Nicky Haslam

Mary Portas: anything but ordinary

Madly Modern Mary overcomes childhood hardships to become the Queen of Shops

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In this autobiography, Mary Portas doesn’t dip into the fabled store of her talents by giving an account of her…

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba Photo: Getty

Nicky Haslam’s diary: Marie-Anna Berta Felicie Johanna Ghislaine Theodora Huberta Georgina Helene Genoveva and other big names

10 January 2015 9:00 am

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I didn’t have snow-tyres on my…

Elsa Schiaparelli in an apartment in the Place Vendôme, in the shadow of Napoleon

Nicky Haslam on sharing a lover with Elsa Schiaparelli and the endearing punk of Vivienne Westwood

15 November 2014 9:00 am

A comet streaked into France in the 1930s, its fallout sending the staid echelons of haute couture into a tailspin.…

Cecil Beaton with Mickey the cat, Reddish house (self-portrait)

The genius of Cecil Beaton’s interiors

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The odds were a hundred to one against him. Brought up in bourgeois Bayswater by genteel parents, Cecil Beaton was…

Cecil Beaton, self-portrait, 1936

Cecil Beaton, the bitch

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Beaton was the great inventor. Apart from inventing not only himself but his look, his voice, his persona and a…


A summer's social whirl, from Bette Midler to Satan

13 September 2014 9:00 am

This summer brought highs and lows, sadness and laughter, some irritating, some exhilarating. I was fortunate to be uplifted by…

Joan Fontaine at home

Tea with Greta Garbo's decorator

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Many people write, or at least used to write, fan letters to their film favourites. Usually all they received in…

Talluluh Bankhead, the only convincing flapper in the book, photographed c.1930

Flappers, by Judith Mackrell - review

15 June 2013 9:00 am

I’m never quite sure what the term ‘flappers’ means. How did these creatures flap, and why? Where did they flap?…

Helena Rubinstein in her New York apartment in 1941, surrounded by some of her art collection

'Helena Rubinstein: The Woman Who Invented Beauty', by Michèle Fitoussi - review

13 April 2013 9:00 am

In New York, in the 1960s, in a sleek, silvery elevator, I rose from the marble halls of Helena Rubinstein’s…

Coward with Gertrude Lawrence in ‘Private Lives’ — a play he wrote specifically for them both

Old King Noël

15 December 2012 9:00 am

What is this I hold in my hands? Is it just a book? It’s quite heavy, but somehow, instinctively, one…

Colin Tennant at home on Mustique (1985), photographed by Patrick Lichfield

The worldling’s pleasure

3 November 2012 9:00 am

Two women are the only heroes of this book. One is Princess Margaret, whom the author points out was far…


High society

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

One evening in 1923, Edward, Prince of Wales, pretty as paint in his white tie and a cutaway-coat, went to…


Portraits of an age

3 March 2012 10:00 am

By a fine coincidence, two legendary icons of British art were being feted in London on the same evening last…


Amen to an era

10 September 2011 12:00 am

It must be said that Patrick Lichfield — the outer man — wore his ego proudly and loudly on his sleeve.


Fish and chaps

23 April 2011 12:00 am

This is the ultimate ‘niche’ book.

Deadlier than the Mail

13 November 2010 12:00 am

This is an effervescent, elegantly written and faultlessly researched romp through the life and times of someone whose name in Britain was spoken with genuine fondness by an urbane few, with self-righteous anger by some and with disdain or fascination by almost everybody who can read — as, like it or not, very few people don’t enjoy gossip.

Tails you win

5 July 2006 1:56 pm

Nicky Haslam breaks all the white-tie rules


17 May 2006 4:45 pm

The embattled Prime Minister is not the only one being dogged by Blairite woes.

She fashioned her future

15 February 2003 12:00 am

Judging by her own ideals of beauty and drama, Diana Dalziel’s arrival in the world must have been a bit…