Since they originally patrolled the streets of Chelsea in wax jackets and Alice bands nearly four decades ago, London’s Sloane Ranger clan has officially perished.
Tatler magazine, a bible for young socialites, has updated its Little Black Book of society’s most desirable men and ladies by replacing stripe-shirted viscounts and cashmere-clad women with more contemporary sportsmen and television stars.
Love Island’s Gemma Owen, age 19, has been deemed the most desirable young woman of the year, while Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount, age 23, is her male counterpart.
Gemma Owen, daughter of former England striker Michael Owen, has equestrian credentials as a Team GB dressage rider; yet, she is best known to millions of young Britons as the scantily dressed star of a reality dating program.
Mount and fashion It Girl Emilia Boateng, daughter of designer Ozwald, grace the cover of the November issue of Tatler.
An insider remarked, ‘Tatler’s editor Richard Dennen has always maintained he intended to make the magazine cooler and more contemporary, and he claims to have “de-Sloaned the appearance” by removing red trousers, tweed, and pashminas from the pages.
Football players are the new dukes due of their opulent lifestyles. They are young, wealthy, attractive, and have an extensive social media presence. Old-fashioned Sloanes are simply not that intriguing.
In 1975, style writer Peter York invented the term Sloane Ranger to characterize a type of affluent Londoner who resides near Sloane Square in Chelsea. Until recently, Tatler’s Bystander society sections praised the social lives of primarily white, upper-class individuals attending openings and parties.
Edward Enninful, the editor of Vogue UK, has taken steps to integrate models and staff from a wider spectrum of backgrounds. It has also been embraced by Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue and Dennen’s mentor.
Wintour has taken to asking at Vogue events, as reported by The Mail on Sunday, “Why are there so many white individuals in the room?”
Three aristocrats made the top 10 of the Black Book: the Marquess of Lorne, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, and the Hon. Delphi Primrose. A publishing source stated, “They are younger, more fashionable, and more modern than a classic Sloane.”
‘Lorne is a former Queen’s page and a future duke, but he is also extremely popular on TikTok. At the Queen’s funeral, Margarita Armstrong-Jones was the finest dressed royal. Both high society and the magazine are evolving. No longer does anyone read Tatler in search of Viscount Right.
Peter York, who authored The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook in 1982, stated that the tribe was defunct and said, ‘They no longer reside in Sloane Square.’
Sloanes are intelligent, well-educated individuals who work in London for the world’s ultra-wealthy. Those with exceptional skills work in law firms, while those without work as real estate brokers in Belgravia.
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