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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20 February
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Throwing birthday parties and heading to a book signing

Throwing birthday parties are my Achilles’ heel.  Not necessarily mine either. Even when my oldest daughter Anouska was young I always had to go the extra mile..  A Grease theme party when she was nine or her favourite, a cowboy party held in Wimbledon, complete with hay bales and real line dancing.  So my youngest Vivi may have only just turned five but, try as I might, it eludes me to keep it simple and homemade!

 

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I scoured the web for white furniture for children and came up with Birthday Dreams and a great site called Carousel, with lots of gorgeous, pretty things and genius pressies.  The Church Hall at the Brompton Oratory was transformed into a mini girls’ disco courtesy of The Giggle Company and all the little girls +  three token boys had a ball.  Bubbles, balloons and dancing galore for many little Princesses.

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Vivi enjoying party games ©Tamara Beckwith 

Following a celebratory theme, it was with great enthusiasm I headed out into the foul London night with my young friend Alice Naylor Leyand (technically she’s Anouska’s girlfriend but I am allowed to borrow her) for the infamous Lapo Elkann’s book signing of “The Italian” by Wayne Maser, which features photos of Lapo. It was taking place alongside an exhibition of self-portraits by New York socialite Anh Duong.

 

Lapo is a real character and one of my husband’s old friends.  Stylish doesn’t even begin to describe him and neither does naughty!  Robilant & Voena, the Mayfair gallery, was rammed to the rafters and I was only able to see the entrance by looking at a perfectly pedicured foot owned by none other than Elizabeth Saltzman.  A girl of many trades, she’s contributing editor at Vanity Fair and personal stylist to Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a couple.  She was just leaving with the dashing hotel supremo Andre Balzas and model Lily Cole.  We managed to squeeze in and grab copies of both Lapo’s book and Anh’s catalogue.

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 Lapo signing his book for me

Lapo greeted me wondering protectively where Giorgio was. He signed my copy with a wonderful flourish and we then headed towards the crush at the bar, where I found our good friends Eva Herzigova and her husband Gregorio Marsiaj. As it was still tipping down outside, I cheekily asked if we could jump into their car to head to the private dinner being thrown at Downtown Cipriani.  Charles Finch, the urbane agent and PR mogul, was hosting it in honour of Lapo and Anh with Hollywood actor Matthew Modine thrown in for good measure.

I was honoured to be seated at Lapo’s table with Eva and Gregorio and the wonderful Nick Mason (drummer of Pink Floyd) and his wife Nettie.  I lost Alice as she was whisked to another table.  Marpessa  Hennink, one of the original supermodels and now head muse for Dolce and Gabbana was there and I just have to see her twinkly eyes to know I need to head home early!

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 Lapo at Downtown Cipriani

Italians are a breed unto themselves. My husband Giorgio loves his birthday and this year was to be no exception.  A week before the big day arrived he wants to know what I had planned…a big nothing!  So within minutes he had drawn up a guestlist and spoken to the PR girl of the coolest new lounge and private members’ club, Rififi in Mayfair.  Remarkably, many of our fun friends were in town and able to make it.

Some beautiful flowers – dark red roses dipped in glitter – from Nikki Tibbles at Wild at Heart, gave the tables a splash of Valentine’s Day glamour.  Rose Martinis on arrival and a wonderful jazzy pianist called Jonathan created a lovely intimate feeling.  Emily Oppenheimer was one of the first to arrive and almost matched me in a white lace dress. Tim and Malin Jefferies arrived and Malin’s skintight leather number left little to the imagination!  Eva and Gregorio arrived full of beans and Patrick Cox was fast to pop her on his knee.

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 Left to right: My sister Clare, Gregorio Marsiaj, myself, Patrick Cox

 

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 Left to right: Tim Attias, Tim Jefferies, Arki Busson, Giorgio Veroni

The night was full of laughter and sweet speeches.  Italians were heavily represented with our divine Giancarlo Giammetti fresh off the plane.  I finally brought out a heart covered cake which was demolished in a blink.  A few late guests popped by, including Uma Thurman and Arki Busson, and gave Giorgio more birthday kisses. All in all, a wonderful Happy “last minute” Birthday celebration for a very good boy!

23 May
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Charity clay shooting and the fabulous HELLO! birthday party

The day of reckoning has arrived. My alarm sounded at 5.30am and I was up and in the shower like a rabbit. I can’t recall the last time I was so enthusiastic about something! The Highclere Shooting Challenge had been blessed with a spectacular display of British weather at its best – blue skies and sunshine. The ride to Highclere with two of my fellow team members, Grainne Stevenson and Lily Hodges, was hilarious as we suddenly realised that we were about to endure 5 drives of 200 clays per drive – for novices like us that would be a lot of shooting!

Highclere Castle aka "Downton Abbey"

Highclere Castle aka “Downton Abbey”Highclere Castle

Arriving at the gates of the Highclere Castle we got our driver to stop so we could really take in the magnificent sweeping scenery of “Downton Abbey”. It is even more beautiful than you could imagine, pulling up outside in the drive we fully expected Carson to come rushing out – but no such luck! However, once inside the hall we were met with a swarm of men all dressed in their country khakis and tweeds. It all felt a little surreal. Sir John Beckwith (my uncle) and his daughter Nicola had masterminded the whole Charity event to raise much needed funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital’s ‘The Face Value’ fund. Nicola’s eldest son, Oscar, was born with Crouzon syndrome and has already undergone many facial surgeries. Urgent research is still required for extensive surgery to get him and many other little children safely into adulthood. Lord & Lady Carnarvon had been so generous to allow us to have the shoot on their estate.

LilyHodges, me, Grainne Stevenson and Annette Nygren

LilyHodges, me, Grainne Stevenson and Annette Nygren

One of my girlfriends had injured her shoulder the week of the shoot and had called me in a panic for a replacement. Lily Hodges mentioned our mutual friend Jodie Kidd and thankfully she was totally up for it! Breakfast was old school bacon baps and coffee. We had to sign for our shotguns and then were allocated spanking new Range Rovers  - so far so brilliant! I had found our fourth Girls member Annette Nygren – she was our secret weapon as she is a terrific shot and flies all over the world with her husband to shoot.

Me with Jodie Kidd

Me with Jodie Kidd

Our 1st drive was exhilarating – never had we loaded and shot so fast. It actually didn’t matter that we were not hitting much but the adrenaline was huge. The second was a whole different kettle of fish and we struggled a bit. The third was incredibly impossible to put it mildly – I barely saw the clays high up above! Walking away we were a little downtrodden but perked up when we saw Geri Halliwell looking every inch a Pro. She is a very sporty girl and loves a competition and she certainly looked the part. The fourth and fifth drives were thankfully wonderful and we all blasted away. Heading back for lunch we were all filled with renewed vigour and how much fun we had had.

Team Victorious Secrets

Team Victorious Secrets

Lunch was all about the auction and the talented Henry Delahunty was in rare form. Very sombre speeches ensured tears flowed and pockets emptied. I was amazed to learn a total of £315,000 was raised, a fantastic amount. Prize giving was of course what all the men had really come for and I was touched that our team “Victorious Secrets” got a booby prize! Well “Most Enthusiastic” or something!!!

Tina Hobley with my sister Clare

Tina Hobley with my sister Clare

After the day’s clay shooting, it was back to London and it was the hugely important 25th anniversary party for HELLO Magazine. As a contributing Editor I have been lucky to have been involved with them for over 15yrs. Juliet Herd, my lovely Editor has always been a great supporter and I know she has a tough job sometimes! I had chosen a really fun but slightly Rock n Roll Skaist Taylor dress and some Tracey Ross stud heels. My sister Clare was riding with Giorgio and I, as was my long suffering agent & business partner Ghislain Pascal. The venue was the magificant Wallace Collection (where Stella McCartney held her 40th birthday celebrations) on Manchester Square. It’s very grand and perfect for the beautiful party they threw. Eduardo Sanchez, HELLO!’s head honcho had flown in from Spain, was with all the HELLO! family.

Me with Stephen and Assia Webster

Me with Stephen and Assia Webster

As we arrived England’s favourite cheeky blonde, Denise van Outen, was making her entrance. Once inside more photos and bang smack into Theo Fennell and his glorious wife-turned-novelist Louise. Our good friends, Stephen and Assia Webster were also there and I promptly set about stealing her incredible blue opal earrings. Jodie Kidd arrived with her pretty mother Wendy and naughty brother Jack and her beau Andrea. I had just met her little boy the day before and to say he is delicious would be an understatement. The room was heaving with people but John Cleese and his wife Jennifer Wade stood out. Giorgio found Joan Collins and her lovely Percy. She of course looked amazing in a black sequin trouser suit! She always exudess glamour. Patsy Palmer and her partner Richard were right at the front next to the stage and I wanted to say how much Violet had liked their little chap Bertie.

Joan Collins and Ivan Massow

Joan Collins and Ivan Massow

My all time favourite Stacey Young, wife of crooner Paul Young, arrived and you can hear her giggling from the other side of the room. There was just such a huge turnout of faces that have appeared in the magazine, it was great – having obviously seen their faces before you kept thinking you knew them! The champagne was definitely flowing and all you could really hear was laughter. I think that’s a great sign for any party. We then had a fabulous speech by Eduardo and our editors before no 1 artist Caro Emerald got up and sang her heart out – in such a wonderfully intimate venue it really was something special.

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster singing HELLO! 'Happy Birthday'

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster singing HELLO! ‘Happy Birthday’

Finally whispering started and the one and only Rod Stewart was brought in with his gorgeous wife Penny Lancaster to sing a fun Happy Birthday. The room went mad and he was almost lynched! Our only complaint was that he didn’t play a full set!!! Realising we had an early flight to Milan the next day we slipped off, but not before being handed big red HELLO! goodie bags – fantastic treats and gifts, utterly spoiling. A really great night.

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