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Tribeca Film Festival 2015

4/27/2015 9:22:00 AM

Tribeca Film Festival 2015

After a long and treacherous winter, New York could use some fun, and this year it comes in the form of Tribeca film festival. New Yorkers come out of hibernation to celebrate the latest and greatest from cinema, and luckily for me, the festival is right on my doorstep. James Franco’s new thriller ‘The Adderall Diaries’, and ‘Bleeding Heart’ starring Girls favorite Zosia Mamet, were among some of this year’s favorite movies. As well as the cinematic events, fashion also has a big part to play this week. While the day is all about casual and cool, the evening is a more formal affair with gatherings such as the annual Vanity Fair party, and Chanel dinner commanding appearances from New York elite, proving there’s a lot to get excited about. Fortunately Max Studio has the perfect attire for all occasions. While checking out the screenings in the day, I felt comfortable and effortless, in a micro suede mini, and lightweight turtle neck, which I paired with my trustee white Stan Smith trainers. In the evening I transitioned my look with black floaty dresses or the brands new on trend sleeveless jumpsuit. Either way with the cultural community in full force, and the sun shining bright, it looks like New York has finally gotten the Spring awakening it deserves.

Contributing Editor: Flynn Rodham

Shop Flynn’s Looks:

Silk Chiffon Bracelet Length Sleeve Dress

Cupro Sleeveless Jumpsuit

16GG Silk & Cashmere Ribbed Turtleneck

Micro Suede Fringed Mini Skirt



      Friday night, Hollywood: Designer Leon Max, W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi and supermodel Amber Valletta co-hosted the West Coast launch of Stefano’s new book ‘W: Stories’ at a chic house over-looking the Hollywood Hills.

      The guests, of course, looked fabulous including Amber Valletta in Leon Max who caught up with Angela Lindvall, also in Leon Max, as well as Alexandra von Furstenberg, China Chow and Vanessa Getty. They all admired the photographic installations - W: Stories is a round-up of the magazines most avant-garde fashion stories, whether it be Steven Klein’s bizarre “One for the Ages” or Tim Walker’s alien “Planet Tilda.” And the guests were confronted with a fabulous three tier video installation and headphones with which to listen while short movies from the editorials played. Inside they were confronted by enormous stills from the shoots on the walls of the house. 

     All a useful talking point, if Hollywood needs anything so mundane as a useful talking point. Yana Max chatted to Sophie Windsor, and as well as these two beauties other IT girls wearing Leon Max included “Better Call Saul” Actress Rhea Seehorn, Katie Nehra & Sasha Alexander all enjoying a cocktail or two around the pool whilst enjoying the view. And what a lovely view. It could have been a scene from an editorial in W itself, no doubt.

“This is not fashion- this is art.” - Journalist and long time McQueen devotee Hilary Alexander exclaimed-as she gave the opening speech at the V&A’s Savage Beauty exhibition Gala.

Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s lifetime of work; from his 1992 graduate collection featuring barded wire printed silk, to his poignant last and unfinished collection in Autumn/Winter 2010 entitled  “Angels and Demons.”

Since flying in from New York’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art, the show has been the fastest selling exhibition the V&A has had to date and it’s not surprising why.  Making one’s way through the labyrinth of rooms brimming with pieces from his shows, collections and a curiosity cabinet laden with pieces from collaborators; Savage Beauty is about as close as you were ever going to get inside the head of a genius. And even then you were far off.

From the transfixion of Kate Moss’s infamous hologram, to the pert bottoms peeking out from his iconic “bumsters” debuted in his “Highland Rape” collection; there was just as much of Alexander’s savage as there was his beauty.

Just before F.K.A Twigs began her McQueen clad set; friend and muse Annabelle Neilson climbed onstage, like a bird of paradise attempting its first steps, in a couture McQueen pink feathered dress:

“If Lee was here…  he would have left two hours ago!” (because he’s as naughty as a rockstar)


“Harriet Verney is the niece of the late Isabella Blow who discovered Alexander McQueen.”

The It Girl Of The Moment

4/3/2015 10:30:00 AM

The IT Girl of the Moment

     Who would have thought it but Cinderella is the coolest girl of the season. The new Disney film - just out now - is the silver screen accessory du jour and is giving waist-shrinking corsets a fashion moment. Lily James – Lady Rose from Downton - the charming British actress playing the fairytale future princess with the improbably small waist denied that it had been digitally altered but is nevertheless spearheading a revival of the undergarment that spurred one 19th century French writer to quip: “A woman in a corset is a lie, a falsehood, a fiction; but for us, this fiction is better than the reality.” John Galliano, Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang certainly agreed in recent collections.

But then the costume designer on this film knows what she’s doing; Central St Martin’s alum Sandy Powell has won 10 Oscars for out-fitting films from ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘The Young Victoria’ to ‘The Aviator’. For ‘Cinderella’ Cate Blanchette’s Wicked Stepmother is all fabulous ‘40s, a whiff of a Schiaparelli-wearing Wallis Simpson crossed with Marlene Dietrich while the Ugly Sisters are glorious in their gaudy brights and over the top gowns – “Nouveau,” Sandy Powell explained of them, “ they haven’t understood that less is more.” For Cinderella the girl herself she took inspiration from Winterhalter’s portraits of European royalty; it’s the royal wedding gown with it’s perfectly poised floral details which could have been Elizabeth of Austria’s take on Kate Middleton’s McQueen that is the dress that gets the biggest sighs from the girls in the audience. And what about the shoes? Well, Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo have ‘glass slippers’ out. Why wouldn’t you?

Tribeca Film Festival 2014

4/30/2014 2:30:00 AM

Tribeca Film Festival 2014

This year the festival was about welcoming new comers, one of whom had no trouble fitting in, the young director Gia Coppola. Coppola debuted her first feature “Palo Alto” at the event and it was a roaring success, with exceptional reviews. The indie film stars the highly in demand Emma Roberts, alongside James Franco, as well as introducing promising new actor Jack Kilmer (son of Val) in this dreamy coming of age tale. The story follows the lives of three different teens living in suburban California all dealing with inner struggles. Coppola drew inspiration from her awkward teenage years and photographer Steven Shaw, who happened to be her college professor. Although she cannot escape the association with her highly famous family, Coppola hopes to set out her own path, and this looks promising with such an impressionable first attempt. As for the festivities, the week kicked off with the annual Vanity Fair Tribeca party, held at the New York Supreme Courthouse. It is the event to be seen at with many iconic actors and celebrities in attendance, with co founder Robert De Niro rubbing shoulders with the likes of Anna Wintour, the Mayor of New York, and Christy Turlington. As the week progressed, so did the parties. Chanel held a dinner at the chic and iconic French Brasserie Balthazar,which is about as synonymous for its foods as its’ people watching. Naturally, it was a star studded event playing host to Hollywood royalty Sophia Loren and fashion favourites, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Lily Aldridge.

The festival ended on Sunday and as always, was an affair to remember.

Click the links below to get Flynn’s Tribeca look

Sailor pants 

Jersey Striped Tee

Pleated Skirt

Matte Tortoise Sunglasses

Dior and I

4/29/2014 2:31:00 AM

Dior and I 

'Dior and I' - or 'Dior et moi' to give it its French title - is a new documentary directed by Frederic Tcheng that debuted at the beginning of this Tribeca film festival. It's the first of its kind, really, a forensic, all-access look into the inner-workings of a newly appointed designer and his couture house, that of Raf Simons at Christian Dior. The Belgian had a mere eight weeks to produce his first collection - a couture designer would normally have six to eight months - and yet keeps his cool in front of the seamstresses. There are some fascinating insights into this high-octane world; when one of the 'premieres' - the heads of the atelier - disappears, we find out she has been summoned for a personal fitting with one of the house's top clients in New York. And when the collection's finally show in a Parisian hotel particulier fifty florists cover the walls with a million flowers and even Anna Wintour seems impressed. 

Fashion Flashback

4/23/2014 2:54:00 AM

Fashion Flashback

The late ’80s was all about big shoulders and nipped in waists and when Absolut Vodka approached designer Leon Max to design a dress for its ad campaign this was it.

New York designers Carmelo Pomodoro and Marc Jacobs had begun the campaign for the vodka brand and now it was the turn of the Los Angeles designers, with James Tarantino joining the ranks along with Leon Max. The dresses were to have the Absolut Vodka label emblazoned down the front, and the parent company, Carillon Importers, was to use the images as their advertising campaign in the glossy magazines.

You can see here the various sketches and thoughts that Leon Max worked on, and the final result, a toga-shape made of knitted lace with a transparent Absolut label sewn in the front. The Absolut dress made its debut at that year’s L.A. Style magazine 5th anniversary party. Real ’80s cool.

Coachella 2014

4/11/2014 7:54:00 AM

Coachella 2014

Coachella is all about stripes and pastels and light and airy dresses or white denim cut-offs accessorised with high heels or boots and floppy hats, full make-up and a gorgeous Californian tan - no Glastonbury style mud and gurning over in Indio, please, thank you - and the parties.

Each year the lead party crown seems to be snapped up by the poolside brunch hosted by Mulberry. That’s the invite to kill for. Here is prime queen of the desert territory where you’ll spot the likes of Emma Watson, Lily Collins, Arizona Muse, Dree Hemingway and Cara Delevingne all in their natural habitat.

But which style tribe will you pick?  Will it be the Rihanna school of spiky Daisy Duke shorts or low-key Kirsten Stewart in tiny shorts, a grey vest and a dirty baseball cap? Did anyone say Coachella was about the music?

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Fashionable Selby

4/9/2014 3:41:00 AM

Fashionable Selby

I am an unabashedly addicted fan of the very talented interiors and fashion photographer, and illustrator, ‘The Selby.’ His work and scrawlingly witty picture captions populate the pages of Vogue, Le Monde and the Guardian. On my daily quest for humor and inspiration I was delighted to find him - full name: Todd Selby - and his ‘gurus of grub’ book, “Edible Selby.” It was this that lead me to follow the man who brings whimsy to the world with his books, the second one was “The Selby is in Your Place,” and now his latest, “Fashionable Selby.” Here, through his signature photographs and watercolours he investigates fashion with the most interesting designers, stylists, models and tastemakers. Whether it’s underground style stars or the established grandees of fashion, the Selby is your man!

By Ame Austin

The Glamour of Italian Fashion

The glam squad were out in London last night for the opening of the V&A’s latest blockbuster fashion event: ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014.’

And whether it was the bold and black Cavallis on Hurley (long with a cut out flash of skin around the midriff) and Campbell (beaded with a flash of red feather on the hem) or the swagger of Rita Ora, Erin O’Connor and Eva Herzigova, this was all about one thing: the glamour and sex appeal of a fashion industry that burst out of 1950s Florence.  

The exhibition itself charts the rise of post-war Italian luxury from the first ever fashion shows organised by Giovanni Battista Giorgini in the Sala Bianca, the show-stopping chandelier’d gallery of the Medici’s Pitti Palace, through the Hollywood film sets of ’60s Rome to the rise of Valentino and the cult of the grand Italian maestro of fashion.

The fashion event of the season; la Dolce Vita, indeed.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Olivier Awards

4/30/2013 10:35:00 AM

Olivier Awards

The depth of the talent pool in Britain’s theatres seemed endless on Sunday night as the Olivier Awards held their 37th Awards Ceremony to celebrate excellence in theatre. 

Strategically placed on the one night a week that the theatre sleeps, the Royal Opera House burst into life as the heavyweights of the West End each came to perform pieces from their shows to create the most dazzling variety show in the country and of course to collect their awards.   

Dame Helen Mirren for Best Actress for her performance as The Queen. Jon Morrell for Best Costume for Top Hat and Best Actor and Best Director that went to Luke Treadaway and Marianne Elliott were just two of the 7 Olivier’s won by the Best New Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. 

Nearly stealing the show for herself, hosting the awards alongside Hugh Bonneville, Sheridan Smith, who last year won an Olivier for her performance in Hedda Gabler, wowed the audience with her vivacious spirit, comedic timing and flawless live performance of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.  Followed by more performances by Will Young as Emcee in the new revival of Kabaret, an immaculately booming performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” by Heather Headley currently starring in The Bodyguard and of course a very anticipated and rightly so, song and dance number from The West Side Story from the star of Glee, Matthew Morrison. 

Yes, I did have to use my thesaurus to find synonyms for flawless.  Every single performance was more outstanding than the next and I am astounded that anyone could have chosen a winner, but winner they chose and I am honored to have been sitting in the same room with them.

Contributing Editor: Margo Stilley

Photo Credit: Getty Images


Tribeca Film Festival 2013

4/26/2013 1:31:00 AM

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Every year in April the Tribeca Film Festival takes over downtown New York for what is surely one of the coolest events of the year. Since it was co-founded by Robert De Niro in 2002 Tribeca has been on the up and up, always showcasing the highly anticipated films of industry darlings, and this year was no exception. An unsurprising hit at the festival was Before Midnight, the third installment to Richard Linklater’s quirky series, starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Other buzz worthy films included Scott Coffey’s comedy Adult World, and Neil LaBute’s intriguing drama Some Velvet Morning.

But one can not just associate Tribeca with movies, as anyone going to the festival would be remiss if they could not attend its star studded parties. Among those was the annual Vanity Fair bash, held at the New York’s state Supreme Courthouse. The party played host to stars Whoopi Goldberg, Sienna Miller, and a heavily pregnant Evan Rachel Wood. Yet even Vanity Fair was rivalled, when the following week everyone from Alexa Chung to Michael Pitt made an appearance at Chanel’s dinner. The event celebrated Tribeca Film Festival Artists Program, and was held at one of New York’s top restaurants Odeon. Sadly the festival ends this Sunday, but has already proven to be one of its strongest years so far.

Written By: Flynn Roddam

NOTE: Flynn is pictured in New York Wearing the Leon Max Spring ‘13 microprint shorts and collared shirt.

Margo In Morocco

4/24/2013 2:04:00 AM

Margo In Morocco

After filming the lead in my new film, Still Waters, which meant 12 hour days, 6 days a week in the century’s coldest ‘Spring’ in London, more than I desired, I required a hot sunny get away.

So I sat down and I booked a one way ticket to Morocco and I hoped for the best!  

My first stop was surfing in Taghazout, a small village outside of Agadir where the waves were the ocean started to unravel the knots the London life had woven around me.  

A week later I left and headed down south to the rural Berber villages of South Morocco where the desert meets the ocean. Before dinner at sunset I wandered down the beach and found breath taking red arches where I bid the day goodbye and welcomed the cool darkness of night, a break from the desert heat.  Enshallah ("If God Wills" in Arabic.) 

From the South I moved inland and north up to the ‘Paris of North Africa’ - Marrakech.  Finally able to don my shorts and sandals (it was rude to the Berber people to show so much skin publicly) I hit the souks and the spice markets checking off my ‘must have’ list for cooking and crafts.  The best find so far was the black cumin seeds, which you put in a small piece of cloth and sniff and it clears your sinuses and cures snoring!  Best £5 I ever spent! 

I’m writing this now from the rooftop of Riad Kitula, a beautiful understated and elegant private riad that is available to rent at the owner’s discretion ( and as my trip comes to an end, I can’t help but stroll through my calendar and wonder when I will have a few days to come back again.  

Note: Margo is wearing looks from the Leon Max/Maxstudio Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. Shop Now

Written By: Margo Stilley

Editor’s Picks Style Guide: Cocktails

Rachel Aschenbrand of People Stylewatch, Jessica Minkoff of Marie Claire and Jade Frampton of Elle Magazine have helped us put together outfits to perfect cocktail hour by embracing the hottest trends of the season. Bright reds are a must-have for spring and can be worn as a statement blouse or  eye catching dress. Next is the sheer cut out, the ideal way to show just the right amount of skin. Lace and hints of sheer are reinforcing the cocktail dress as a date night necessity. Lastly, the fashion forward trend of the season and star of the fashion week runways is the heart print. Worn on a cocktail pant or short with a dressy top, this look is party ready.

Shop the Spring/Summer 2013 Collection 

Trending for Spring: White Out

4/12/2013 12:19:00 PM

Trending for Spring: White Out

Head-to-toe white is a key trend for spring/summer’13 and fashionistas are divided on how best to style this stunning look.  For those who prefer clean, simple lines, our feather light voiles, fine knits and semi-sheer jerseys are perfect for white-on-white layering. Those drawn to the pretty, romantic side of white can slip into our intricately embroidered, floral lace sundresses, tops and blouses. The choice is yours – a sartorial blank canvas.

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Wilde for Olivia

4/9/2013 10:22:00 AM

Wilde for Olivia

In New York last night it was mag Marie Claire’s moment to fete their fresh cover girl, Olivia Wilde. This star, who first entered the national consciousness by kissing Mischa Barton in ‘The OC’ is now creating a buzz wither her soon-be-released movie, Rush. The stylish IT girl finally was able to embrace the city weather’s wave of warmth in a well-cut brilliant yellow and white printed dress from Monique Lhuillier’s resort collection. It’s a bright change of tack for Wilde who for the last few weeks has been wowing the style set with her favourite pieces from the Leon Max and Max Studio collection’s; a black turtleneck sweater dress for an outing at a recent Manhattan book launch and a double breasted jacked to walk the snow filled New York streets with fiancé Jason Sudeikis. Bright or black, Olivia Wilde’s having a moment.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Celebrity Pick: The Leon Max Cape

Pippa Middleton has been spotted all over London in the past few weeks looking super chic in her Leon Max Single Breasted Wool Cape.  Pictured here, Miss Middleton stylishly escapes the cold - and the paparazzi - in West London. Pippa joins style-conscious celebrities Jessica Biel, Zooey Deschanel and Hayden Panetiere in their love of what’s turning out to be Spring’s most wanted outwear.

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Style Guide: Music Festivals

4/5/2013 12:02:00 PM

Style Guide: Music Festivals

Music festival season has officially arrived! Find the perfect look to face the heat in style and comfort. Shop fashion must-haves for every day of the festival from flirty printed dresses to lightweight linen shorts and pants and easy to wear jersey pieces. Don’t forget to finish the look with ready to walk sandals and woodies and sun proof eyewear

Style Inspiration : Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

Emilia Clarke, the star of HBO’s “Game of Thrones" is playing Holly Golightly on Broadway, the great heroine and muse of Truman Capote’s’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s, imortalised on the silver screen in a Givenchy little black dress, oversized wayfarers, long black gloves, pearls. Except for Broadway the iconic 50s image is not being recreated - instead the producers have returned to the text and set their Golightly in the ’40s. It might come as a surprise for those familiar with the famously reflected image in the window of Tiffany’s (and who isn’t?) that instead this Golightly’s in a wartime wardrobe inspired by Mainbocher and Dior’s New Look - 25 costume changes that ride from cocktail frocks to riding habits.

The opening of the production provides the always welcome opportunity to celebrate the little black dress and all of the classic styles made famous by Ms. Hepburn. 

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Tribeca Film Festival Parties

4/30/2012 12:02:00 PM

Tribeca Film Festival Parties

The Tribeca Film Festival gave the young, fashion, hip n’ social another excuse to get dressed and head out with a vengeance during the last few days of festival fun. After all, there were parties to go to – and a few films too, we heard.

One party in particular, the dinner hosted by Chanel for its Annual Tribeca Film Festival Artist Program, had them socials falling over themselves to score an invite. It sounds like a mouthful of a dinner but what did the likes of Poppy Delevingne, Arizona Muse, Alexa Chung, Karlie Kloss, Tennessee Thomas and Mary Charteris care? As they disappeared behind the hedge that had been flung up on New York City’s West Broadway they disappeared into a fantasy world of fun, film and fashion, a veritable Hollywood merry-go-around landing full frontal on the East Coast. They cooed around the likes of Val Kilmer and Liv Tyler and Naomi Watts and swooned at Stavros Niarchos.

It all seemed such a long time ago since last week when Vanity Fair had kicked off the festival with a dinner at the State Supreme Courthouse that attracted stylish celebs such as Dakota Fanning and Leelee Sobieski and flung together the major players in a powerful scrum of the likes of Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Robert De Niro. And it was just a day before that Bob De N had been accepting a doctorate of arts as he was feted at the New York Academy’s Annual Tribeca Ball in front of a crowd that included Naomi Watts and Jeff Koons. Yes - that’s a doctorate. Because it’s not always just about being young, hip n’ social is it?

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: 

Craig Barritt/Getty Images

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