From the Bahamas to the French Riviera, passing by Palm Springs and Portofino, American photographer Slim Aarons has captured the joie de vivre of the bon bourgois and the haute volées of the golden age. Here is my selection of some iconic images that will take you back to a time of luxury now forgotten, let alone make swoon for those Orlebar Browns you missed out on during the sales season.
Poolside Gossip, Palm Springs
American writer C.Z. Guest in Palm Beach
Alvin and Lilly Fuller outside their new home in Palm Beach, Florida, 1970.
Mrs. Woolworth Donahue with car and bicycles on her motor yacht, ‘Hartline’.
Gloria Schiff with her pet dog and pet birds at Lyford Cay in the Bahamas.
Lily Safra, wife of Lebanese banker Edmond Safra, with Mikki Sarofim and American socialite Jerome Zipkin at La Leopolda, Safra’s luxury villa in the south of France, July 1991.
Home of architect Arturo Pani in Acapulco, Mexico, January 1971.
Pool at Lake Tahoe, California, 1959
Bathers round a pool in Sotogrande, Spain, August 1975.