There are few more dramatic settings for a late summer wedding than Hilles, the enchanting Gloucestershire arts and crafts house designed by social architect Detmar Blow more than a century ago – and positioned so that those strolling through the terraced gardens can look out at the Nr less than five districts.
But the dreamy prospects aren’t the only thing remembered after the recent wedding of Tara Guinness and Russian-speaking Old Etonian investment manager James Kelway-Bamber.
Held courtesy of Tara’s mother — designer Lulu Guinness, queen of lip-print handbags, who owns a cottage on the 1,000-acre estate — at Hilles, it was an intimate occasion with just 50 guests over dinner following an afternoon reception.
Tara’s father Valentine Guinness, who divorced Lulu in 2013, was of course present, as was Tara’s uncle Sebastian, who had traveled from his native Spain.
But the low-key scope of the celebration made it easy to identify some surprising absentees.
“At least two prominent members of the Guinness family have gone missing,” I was told by a Gloucestershire tabloid, who adds that the no-shows adore Tara but reportedly couldn’t bear to see the man who hosted the party, the grandson by Hille’s owner – and namesake – its creator Detmar Blow.
Those absent included Tara’s aunt, inimitable fashion icon Daphne Guinness, Valentine’s half-sister and an intrepid friend of Detmar Blow’s late wife, the eccentric but brilliant stylist Isabella ‘Issie’ Blow, who discovered model Sophie Dahl’s talents and championed her . Hatter Philip Treacy and fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
Issie, who married Detmar in 1989, was plagued by depression in the last years of her life.
She and Detmar separated in 2003 and although they reconciled 18 months later, she took her own life in 2007 at the age of 48 after repeated attempts.
Daphne then started the Isabella Blow Foundation and funded it by auctioning off part of her own wardrobe at Christie’s in 2012.
She declines to comment on her absence from Tara’s wedding – as does Lulu. Detmar is also silent. But a decade ago he admitted: “I’ve been snubbed by people [Issie’s] Burial. They loved her dearly and wanted someone to blame.’
The scars, it seems, remain open to this day.
She has overcome challenges that would stun others – she cooked for Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding and became the UK’s first chef to earn three Michelin stars.
Now Clare Smyth is paying tribute to Gordon Ramsay, who recruited her in 2002.
She describes him as “great to work with” and says working in Ramsay’s kitchens was “survival of the fittest”, adding “I like that kind of environment”.
Her view contrasts with that of MasterChef judge Anna Haugh, who, without naming names, has said: “It’s a shame that abusive cooks are being condoned because the environment is fast moving.”
While Dame Natalie Massenet brought high-end fashion to the masses with the phenomenally successful retail website Net-a-Porter, her daughter Isabella is bringing dance music to New York’s beau monde.
The 22-year-old graduate of the American School in London has become a DJ, spinning under the name BellaBella at Manhattan parties for Louis Vuitton and Frame, her stepfather Erik Torstensson’s clothing brand. This week she joined the all-women music agency Les Filles.
Isabella, whose father is Natalie’s first husband, businessman Arnaud Massenet, is also a model and is dating Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark.
She’s not the only musical member of the family: her sister Ava, 16, is a singer-songwriter and performing in Glastonbury in 2022.
He hosts Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? but Jeremy Clarkson is aiming for a multi-billion dollar lifestyle.
The Grand Tour presenter, 62, and his portly girlfriend, Lisa Hogan, 53, have been enjoying themselves on a superyacht off Portofino on Italy’s west coast.
Clarkson is pictured on board with Tetra Pak heir Hans Rausing, 59, who shares a £9.5billion fortune with his three siblings.
Hans is the grandson of Ruben Rausing, founder of Sweden’s food packaging empire, and remains a favorite of the royal family.