Stitching for the stars

Though the firm was established in 1849, H. Huntsman & Sons’ most famous clients are from the Hollywod golden age:…

Rocks of ages

As I sit at the computer with my fingers dancing across the keys, the monotony of their black squares and…

Making waves

Shaq looked lackadaisical; but really he was very precise. Action betrayed him. He tightened the toggle on his old straw…

The Wish List

Left to right: diamond and citrine in yellow gold basket ring, £3,500, Annoushka; Sevillana ring in 18k gold with lapis…

Home game

While the hard graft of being the world’s No. 1 tennis player is not to be underestimated, it has its…

The Biennale carnival

Sitting at lunch the other week, in a rainy London, I let my mind drift to Venice. I was to visit…

Role model

Mention that you are interviewing the German film star Diane Kruger and boys will note that she is ‘hot’, while…

That time of year

Festivals? A young man’s game. I know this because I was a young man until quite recently, so I went to…

Angela-Missoni (photo by Olymcom Spa / Rex Features)

Missoni’s mission

When Angela Missoni was pregnant with her third child, Theresa (now 23), she told her father Tai she couldn’t go…

Annoushka Ducas’s latest artistic collaboration at her shop in Chelsea, above, is with Nathalie Hambro

The jeweller’s art

I’m pretty sure the first thing most people do when they meet Annoushka Ducas is check out her jewellery. This…

A Thousand Words

What is your idea of a great portrait photograph? Something that makes you stop for a second and look again.…

Veiled Desire

Concentrating on sexual intercourse in isolation, wrote the notoriously celibate Henry James, leads to creative failure, for the act ‘finds…

Gambling On Gatsby

Aside from a talent for spending money and throwing parties, Baz Luhrmann and Jay Gatsby, the tragic hero of F.…

Following In The Fitzgeralds’ Footsteps

Stand on the north shore of Long Island, in the little town of Great Neck, and — with a little imagination…

The Franco Files

James Franco’s mood can shift from wary to jokey in a heartbeat. This I find particularly charming. As well as…

Danny Boyle on Franco

James is fiercely intelligent and acting can get very frustrating. A lot of acting is very repetitive and I have…

Windsor Without Palaces

It was only 8.30a.m., but already my shirt was catching on my dampening shoulders. That’s Florida for you, even in…

Three Ways To Reinvent The Wheel

In time trials at the Olympics and the Tour de France, the very best cyclists in the world push themselves…

Free Range

Our trip began at Farnborough, an almost eerily zen airport. A small girl of about five was being ushered through…

The Write Stuff

Here’s what you should get your loved one for Christmas. 1. A nice fountain pen. 2. Philip Hensher’s The Missing…

Katharine Hepburn dressed as a boy in the movie Sylvia Scarlett, 1935

So Macho

In an interview last year, the actress Tilda Swinton remembered, as a child, seeing her mother and father (an Army…

Tony Mendez, who as a CIA agent led the operation that extracted six American diplomats from Iran, at home in Maryland earlier this year

Pinball wizardry and other adventures

I grew up poor and somewhat isolated in the searing desert heat of Nevada. Perhaps because of this early childhood…

Helena Bonham Carter as literature’s ultimate frustrated virgin in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations

A Parade of Pips

Film financiers justify putting money into adaptations of Charles Dickens because he is both ‘classic’ and ‘literary’ yet also (kill…