Amanda and Tallulah Harlech
As the consigliere to John Galliano for his first 13 years in fashion and to Karl Lagerfeld for the past 12, “I’ve had the most extraordinary voyage through dressing,” says Lady Amanda Harlech (above, right). She traces her interest in fashion to her childhood costume trunk, full of black chiffon dresses and velvet evening capes, and to the book The Cuckoo Clock, by Mrs. Molesworth, about an orphaned child invalid led on extraordinary journeys by the bird in a clock. “She’d go inside Chinese cabinets and to the Land of the Butterflies and dress in the world that the cuckoo took her to,” Harlech recalls. “For me, that was one of the really big starting-gun fire-ups to the transformative world of clothes. I could make my own magic and go to my secret places.” She’s since acquired a more sizable wardrobe, formerly housed at the Ritz in Paris and now at her home in Shropshire, England—and it still takes her where she wants to go. Recently, it was to Lagerfeld’s house in Ramatuelle, near Saint-Tropez. “I love staying there because it’s a moment to wear extraordinary 19th-century white cotton petticoats and lace. You can be really inventive and not practical.” Her daughter, Tallulah (above, left), a fledgling actress and model, made her fashion debut at age 12 holding Lagerfeld’s hand during the finale of his Chanel 2000 couture show. “I played and imagined,” Harlech says. “But Tallulah has taken it to the next level by being that person onstage.”
Left: Chanel jacquard dress, and hat. chanel rouge allure luminous intense lip colour in rouge noir. Right: Chanel Haute Couture silk velvet dress. Piers Atkinson veil; LaCrasia Gloves gloves.
Photography by Tim Walker