At the heart of dynamic group was the amazing maxine elliott, the duke and duchess of windsor and two very saucy courtesans, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, the Aga Khan, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties.
The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society #ad - After the war the story continued as the château changed hands and prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita HayworthBringing a bygone era back to life, Mary Lovell cements her spot as one of our top social historians in this captivating and evocative new book.
The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked ParisDutton #ad - From the right bank mansions to the left bank artist havens; and from the Bettencourts’ servant quarters to the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy; all of Paris was shaken by the blockbuster case, the shocking reversals, and the surprising final victim. It all began when liliane met françois-marie banier, in his youth, an artist and photographer who was, the toast of Paris and a protégé of Salvador Dalí.
What, exactly, was their relationship? it wasn’t clear, least of all to Liliane’s daughter and only child, Françoise, who became suspicious of Banier’s motives and filed a lawsuit against him. Over the next two decades, Banier was given hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts, cash, and insurance policies by Liliane.
The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris #ad - An npr best book of 2017heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L’Oréal fortune, Liliane Bettencourt was the world’s richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. But her gilded life took a dark yet fascinating turn in the past decade. But banier has a far different story to tell. The bettencourt affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; and part characterdriven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart.
. At ninety-four, she was embroiled in what has been called the Bettencourt Affair, a scandal that dominated the headlines in France.
The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy GuggenheimThames & Hudson #ad - The story of venice’s “unfinished palazzo”— told through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and Peggy GuggenheimCommissioned in 1750, Doris Castlerosse, and fascinating residents: Luisa Casati, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Veniers waned midconstruction and the project was abandoned.
Empty, the building was considered an eyesore until the early twentieth century when it attracted and inspired three women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, unfinished, and decaying, and Peggy Guggenheim. Luisa casati turned her home into an aesthete’s fantasy where she hosted parties as extravagant and decadent as Renaissance court operas, spending small fortunes on her own costumes in her quest to become a “living work of art” and muse.
The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim #ad - In the postwar years, peggy gugenheim turned the Palazzo into a model of modernist simplicity that served as a home for her exquisite collection of modern art that today draws tourists and art lovers from around the world. Each vivid life story is accompanied by previously unseen materials from family archives, weaving an intricate history of these legendary art world eccentrics.
Doris castlerosse strove to make her mark in London and Venice during the glamorous, hedonistic interwar years, hosting film stars and royalty at glittering parties.
A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane Digby Text onlyFourth Estate #ad - Their divorce a few years later was one of England s most scandalous at that time. In her quest for passionate fulfilment she had lovers which included an Austrian prince, King Ludvig I of Bavaria, and a Greek count whose infidelities drove her to the Orient. In syria, she found the love of her life, a Bedouin nobleman, Sheikh Medjuel el Mezrab who was twenty years her junior.
A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane Digby Text only #ad - Bestselling biographer mary lovell has produced from Jane Digby’s diaries not only a sympathetic and dramatic portrait of a rare woman, but a fascinating glimpse into the centuries-old Bedouin tradition that is now almost lost. Note that it has not been possible to include the same picture content that appeared in the original print version.
. The biography of jane digby, an ‘enthralling tale of a nineteenth-century beauty whose heart – and hormones – ruled her head. Harpers and queena celebrated aristocratic beauty, Jane Digby married Lord Ellenborough at seventeen.
Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of PowerVintage #ad - They lived in a world of luxurious excess, 000 acres, in 1876, " designed, a world of splendor at 44 Belgrave Square, by the visionary architect, and later at the even more vast Clouds, the exquisite Wiltshire house on 4, the "house of the age, Philip Webb; the model for Henry James's The Spoils of Poynton.
They were bred with the pride of the Plantagenets and raised with a fierce belief that their family was exceptional. Their group came to be called the souls, whose members from 1885 to the 1920s included the most distinguished politicians, artists, and thinkers of their time. In those wild wyndhams, claudia Renton gives us a dazzling portrait of one of England's grandest, noblest families.
They avoided the norm at all costs and led the way to a blending of aristocracy and art. Renton captures, and the tragedy at the center of all their lives as the privilege and bliss of the Victorian age gave way to the Edwardian era, with nuance and depth, their complex wrangling between head and heart, the Great War, and the passing of an opulent world.
Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power #ad - Here are their complex, idiosyncratic lives; their opulent, privileged world; their romantic, roiling age. They were confidantes to british prime ministers, and artists, their lives entwined with the most celebrated and scandalous figures of the day, writers, poets, from Oscar Wilde to Henry James. The three dazzlingly beautiful, part of the four hundred families that made up Britain's ruling class, wildly rich Wyndham sisters, at the center of cultural and political life in late-Victorian/Edwardian Britain.
They were the lovers of great men--or men of great prominence.
The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of ArgyllThe History Press #ad - But in 1963, the year of the profumo affair, the 11th Duke of Argyll shocked the country when he alleged that his adulterous wife had slept with over eighty men behind his back. On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993.
He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. Margaret, duchess of argyll 1912-1993 was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions. The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life. The grit in the pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, power, privacy, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, the media, sex, and relationships between classes.
The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll #ad - Lyndsy spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class. It uses hitherto unpublished sources, including taped conversations, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, interviews and letters.
The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and GreedWilliam Morrow #ad - Did patrizia reggiani murder her ex-husband, maurizio gucci, eventual collapse, paola franchi? or is there a possibility she didn't do it at all?In this gripping account of the ascent, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty, the power, Sara Gay Forden takes us behind the scenes of the trial and exposes the passions, in 1995 because his spending was wildly out of control? Did she do it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, and the vulnerabilities of the greatest fashion family of our times.
Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About StyleSt. Martin's Press #ad - With searching for beauty, millicent rogers enters the pantheon of great American women who, like Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley, put their distinctive stamp on American Style. In searching for beauty, cherie burns chronicles Rogers's glittering life from her days as a young girl afflicted with rheumatic fever to her debutante debut and her Taos finale.
Born into luxury, european vacations, she lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, exquisite clothing and handsome men. A rebellious icon of the age, danced tangos in European nightclubs, among others, remarried and romanced, she eloped with a penniless baron, divorced, Clark Gable. A fascinating portrait of the standard Oil heirerss and legendary American trendsetter Millicent RogersNobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers.
Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style #ad - . Her romantic conquests, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, though, appearing in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and - at the end of her life - retreating to Taos, New Mexico where she popularized Southwestern style.
The Million Dollar Duchesses: How America's Heiresses Seduced the AristocracyAurum Press #ad - Though the preceding months had included spurned loves, scandal and illicit affairs, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, the wedding was the crowning moment for the unofficial marriage brokers, unexpected deaths, the original buccaneers who had instructed, Lady Minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, cajoled and manipulated wealthy young heiresses into making the perfect match.
The transatlantic marriage bureau dashes through the year to uncover the seasons, the scandal and the titles, the parties, the money, the glamour, the gossip, always with one eye on the two women who made it all possible. For a few, the matches brought loneliness, the marriages were happy but for many others, infidelity, bankruptcy and divorce.
The Million Dollar Duchesses: How America's Heiresses Seduced the Aristocracy #ad - Also revealed is the hidden role played lady minnie Paget and Consuelo Yzanga, Dowager Duchess of Manchester, two unofficial marriage brokers who taught the heiresses how to use every social trick in the book to land their dream husband. On 6 november 1895 consuelo vanderbilt married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough.
Fame, prestige, power, money, perhaps even love – these were some of the reasons for the marriages that took place between wealthy American heiresses and the English aristocracy in 1895. From the beautiful and eligible debutante consuelo vanderbilt, in love with a dashing older man but thwarted by her controlling mother, vivacious San Francisco belle with a questionable background, Maud Burke, Washington society heiress Mary Leiter who married the pompous Lord Curzon and became the Vicereine of India, this book uncovers their stories.
Focusing on a single year, the transatlantic Marriage Bureau tells the story of a group of wealthy American heiresses seeking to marry into the English aristocracy.
The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me: An Aristocratic Family, a High-Society Scandal, and an Extraordinary LegacyHarper #ad - Like the bolter and portrait of a marriage, this beguiling, heady tale of a scandalous ménage à trois among England's upper classes combines memoir and biography to re-create an unforgettably decadent world. Among the glittering stars of British society, Sofka Zinovieff's grandparents lived and loved with abandon.
Robert and gerald made an unlikely couple, especially because they lived together at Faringdon House when homosexuality was illegal. And then a pregnant jennifer moved into Faringdon in 1942, creating a formidable ménage à trois. In this gorgeous, sofka zinovieff probes the mysteries of her grandparents and the third man in their marriage: Gerald, the complex and talented heir to a legendary house, its walls lined with priceless art and its gardens roamed by a bevy of doves, entertaining narrative of bohemian aristocracy, where he entertained everyone from Igor Stravinsky to Gertrude Stein.
The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me: An Aristocratic Family, a High-Society Scandal, and an Extraordinary Legacy #ad - But by the time robert met and married Jennifer, he had already been involved with a man—Gerald, Lord Berners—for more than a decade. Stout, eccentric and significantly older, Gerald was a composer, writer and aesthete—a creative aristocrat most at home in the company of the era's best and brightest minds.
What brought robert and jennifer together under his roof, and why did Jennifer stay—and marry Robert? Blending memoir and biography in her quest to lay old ghosts to rest, Zinovieff pieces together the complicated reality behind the scandals of revelry and sexuality. The resulting story, defined by keen insight, deep affection and marvelous wit, captures the glory and indulgence of the age, and explores the many ways in which we have the capacity to love.
Robert heber-percy was a dashing young man who would rather have a drink than open a book, a gorgeous socialite famous for her style and charm, so his involvement with Jennifer Fry, was not surprising.
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint LaurentSt. Martin's Press #ad - Descending in a direct line from coco chanel and elsa schiaparelli, as the “highest of haute bohemia, aged just sixty-four, she was celebrated at her death in 2011, ” a feckless adventuress in the art of living—and the one person Yves Saint Laurent could not live without. Yves was the most influential designer of his times; possibly also the most neurasthenic.
No one interested in fashion, style, or the high-flying intrigues of café society will want to miss Christopher Petkanas’s exuberantly entertaining oral biography Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent. Dauntless, “in the bone” style made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century.
But another, darker story lifts the veil on Loulou, a classic “number two” with a contempt for convention, and exposes the underbelly of fashion at its highest level. Behind yves’s encomiums are a pair of aristocrat parents—loulou’s shiftless French father and menacingly chic English mother—who abandoned her to a childhood of foster care and sexual abuse; Loulou’s recurring desperation to leave Yves and go out on her own; and the grandiose myths surrounding her family.
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent #ad - In an exquisitely intimate, loulou was his creative right hand, sometimes painful personal and professional relationship, muse, alter ego and the virtuoso behind all the flamboyant accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL “look. For thirty years, until his retirement in 2002, yves relied on Loulou to inspire him, make him laugh and talk him off the ledge—the enchanted formula that brought him from one historic collection to the next.
Yves’s many tributes shape loulou’s memory, towering fur toques, Giacometti-like figure could be told by her clanking bronze cuffs, as if everything there was to know about this fugitive, the turquoise boulders on her fingers and her working friendship with the man who put women in pants. Loulou & yves unspools an elusive fashion idol—nymphomaniacal, heedless and up to her bracelets in coke and Boizel champagne—at the core of what used to be called “le beau monde.