The Overlook Revisited edition anticipates a return to the frolics and fun denied to the world over the last year.
CHAP Summer 21, out on 17th June, marks the promised return to ‘normality’ by celebrating those who have taken a joyously abnormal approach to life. Our main interview is with the triple Oscar-winning star of Lincoln, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood and countless other exceptional movies. He reveals the methods he uses to immerse himself in the tough roles he chooses, and how difficult it can be to get out again.
Our first proper photoshoot for over a year and a half took five popinjays to All Saints Pastoral Centre in St Albans, where they re-enacted scenes from Brideshead Revisited and The Shining, a stone’s throw from where Stanley Kubrick devised his film of Stephen King’s book. The presence of identical twins Louise and Karen Holland only assisted the spookiness.
Since this year marks the centenary of the fictional July 4th Ball at the Overlook Hotel, we also provide an in-depth feature on the party itself and why it has kept people talking about it for a hundred years.
The celebration of eccentric characters continues with the breakneck tale of George ‘the Tireless Squire’ Osbaldeston, early 19th century hellraiser, horseman, seducer and cricketer who set a record in 1831 for riding a horse 200 miles in under 10 hours, a record that Peter Scudamore was only able to beat 162 years later because he wasn’t cabbaged on cognac.
A later hellraiser from the decadent 1980s is recalled, as Chris Sullivan recounts his perilous days on the London nighclub scene with Steve Strange, who died of drugs-related problems in 2015 aged 56. “One year he was flying in private planes with Freddie Mercury and just a few years later he was living in a tiny council flat in Forest Hill scraping a living off the dole. For me he was the symbol of a mad barking decade where everything was possible and nothing was off limits.”
Sartorial features in this issue include Get The Look: Riviera Style; the story of French workwear brand Vetra, founded in 1927; Grey Fox Blog‘s David Evans on how British style is perceived from abroad; how Tim Little turned around the fortunes of Grenson Shoes; and a review of the Pioneer Chronograph from Wishmoor Watches.
The non-conformist dandy is explored further via the life and work of Salvador Dali, the man who turned dreams into art and back into dreams again. We also learn of the obscure Peruvian photographer who snapped the changing fashions of Cusco in the 1930s and captured the foppish elegance of the young Andean bucks of the era. We also meet Ian Kelly, biographer, actor and screenwriter and author of the definitive biography of Beau Brummell.
All this plus a tribute to the late Helen McCrory, a guide to social drinkers, 1950s surfing attire, Was I Chap?, Antiques and Collectables, Ask The Chap, English Wine, how to prepare the perfect picnic, The Chap Tarot, and travel to the Kent Coast.
CHAP Summer 21 is in UK newsagents and available here