Downton Abbey, The Jazz Age Flapper Rules the Roost!
Merry Christmas Ethical Hedonists! Given that our collective love affair with Downton Abbey draws to a close tonight, it only seems fitting that I should mark the occasion by skipping back to the Jazz Age, with a dash of Strictly too. To the darling, daring twenties, in a vintage couture flapper dress worthy of Lady Mary’s admiration. Have you noticed that fashion is having a Downton Abbey grand amour? Sensuous, embellished opera jackets, and bejewelled headbands and sparkling collars are de rigour. What fun! Raid Fortnum and Mason, grandma’s attic or your nearest vintage treasure trove! It was certainly love at first shimmering sequin, the instant my extrovert, vintage Frank Usher, dream of a dress fluttered and shimmered past my chair at the Earl Mountbatten Charity Hospice Sale a few weeks ago. Nothing cheers a girl more than a twinkling, gold vintage dress that cries’ take me dancing’ – and raises money for a very special cause.
Lady Edith Must Find Happiness and Get the Best Frocks!
So, as we we curl up on on our sofas, how will our grand love affair with the 21st century version of Upstairs, Downstairs end? Of course, we all want Lady Edith to be truly happy at last and upstage her icy sister, Lady Mary, in the finest fashion fripperies. Though my heart goes out to the actress Michelle Dockery who has played her with such brilliance, for her recent loss. No doubt the dowager countess, Maggie Smith, will despair over the modern age, with her usual rapier wit; Lord and Lady Grantham will perhaps contemplate retiring to a more modest pile; while Mary becomes a thoroughly modern business woman, pig farmer and chatelaine of Downton Abbey – and the servants all leave and become frightfully middle class. I can’t wait to sip a glass of organic champagne and ponder which television drama could possibly follow in the sparkling, escapist slipstream of Downton Abbey, and capture the collective imagination in 2016! Alison Jane Reid.
A Big Thank you to The Bingham Hotel, Richmond-Upon Thames – The Bingham is an 18th Century Townhouse Hotel, with a passion for authentic luxury and local food www.thebingham.co.uk
Watch the final episode of Downton Abbey on ITV, Christmas Day at 8.45pm – and on demand at www.itv.com