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Sneak Peek: Inside the September/October Issue

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Welcome to the September/October Issue of Country & Town House: Art, Design & Creativity

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Your September/October issue of Country & Town House is hitting newsstands next week, and this month it’s the Art, Design & Creativity special featuring Claudia Schiffer, Vanessa Branson, 2020’s ‘Columnist of the Year’ Diana Thomas and many more.

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Inside the September/October issue, you’ll find…

The Rurbanist: Competitive sailor Ben Ainslie talks training for the America’s Cup, playing credit card roulette and what he’s learned during lockdown.

The Exhibitionist: Ed Vaizey explores electronic music and the art of raving at the Design Museum’s latest exhibition.

Renaissance Man: From a reimagining of François Malépart de Beaucourt’s ‘Portrait of a Hatian Woman’ to ‘Still Life with Peaches and a Lemon’ by Juriaen van Streeck, opera singer Peter Brathwaite tells Amy Wakeham about his compelling black portraiture recreations.

Conversations at Scarfes Bar: Diana Thomas on transitioning and the inspiring column that made her PPA’s ‘Columnist of the Year’.

I, Claudia: Lucy Cleland chats to supermodel Claudia Schiffer about age, modelling, success and sustainability ahead of her 50th birthday.

Horse & Hound: Susanna Salk delves into the world of interiors designers… and their dogs.

Plus: An illusive shoot featuring the likes of Stella McCartney and Molly Goddard, Vanessa Branson on her fascinating family history, Victoria Pendleton takes to Savoie’s off-piste slopes and your guide to the luxury villas to book now.

Smoke & Mirrors: the Illusionary September/October Shoot


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  • September/October shoot

    Coat, Mulberry. Dress, Molly Goddard.

  • September/October shoot

    Skirt, jumper and boots, all Hermès.

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    Dress, boots, belt and all jewellery, Alexander McQueen.

  • September/October shoot

    Coat, Stella McCartney. Skirt, Victoria Beckham. Bralette, Commando. Boots, Bottega Veneta.

  • September/October shoot

    Jumpsuit and cardigan, Bottega Veneta. Boots, Mulberry.

  • September/October shoot

    Skirt and top, Molly Goddard. Briefs, Baserange. Ruby and diamond necklace set in gold and platinum, Harry Winston.

  • September/October shoot

    Top and skirt, both Louis Vuitton

Our contributors share their favourite artists and new season aspirations

Susanna Salk

Hopes for the autumn? It’s my favorite time of year. Even if we don’t have the normal back-to- school feeling to look forward to, nature’s magic will surely still invigorate us.

Favourite artist? Jean-Michel Basquiat. You could look at his paintings in a hundred years and still discover something new.

Artwork you’d most like to have on your wall? Alfred Steiglitz’s photograph of Georgia O’Keeffe’s hands.

Building you’d most like to live in? Maybe merging Sir John Soane’s Museum with Julian Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi building in Manhattan? Pedigree and whimsy combined!

Vivienne Becker

Hopes for the autumn? Travelling to New York for book research and also for an infusion of Big Apple energy and inspiration.

Favourite artist? René Lalique, poet-goldsmith and the genius of Art Nouveau jewellery.

Artwork you’d most like to have on your wall? The Kiss by Klimt. It’s so emotive.

Building you’d most like to live in? I would stay in my little Arts & Crafts cottage if it was completely decorated by my friend, Colleen Brand of Brand Interiors. Everything she touches is magically transformed into the perfect balance of chic and comfortable.

Mary Lussiana

Hopes for the autumn? To be able to travel freely again and hug my new grandchild.

Favourite artist? For sculpture: Michelangelo. For paintings: Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Van Gogh – all depending on my mood at the time.

Artwork you’d most like to have on your wall? I would love Van Gogh’s Starry Night to be the last thing I saw when switching my bedside light off.

Building you’d most like to live in? Depends on the season. A Cotswolds manor house in spring; a Portuguese beach house in summer; a farmhouse in Piedmont in the autumn and a wooden chalet in the Alps in winter.

Marcus Scriven

Hopes for the autumn? Holidaying somewhere sunny and sane – face-nappy free.

Favourite artist? Whoever designed the logo for The Free Speech Union – a pencil in a clenched fist. The FSU points out that free speech is the freedom on which all other freedoms rest.

Artwork you’d most like to have on your wall? The Defenestration of Piers Moron – a work of splendour. Yet to be painted.

Building you’d most like to live in? Frank Day’s room at Tara, Bosham – he was a Spitfire pilot and survivor of the Great Escape. His room, overlooking the water, seemed to be filled with his spirit.

Fashion director: Nicole Smallwood / Photographer: Michelle Beatty