Day-Trip to Durslade Farm

Day-Trip to Durslade Farm

Durslade Farm, Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset art complex, was the bucolic destination for The Gentlewoman Club and Paul Smith’s country excursion, in a day of meadow-based merriment.

The Coach Journey

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“After 46 years in business, what still makes me want to get on a bus with 50 strangers? I love people. I love my life.”
Sir Paul Smith

The Blanket

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“Introducing The Gentlewoman & Paul Smith blanket, in ‘Lansbury pink’ with a pane check that mirrors the magazine’s exact dimensions.”
Penny Martin

The Piet Oudolf Meadow

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“Wait until August or September, it looks like a Monet here.”
Alice Workman

The Exhibition

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“Martin Creed’s music video for ‘Understanding’ will stay with me for a long time.”
Caroline Newell

The Entertainment

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“I’ve been in the circus all my life, my father before and his father before him. I was the knife-thrower in Octopussy, you know.”

The Radic Pavilion

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“What a spread! And the thunderstorm mid-afternoon added to the experience.”
Sophie Hicks

The Readers

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“It really feels like people are happy just to come up and say, Hello. Truly a congregation of gentlewomen.”
Sean Baker

The New T

The fantastically precise T-shirts pictured here are the product of The Gentlewoman’s new partnership with Sunspel, which has been creating crisp cotton daywear at its Nottingham factory since 1860. Available in bright white or inky navy, the Gentlewoman & Sunspel T-shirt is made from mid-weight cotton equally suitable for balmy days and cooler evenings, and features updated dimensions for a super-modern fit.

Photography by Zoë Ghertner

The Cotton

Cut from Single 30s – a medium-weight cotton noted for its smooth handle – at 145–155gsm, the Gentlewoman & Sunspel T-shirt’s fabric is slightly heavier than the single jersey commonly used. This makes it more opaque, gives it a flattering drape on the body and means it’s more versatile throughout the year.

The Cut

One centimetre shorter in length than Sunspel’s classic women’s crew-neck T-shirt, the Gentlewoman & Sunspel T-shirt is designed to “break” on the hip when untucked – perfect for revealing a hint of waistband on an evening skirt or trouser. Its sleeves fall slightly longer than the classic’s and the neckline is 2.5cm higher, giving it a pleasingly utilitarian appearance.

The Finish

The neck of the Gentlewoman & Sunspel T-shirt features a self-binding, over-locked construction that leaves no outer stitching visible. The hems feature a generous four stitches per centimetre, while the overlocking has five for a precision finish. All seams sit towards the back of the garment to optimise comfort and guard against twisting.



When the eye is no longer seduced by colour, it’s texture, tone and contrast that take centre stage. What better way to showcase the complexion than in black and white? Chanel’s creative director of make-up, Peter Philips, presents the case for face powder using just one universal product, Les Beiges – a new-generation compact powder – and the transcendent beauty of the model Malgosia Bela.

Photography by Karim Sadli
Styling by
Hannes Hetta
Text by Anna-Marie Solowij


After the overly perfected and unnatural make-up statements of recent times, a pared-back look seems so refreshing and feminine. Here, and in all pictures, Malgosia wears Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF15 No. 20. “A glossy, dewy complexion seems outmoded now,” says Philips. Sheer powder in the correct shade, buffed over the skin, can still give that healthy glow of colour. As the modern alternative to cloaking the skin with cream or liquid, powder is unifying and ultimately flattering, highlighting the contours of the bone structure.


Make-up artists generally spend 70 per cent of their time creating a perfect complexion to prepare a model for a beauty shot and the remaining time detailing the stylistic flourishes that define the look. “When you ignore the conventions of traditional make-up – foundation, concealer, blusher, highlighter, et cetera – you become liberated,” says Philips. “Imagine if face powder was the only thing you used.” The lustre of a balm-glazed lip or the high gloss of a painted nail suddenly gains dramatic emphasis. The beige silk sleeveless top is by CÉLINE.


For powder’s perfect ally, look no further than lipstick to upgrade everyday make-up to an event-worthy look. Lipstick is back, increasingly enjoyed by a generation of women who never previously wore it alongside those who have rediscovered its complexion-freshening, mood-lifting properties. The young generation is unlikely to be familiar with face powder as a one-stop solution: one quick swoosh to complexion perfection. No demarcation lines, no blending, no blotting.


The only departure from the initial natural face is that halo of black shadow over the eyes. It makes a confident statement without looking try-hard or self-consciously edgy. When natural is the starting point, everything else slips into place in a believable way. “Once you have this kind of base, any look works,” attests Philips. “Even something tough to wear, such as black eye shadow. It becomes a convincing look rather than a disguise.” The black viscose double-satin tunic is by CÉLINE.


Some clever shadow play turns a make-up brush into a sculpting tool, carving out cheekbones, adding immediate depth to eye contours and, into the bargain, making sense of this spring’s trend for pink-toned eye shadows. While the coral shade automatically brightens the iris, the skin-toned hue, swept right up to the brow bone, unites complexion and brow colour too. For complete colour payoff, it doesn’t get any better. The natural linen canvas top is by CÉLINE.

The New Italy

Laura Sartori Rimini

Architect, Milan

New Italy

Change is afoot in Europe’s ancient cultural centre – the future is the new focus, as these four dynamic Italian women will attest. In this portrait series, they showcase the modernity and purposeful elegance of Italian fashion’s latest line, Giorgio Armani’s New Normal.

The fabulous co-founder of Milan’s architecture and interiors company Studio Peregalli, Laura Sartori Rimini is perhaps best known for redesigning the city’s beloved Ristorante Da Giacomo. “I take my Italian values with me wherever I go – beauty, craft, know-how,” she says. Laura is wearing a black jacket with mesh panels and black wool trousers. On the previous page, she’s in a grey cashmere long-sleeved dress.

Camilla Alibrandi

Photographer, Rome

Roman fashion photographer Camilla Alibrandi says she can spot an Italian woman purely from the way she dresses. “It’s all in the details,” she explains. “Italian women are very particular about cut and finishings – buttons and collars are a giveaway.” Here, Camilla’s wearing a lilac V-neck T-shirt and a black velvet pleated skirt. Overleaf, she wears a white cotton tuxedo shirt and grey wool trousers.

Alba Rohrwacher

Actor, Rome

The face of Italian cinema’s new wave, actor Alba Rohrwacher, is continually drawn back to her native Rome, where, she says, there’s no fixed style. “I prefer not to recognise where someone’s from; I like the beautiful ambiguity.” On this page, Alba wears a black cashmere-felt double-breasted jacket and grey wool melange pleat-fronted trousers. In the next image, she wears a grey wool-and-velvet coat, a navy-and-grey striped cashmere T-shirt, black wool trousers and black leather shoes.

Caroline Corbetta’s mission is to spotlight young Italian artists any way she can, even in the window of Milanese restaurant Il Carpaccio, in a project conceived with artist Maurizio Cattelan. “We have a lot of museums in Italy, but not many contemporary art spaces,” she says. “I’ve gathered a group of very good artists; they just need visibility.” Caroline is wearing a black cashmere single-breasted jacket and black wool trousers. The rings, worn throughout, are her own. On the next page, she’s in a black wool-and-cashmere zip-front coat, a white silk T-shirt and black wool trousers.

Caroline Corbetta

Curator, Milan

Power Pump

The business of fashion photography is a well-oiled machine, and these are the powerful women who negotiate the deals and keep the engine humming. Six London agents make a brief pit stop to refill. Photography by Daniel Riera, styling by Jonathan Kaye.


Ayesha Art Partner

Over in London for the day from Art Partner’s Paris office, British-born Ayesha Arefin makes the most of having a car. “I’d never drive in Paris,” she says. “It’s crazy — no lanes, weird rules about turning right, even when it’s a red light. So I cycle. But I’d never do that in London — it’s too big.” Here, Ayesha is taking full advantage of a splendid Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. Its flip-up doors are dramatic yet practical, particularly if one is inclined towards large headwear or big hairstyles.

Ayesha wears her own white silk CÉLINE shirt and jeans from TOYSHOP.

Julie M.A.P.

Super-agent Julie Brown likes to get value for money. Here pictured with a fabulous Mercedes SLS roadster, she says her usual mode of transport is a 15-year-old, seven-seater Toyota Previa. “It’s so reliable. I can even fit my bicycle between the seats, and since it looks like shit, no one’s ever going to steal it.” Julie injects some glamour nonetheless by wearing heels when driving. She dreams of making the intrepid journey along the old Silk Route from Europe to China. “But I would have to do a mechanics course beforehand, in case I broke down.” You see — always watching that bottom line.

Julie is wearing her own navy VERSACE jacket, a white silk shirt by CÉLINE, LEVI’S jeans and vintage shoes.

Rachel REP Limited

“Don’t drive. Be driven.” That’s Rachel Elliston’s attitude to motoring. She has no licence or car, but that’s out of circumstance rather than politics or fear. “I grew up in London,” she says, “and there’s no need to drive — real Londoners don’t.” With offices there and in New York, and commanding a roster of the most sought-after stylists and photographers in the business, she has no time for lessons in any case. “Perhaps one day I’ll suddenly decide to get behind the wheel,” she says. In the meantime, Rachel’s happy to be ferried around London in a shiny black cab, or through New York in a more dilapidated yellow one.

Rachel wears her own black leather jacket by RICK OWENS and black dress by AZZEDINE ALAÏA.

Audrey Jed Root

Audrey Charron of Jed Root creative agency keeps her eye on the money whilst filling up a smart Mercedes C63 AMG saloon. The unrequited love she felt for her driving instructor was enough to derail her first attempt at passing her driving test as an 18-year-old in France. “He was really hot, and it was too difficult to concentrate during the lessons. I would just stare at him and think, ‘My hero,’ because he was so knowledgeable and calm.” Now with a full licence, her insouciance regained, Audrey loves flaunting her native-French credentials by applying her lipstick (red) at traffic lights and smoking in the car.

Audrey is wearing a BURBERRY LONDON trench coat over a white T-shirt by FILIPPA K and black jeans by WeSC. The shoes are by CHURCH’S.

Camilla CLM

Formidable, dynamic, glamorous — for more than 25 years, Camilla Lowther has been a driving force in the fashion industry, representing many of its biggest names. She handles her car as confidently as she does her business. It all goes back to the family farm in Cumbria, where she passed her driving test first time around and learnt how to change a wheel. “Reversing and parking, it’s all fine — as long as I’m not in full make-up. Don’t ask me why.” Camilla prefers to travel in the fast lane, overtaking until she has a clear view ahead, though this does mean incurring the occasional penalty point. You don’t become this influential without breaking a few rules.

Camilla is wearing her own clothes, accessorised with OLIVER GOLDSMITH sunglasses.

Niki D+V Management

There are producers, there are superproducers, and then, in her own category, there’s Niki Bagdonas: the producer’s producer. Her famously cool composure has stood her well, whether she’s steering a top photographer’s juggernaut career or a fine piece of engineering — no penalty points or convictions, thank you very much. She’s the model of a civilised automobilist: “I’m a very calm driver,” she says. “No road rage, and absolutely no foul language.” Niki passed her test four years ago (second attempt) and has been revelling in her freedom ever since. She may be travelling within the speed limit, but she’s got Blue Öyster Cult blaring from the sound system. Song of choice: ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’.

Niki is wearing a navy silk shirt by HUGO BY HUGO BOSS and her own STELLA McCARTNEY jeans and COMME DES GARÇONS PLAY CONVERSE sneakers.