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Week after week we get a glimpse into the beautiful, decadent, debauched and oh so very upper-crust lives of West London’s most preened and privileged youngsters through Made In Chelsea. And as season four of the hit reality TV show comes to an end, three breakthrough new cast members emerged – yup, we’re talking the Chelsea Mums. Step-forward the oh-so-glamorous, fabulous, straight-talking, feisty and champagne-swigging, Mummy Felstead (Binky), Mummy Locke (Ollie) and Mummy Cheska. To celebrate Christmas in a decadent manner, we thought what better than to round up Chelsea’s finest for a special festive shoot in the brand new issue of Grazia. Pick it up pronto to see the full shoot but for now, we have a taster of their Christmas etiquette plus behind-the-scenes video...
Karen Woodley, who owns Amelia’s Attic boutique in Salcombe, Devon, teamed up with her daughter Cheska Hull to give us their top tips. ‘You should always make an effort on Christmas day,' Cheska told us. 'It is not an occasion for sitting around in your pyjamas, even if you are inside, slogging away at the Aga, you should be doing it in a sparkly frock. You should always be camera ready, as everyone always wants to take your picture on Christmas day.’ In fact, this is something Ollie Locke and his mum feel passionately about too. ‘Sunday best is the only acceptable dress code,' Mummy Locke says. 'Plus a festive pinny for Mummy.’
Ollie and his mother BBC radio presenter, Sarah Locke, also deem garish baubles out and handmade nativity scenes in. ‘Any decoration that is pink, purple or blue is abhorrent and most certainly not a posh Christmas decoration,' says Ollie. 'Christmas decorations should be classic colours: gold, silver, red. Absolutely no coloured lights, and as for themed trees, only trendy gay men or East End cool types can get away with a themed tree.'
Finally, Binky Felstead and her mum Jane are firm fans of charity cards. 'I used to send 80 a year but I stopped that because it’s silly what I do now is I send them to people I can’t reach,' says Jane. 'I give them to people in the village.'
For more from the Chelsea Mums, pick up the new issue of Grazia - out today! - and watch our behind-the-scenes video below...
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