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What To Wear To Glastonbury

6/27/2013 7:37:00 AM


What To Wear To Glastonbury

Flynn Roddam gives her style choices before she heads down to the festival in Somerset

Living in a busy city like New York, England can seem comparatively quiet and peaceful. However there is one monumental event every year that makes New York look like an old peoples home, this is of course Glastonbury music festival. It’s amazing that what is essentially a giant field in Somerset is attended by 250,000 music lovers and fashionistas every year, and I am no exception. The upcoming days to the festival are usually some kind of mad rush, my friends and I often leave everything to the last minute proving time and time again that our organizational skills are rather poor. Whether it’s deciding who to camp with or which acts to see. Despite this, seamlessly or not it all comes together making it everyone’s favorite festival. Glastonbury usually brings out people’s “cool and laid back” side, no matter who they are or what they do, it is very likely that by the end of the weekend everyone will leave with bed hair and glitter on their cheeks. Yet this casual unkempt

look is not as haphazard as it seems. When asking some of my friends what they would be wearing this year most of them shrugged and exclaimed they had no clue, however I secretly think that their outfits have been meticulously planned for weeks. You also never know what kind of attire the weather will permit, but if the sun is shining it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your pins and get a tan. No matter what the weather this year one thing I know is that I want to stay comfortable and chic. And I’m going to achieve this by wearing flowy dresses, structured print trousers and fun colorful shorts. When it comes to shoes needless to say wellington boots are always a fashion must at Glastonbury.

Contributing Editor: Flynn Roddam

Summer Whites

6/27/2013 3:28:00 AM


Summer Whites

As the Summer Solstice passes and the first week of Wimbledon gets under way it’s only natural that our thoughts turn to white. White can be pure, clean, crisp and cute, see Sienna’s style. It can be rock n’ roll and all Bianca Jagger in the ’70s revving things up in Studio 54, catch Cameron’s vibe. White stands for innocence and femininity - think Daisy in the ‘Great Gatsby;’ her car was white, her clothes were white, the rooms of her house were white, she had a ‘white neck’ and was the king’s daughter ‘high in a white palace.’ But think again - it can be naughty, saucy and sexy too, cue Rihanna’s bared midriff sported with a preppy skirt and a jacket and glasses Jackie O wouldn’t have shied away from. Meanwhile in London Stella McCartney has unveiled her debut tennis collection of whites with Brit tennis champ Laura Robson modelling it - who better? Because white is a heavenly colour. Quite literally; “white is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black,” wrote G.K.Chesterton. It’ll be all white on the night.

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Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Royal Academy Summer Exhibit

6/11/2013 10:45:00 AM


Royal Academy Summer Exhibit

Captain Cook was on the cusp of discovering New Zealand during the first of these Exhibitions and - this show is the 245th - it still remains the largest art open show in the world with the Royal Academicians choosing what pieces are chosen and where it is hung. They also select their own work and display there too on the hallowed walls of Burlington House. This year one large section of those hallowed walls are filled with tapestries by the cross-dressing Grayson Perry. Meanwhile in the rest of the roomy galleries diverse works clutter the walls from roof to floor. Equally diverse was the colourful collection of society and sleb folk who cluttered the courtyard and galleries of the august Burlington. Jasmine Guinness, Lady Victoria Hervey and the Chanel muse Amanda, Lady Harlech were all out to fete the new whilst surrounded by the old.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

6/6/2013 11:23:00 AM


Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Last weekend in NYC over 7000 cool kids descended on the Liberty State Park for the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic and turned the New Jersey park into a champagne-fuelled pampas of glamour. High fashion (with the yellow hue of the champagne house working as a neat tone) and dashing polo made for a technicolor afternoon. Matthew McConaughey, his wife Camila Alves and the hunky polo player Nacho Figueras, of the hallowed fame of the Ralph Lauren campaign were the hosts and McConaughey’s charity the beneficiary. And Ashley Olsen, Rosario Dawson, Dree Hemingway, Theophilus London and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld all showed-face. Champagne and charity - it’s all in a weekends work for this party pack.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

CFDA Awards

6/4/2013 12:39:00 PM


CFDA Awards

A thunderstorm briefly swept the city in the moments leading up to the the CFDAs, an suitable introduction for the Oscars of fashion which were held last night in New York City’s Lincoln Centre and where a phalanx of famous figures handed awards to the brightest and best of American fashion. Star of the show, one Hillary Clinton, was on hand to give Oscar de la Renta the Eleanor Lambert Founder’s Award describing him as “an American icon.”

Meanwhile Proenza Schouler won the Womenswear Designer of the Year award for the third year running. The label crossed this finish line first for a grand third time and is a favourite with Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung and Rihanna - it beat stiff competition from Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang to do so.  The designer behind the costumes for the films Snow White and the Huntsman and Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood, sealed the Tribute Award and Jessica Chastain handed the International Award to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame gave Thom Browne the menswear gong.

Still, it was Secretary Clinton who got the biggest round of applause on the night with Oscar de la Renta setting out the plan for a potential presidential fashion fan club – Clinton, however, would not be moved on the matter. One thunderstorm is enough for any New York night. 

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images



Editor’s Pick: Marissa Rubin

Marissa Rubin, Senior Market Editor at People Stylewatch shares her favorite Maxstudio summer looks for every occasion.

For work she loves the sequin tank top and cropped pant. The mixing of shades and colors compliment one another without washing you out. She would style as is or with bright statement jewelry for work done right.

Marissa chose a cute short and loose asymmetrical knit for casual weekend activities. She highlights the look’s style, sophistication and simplicity; perfect for a girl on the go.

A blush colored mini-dress screams summer night out and is the perfect neutral compliment to tanned summer skin. Marissa adores the halter neckline as it adds a bit of sex appeal without being flashy.

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Summer Colour

6/13/2012 12:54:00 PM


Summer Colour

Colour is right on, right now. The Spring/Summer New York runways were awash with brightness - and the bolder the better. Get on trend and embrace the snazzier end of the spectrum which is to go brat pack with eye-watering, pill-popping, street-style neon. Greens at Akris to make you envious, yellow shoulders blowing off sporty Alexander Wang. There’s a melting pot of global influences out there, you can be inspired from North Africa to the Wild West on to Mount Olympus. At Leon Max it was about combining these summer brights with diaphanous and airy chiffon, giving it an ethereal goddess twist. 

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Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen 





Otis College of Art and Design Celebrates 30 Years of Fashion Design

800 of LA’s finest fashion insiders were wined and dined at a black tie benefit which raised over a million dollars of scholarship funds for students. The Otis College of Art and Design Annual Scholarship and benefit show features collections created by students under the direction of their industry mentor. Mentors at this year’s event included designers from brands such as Armani, Cirque du Soleil and Maxstudio among others.

Representing Maxstudio as a mentor was stylist and designer Ame Austin Max. She worked with the students through each step of the design process from project inspiration to creative direction for the runway show.

The design direction was a fashion take on Mad Max. The outerwear was assigned to include dramatic silhouettes with functional elements while creating an unconventional approach to combining knits and woven pieces. The under piece was to be the opposite of the outerwear piece, feminine layers made of lightweight fabrics. The color pallet was complete with warm grays, muted olive greens, deep maroons, copper browns and dusty teals.

With the direction given, the students went about sketching. From each student’s collection of drawings Ame chose one to bring to life. She helped them face the challenges of transforming a sketch into a garment, and making it function in reality, “I wanted to give them an understanding of the decisions they will have to make in their careers.”

The following meetings with the students focused on fitting the garments and also the creative direction of the show. Ame helped students see the strengths in their work while making clear and inspired edits. She directed models on how to highlight each piece and encouraged students to continue on their path to success. “I enjoy taking them through the entire process to get them to think outside the box and know that anything is possible.”

As a alumni of Otis Ame loves having the opportunity to give back, “I remember being a student myself and how much knowledge and awareness was gained from the process.” After a successful runway show complete with one of a kind outerwear pieces and refined yet elegant tops and pant pieces she was impressed with how thoroughly students followed her direction and made each of their individual pieces stand out. The hard work had paid off.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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