Remaining stylish and composed when the mercury rises requires a light touch. Just ask Alex Freeling.
Lightness can be a difficult thing to judge. Anyone who has tried to make peace, or a decent chocolate mousse, knows the risks. Put too little energy into it and nothing happens, too much and the whole thing collapses. But get it right and it’s beautiful to behold. Lightness is how a golfer sinks a putt, or a pianist closes a phrase. Great performers seem lighter than air, but their ease comes from years of practice. In front of an audience, lightness is grace under pressure. The rest of the time, it’s a kind of undemanding charm.