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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28 February
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The Oscars weekend 2013

Arriving in Los Angeles for the Oscars 2013 weekend is like flying into the eye of a tornado. Novices need not apply! I have covered many Oscars over the years when I lived in LA and so am quite a pro. Even though I am not an actress or involved in the movie business so to speak, everything about the weekend needs military planning – not only organising the dresses and the jewels but also making sure that your name is on endless lists! No name, no entry.

Working hard!

Working hard!

Our first night was mellow as our good friend Richard Sachs, whose houseguest was gallerist Tim Jefferies, had invited us to the brand spanking new Nobu. Everything about it was amazing – the food was superb and our table was right next to a roaring fire. I felt like an excited school girl when I spotted Adele having dinner with her man right next to us. I managed somehow to refrain from going over! Kelsey Grammer and his British blonde were also having a bite – in between lots of cooing…

 

Jared Leto and Terry Richardson ©Billy Farrell

Jared Leto and Terry Richardson at Richard Prince at Gagosian ©BillyFarrell

 

The following night was the opening of the Richard Prince “Cowboy” show at the grand Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. The gallery is enormous (warehouse style) and was absolutely rammed with the bold and the beautiful of LA. Bad boy photographer Terry Richardson, in his trademark flannel shirt, was schmoozing and we said a brief hello to the petite China Chow and actor Jared Leto. Red Hot Chilli Pepper front man Anthony Keidis was seemingly very keen on one of the pieces. We finally found our good friend Giancarlo Giammetti and Tim Jefferies and decided to walk the couple of blocks to the private dinner at Mr Chows. King of the contemporary art world Larry Gagosian is a serious host and had taken over the entire restaurant. It was an amazing group, Mario Testino, Elton John with husband David Furnish and the divine actress Virginia Madsen with our great friend Robert Kass. We squeezed onto the table and met the cool PC Valmorbida (more about him later) and a willowy blonde called Jessica Hart. We ate so many scrumptious dim sum and some nutty noodles! Deciding we couldn’t afford a late night so early in the week, we said our thank yous to Larry and bumped into a very jolly Ronnie Sassoon.

 

Elton John and Terry Richards at Richard Prince at Gagosian ©Billy Farrell

Elton John and Terry Richards at Richard Prince at Gagosian ©Billy Farrell

 

Up bright and early with a touch of jet lag Giorgio and I headed to the beautiful Bel Air hotel where we hiked way up into the hills for a couple of hours! I had promised my great girlfriend, the designer Tracey Ross, that I would swing by her new project as a consultant for “Just One Eye” – the most gorgeous new store in Hollywood. It’s a one-stop store where jewellery and art and serious clothes all mix tantalisingly together. Temptation was everywhere and so I had a quick catch up with LA’s flower genius Eric Butterbaugh who I haven’t seen forever and met the owner of the store Paola Russo. My friend Victoria Hervey was stuck at the decadent desserts and champagne bar or was it the off-the-chart good looking waiters?? Either way, we had to get out fast…

We were being beautifully looked after by team Valentino and their little lunch at Cecconi’s was a chic affair. Normandie Keith has made LA her home and was looking so happy and healthy as she told us she had become a yoga teacher. Alexandra Von Furstenberg also joined us with her fiancé, the dashing Dax Miller. Peggy Segal, the walking who’s who of New York society was in great form as Giancarlo made us make our predictions for the Oscars.

 

 

Alex Von Fursenberg, Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti and Normandie Keith

Alex Von Furstenberg, Giorgio, Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti and Normandie Keith at Ceconni’s

One of the most beautiful annual Oscar parties is hosted by producer and media mogul Barry Diller and his wife the designer Diane von Furstenberg. We were taken by team Valentino and luckily for us the sun shone and the legendary BBQ was at its very best. We bumped into many friends and I had a funny chat to Richard Buckley, Tom Ford’s partner, about small children on flights. I deduced their flight over had not been an easy one! Naomi Campbell arrived fresh from her TV show The Face and was saying how great all her girls she is mentoring are. I was rather taken with the beautiful young Australian model Jessica Hart, who turned out to be the squeeze of shipping heir Stavros Niarchos and a Victoria Secret’s model.

Me and Jessica Hart at Barry Diller's picnic

Me and Jessica Hart at Barry Diller’s picnic

Hugh Jackman and his cool wife Debbie were en masse with all their families in tow. He is just so charming and self-effacing, it’s quite incredible. Nona Summers, the legend, was in great form as we chatted about the latest Instagram craziness. British blondes, Laura Bailey and Amanda De Cadenet were enjoying the sun with Livia Firth and I must admit it was quite a treat to see legendary lotharios Warren Beatty and George Hamilton both having fun. Puff Daddy arrived with his bestie Lucas White. The whole afternoon was like a glorious scene out of a movie.

 

Mario Testino and Jessica Hart ©David X Prutting

Mario Testino and Jessica Hart at Prism Gallery ©DavidXPrutting

 

Again we headed home full of fun memories – a quick shower and we were back out for the Mario Testino show at the equally fabulous Prism Gallery. A major shout out to PC Valmorbida and Jared Najjar who own the Gallery. It was brilliant! I have never seen so many gorgeous girls in one room.  Right in the middle, with flashbulbs everywhere, was Mario Testino himself. Supermodels Gisele Bundchen (Mario’s co-host) and Alessandra Ambrosio were zipping around and agent Omar Alberto who is drop dead gorgeous himself was there with LA fixture Todd Gordon and I was just thrilled to see them again. British dandy and fashion editor Hamish Bowles was elegant as ever and my old friend Victoria Brynner was snapping away. Liberty Ross was looking gorgeous and an old favourite Hollywood face of mine, actress Marisa Tomei, was in much demand for private iphone pics. I finally found fellow Brits Victoria Hervey and producer Julia Verdin who had been laden with free tequila! Stavros Niachos and Jessica now in a green lace Valentino jumpsuit were adding some extra sparkle.

 

Amanda de Cadenet and Catrolyn Murphy ©DavidXPrutting

Amanda de Cadenet and Carolyn Murphy at Testino at Prism Gallery ©DavidXPrutting

 

One of my favourite models from the 90’s, Carolyn Murphy, was there and she is breathtakingly beautiful. We bundled Robert Kass into our car and headed to Beverly Hills for the after party. They had taken “Fleur de Lys” (with Equipement and Dom Perignon) the exact replica of Versailles. It’s astonishing and we had been thrown a post-wedding party there by the owner Susanne Sapperstein five years ago. Once inside the party, it was spectacular. Emmanuele Filiberto and his actress wife Clotilde were the first friends we found.

 

Mario Testino, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady ©DavidXPrutting

Mario Testino, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady at Prism Gallery  ©DavidXPrutting

 

Man-about-town Carlos Souza was flying the Brazilian flag and dancing like crazy. Night club supremo Amy Sacco appeared and we had a laugh about Giorgio’s rather too close for comfort hugging. Singer Miley Cyrus was definitely causing a stir but it was only when Mario took to the dance floor himself with Gisele that the party really took off! When people clocked her football-hero husband Tom Brady, the action near him really heated up. Model Angela Lindvall, another beauty, was trying to shake off some very unwanted attention. Finally for the girls art dealer Vito Schnabel was on hand as was my old friend actor Stephen Dorff. I took one look at my husband who has a slightly innocent crush on the divine model Poppy Delevigne and decided I needed to be firm, or boring as Giorgio refers to it, and head home.

Me and Carlos Souza at Testino dinner ©DavidXPrutting

Me and Carlos Souza at Testino dinner ©DavidXPrutting

All this and we haven’t even got to Oscar night! Exhausted and needing a rejuvenating facial or something, I did my make up one more time. I was wearing an exquisite, beaded Valentino evening gown. I felt a million dollars as we headed to Elton John’s famous Oscar Party. We had only been down the white carpet for a second when I found the legendary make-up artist to girls like Gwen Stefani, Gregory Arlt.  He is a miracle man!

 

Me with Robert Kass and Virginia Madsen at Testino dinner

Me with Robert Kass and Virginia Madsen at Testino dinner

 

Elton and David Furnish have the art of throwing off-the-chart parties down to a fine tee. The whole party was washed over with pink lighting and I was incredibly excited to see Steve Tyler of Aerosmith. Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia was at producer Diana Jenkins table and there in the middle of all these gorgeous girls was singer Chris Brown. Hollywood screen goddess Sharon Stone looked stunning with her new younger beau. Newly-weds Nick Candy and Holly Valance were in great spirits and she looked really Oscar-special in a Ralph & Russo silver number. I caught sight of Britney Spears and a newly blonde Rose McGowan. By far my favourite introduction was to the amazing photographer Ellen Von Unwerth. She is a classy cool blonde! The entertainment was by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé and she really did rock the room. It was of course supermodel Heidi Klum who stole the body show – four children have come from that tummy and it is perfect. She does Red Carpet glamour incredibly!

 

Me in Valentino with Amanda Eliasch at Elton John's party

Me in Valentino with Amanda Eliasch at Elton John’s party

 

Lastly we were swept off to the afterparty of all afterparties – Madonna‘s. The fabulous Souza boys, Sean and Anthony had been flown in to start the music and we were so excited to see them up on the DJ deck. I was dying to take their photo but was swiftly informed “zero camera tolerance”! The house was beautiful and lit with a thousand twinkling tea lights. The dancing was like I have never seen before. It was wonderfully surreal and as for the rest, my lips are tightly sealed!

Over-the-top spoiling as the whole week has been, I can’t wait to get back to London – my favourite city in the world -and climb into my own bed…

 

26 November
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A diamond dinner and a Parisian perusal

I wish I had never mentioned the ‘we never go out on Mondays’ rule considering I have had a plan every Monday. This Monday, I attended a beautiful dinner hosted by Fawaz Gruosi, the undisputed king of all that glitters, and founder of De Grisogono jewellery – which is worn by the bold and beautiful all around the world.  He had flown into London to host the dinner at 17 Berkeley Street. Fawaz is a very good friend of mine and Giorgio’s and in fact made my engagement and wedding rings.  On top of that, he also happens to be one of the most fun men in the world.

 

Me with Fawaz Gruosi

 

My oldest and best friend Emma Gold of GSP had organised the party, and it sounded like we were in for a treat. Ready to join in the celebrations, financier Robert Hanson was in town with his glamorous wife Masha. A jeweller’s party would not be complete without a girl’s best friend, so it was no surprise when the ladies swooned over a certain pair of diamond drop earrings, which I have sweetly photographed for you to stare at. The cocktail brigade were out in force and I was in a knockout midnight blue Pucci number – it was skintight to say the least and I had a rather unfortunate wardrobe malfunction later on.

 

Diamond drop earrings

 

Fundraiser Ella Krasner was also at the party, and full of excitement at how well her own night The Place for Peace had gone the previous weekend. The amazingly glam event was co-chaired by its founder Forest Whitaker. Model Christina Juffali is also a huge De Grisogono devotee, and snuck in just as we were called for dinner. We had fun with our good friends the Stevensons and the Agags who had arrived from Madrid. Alejandro Agag is the man responsible for bringing us the Formula Electric Grand Prix – watch this space – It will be amazing.

 

Me and Lucy Doughty

 

After a chic fashion show with very tall, severe-looking models dripping in rocks we had a jolly sing song and were sent on our merry ways relatively early.

Next morning and I was off to a property review meeting with my Dad, who is a veteran property developer himself. Thank goodness I had been super reserved at Fawaz’s. There was quite a lot of information to take on board and digest.

My new treat is a wonderful nutritionist called Gabriella Peacock.  She looks the picture of clean and serene living but I happen to know she has the odd drink, which is a perfect fit for me. She has not tried to reinvent the wheel in terms of what I eat but has just made some easy to follow suggestions that I can hand on heart say have made me feel full of energy. Her secret trick of snacking on “protein bombs” has been revolutionary.

I had been to a very worthy girls lunch to raise money for cancer a few months ago, which was hosted by Tatler’s editor, and coincidentally an alma mater of my old school, Cheltenham Ladies College, Kate Reardon. Designer label Coach had gifted us all a bag and mine has just arrived. It’s not only chic in camel leather but also the most useful size for me.  I felt so spoilt being sent such a nice present, and it’s even more fabulous that I love it so much I can use it to death.

On the subject of bags, Giorgio and I had to drop into Bottega Venetta to see another of his great pals, Marco Bizarri, who is the CEO of the Bottega brand, as they were launching their designer Tomas Maier’s new coffee table bible. Bottega Venetta is almost too cool for school and their cocktail crowd so chic and sophisticated that I was delighted to run into one of my favourite boys and London’s top stylists Gianluca Longo. He and I have worked together on many shoots and he is every girl’s best friend. TV presenter Noelle Reno was also there and I was just desperate to find a suitable birthday gift for a friend. Four books and one gift later we headed off to our birthday dinner.

 

Anouska outside the Paris Photography exhibition

 

Up again with the larks as I wanted to walk my little one to nursery as normal since I was heading for Paris. Of course, now my eldest daughter Anouska lives there I have much more of an affinity for one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I headed to Paris Photo, which is regarded as the most important photography fair in the world. Now my own gallery, The Little Black gallery, is five years old, I felt it important to go and meet with some new photographers for the shows next year. Naturally there was fun on the agenda with gallery owner Tim Jefferies. I love Tim dearly and whatever he does is so stylish and usually wicked fun. Anouska and I were both invited by him to have dinner at the Hotel Costes on Rue St-Honoré.

 

Anouska and Iris Della Roca at the Paris Photography Exhibition

 

Lucy Doughty, one of my other girlfriends from London, was also there and we made a plan to hit the Alaia Headquarters the following day, the home of Azzedine Alaia, the great Tunisian-born, Parisian designer. I was sat next to the German photographer Christopher Thomas later on at dinner, whom was absolutely captivating and huge fun. The Costes itself makes you want to behave badly, and tempted me into having a sumptuous feast and a large number of guilt-inducing delicacies. Having had enough red wine to float a small island, I decided to head back to my own hotel on Place des Vosges. is a boutique hotel set up in the typical Parisiene courtyard. I had a small loft and I cannot tell you how amazing my stay was. Who still has an honesty bar? The Le Pavillon de la Reine was absolutely private, small and delicious, and I will from now on head there. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone looking for a really special experience that doesn’t cost the earth.

 

 

A forbidden breakfast of croissants with Anouska and her best friend Lulu and we finally got ourselves to the Grand Palais. The museum just proved how the French just do it bigger, better and grander. I missed last year’s Paris photo fair, and hadn’t seen it since its new home. The fair is huge, but in this magnificent building you could happily wander around all day.  I found many new pictures that have swiftly been added to my ‘I will have one day’ list and had a couple of interesting meetings. My business partner Ghislain Pascal arrived the following morning on a silly o’clock Eurostar.

 

 

But first, we had a frantic morning dropping in on a fabulous boutique called The Space on Rue Bonaparte. Fashionistas Julia Van Hagen and Tallulah Rufus-Isaacs have taken on this Sixties store, which was once owned by movie legend Elizabeth Taylor and her best friend Vicky Tiel. The shop even have a pair of incredible flamingo pink and leopard print original armchairs, which I was captivated by. Whilst I had a sneaky shop, Anouska spent time hanging the  WorldWideWomen pop up show at The Space. Once reunited, we decided to be typically English and lunch before another round at the Grand Palais. Brasserie Lipp in Saint-Germain fitted our requirements perfectly and we ate the plat du jour!  How touristy can one get?

 

After another four hours at the photo fair, we somehow managed to leave empty handed – miracles do happen. Keeping an eye on our watches we had one last meeting with our new photographer, the amazing Australian, Vee Speers. She and her husband invited us to their apartment where we were spoilt with homemade canapés galore.

Leaving Paris and my daughter behind is always a bit sad, but Paris had, as always, left me very happy.

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