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
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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
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 (http://www.riadkitulamarrakech.com) 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
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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
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Coachella has closed. And with it ends the picture parade of floppy hats and flat Californian stomachs that gets beamed around a green eyed world, over for another year. If you didn’t make it, what did you miss? Well, the annual fashion five star party that seems to be rising aloft from the festival polo lawns of ‘just-outside-Palm-Springs’ is the poolside brunch hosted by Mulberry. This year if you’re cool, young Hollywood and you weren’t seen there then you needed a great excuse (shooting a movie perhaps) as Brit Its Emma Watson (on break from filming with Sofia Coppola) and Lily Collins cosied up and discussed the biz while Arizona Muse and Dree Hemingway listened to a set from Wild Belle. But this was the second of their parties - the night before at the fire pit party Kate Bosworth had joined a chic set that included embryonic supe Cara Delevingne and Sky Ferreira. It’s not at every barbecue that Kasabian walks on to do a set though is it?
But Coachella is about the music, right? Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg unleashed a holographic Tupac on stage which became the topical musical talking point of the week. That and Katy Perry’s new boyfriend; so keen was she to join Florence and the Machine’s entourage she hung off the arm of new boyfriend and Machine guitarist, Robert Ackroyd all weekend. “Back home, festivals always feel like an endurance test, it’s about surviving the rain and the mud,” sighed Florence Welch of the Machine in a refreshingly warm breeze later wearing a particularly fetching Swarovski-encrusted Hannah Martin catsuit on stage. For fashion, full make up, swimwear, high heels, boots, floppy hats and breezy sundresses were the form – and the mavens, including Rihanna (spiky Daisy Duke shorts) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in denim cut-offs and billowy shirt and Kirsten Stewart (tiny shorts, grey vest, low key baseball cap) were each sure to give it their own idiosyncratic and totally cool desert twist, paving the way for a summer of music festivals and poolside parties.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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Next to Eldorado Polo Club, in the desert outside of Indio things are heating up because – yes! - Coachella has rolled around again like the perfectly formed bandana of a music festival that it is. The bands have been booked (The Black Keys, Radiohead, Snoop Dogg), the party invites have gone out (what? haven’t bagged an invite to the Mulberry or Lacoste parties? Are you seriously going to a music festival for a fashion party anyway?) and the fun begins tomorrow.
But before you prance into your SUV and rush headlong to Palm Springs and the first of week long pool parties at the Ace Hotel make sure you’re ready for any and every fashion eventuality. Because when the rest of your friends are rolling around the floor vibing out like wannabe flower children in their achingly cool outfits - do you want to be the one who’s looking a bit sheepish? Because you need to know that no one else is even thinking about the music yet – right now, it’s all about what’s going in that suitcase.
We’ve selected the fab four of A-list Coachella looks. Channel your inner Isabel Lucas (the IT girl of last year’s festival) and don the perfect pair of sandals and bright t and shorts combo. Desert colours are the shade du jour but a matching cardi works well – especially when you end up standing in the desert at 4am after a banging after party and you’re trying to phone a cab along with the three hundred other guests. (Not that we’re saying that’s ever happened to us). On day 2 you can step things up a fashion gear with a more sophisticated look, a short skirt and pleated top are just the thing to get the boys buying you drinks at the VIP bar. That, or a long maxi sun dress to keep things cool (style and comfort are both important remember). But if indie supermodel hanging on the arm of rocker boyfriend is your style then you need look no further than some white skinnies and blue shirt tied at the waist. Agyness Deyn eat your heart out.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
Hollywood had a spotlight amongst the David Hockney pictures that were on show at the Royal Academy.
If brights and colour are big in fashion right now then from the art world nothing complements this more perfectly than the bold, pill-popping brightness on display in the works of David Hockney. The scene outside the Royal Academy, off London’s Piccadilly, this week is chaos. A crowd of hundreds is clamoring and crying to get into the last days of this - the great Hockney exhibition, ‘A Bigger Picture.’ The Yorkshire-born artist has sure come a long way since growing up in Bradford, West Yorkshire. After the crowds comes the first four works, four huge landscapes of the same set of trees in Thixendale, Yorkshire in the different seasons. After passing through the madness of the eager crowd, one enters the Central Hall of Burlington House and calm descends before these works. Each season is two meters by five - this is the woods on an awe-inspiring scale of beauty. On closer inspection the fields of Autumn dissolve into dots of shocking pink (a colour which Yorkshire is not famous for.)
But in the second room we dive from Yorkshire into Hollywood with the fabulous Mulholland Drive – The Road to the Studio (1980). This was based on his drives from his home in the Hollywood Hills to his studio and he loved the lush, bright colours of Southern California. Others from the period include Beverly Hills Housewife (Hockney is not cheap, this went for just under $8 million at Christie’s in 2009.) But Mulholland Drive you can see for yourself when it’s home – it will shortly be returning from London to LACMA.
“I remember flying in on an afternoon,” Hockney says in the Christopher Sykes biography, “and as we flew in over Los Angeles I looked down to see blue swimming pools all over.” This was something the Englishman realized was not a luxury in LA, but a necessity. It was fortunate for the artist that friends arranged someone to meet him at the airport – “If you don’t drive how are you going to get into the city?” asked his dealer. “I’ll just catch a bus,” Hockney replied. He may not have been allowed to catch the bus – but he still managed to cycle 17 miles by mistake the next day.
But LA is a million miles away from most of the pictures in the exhibition, many of them fresh works - his great innovation is the use of an iPad, on which he has worked since its launch in 2010: “The more I got into the iPad, the more I realized what a fantastic medium it is for landscape. There are certain things that you can do very, very quickly.”
But one of the new great works is an oil that awaits around the corner. “I wanted the floating feeling of very early spring, when the first leaves appear,” Hockney says of The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011, an enormous canvas. Hockney loved LA but this is the climax of his love affair with a very different set of colours – that of the English countryside.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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Dania Oritz, Market Director at Interview Magazine found her ideal weekend outfit in this Leon Max Spring 2012 little black dress. Dania would style this piece with a pair of flats for brunch or simply walking around the city during the weekend. To transfer from day to night add a cloque jacket and black heels for a chic cocktail look.