. I followed Keith into the kitchen. He opened a 35-millimeter film can and with a tiny spoon lifted out a mound of white crystals, and didn't see me until he had the spoon halfway home.
These records were playing morning, noon, and night," Mr. Jones said. "I saw it as a positive evil in his life, undermining a quite good career. Maybe music was his eventual downfall, but at the time I saw it as an evil because he was so obsessed. Music had driven out all thoughts of a conventional career. His involvement with music and London life, the life of the nightclubs, all that, ruined his career at the ophthalmic firm and school. He threw school and his job over and came back home. He had odd jobs, played with a band, worked in a music shop in Cheltenham, selling sheet music, records.
Jones said. "These records were playing morning, noon, and night," Mr. Jones said. "I saw it as a positive evil in his life, undermining a quite good career. Maybe music was his eventual downfall, but at the time I saw it as an evil because he was so obsessed. Music had driven out all thoughts of a conventional career. His involvement with music and London life, the life of the nightclubs, all that, ruined his career at the ophthalmic firm and school. He threw school and his job over and came back home.
Redeeming Features: A Memoir by Nicholas Haslam