Serpentine Summer Party 2016

08/07/2016 12:33 AM

Yana and Leon Max attend The Serpentine Summer Party Co-Hosted By Tommy Hilfiger at The Serpentine Gallery on July 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

London, Last Night

The annual high society meets fashion bash at London’s Serpentine Gallery brought celebrity guests together including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Sienna Miller. Leon and Yana Max wearing the eponymous brand attended the event, which celebrates the opening of the Hyde Park set contemporary art gallery’s Pavilion, this year an “un-zipped wall” conceived by Bjarke Ingels. Also there, Clara Paget, the former Leon Max campaign star.

Lily Donaldson arrives for the Serpentine Summer Party (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

Clara Paget attends the Serpentine Summer Party (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

Naomi Campbell attends the Serpentine Summer Party (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger)

Missoni Art Colour

03/07/2016 3:05 AM

“Missoni Art Colour” at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum addresses the brand’s links to 20th century Italian art. Using art from Italian museums the show offers a chance to see many works on display in Britain for the first time.

These Futurist and Post-modernist works, featuring heavyweights from Balla to Fontana, complement the (previously unseen) studies, sketches and paintings of founder Ottavio Missoni.

This brand was, and remains, more than a fashion label and it deserves a place within a wider cultural history: a creative enterprise which flowed alongside the theories of its artistic contemporaries.

At the centrepiece of the show are, unsurprisingly, designs from the Missoni archive: 42 mannequins form a pyramid of the most recognisable and iconic moments in the brand’s 60-year history.

These pieces are presented under flickering spotlights and a sound installation by contemporary Italian composer Pietro Pirelli – dubbed a ‘textile symphony’ in the museum’s caption – to highlight how Missoni can be viewed through the prism of the visual arts. 

Founder of Missoni, Rosita Missoni attends the Missoni Art Colour preview in partnership with Woolmark at The Fashion and Textile Museum

What the exhibition makes clear is that Ottavio and Rosita Missoni were a formidable duo: Ottavio the unrelenting creative and Rosita the fashionista who guided the empire as we know it today.

Missoni, of course, is still known for its eclectic mix of colour, pattern and knit and ‘Missoni Art Colour’ represents not only an important milestone and recognition of the brands history and influence but also its’ acceptance within an exclusive art world. All the time emphasising its specific Italian heritage.

Missoni Art Colour is at the Fashion & Textile Museum until 4th September.


21/06/2016 6:07 PM

By Flora Naughtie 

The first major survey of the Chicago-based artist, Barbara Kasten’s work – Stages – is now on at MOCA. Known primarily for her photographic work Stages unites Kasten’s use of sculpture, installation, textiles and video to expose the relationship of space and light. Her attention to these themes creates a strong cinematic voice and is perhaps why the exhibition suits the Los Angeles setting so well.

The constructions that Kasten presents are abstract forms and the transformative experience is achieved through shifts in tone, shape and shadow. It is this relationship between the viewer’s bodily experience and the work – shifting or fixed – that is tested throughout the rooms of the exhibit and the different points of Kasten’s career they represent. In the video work Axis (2015) Kasten employs the architectural space of the gallery as her set and allows the walls of MOCA to envelop the viewer as they become part of her geometric, architectural composition. 

Kasten’s use of photography has certainly influenced a new generation today and is the take-home message of the extensive exhibition. The roots of her practice in the Bauhaus avant-garde of those like LászlóMoholy-Nagy represents an investment in line, form and light over explicit content and documentation. The staging raises the question of whether experimental, non-representative photography is indeed undergoing a mainstream comeback.
Go, see it and decide.

Barbara Kasten: “STAGES” is at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles until August 14th 2016.

Cruise Control

11/06/2016 2:53 AM

Last week when a line of black Mercedes snaked through the quaint village of Charlbury in Oxfordshire the rumour went around that it was the Kardashians house hunting.
This turned out not to be true, it was the fashion set descending on Blenheim Palace for the Christian Dior cruise collection.
Blenheim is the palatial 18th century home of the Dukes of Marlborough, designed by Sir John Vanburgh (assisted by Nicholas Hawksmoor who designed Easton Neston, the home of fashion designer, Leon Max.) 

A private train had taken celebrity guests who included Kate Beckinsale, Emma Roberts and Bianca Jagger from Victoria Station to Charlbury. There, a fleet of cars swept them into the Palace.
This was to be a recreation of the 1954 show when Christian Dior first brought his “New Look” to England and high society went crazy for it. At the original Blenheim show a young Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister was guest of honour. 

This year Bella Hadid was the star catwalker.
Cruise or resort shows in glamorous locations are now de rigeur for the European luxury fashion houses. The week before Blenheim the fashion set was in Rio with Louis Vuitton.
Two days after Blenheim, it was to the cloisters of Westminster Abbey (unheard of previously as a fashion or social venue) where Gucci showed their cruise collection. It was eccentric and British and retro. There were thigh-high 60s dresses and plenty of punk.
When it comes to Cruise, it seems, Britain rocks.

Vogue 100 Gala Dinner

25/05/2016 12:53 AM

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Leon Max (L) and Yana Max attend British Vogue’s Centenary gala dinner at Kensington Gardens on May 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

London, last night: fashion was out in force to celebrate the 100th anniversary of British Vogue. Leon Max, who had co-hosted the opening of  "Vogue 100: A Century of style,“ earlier in the year was there, as well a host of other designer including Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada and Dolce & Gabbana.

For all the pics…

It’s Reigning Men

14/05/2016 12:04 AM

Menswear designer Kean Etro co-ordinated a wool-and-leather briefcase with a three-piece suit in wool plaid in his Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

For once there is something for the guys: three hundreds’ years worth of menswear has landed in Los Angeles. “Exhibitions about fashion have tended overwhelmingly to focus on womenswear,” says the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Michael Govan in his foreword to the book of his exhibition, “Reigning Men demonstrates that men’s dress has its own – in some ways unexpected – story to tell.” 21st-century Hollywood, this ain’t. Check out LACMA for a rainbow-like and glittering display of court and ceremonial dress, the 18th century frock coats of the London ‘macaroni’s’ whose wigs rivalled that of an unfortunate Queen of France, and the stripey tail coats worn in Revolutionary Paris as they were beheading her. Here too are the modern outfits of the dandy, the 19th century elegance of early Savile Row, the street in London where the art of mens’ suits’ has been perfected, the swinging styles of 1960s Carnaby Street through to a white, floor-length dress with a long, structured blazer from Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2012. Because, you see, it’s never too late for the man of the house to research some dandy inspiration for his closet.

Dressing gowns: on the left, an "at-home robe” (banyan) from 1880, right, a chic 1989 dressing gown from A. Sulka & Co. in New York, once a favourite of the Duke of Windsor’s.

The ‘Tuxedo’ got its name from Tuxedo Park an exclusive residential enclave outside New York. This jacket by Tom Ford is in a rich floral brocade rather than the traditional black.

Looks from the exhibition “Reigning Men: Fashion In Menswear, 1715-2015” which is at LACMA until August 21st.

The First Monday in May

31/03/2016 1:01 AM

By Flynn Roddam

“The First Monday in May” is the hot, new fashion film of the moment and it premieres at next months’s TriBeCa Film Festival in New York. The documentary is about the preparations for last year’s ‘Met Ball,’ the glamorous annual fashion event that raises money for the Costume Institute wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and follows the work of American Vogue Editrix Anna Wintour in putting this event together. Working with Wintour is Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton whose meticulous eye has him travel from China to Ireland in preparation – the exhibition that the ball opens is “China Through the Looking Glass” and it explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.

Bolton seeks only the finest and most authentic pieces and the exhibition includes the works of greats, Poiret, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, all juxtaposed against ancient Chinese artefacts, costumes, porcelain and paintings.

And now we can see some of the behind-the-scenes dramas that took place in the lead-up. If you liked the “September Issue” you will love this.

Vogue 100: A guided tour of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition

01/03/2016 9:51 PM

Take a tour of the newly opened Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, sponsored by Leon Max, at the National Portrait Gallery with Vogue’s creative director, Jaime Perlman, and curator/Vogue contributing editor Robin Muir as they discuss a few of their favourite works in this very special centenary display.


25/02/2016 1:04 AM


Suki Waterhouse, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent at the Burberry Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 show

By Flora Naughtie

The seasoned heavyweights, Burberry, Alexander McQueen et al, again joined the emerging hip young stars, all fighting for the attention and of the fashion elite.

A first time entry to the London Fashion week diary is Mimi Wade. She is this years ‘one to watch.’ Her presentation with Fashion East (one of the many platforms that makes LFW so essential in introducing new designers to the roster) was met with particular acclaim, she was dubbed the “IT-girl designer who has re-designed the party dress.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: Models backstage ahead of the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi show during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016/17 at TopShop Show Space on February 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Veteran NEWGEN designer Ryan Lo had a bold, feminine and frilly display combining Chinese popular culture with textile manipulation and earnt himself a place in the fashionistas’ diary.

Other highlights included Gareth Pugh’s (80s power dressing) collection at Freemasons Hall; the models were in strong tailored pieces, styled with masks (a bit Hannibal Lecter) and long leather gloves. It was a dark, eerie vibe perfectly suited to the quirky grandeur of its setting. Young Milanese designer Manuel Facchini also stood out for brilliance in tailoring and form. He was influenced by the Gothic architecture of Michael Hansmeyer and Richard Sweeney’s sculptures. Thornton Bregazzi’s professed ‘poetry groupie’ held its own in the Preen show. This was all decedent fabrics and winter florals which were brought together in an enchanting mix of grunge and free spirited imagination. Topshop Unique had the usual cool and youthful styles, all about the notably supermodel-studded front row; Jourdan Dunn fooling around with Karlie Kloss, social media male model star Lucky Blue Smith cosying up to Kate Moss’ little sister, Lottie, grande dames Anna Wintour and Dame Natalie Massanet smiling benignly.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Our former cover girl Erin O’Connor (L) and Naomi Campbell attend the Marc Jacobs Beauty dinner at the Club at Park Chinois on February 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)

Fashion Week brings with it the parties, almost as important as the shows, and Saturday night was the night the city went wild. Over at Old Billingsgate Market, Natalia Vodianova and Karlie Kloss hosted the Naked Heart fundraiser. The whole hall was turned into a fun fair, with rides and competitions, bumper cars and crazy golf. Meanwhile, Marc Jacob’s dinner at hot new Mayfair restaurant Park Chinois (Great Gatsby meets Chinese, by the way) was a hit with the style set including Georgia May Jagger, Naomi Campbell and Alexa Chung.

Next stop: Milan.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: Yasmin Le Bon, Amber Le Bon, Tiphaine De Lussy and Mimi Xu attend Peter Pilotto LFW AW16 show at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/Getty Images)

It’s Couture, darling

03/02/2016 11:51 PM

By Flora Naughtie

It’s not hard to realise the painstaking artisan work that goes into each collection in Paris for the Haute Couture. The hours spent dreaming up the designs and the hours spent implementing them – by hand from start to finish – goes far beyond the mass-produced, ready to wear fashion of today.
Ulyana Sergeenko’s two slip dresses – reported by Vogue to have taken five months each to create – illustrate the severity with which designers approach couture week and how tightly the quality is regulated by it’s governing body, the Syndicate Chamber of Haute Couture.

Ulyana Sergeenko Summer 2016 Haute Couture Paris
Ulyana Sergeenko SS 2016, Haute Couture Paris

The work produced this season emphatically belongs to, and upholds, the illustrious tradition of haute couture that stretches back to the early 18th century. Standout pieces from Yacine Aouadi, a newcomer to the couture roster, included an abundance of floral appliqués.
Elie Saab’s collection comprised feminine lace and embroidery pushing the boundaries to a new height of luxe extravagance.
Maison Martin Margiela under John Galliano paid tribute to the late David Bowie with a clear glam-rock edge – think knee high glittering boots and asymmetrical hair and make-up.


Elie Saab Spring Summer 2016 fashion show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on January 27, 2016 in Paris, France.


Gigi Hadid at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016, Photographed by Kevin Tachman.

What matters and creates talking points is not just the garments themselves but also the increasingly adventurous settings in which they are presented. Notable as always was Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel: a Doll’s house presenting the models in compartments. The equally inventive Jean Paul Gaultier took his inspiration from the infamous Le Palace nightclub, the models smoked, drank and high-fived as they walked.

Cool work while you can get it.


Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda SS16

Fairy Tales Brought to Life Through Fashion in FIT’S Latest Exhibit

25/01/2016 10:49 PM

Kirsty Mitchell, The Storyteller, from the Wonderland series. Photograph © Kirsty Mitchell,

A bright red 18th century cape sits next to its 21st century Comme de Garçon cousin at the “Fairy Tale Fashion” exhibition at FIT in New York. It is a rather amazing mix of three hundred years of fashion themed around the famous fairy tales that inspired them, stories with which all of us are familiar.

The “Little Red Riding Hood” gallery inside “Fairy Tale Fashion.” Photo: The Museum at FIT

A pure white J. Medel cape for the “Snow Queen,” the sweeping silhouette of the Charles James ‘Swan Dress’ for the “Swan Maidens,” it’s full skirt made from alternating black, brown and beige meche and a 1980s Thierry Mugler with fish-tale skirt for the “Little Mermaid” just a few glamorous examples. This is a fun and imaginative way to look at fairytales, through this lens of high fashion.

Charles James, Swan evening dress, 1954-1955, USA. The Museum at FIT (illustrating “The Swan Maidens”)

Mad Max: Fury Road Feeling A Lot of Love

19/01/2016 1:43 AM

Congratulations to our former cover girl Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and the whole cast of George Miller’s action film Mad Max: Fury Road on winning nine of the 11 awards for which they were nominated for at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards! They have been feeling a lot of love this awards season with 10 Oscar nominations – including Best Picture and Best Director. 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arrives at the The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Actresses Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton and Riley Keough, winners of Best Action Movie for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, pose in the press room at the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Our Former Cover Girls Spotted at Golden Globe Mania

11/01/2016 8:55 PM

The 73rd Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2015. Also highlighted were some of the industry’s best dressed for the first major red carpet event of 2016. We narrowed it down to our top picks.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY Our F/W 2010 muse looks stunning in her antique gold Atelier Versace gown at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

MASHA RUDENKO Our S/S 2010 beauty attends the 2016 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

SUKI WATERHOUSE Model and Leon Max “it girl” Suki Waterhouse attends the W Magazine celebration of the ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio and The Golden Globes with Audi and Dom Perignon at Chateau Marmont on January 7, 2016 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for W Magazine)

Golden Globes

Left to Right Clockwise:

ALICIA VIKANDER was demure in a ruffled, sparkly Louis Vuitton pinafore gown. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

CAITRIONA BALFE The Outlander actress vamped it up in a black semi-sheer Alexander McQueen dress, accessorized with Fred Leighton jewelry, a Christian Louboutin handbag and Roger Vivier shoes. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

EVA GREEN The Penny Dreadful actress embraced her romantic side in a gold lace Elie Saab Haute Couture dress. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

LILY JAMES wears a pastel Marchesa gown with keyhole cutout and caped detail, as well as Harry Winston diamonds. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Leon Max to Sponsor “Vogue 100: A Century of Style”

08/01/2016 10:45 PM

Next month the big news in fashion is going to be the opening of “Vogue 100: A Century of Style” at the National Portrait Gallery. It will be the grand opening of British Vogue’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The magazine was founded by Mr Condé Nast when the American edition of the magazine was unable to cross the Atlantic due to the First World War. Despite Europe being plunged into war it seems the British couldn’t get enough of reading about fashion and high society and the magazine was a hit. The exhibition, which Leon Max is proud to sponsor, is set to be a heady mix of the brightest and best images from the past hundred years of this venerable title.

All the great photographers are in there – Edward Steichen, Horst, Cecil Beaton, Clifford Coffin, Lee Miller, Norman Parkinson, Snowdon, John Deakin, David Bailey, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Juergen Teller, Tim Walker – and that’s just a few. Some the highlights, below:

“Vogue 100: A Century of Style” is at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 11th February – 22nd May 2016″

W Magazine’s ‘Best Performances’ Golden Globe Bash

08/01/2016 8:43 PM

Los Angeles, Last Night: It fell to W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi and hotelier André Balazs to host the Golden Globes warm-up party, a celebration of W’s “The Best Performances Issue” at the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard.

The swanky bash quickly filled up with a well dressed crowd that included Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Suki Waterhouse, Yana Max, Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Brie Larson and many more.

A view of the atmosphere is seen at the W Magazine celebration of the ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio and The Golden Globes with Audi and Dom Perignon at Chateau Marmont (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for W Magazine)

Actress Lily James arrived at the event dressed in a stunning floral print Alexander McQueen dress that proved once again that she’s a fashion It girl. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for W Magazine)

>The beautiful Suki Waterhouse was dressed to impress. The actress and model showed some skin in a strappy gold gown as she made her way inside the star-studded Hollywood event. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for W Magazine)

All eyes were on Cate Blanchett, a favorite this awards season for her performance in Carol, who stood out in more so than normal in an eye-catching number by Erdem. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for W Magazine)

The Top 12 Fashion Covers of 2015

24/12/2015 12:46 AM

The year of 2015 saw some amazing magazine covers. We narrowed it down to 12 of our favourites…featuring our former campaign cover girl Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Karlie Kloss + Taylor Swift, Charlize Theron, Poppy Delevingne, Lupita Nyong’o and many more…


13/12/2015 7:37 AM

By Emily Maddick, Contributing Editor, Grazia

We’ve been browsing incredible art and partying with the world’s glitter-arty for the past five days at Miami Art Basel – and the pouring tropical rain has most definitely not stopped play!

Miami during this world-famous art fair is the most incredible place, with exhibitors from over 32 countries, it is a feast for art junkies and star spotters alike. And this year there are even a number of famous folk exhibiting including Lenny Kravitz and Sylvester Stallone. On the VIP day one of the fair at the Miami Convention Centre, we actually bumped into Mr Stallone who is exhibiting a selection of his own paintings. Sly admitted he was ‘daunted’ to be showing his work, but judging by the crowd of admirers around his stand – including Elle McPherson in sunglasses and Jefferson Hack – they went down a treat.

Paris Hilton has been wafting around town, we encountered her festooned in red sequins at a dinner hosted by Jeremy Scott and Spotify. Remarkably the hotel heiress didn’t seem all that interested in art and seemed more concerned about how the rain was affecting her hair. Which to be fair has been a lot of ladies concern this week.

One sensational bash that didn’t end up a soggy mess was W magazine’s roller disco on the beach at the Faena Hotel.

Katie Holmes was spotted at the bar at the Edition hotel, where we went to a Dazed and Confused party only to discover that the Basement VIP area had not only a bowling alley, but an ice rink too, with a neo art instillation that read, ‘I think I had too much to dream last night.’

Photo Credit: @artbasel Instagram, #NunoRamos ‘Série Anjo e Boneco, 50 – Anjo, asa, boneco’, 2013 via@galeria_anitaschwartz | Nova 2015

And in all honesty, that is rather what Miami during Art Basel feels like; a somewhat surreal dream, especially if you head to the achingly hip Wynwood area in the Design District. During the fair, all graffiti in the city of Miami is legal for three days, so street art flourishes and world-renowned street artists such as Banksy and Obey pepper the city with hidden gems in secret places. Who would have thought a city with such a reputation for vice, could actually be really rather nice on the culture front. Until next time, Miami.


10/12/2015 1:06 AM

By Emily Maddick, Contributing Editor, Grazia

It’s more nice than vice in Miami these days, especially during the week-long money-spending marathon that is Art Basel.

And when we say nice, we mean, nice, REALLY nice amounts of cash being splashed on contemporary art that leaves you baffled yet beautifully inspired. And it’s the Brits who – like expat Brits anywhere on this globe – kick off the party proceedings with dealer extraordinaire, Jay Jopling and Mr Nick Soho House Jones – hosting the Art Basel kick-off party last night at the heavenly Soho Beach House.

Tracey Emin was first to greet us, on stonking form, shoe-less on the sand and resplendent in Vivienne Westwood. She took our hand and promptly introduced us to all the movers and shakers of the art world: Marc Quinn, Jay Jopling and the marvellously attired Chuck Close – a serious art hero of ours.

But it wasn’t just the art scene that was well-represented at this exclusive beach party – there was a decent smattering of fashion designers too, including our best dressed of the night, Roksanda Illinic (in her own creation of course) and the talented Felder and Felder sisters, Daniela and Anette. Later, the legendary Giorgio Moroda played a DJ set while everyone danced in the Atlantic surf, under the stars, Grey Goose cocktail in hand.

Mr Leonardo Di Caprio is in town – with pal Sly Stallone – and the rumour is this big time art-buyer will only actually RSVP to a party if no one can know he is coming, no one can look at him or indeed photograph him if he does grace a venue with his starry presence. So it’s Catch Him if You Can.

Another elusive guest in Miami is rumoured to be Republican Presidential candidate, Mr Donald Trump. Word is he could well be holed up in Baz Luhrman and Catherine Martin’s newly opened – hottest ticket in town – Faena Saxony hotel. These are as yet unsubstantiated reports, but there is an awful lot of Miami’s finest cops stationed outside. Must dash, we’re off to get our UberBOAT (read yacht) the only way to travel round the art fair darlings. In Cannes it’s the Uber-copter to shuttle you from the Croisette to Monaco – here the only way to beat the traffic is to head to the waterways – and they even do UberBOAT pool. We’ll report back.