Tamara Beckwith

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About Tamara Beckwith…”…

I am a gallerist, columnist and occasional TV presenter as well as the mother of two gorgeous girls Anouska and Violet.

When I´m not dashing off to some fabulous location on a photoshoot, writing assignment or to attend a friend's event, I am busy juggling work at my photography gallery, The Little Black Gallery in Chelsea, with keeping my Italian husband Giorgio and our three-year-old daughter Violet happy and fed. Writing up the previous evening's adventures is not so easy if I break the cardinal rule of no drinking on a school night!

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August, 2013

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A fabulous Greek adventure

Flying into Athens you couldn’t help but crane your neck to try and catch a glimpse of Greece’s famous Acropolis. No luck I’m afraid but, having not been to Greece since 1977, the fateful summer when Elvis ‘the King of Rock’n’Roll’ Presley died, I was intrigued to see if Greece and her legendary islands live up to their reputation…  Of course, being a guest on TM Blue with Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti (GG) is hardly roughing it!  So laden with rather an abundance of luggage (you never know what you’ll need with these chic two), Giorgio, Vivi and I were excited to see the gorgeous captain of the GG, Francesco, come to collect us from the quayside.  Once on board it was all about unpacking and getting re-acquainted with the best crew in the world, bar none.

The TM Blue

The TM Blue

Valentino and Giancarlo are the most gracious hosts and there are virtually no rules…  Other than to be chicly dressed and lots of fun!  Vivi was in her element as Valentino’s pugs and GG’s yorkie are always along for the ride.

Our first night we headed to Athens’s Nobu.  I was absolutely stunned at the beauty of the restaurant, perched on a dramatic rock edge with twinkling candlelight. The food was absolutely delicious, with all the staples of a Nobu feast being proffered.

The next morning we were treated to one of the great privileges of Greek island hopping, choosing a deserted cove for a delicious dip in the crystal blue sea.  When I say the water everywhere was unbelievable I am not exaggerating – blue and crisp, you just never wanted to get out.

 

Olivia, Valentino and Tamara at Nammos

Olivia, Valentino and Tamara at Nammos

The seriously glamorous couple, Johannes Huebl and his paramour, fashion doyenne Olivia Palermo had come to join the tribe on the boat.  I was desperate to count their luggage as she takes fashion very seriously! That evening we headed to another Athens hotspot called “Island”. We had been taken by a fabulously eccentric character called Ilias Psinakis who had organised it all with the touch of an iPhone.

Vivi with Francesco and Michael

Vivi with Francesco and Michael

We were all a bit over excited and I was desperate to throw some plates!  Call me a tourist but every movie I have ever seen concerning Greece or Greeks they throw stuff. All I can say is that “Island” was amazing, the sushi to die for and the charming restaurant’s cool lounge interiors breathtaking.

I was of course heartily encouraged to throw some plates off the terrace and my lips remain sealed as to who else was involved but suffice to say we did not go unnoticed!  In Mykonos a girl came up to me on the beach and said she had been next to us that night and furthermore in all her many nights at “Island” she had never seen plate throwing before….

The tribe was now complete so the boat headed for Mykonos…

Arriving to Mykonos

Arriving to Mykonos

The Old Port for those of you who haven’t seen it is picture perfect.  Wonderful ultra white houses with bright blue shutters, dotted in little clusters.  The famous windmills are a legendary landmark.  We were all excited to get off the boat and explore.  Mykonos is also very famous for it’s wind.  Well us girls learnt the hard way as our flimsy dresses were lifted skywards, ala Marilyn.  Vivi was very unamused.

Gorgeous Mykonos

Gorgeous Mykonos

The shops are out of this world and of course the jewellery boutiques are crammed with evil eye everything! Olivia is a pro and within moments had found some fashion treasures… the cobbled streets were filled with people and you couldn’t help thinking June would be a better time to explore!

We were off to the famous “Nammos” for lunch, think St Tropez’s Club 55 – a known hotspot for the beautiful people.  We were of course treated exceptionally well as, the world over, Valentino is treated with reverance.  People stop him constantly for his picture or autograph and without fail he happily obliges.  A Greek feast followed, while a grilled white fish kept us on the healthy road.  As we left Olivia, Vivi and I couldn’t resist the boutique, ‘Louisa’s’. Luckily it was just way too chi chi for us, with luxury designer labels galore but we noticed a fabulous outdoor pop up nail bar. Appointments were hastily booked and we made a dash for the tender.

Vivi at the beach ©TamaraBeckwith

Vivi at the beach ©TamaraBeckwith

Giorgio and I were worried Vivi was getting a slightly distorted idea of reality being looked after by the divine, attentive Italian crew so we took her off to the beach in the afternoons.  The idea being we would find some young children for her to play with. Amazingly a lot of London had taken up residency at the beautifully immaculate, serene and best kiddie friendly beach in Mykonos, the Hotel Santa Marina.  My girlfriend, the designer Alessandra Vicedomini, was holidaying with her family and welcomed us to crash her sunbeds and drink delicious homemade iced lemonade.

Alessandra Vicedomini at Santa Marina beach

Alessandra Vicedomini at Santa Marina beach

Vivi of course found plenty of little friends and came across a couple who were home schooled living between Tokyo and Mykonos.  She liked the idea of this very much!  I was a little childishly excited myself as Giorgio found an old friend and one of the original Supermodel’s, Karen Mulder.  She had been one of my favourites and also one of Valentino’s big girls.  Needless to say she still looks wowee in a bikini and her face is still that pretty! Giorgio invited her to come back to the boat and say Hello to Valentino and GG.  My day was made!

Me with Olivia Palermo at Brian's birthday

Me with Olivia Palermo at Brian’s birthday

We had been invited to the birthday party of top cobbler, Brian Atwood.  The theme was genius, “Togas or Greek Gatsby”! We all managed to cobble some form of ensemble together and of course Valentino and GG did the ‘Greek Gatsby’ with their usual panache.  Magically I had thrown in a Stella McCartney toga-ish evening dress and some even older Greek inspired Jimmy Choos.  For once my overpacking paid off!  Olivia arrived on the deck beautifully coiffed with a little headpiece she had discovered on one of our Mykonos village raids.  We headed of to a wonderful house high up on a rocky point of the island.

Brian's birthday

Brian’s birthday

Greeted by exquisite toga clad young men with gladiator sandals to boot.  Thoughtful baskets with crowns of laurel leaves were on hand to add an extra touch.  Brian is a very handsome man and therefore looked wonderful as a Gladiator.  Within moments of our arrival fireworks exploded into the night sky and a cake the size of a small island was grandly carried through.  My good friend Evangelo who is from Athens, looked the genuine article in his slashed to the waist toga and was keen to introduce us to his friends.  It was a magical setting and all the guests had really dressed up to the theme. As we left I spotted the uber hotelier Andre Balzas with his current squeeze, Chelsea Handler dancing like crazy.

The Tribe - Port of Hydra

The Tribe – Port of Hydra

We awoke the following day to the boat heading for the very special island of Hydra…….

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Moving house, a HELLO! photoshoot and a lovely Love Ball in Monaco

They say moving house is as stressful as a divorce or a death in the family… and I totally agree! After four blissful years at our old home we have moved on to a new home… only it’s not ready! Luckily the dream team movers over at Cadogan Tate, who have looked after me for at least 18yrs, came to the rescue. All I know right now is that all our worldly possessions are now in brown boxes so I am just letting it all float over me…

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Wonderfully, to break up the sheer monotony of packing and tidying, my beloved father called to invite me to see the return of Dirty Dancing at the Piccadilly Theatre. It was fantastic and the audience seemed to think so too. I saw Gok Won in the front row and Bruno Tonioli of Strictly Come Dancing singing along quite happily. Even rock chick Jo Wood seemed to be having fun. We decided to skip the afterparty as I was up bright and early to head to the Cote D’Azur to shoot my dear friend Julian Lennon for HELLO! magazine to promote his forthcoming photographic exhibition at my gallery.

Julian Lennon & Deborah Anderson

Julian Lennon & Deborah Anderson

It had taken me a while to persuade him it would be a great idea. Sadly I cannot divulge too much as the piece isn’t ready to publish yet but his home was incredible. Very L.A. in some respects, with incredible, sentimental pieces strewn around. He is a very respected photographer, as well as a serious musician, so there was definitely enough to get him to talk about in our interview. I had a great 48 hours, culminating with a delicious dinner with the LA based photographer Deborah Anderson and her brother Damion in my favourite village – Villefranche…

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Back to London and I bravely tried a new hairdressers on Fulham Rd called “Massato”. A terribly cool Japanese whizz who has three salons in Paris and is already very popular with some hip London heads of hair. I left and was more than thrilled with the result. Later that evening I headed off to David Gandy’s Johnnie Walker party on the most awesome yacht moored alongside the Tower of London. It was the most divine sunset and alongside my old friend Astrid Harbord and chic stylist Martha Ward we had a wonderful couple of hours…sipping whisky sours!

Vivi at Pony Club

Vivi at Pony Club

Finally our summer vacation beckoned. Vivi had been in a local pony club with her Italian grandma for 10 days and was beginning to dream of owning a pony – dangerous territory at only four years old! We flew to Milan, despite our life still being in boxes, picked up Vivi and then promptly drove to Monaco. We had been invited to our friend Natalia Vodianova’s 3rd Loveball in aid of her Naked Heart Foundation. This time she had created a 1960’s Riviera theme and Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco were her patrons.

Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova

First we had a delicious day of sun and sea at the Monte Carlo Beach Club where our English skin got a decent exposure to some real rays. Next I discovered my dress was far from appropriate and I snuck off to the central square for a spot of shopping. Lanvin had an incredible boutique and the guy who helped me couldn’t have been more fantabulous: Loutfi, my new BFF. So one dress down I headed for the Valentino shop where, of course, I was spoilt for choice and I ended up with a divine black lace jumpsuit. Feeling I was at least going to be suitably dressed for the occasion, I then headed for a very late hair appointment.

 

Lanvin

Lanvin

 

Arriving at the Hotel de Paris terrace overlooking the Monte Carlo bay, the scene was quite breathtaking and I was pleasantly almost knocked over by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld. He seems to have traded his de rigeur black leather gloves for black fishnet. You have to give him credit for all he has accomplished and that he continues to do so at 77 years of age. My great girlfriend Astrid Munoz was also there with her dashing husband Edoardo Novelli. Harry Blaine and his bombshell wife Bodil were on great form and I found our partner in crime Tim Jefferies equally as chipper.

 

Opera at the Love Ball

Opera at the Love Ball

 

Albert and Charlene of Monaco duly arrived with Natalia – who looked as ever radiant in red Dior  – dinner was called and we crossed over into the famous casino. We actually had the dinner in the L’Opera Garnier, it was only the second time that all the seats had been removed for an event. Quite the most beautiful room I ever saw. You really just stood back to admire the craftsmanship. Natalia had her lovely beau Antoine Arnaud giving her encouragement, as well as the uber photographer Mario Testino. Mario and Natalia are old friends and I am sure his support was of huge importance.

Menu for the Love Ball

Menu for the Love Ball

The evening was packed with amazing musical vignettes and a very beautiful ballet performance by prima ballerina Diana Vishneva of St. Petersburg Mariinsky Orchestra and Ballet – we really were spoiled. The auction, which is what the whole evening is about, raised a whopping €3.5 million, absolutely incredible! Natalia’s team at Naked Heart Foundation were beyond ecstatic. Finally we were allowed to head off and play in the casino… British comedian James Corden, our compere, looked relieved to be off duty, man-about-town Dennis Blasberg had Camilla Al Fayed and Margherita Missoni on his table and looked like the cat who’d the cream. Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was as ever a genius at making that extra pot of gold materialise, by way of some Academy award tickets and some impossible to get Vanity Fair party tickets – harder to come by than golddust! My only peeve was that singer Bono was in the audience sitting with Princess Charlene and didn’t sing one note!

Laurent Reiss and me at LoveBall

Laurent Reiss and me at LoveBall

One last lunch the next day with our lovely Tim Jefferies before we packed again and headed back to the airport – this time destination Athens. The last time I was in Greece was 1977, the fateful Summer Elvis Presley died. We are heading for more adventures with Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti…..

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