The author, publishing colossus, former president of Condé Nast and V&A chair shares the Insta accounts he loves.

From 1989 to 2019 – an appositely immaculate thirty years – Nicholas Coleridge CBE was the top man at Condé Nast, which pretty inarguably produces the greatest volume of achingly, glossily gorgeous pages in the world. From Tatler to Vogue, Condé Nast Traveller to World of Interiors, he was in charge of overseeing the delivery of Bible-thick, reassuringly beautiful doses of high glamour and, in the process, keeping us all just a little bit more on our sartorial toes than we might otherwise have been – all while providing a landscape of the most exquisite escapism.

He may now have hung up his glitzy presidential mantle, but the bestselling author and chair of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Prince of Wales' Campaign for Wool, and the Gilbert Trust for the Arts is still, naturally, in possession of an unerring eye for the beautiful, the talented, the glossy and the downright cool. Here, he gives us a glimpse into his glossy and eclectic world via Instagram – from Indian travels with William Dalrymple (and his son) to California cool with his model goddaughter Cara Delevingne to Boris as a 1980s party boy in Oxford to, er, exceptionally well-presented sheep.

We’ve already, wholly uncoolly, declared our adoration for the great man in these pages. And now we love him even more. Here’s who to follow if you want to be just a little bit more Nicholas.


Covers historical and contemporary Turkish culture. Photographs of the Bosphorus, Islamic treasures, restaurant tips.


What it says on the tin: Indian miniatures and details of miniatures.


Excellent photographs by the omnipresent historian, mostly of India and Scotland. Sometimes the Thames towpath.


Photos by Willie Dalrymple’s son Sam of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan.


Cool LA photos of my goddaughter, as followed by 43 million people. Nice to know what she’s up to.


Cool English photos of and by my other model goddaughter. A lot of green hair shoots from Love magazine and also eventing horses.


Mostly stunning pictures of sheep, part of the Prince of Wales’s campaign to save the wool industry.


User-generated and museum-generated pictures of exhibitions and the permanent collections.


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Brilliant party pix from Eighties, Nineties and millennial High Society. Many of our current PM and other Oxford alumni involved in high jinx.


Fabulous photos of the Welsh and English countryside. Architecture and landscape. He is a genius.


Paintings and old photographs, medals and swords for sale, most with an India connection. I buy from them sometimes.

By Nancy Alsop
September 2020


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