In the spring and summer of 2020, during the first Covid lockdowns, a new hashtag started trending on instagram as people delved through a country-inspired escape hatch of nostalgia from the pandemic.  #Cottagecore brought forth screens filled with reassuring rose-strewn stone cottages, traditional picnic baskets, gingham frocks and old-fashioned ornaments and figurines worthy of grandma’s mantelpiece. But by the end of 2020, there was a new nostalgia in town, an effervescence of bright pastel colours and gilded twirls, inspired by the instantly popular Bridgerton.  A modern take on early 19th century taste, #regencycore has become the latest microtrend in fashion and interiors, and has whisked us away to a fanciful escapist world.  Here the hard edges of modernity are tempered by a layering of antique pieces, an infusion of floral patterns, a sprinkling of candy colours…