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Suddenly, This Summer

8/11/2015 6:09:00 AM

Suddenly, This Summer

Summer in London, to me, is like  a wasp nest exploding. Swarms of Canary yellow barely theres and denim whatever’s pollinate the city’s hotspots. Shrills and screams and bus tours of disposable BBQ hoarding park goers clog the pavements on route to the nearest open space. Cue Port Elliot in Cornwall: the old rockers, fashion’s finest and public school poets festival Mecca, and an opportune moment to wear my MaxStudio stripey PJ’s three days running. My summer tour of England didn’t stop there: with the promise of a blooming vegetable garden, backgammon tournament and over zealous Jack Russell’s I scarpered to mum’s house in Gloucestershire. Being Dr. Greenthumb (an amateur gardener) attire is everything; match your dress pattern and print to the wild flower bed and sharpen your shears  - natures calling!

Contributing Editor: Harriet Verney

Editor’s Picks: Venice Film Festival 2014

Venice, the oldest festival on the motion picture calendar - now in its 71st year - opened, perhaps appropriately, this week with ‘Birdman,’ a movie about an over-the-hill actor chasing art-house over mainstream success. The irony was not lost on festival-watchers some of whom have wondered where the big star names and big title movies have gone from this hyper-chic European festival. Despite said mutterings actress Emma Stone has already unleashed a chic Proenza Schouler for the film’s press conference, swiftly followed by a glam Valentino for its premiere, neither of which looked too shabby. Feeling that Venice mood? Here’s a style guide to guarantee you always make the best-dressed list.


Printed Silk Devore Slip DressBeaded & Embroidered Silk Shift DressPrinted Silk Mesh Chiffon Halter DressPrinted Silk Chiffon Halter Dress

Textured Snakeskin HeelsStrappy High Heeled Leather SandalsMatte Snakeskin SandalsGenuine Snakeskin Booties

Scotland The Brave

8/27/2014 1:28:00 AM


Scotland the Brave

Scotland is always on trend. Whether it’s collections covered with Caledonian-inspired plaids - take the Isle of Skye-influenced red check of ‘McQueen Modern,’ for example - or the new, young British crop of IT-models, Idina Moncrieffe and Jean Campbell, coming from North of the Border, or Scottish supermodel Stella Tennant’s local Lovat Mill producing trendy tweeds for Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren, Scotland is always on the fashion map. The fact that there is the small matter of a vote on independence from the United Kingdom next month adds a bit of political spice into the mix. So where better to debut the new line from Max Studio Country than on a Scottish grouse moor? You’ve got the rich browns and moss greens on a smart line in tweeds, crisp cotton shirts criss-crossed with countryside-appropriate stripes and cozy cashmere turtlenecks to layer. This, you see, is the moment to rep Lady-Mary-from-Downton in quilted jackets, thigh-skimming boots with leather uppers, all given a darn cool twist with heavy weight knitted leggings. Och aye the now! (As they might say in Scotland.)

Images: Leon Max Maxstudio Fall 2014 Campaign, Yana Max wears Max Studio Country in Scotland, Models Zinta & Laura G (Photogenics) in Leon Max/Maxstudio Fall 2014

Leon Max | Maxstudio Sport Collection

This season’s Max Studio Sport Collection from Leon Max maintains its clean and basic lines, with a raw and bold twist for that urban goddess. This collection is all about street-wise for techno city girls; lots of leather and rubber trims, tied in with tight fitting, sporty cuts with a laser-cut edge. There’s the textured jacket with rubberized edging, boots straight up for the badass girl not to mention the matte leggings with rubberized side tuxedo stripes.

Would he or his environmental creations be considered the ‘Worlds Largest Single Artwork?’ Jim Denevan, a culinary enthusiast whose vision expands to textural mind-blowing ubër scale sand or ice drawings, is one inspired man. “ Situated somewhere between art and performance,” writes Margherita Dessanay,  as his installations are set in a natural environment and effected by all elements to last as long as nature or man allows. Art and Fashion live parallel and harmoniously; there is an organized and planned repeat of lines, both in his work and the beaded and embroidered dresses new to the Pre-Fall Leon Max Collection.  

Shop The Story > Beaded & Embroidered Silk Shift Dress, Beaded & Embroidered Silk ¾ Sleeve Dress

Holy Cowes

8/12/2014 5:12:00 AM

Holy Cowes

Into the Wilderness

8/12/2014 3:07:00 AM

Into the Wilderness

Even gale force winds and lashing rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of the Wilderness Festival last weekend. It has been four years since Lord and Lady Rotherwick first opened their home and the festival has now grown in size and reputation, quickly becoming one of the most fashionable events of the Summer. Sprawled across the idyllic grounds of Cornbury Park, this festival is unlike any other. Forget suffering in your wellies all weekend, Wilderness is about accommodating your every need and desire. As well as the joys of live music including the legendary Burt Bacharach, there were a number of amazing attractions to keep everyone happy; this year they included a mini-roller disco, a pop up tent by the infamous Box nightclub and for the lucky few an outdoor tea party in honour of Cara Delevingne’s upcoming birthday. Her guests included the actor Douglas Booth,  Jamie Winstone, Holliday Grainger, the Treadaway twins, and Bonnie Wright. We enjoyed summer cocktails and hampers full of deliciousness. Like any festival there were some seriously O.T.T outfits, but in the case of my friends it was all about being cool, comfortable, and casual —- a gold spandex leotard is not exactly a good look when there’s a rainstorm. Luckily I achieved my outfit goals by picking up some adorable Max Studio crotchet shorts, and pairing them with peter pan collared shirts. Until next time….

By: Flynn Roddam

Image: “Flynn Roddam wears Max Studio at the Wilderness Festival, Gloucestershire, England.”

Gabriella de Givenchy

8/8/2014 7:09:00 AM

Gabriella de Givenchy

One of my favorite things about Los Angeles is that it is able to accommodate any style. This is great news for someone like me as I am just as comfortable wearing a loose blouse with a pair of jean shorts, as I am in my favorite little black dress. Some of my most coveted hangouts include the Malibu Farm Market (to satisfy your inner surfer girl), the colorful street art of Abbot Kinney, The Santa Monica Third Street Promenade (for great shopping!) and Melrose Avenue in Beverly Hills. Between all these great locations you have the opportunity to switch into any summer style you love as long as you have a great pair of sunglasses and a beach tote to match!

1.Dark Tortoise w/ Brown Lens Sunglasses (MaileC1)2.Silk Beaded Shell (4101K35)3.Woven Tote (3604A43) 4.Fringed Hem Shorts (4201G01)5.Woven Leather Flat Sandals (Verde).
On Gabriella: Silk & Cotton Embroidered Tunic (4205D35), Linen Embroidered Shorts (4205E01), Hand Burnished Grecian Sandals (Vita)

Cruise Control

8/4/2014 7:53:00 AM

Cruise Control

Glorious Goodwood, the Sussex race meeting that begins to draw the English summer social season towards its grand finale is always a class act. And yesterday, Ladies Day, the ladies’ day was certainly made when Hollywood actor Tom Cruise arrived as a guest of host Lord March, the Duke of Richmond’s heir - and an extra frisson of excitement swept the course and followed him into the Richmond’s Box - along with the strains of the theme tune to Mission: Impossible being played by the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment. As the man of the day it fell to Cruise to present the Magnolia Cup - the ladies race - this year won by a returning victor, the supermodel Edie Campbell.

Images from left to right. Yana Max wearing Leon Max, Tom Cruise and Edie Campbell, Yana Max in-between the Earl of March and Viscount Astor.


8/30/2013 4:18:00 AM


Labor Day. A 19th century holiday for the Workers. The end of the summer. Back to school. One of the biggest shopping days in America. The last day of the season that its traditional to wear white. However you’re spending it you can’t go wrong with a cool and crisp nod to the last days of summer in white - whether it’s floaty lace for a beach bash, a snappy sheath for lounging elegantly on a yacht, or smart tee and pant suit for a relaxed country getaway. The US Open is well under way too and after a set of Resort collections that spotlighted athletic skirts and stretchy sheaths you’ve got your go-to peppy look sorted; game, set and match.

Shop The Trends: Sunset Sail US Open Country Getaway Beach Bash

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen 

Night Time on The Hill

8/28/2013 7:14:00 AM

Night Time on The Hill


By Tuesday morning - the day after Carnival when the borough goes from glamour to grime - the streets of Notting Hill are already pristine again and Westbourne Grove open for business. As the waft of jerk chicken weakens, we wonder, where are the best night time haunts in this now quieter corner of the Royal Borough?


Annie Lennox, Jenson Button and Sienna Miller are all regulars at this hotspot which serves Mediterranean food - the best of Europe and North Africa - to the chic and regular locals.

105-107 Talbot Road, W11

Beach Blanket Babylon

This restaurant and bar set in a Georgian mansion right around from the Leon Max store on Westbourne Grove is a cool date place known for its eclectic interior design and fabulous chandeliered private room which Tom Ford has used for private dinners. The ‘Porn Star’ cocktail is a house special amidst this mad blending of the Baroque and Rococo.

5 Ledbury Road, W11


‘Proper, hearty and rustic’ food is how Bumpkin - where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their office party last Christmas and was recently nominated runner up by the Observer monthly for best Sunday lunch Roast.

209 Westbourne Park Road, W11

The Ledbury

This is proper posh food - Modern French with hints of Pacific and British - and has 2 Michelin stars. And voted one of the worlds 50 best restaurants. 

127 Ledbury Road, W11

The Lonsdale

This bar with one of the most popular front terraces in town last December saw Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne attend the launch of the new Leon Max store round the corner. Inside is a long bar serving fine, modern cocktails and a cool, candlelit main seating area making this one of the hippest bars on the Hill.

48 Lonsdale Rd, W11

London’s Leon Max store is at 229 Westbourne Grove, W11 

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen


Notting Hill

8/23/2013 8:01:00 AM

Notting Hill


It’s the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, that riot of bright colours and Red Stripe. While the hoarding goes up on the Leon Max store and its neighbours on Westbourne Grove this afternoon - to protects its modesty, of course - partying in the streets may not be for everyone. If you’d prefer a more civilised wander around this northern corner of the Royal Borough, more sunny, Saturday morning stroll - another weekend, then - try the below.  



Bang opposite the Leon Max store at 227 Westbourne Grove this is a clothes shop and a restaurant. Good food and cool clothes, what could be more satisfying than that?

202 Westbourne Grove, W11


Daylesford Organic

Next door is the delicious fayre from the Bamfords Gloucestershire farm, this is real Elle Macpherson at brunch territory.

208-212 Westbourne Grove, W11


Granger & Co.

There’s always a queue outside this relative newcomer to the downtown Notting Hill scene. Good-looking crowd and good food with a decidedly Australian feel.

175 Westbourne Grove, W11


The Electric

London’s chicest (and one of its oldest) cinema - order drinks and food and stretch out in the endless comfort of enormous leather armchairs. Next door the Electric Diner is another Notting Hill staple to see and be-scene.

191 Portobello Road, W11


The Elgin

Whether it’s board games in bohemia or after party-chasing into the early hours this book-cased pub is the perfect place post-Portobello Market.

96 Ladbroke Grove, W11


Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

InStyle Summer Soiree

8/19/2013 8:51:00 AM

InStyle Summer Soiree

Of all the summer parties, the lovely ladies who turned up to InStyle’s Summer Soiree, were turned out the best and really proved, that they have Style. 

LA’s glossiest young vixens stepped out at the Mondrian Hotel looking chic, sleek and sun kissed wearing, what I think, were the most stylish outfits all around since the Oscar parties! 

Just like the magazine, each current style was covered. 

Analeigh Tipton and Isabel Lucas both opted for neutral colors with black accessories.  While Isabel rocked a somewhat predictable Boho look, Ashley looked fresh and impossibly chic, one of my personal favorite designers,  Ermano Scervino.

In floras, Ashley Tisdale and Bryce Dallas Howard both weighed in with beautiful colorful numbers that were season appropriate.

And weighing in with the high style monochrome were Shenae Grimes and Christa B Allen, both in black and white looking more Champs Elysee Blvd instead of Sunset. 

I also just love Christa’s new grown up look for the new season of “Revenge”. Her blunt cut fringe was the perfect accessory to her Robert Rodriguez dress and Martin Katz fish bone earrings. 

Inside the party the vibe was gushing and complimentary.  Who needs boys to impress when we can make our girlfriends fall over their next season’s Christian Dior pumps instead? 

Contributing Editor: Margo Stilley

Get the Look - Royal

8/13/2013 8:11:00 AM

Get the Look - Royal

In England this is the year of all things royal (isn’t it always?) with the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of our Queen’s Coronation and the birth of her great-grandson, and future King, Prince George of Cambridge. So it’s poignant moment to release a movie celebrating the final years of Baby Cambridge’s late grandmother, the Princess of Wales. A new trailer for ‘Diana’ was released this week, a reminder of the princess’s cool everyday-royal working wardrobe, the crisp white Ts and jeans, the fitted blue blazers, perfect for shopping down High Street Kensington, going to the gym at the Harbour Club or walking through a field of landmines. But what makes for a 21st century working royals wardrobe? We give some suggestions.

For Tea

Charity Visit / Royal Tour

Wedding Cocktail / Fete

Stroll With The Baby


Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Having a Ball

8/2/2013 8:05:00 AM

Having a Ball

Horses and the weather were the two very English subjects covered over  dinner during the annual Ball the Earl and Countess of March host during Glorious Goodwood, the Sussex race meeting this year intermittently lashed by rain. Fortunately the unruly sun shone on the March’s guests, who included designer Leon Max and Katia Elizarova, who dined on a menu of cray fish mousse and lamb in the plush ballroom behind Goodwood House’s unassuming Regency exterior served by waiters in Regency dress. And then it was time for hours of dancing because, of course, as Miss Austen points out:  “It may be possible to do without dancing entirely….but when a beginning is made…it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.”

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Notting Hill Carnival

8/29/2012 11:01:00 AM

Notting Hill Carnival

For those of you who havent been to the Notting Hill Carnival - to Londoner’s it’s just ‘Carnival’ - Venice this ain’t. This is when the Leon Max store along with its other neighbours on Westbourne Grove gets boarded up as West London prepares to have a lot of fun at Europe’s biggest street carnival. In fact as the boards go up a strange quiet descends across this swathe of the Royal Borough, it does feel akin to the eve of a war that is about to begin.

Maybe that’s an appropriate analogy. Stretching over Sunday and Monday this is when the Carribean community fill the streets, the police dance with the performers and everyone has a very jolly - if noisy - good time.

Back on its famous corner on the All Saints Road was Rampage, the stage that in past years has always seemed the most - hell - ‘crazee’. But for the West London sophisticats there’s only one stage - Gaz’s Rockin Blues (it’s a night in Soho) which is a slightly trendier version of a posh drinks party. Except with a lot whistles and Red Stripe beer and jerk chicken wafting around. Even though it’s Carnival there is still alot of airkissing and a rock star’s child is always on the decks. Whose though - of course, no one can remember the next day.

So what trends were out for the party? It was occasion-appropriate with cute florals and skirts cut to the thigh polished off with boots or flats so nothing would get in the way of the dancing. Singer Rita Ora kept things cool with a net top when she performed. And is the bandana making a come-back? Oh, maybe that was just us.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Burning Man: Part 1

8/24/2012 11:03:00 AM

Burning Man: Part 1

by Margo Stilley

My decision to go to Burning Man this year was a last minute booking on a flight by the seat of my pants. Feeling the need to go feral, one evening a week ago in a sushi restaurant on Beverley Blvd in Los Angeles, alone, I called to cancel my 25th of August retreat to a friend’s Italian Palazzo, borrowed a pen from a waitress, and begin writing my check list of must haves on my placemat.  

With my categories broken into: Survival, Food and Costume the list read something like this:

Camel Pack, Goggles, Sunscreen, Fur Coat, Giant Bear Head, LED Batter powered lights, Water, Erergen-C, 6 zip lock bags for 6 pairs of washed and pressed crisp linen pajamas dabbed with lavander oil, earplugs, eye mask, valium, a bicycle and some spray paint.  

Whether or not you understand a great deal of that list will depend greatly on how much time you’ve spent camping or in a desert, so I’ll skip all the specifics of how I’m going to avoid sunburn and dehydration and  move on to the good parts.   

For your average fashionista, spending a week camping in a desert will be your worst nightmare, luckily Black Rock City is something different.  The bigger, better, brighter and more obscene your outfit, you can rest assured that there will be someone there with more and it will somehow be inexplicably on fire.

As my trip this year is completely impromptu (and all of my gear is in London while I am already on the West Coast) I decided to make a list of all the resale shops in the gayest areas of Los Angeles that mostly cater to cross dressers. Unfortunately for me, the only thing I managed to snag during my trips to Boys Town was a little cultural insight that is this:  There is no Queen in the Hollywood Drag.  As I found myself shifting through the racks at “Crossroads Resale” shop on Santa Monica, looking the least feminine of all the customers with my eyelashes fluttering without a hint of mascara, I felt more as if I was shopping in my little sister’s closet from high school.  Mini skirts and Abercrombie abound for these La Femmes but not a sequin in sight!  

Deciding, rather reluctantly, that Less is More, I changed my mindset and decided on a very Out of Africa look with tanned platform riding boots, a selection of cargo shorts, cut into hot pants with the pockets left dangling down the sides of my thighs, a couple of vibrantly coloured pieces of muslin to wear as a scarf, turban or face guard in the event of a sand storm and of course, some multi colored parasols I nicked from a wedding on Saturday.

The unforgiving desert environment sitting 4,000 ft above sea level isn’t exactly the place one would like to arrive for a weeks long camping trip unprepared, but I’m hoping for the giving nature of The Playa to provide.   

About Margo:

Originally from North Carolina, before beginning her career as an actor, Margo Stilley started out as an artist and was offered a full scholarship to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design for Photography, which she declined in favor of traveling.

Arriving in London at the age of 20 she accepted the lead role in Michael Winterbottom’s independent art house film, ‘9 Songs’ that suddenly thrust her into the limelight, gracing the best dressed lists and solidifying her name as one of the industry’s most fashionable young stars.

She has most recently come full circle collaborating again with the Bafta Award winning director Michael Winterbottom on a BBC2 improv comedy, ‘The Trip’ co-starring with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

Margo currently lives in Hollywood, California.

A Model’s Styling Tips: Zinta

8/22/2012 11:09:00 AM

A Model’s Styling Tips: Zinta

Maxstudio Model Zinta shares her favorite looks and styling tips for the Fall 2012 Leon Max / Maxstudio collection. 

Dinner party ready it’s the chiffon pleated maxi and silk detail top. Taking advantage of the sheer trend the skirt adds a sexy edge to an all black ensemble.

For an early morning horse ride, Zinta opts for the heavy stretch twill riding pants and riding boots. To complete the look and protect herself from morning chill she adds the waterproof winter mac coat and a matching scarf.

A night on the town is styled perfectly with the chiffon banded dress paired with black satin evening shoes. The peep of midriff and draping of the skirt create a romantic one of a kind piece.

For a dressy daytime ensemble Zinta looks no further than the printed chiffon dress, she finishes with a belt and brown peep toe mary janes for the perfect day to night look. 

Shop the Fall Collection

Editor’s Picks: Jade Frampton

8/17/2012 11:53:00 AM

Editor’s Picks: Jade Frampton

Jade Frampton, Senior Market Editor of Elle Magazine, shares her favorite looks from the Fall 2012 Leon Max Collection.

Capes are a mega-trend this fall, as well as the Lisbeth Salander leather goth chic look, which is brought to a new level of class with the leather double-breasted cape. For a touch of Gatsby-like glamour the campaign featured lace dress is perfect for everything formal this fall. A more casual take on the cape trend is achieved with wool cape paired with black skinnys, it’s the ideal fall pairing to transfer from office commute to dinner and drinks.

Shop the Fall Collection