1) Dr Zhivago Meets Downton Winter Coat By Browne and Daughters –
Remember the absolutely heartbreaking scene in Dr Zhivago, where Julie Christie’s character parts from Omar Sharif? She was wearing the most ravishing, peerless, military style winter coat that will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of fashion lovers everywhere as a timeless, forever icon of style.
A coat that is so damn perfect, and so very hard to find executed well in the modern age. Then, happily, one discovers Browne and Daughter’s sublime, floor sweeping, Made in Britain bespoke version, which will instantly transport you to an age of elegance, luxury, and sigh making, revolutionary romance!
This luscious coat also suits the mood of extrovert daring, and confidence, that I look forward to every Sunday, as Downton Abbey embraces the roaring twenties.
I can just see Lady Mary or her glamorous mother, Lady Cora, played by Elizabeth McGovern, wearing this Queen of Coats for Christmas at The Abbey. The Zhivago Coat costs from, £670.00, and comes in a cornucopia of enticing options and trimmings, including: cashmere, tweed and wool. You can add special, one of a kind linings and buttons to make your coat utterly personal to you!
2) Downton style telephone –
Give your home a ‘ritzy’ Downton twist with this fabulously unique, traditional candlestick GPO Cardinal telephone that could’ve come straight out of Lady Grantham’s drawing room. The bonus is that with its retro styling it works on any modern telephone network and is compatible with modern telephone banking – win win!
3) Downton Abbey On Ice Fashion Show –
Taking place on Badrutt Palace’s ice rink is a magical winter Downton fashion show- get this – on ice! Yes, you heard right. Think vintage flapper dresses, precious tiaras and darling mary-janes twirling, whirling and pirouetting round the ice-rink in a delightfully unique and pioneering expression of vintage fashion.
4) Downtonisms App
Have you noticed that the women of Downton get all the best lines? Now you can add some ladylike sparkle to your repartee, as ITV’s best loved period drama rockets into the digital age. Yes, the rarefied world of Downton Abbey is now available on your mobile with the launch of the official Downton Abbey app ‘Downtonisms’. Fans can relive their favourite one-liners (or Downtonisms) from series one to four of the multi-award winning television show. With one-liners such as “vulgarity is no substitute for wit” from the scathing Dowager Countess and “I should hate to be so predictable” from the sassy Lady Mary, download the app and join the fun!
5) Stylish Old Roberts radios –
These exquisite vintage style retro Roberts radios – which have actually been included in the series – are just the ticket for any Downton aficionado’s stylish abode. Deep burgundy in colour with gorgeous gold detailing, these radios are of the highest technical quality whilst exuding opulent 1920’s glamour.
6) Vintage Dancer –
This stunning vintage fashion website offers an awe-inspiring array of early 1920’s style beaded and fringe dresses as well as pretty headbands, cloche hats and long necklaces that we’re certain vivacious Lady Mary would swoon over. We can see her dancing the night away like a true 1920’s siren in this cap-sleeved, vintage masterpiece (pictured above).
7) Lucy Q Vintage Style drop earrings –
Lucy Q Designs’ handmade in Britain, artisan jewellery has come up trumps with these charming sterling Silver earrings with smokey quartz stones. The understated simplicity of this elegant design means these earrings work for both afternoon tea and an elegant evening of dancing!
8) Red leather dog collar Mungo and Maud –
Isis the dog was always immaculately turned out; treat mans best friend to a Downton doggie makeover with this lavish red leather dog collar from luxury dog dressers mungo and maud. Why not add a stylish dog coat and make your pampered pooch the most stylish hound on the block?!
9) Library of Fragrance –
Transport yourself to the hallowed, book-lined drawing room of the Crawley drawing room at Downton Abbey with the Library of Fragrance’s Downton Inspired trio of pick me up colognes – Saddle, Mahogany and Beeswax for the very essence of a great country house. Single perfumes are so passe. The fashion in fragrance is for layering, and creating your own, bespoke scent. What fun. The essence of Downton evokes memories of fine, old leather books, the honeyed smell of very good beeswax and aged mahogany furniture, polished to within an inch of its life. The fragrance comes in elegant, clearglass bottles – the very embodiment of 1920’s allure and ideal for travel.
The exclusive, sensual fragrance, really does evoke the world of Downton, and would smell just as sublime worn by sartorial gent Lord Grantham as it would by the sassy, spirited Lady Mary – this fragrance is one that can be worn, treasured and adored by all.
10) Nyetimber Classic Cuvee English Sparkling Wine –
This opulent, pale gold wine, effervescent with tiny bubbles and a distinctive aroma of fresh melon, sweet pea flowers and vanilla is the perfect sparkling refreshment for the sophisticated residents of Crawley Manor. Sip on this elegant tipple and be transported to a world of 1920’s glamour.
PALE GOLD, GREAT CLARITY AND TINY BUBBLES. AROMAS OF FRESH MELON, MEYER LEMON, PROVING BREAD, SWEET PEA FLOWERS & VANILLA FOLLOWED BY FRESH APRICOT AND MELON FLAVOURS ON THE PALATE AND LOVELY TINY BUBBLE TEXTURE. APRICOT AND BREAD FLAVOURS CONTINUE ON THE LONG FINISH. THE WINE HAS ALL THE BALANCE AND STRUCTURE NEEDED TO AGE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.