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Caped Crusaders

9/22/2014 7:56:00 AM

Caped Crusaders

The Cape is the hottest piece of the season. It’s a bit military and therefore cool. It’s the ultimate cover-up that you can wear with everything, be it long skirt, short skirt and boots. Leg-slimming capes covered ‘60s dresses at Yves St Laurent, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been seen out in her Burberry blanket cape - Cara, Suki and the other Burberry girls all have their personalized blanket capes too - and Dolce and Gabbana and Valentino both had capes with hoods straight out of the fairy tales. With a simple, crisp silhouette it’s time to be a fashion super-hero.

Killer Heels

9/15/2014 12:39:00 PM


A sweltering late summer night didn’t stop the downtown denizens and Brooklyn hipsters from making a fabulous showing at the Killer Heels opening party at the Brooklyn Museum.  Champagne served from crystal glasses shaped like pumps?  Check.  Tattoos and tiaras?  Check. Not to mention countless mile high stilettos and the wildest creations from the likes of Gaultier, Ferragamo, Prada and the most fabulous and influential designers of the 20th Century, interspersed with amazing video installations from the likes of Marilyn Minter and  Rashaad Newsome. Wanna get the same experience that party go-ers like China Chow and Stefano Tonchi of W experienced? The show’s open to all at the Brooklyn Museum of Art through February 15th. Run.. or walk depending on your heel height.

Contributing Editor:  Robert Rowe, International Fashion Director, W magazine


9/30/2013 9:04:00 AM


It’s not just the models that get all of the attention during the runway shows. Surrounded by street style paparazzi and an audience of their peers, Global fashion editors share the style spotlight each season. With such an extreme fashion challenge at hand, just what would you wear? We went to the experts and here is what the team from Marie Claire selected to be seen in at this season’s shows: NY, LONDON, PARIS, MILAN


9/23/2013 3:53:00 AM


It’s not just the models that get all of the attention during the runway shows. Surrounded by street style paparazzi and an audience of their peers, Global fashion editors share the style spotlight each season. With such an extreme fashion challenge at hand, just what would you wear? We went to the experts and here is what Tatler Style Editor Sophie Goodwin selected to be seen in at this season’s shows: NY, LONDON, PARIS, MILAN

Astrid Harbord’s Fashion Week Diary

I had a low moment at the Serpentine Gallery’s Future Contemporaries party this Fashion Week.  How can one spend the day watching elegant models strut down the catwalk in not much more than shorts or summer dresses while then at night trying to ignore the fact that you could feel your damp hair from the pouring rain outside drip down your back? However the rain passed by the time the tiny and beautiful Aluna George sang outside in the Serpentine’s gardens.  Thank god for my Leon Max fur gilet though as it was not a warm night. I bumped into gallerist Alex Dellal who was talking babies and claimed that being a dad did not mean sleep deprivation. He disappeared off into the party. Amber Le Bon with her luscious long locks was there and the gorgeous Ben Grimes all dressed in black. Ollie Proudlock from Made in Chelsea and I charged up to the front of the stage to listen to the ex-Sugababes who had been gathered together to perform some of their new tracks. Interesting. Otis Ferry was full of his girlfriend Edie Campbell’s fashion show schedule, resplendent in the Belstaff leather jacket that he had been given the night before at the opening of their new store on Bond Street. For me this was the party of the week because - although this time the weather was definitely not on our side - it didn’t matter as we all got to see Becks. Yes! David Beckham, the new  ambassador for Belstaff was definitely the main attraction, dressed in leathers with slick backed hair looking mighty fine. He was a thoroughly nice chap and told George Frost how he’d been a big fan of his late father, Sir David. Pixie Lott, Lady Victoria Hervey and the actress Olivia Grant all made an appearance at the party which was – this is fashion week after all – full to bursting. However my stomach was quite the opposite so I hot-footed down the road to meet my friends, the property King and Queen of One Hyde Park, Christian and Emily Candy, at the Wolsey for dinner. A perfectly civilised way to round off a fashion bun-fight on a Sunday night.

Get Astrid’s Look; HatShirtFur Gillet


9/16/2013 4:05:00 AM


1976 was the year the Sex Pistols released ‘Anarchy in the UK’ but it was also the year that two alpha males took each other on, and had an audience of millions gripped, on the Formula 1 track. The film ‘Rush’ follows that heady ‘76 season with blonde bombshell James Hunt played by Chris Hemsworth and the icy cool Austrian Niki Lauda, by Daniel Bruhl in this Ron Howard directed, Peter Morgan written flick. 

There’s a personal connection with Easton Neston too, the home and design studio headquarters of Leon Max - it was formerly the base for Hesketh Racing whom James Hunt drove for and was sponsored by. Lord Hesketh, the former owner of Easton Neston (where some of the film’s scenes were shot), sold the estate to Leon. It was here, in the Stable Block, that the cars were built and the engines tested. Even today, on entering the Stables, you can still see and smell the engine oil.

With speed comes the girls; and Hollywood IT girl Olivia Wilde (an actress who incidentally has often been seen out and about in Max Studio) plays Hunt’s sassy rock chick supermodel wife. But she is certainly not the only babe featured in this picture; as Lord Hesketh, Hunt’s team manager, roars over the whir of the engines: “Men love women, but even more than that men love CARS!”

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Style Report: Autumn Colors to Wear Now

New-season rich jewel-tones provide a seamless style transition into autumn’s chicest looks.

As temperatures start to dip, this season’s deep burgundies and earthy greens will instantly update your fall style, adding warmth and sophistication to any wardrobe. Go head-to-toe in a rich claret body-con dress or mix it up, adding a beaded aubergine blouse, a deep lichen pull over or a pair of emerald satin heels to perfectly compliment the season’s darks and neutrals.

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NYFW SS14 Review

9/12/2013 3:25:00 AM

NYFW SS14 Review

When you can’t get a reservation at any restaurant, when there’s a cluster of models on every corner and when the September issue of Vogue is so heavy it saves you a trip to the gym it can only mean one thing. New York Fashion Week of course. Los Angeles may have the Oscars but for this city NYFW is one of its most monumental events of the season and this year being its 70th anniversary has generated more buzz than ever before. The shows got off to a good start with new comers and old favourites showcasing their SS14 collections. Trendy brand Opening Ceremony debuted their first ever runway show, a mix of street wear and high fashion. With celebrities such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber attending, it was a big success. There was also plenty of entertainment for the guests including a photo booth, a nail salon, and a hot dog cart. However the show that everyone was talking about was Alexander Wang. Doing what he does best, Wang bought back the cool factor with a 90’s edge. There was white leather, crop tops and clever T-shirts displaying the words “parental guidance” across them. So it’s no wonder he chose two of Britain’s coolest exports, Edie Campbell and Georgia May Jagger to model the new collection. Equally if not more exciting than the shows are the after party’s. Rapper of the moment Kendrick Lamar headlined the first big party of the week at the famous Milk studios, while just blocks away at another venue Blurred lines singer Robin Thicke gave the guests of Treats! Magazine a very sexy performance with half naked models dancing next to him. As the week progressed there was a bevy of glamorous events bringing in all sorts from each end of the fashion spectrum. There was the Sacks fifth avenue Dior dinner attended by beauty’s such as Jessica Biel and Maria Sharapova, juxtaposed with The high street brand H&M’s party which attracted a more rock n roll set of guests. Although every year is different sometimes a little tradition is needed which is why as always, Marc Jacobs will be closing Fashion Week and no doubt it will be a wonder to the eye. Needless to say no matter what you’re attending there’s something fun for everyone at New York Fashion Week.


9/4/2013 2:47:00 AM


It’s no wonder that Karl Lagerfeld chose the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots - Linlithgow Palace - as the venue for Chanel’s Metiers d’Arts show last year, when tartan and tweed was met with white wool gowns with feathers and lace and padded shoulder rolls and pearls, all a nod to an icon who had been executed four centuries earlier. While now it’s Christopher Kane and Louise Gray who bring cool to the capital from Scotland, it was this fashion queen who reigned over the sixteenth century - after growing up at the French court no one was hipper, chicer or more sophisticated than Mary Stuart. And this year, amidst the fun and frivolity of the Fringe the recently re-vamped National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is hosting the must-see show of the festival, the life and times of this queen whose tired head ended up reposing upon the block.  200 glittering objects together, amassed from the Royal Household and many private collections, tell her tale. Portraits show her power-dressing, tapestries woven by her during captivity in England with her hostess, Bess of Hardwick, hang on the walls while the Darnley Jewel, a gold enamelled locket set with rubies and emeralds is a dazzling reminder of the passionate romance with the teen heartthrob Henry, Lord Darnley whose increasing immaturity would lead to his murder and the unravelling of Mary’s power. It was her pearls though, then considered the finest in Europe, which her cousin Elizabeth snapped up can still be seen in the Tower of London. What next? A film of course. The men behind ‘Notting Hill’ are producing with Saorsie Ronan said to be cast in the title role. A timely tribute to Scotland’s original queen of fashion.

Until 17th October

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations

While the Met gala exhibition has come and gone, the book is one worth keeping for years to come. The exhibit, conceived by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton as a series of imaginary conversations between designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Mucci Prada, focuses on the similarities and differences between two Italian designers, known best for their use of unorthodox materials, unexpected colors, imaginative details and fresh prints.

Both women described as feminists with a disdain for conformity, are represented through personal quotes which are used to create conversations between the designers, read in small inserts within the book between imagery of their designs.  The conversations focus on chic in various manifestations (hard, ugly, naïf) and the body as carrier of narratives (exotic body, classical body, surreal body and waist up/waist down). Creating a window into the ideas of the designers, one most interesting difference between the women is found in their opinions of fashion design as a form of art. Schiaparelli being pro and Prada con.

Among the conversations of great designers of different eras the real treasure comes from the over 200 vintage and newly photographed images that bring fashion history to life. Not only does this book present the progression of complimentary female designers, its imagery and fashion excellence make it truly a work of art (although Mucci Prada may disagree). 

My Statement Pieces: Bianca

9/25/2012 5:32:00 AM

My Statement Pieces: Bianca 

Maxstudio model Bianca shares her favorite looks from the Maxstudio/Leon Max Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection.

Cocktail Hour: indigo asymmetrical cocktail dress

Trendy Daytime: fur vest

Weekend Shopping: swing wool melange coat

Black Tie: chiffon and lace dress

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Editor’s Picks: Deep Kailey

9/18/2012 6:34:00 AM

Editor’s Picks: Deep Kailey

Deep Kailey, Fashion Director at Tatler Magazine, shares her favorite looks from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Leon Max Collection.

Cool fall nights are complete with the metallic jacquard cape, a chic cocktail cover-up. Pair with a sheer blouse and trousers for modern edgy look. A fur vest is the ultimate statement piece. Ideal for upcoming holiday parties, it adds glamour to every look and pairs easily with a pair of trousers or your favorite dress. For chilly afternoons a wool cape with leather pants makes the ideal pairing. Finish with a pair of booties for the ultimate cold-weather look.

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London Fashion Week City Guide

9/14/2012 12:17:00 PM

London Fashion Week City Guide

In celebration of the start of London Fashion Week we asked industry locals, including model Katia Elizarova, actress Margo Stilley, and columnist Richard Dennen, to share some of their favorite London hotspots. From must-visit restaurants and nightclubs to hotels and museums we have the entire week covered.

Follow this guide to ensure a first class London experience complete with all of the fashion, eats, drinks and comforts that a fashion gal needs.

New York Fashion Week: The Parties

It was all about old-school uptown Swan glamour when FIT’s couture council honoured Oscar de la Renta. The man’s clearly still got IT though. The Bush sisters turned up, as did SJP, Nada Swarovski as well as his great fashion contempories, Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenburg. There’s no stopping those silver surfers.  

As if not to be out done by the golden oldies it was a far younger set when the Proenza Schouler boys were opening their Madison Avenue store, the dinner was thrown at a private apartment resplendent with a first class art collection and a first class crowd; although it was debatable which was more interesting with all those IT girls like Olympia Scarry and actresses Kate Bosworth and Elizabeth Olsen with which to feast the eye. It wasn’t just for the spring chicken though, super-stylist Rachel Zoe got a look it too.

Karlie Kloss kept things beautiful at the Jason Wu après-party but if that was great then French editrix Carine Roitfeld’s party at the Frick was a ‘moment’. She was launching her new book, CR Fashion Book, and the crowd was premier cru, made up of a model pack including a repeat performance from Kloss, as well as Karen Elson, Bar Refaeli as well as a tryptich of designers, Wang, Tisci and Altuzarra. The Frick party was a mini Met Ball, the sort of stuff that fashion week wet dreams are made of. 

The Vreeland documentary premiere was the intellectual moment of the week. Made by a Vreeland a couple of gens down from the legendary Vogue editor, it was no doubt what she would have described as having ‘pizzaz.’ But it was Marc Jacobs’ afterparty that closed off things roundly. How clever to hire out the WASPy environs of the New York Yacht Club and fill it to the brim with the most fabulous of things. The Strokes dj’d and when actress Rose Byrne walked in she cried, “I feel like I’ve arrived!” And in more ways that one she had. 

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Behind the Scenes: LINLEY & Maxstudio

David LINLEY recently shot the Holiday gift brochure at the English home of Leon Max featuring the Leon Max/Maxstudio Collection. The two brands converged to represent the epitome of British lifestyle. The brochure will be released in October, and we have a glimpse of “behind the scenes.” In the statement below LINLEY explains why they felt Maxstudio was the perfect partner for their shoot:

‘LINLEY was thrilled to shoot their most recent Gifts and Accessories Brochure in the elegant surroundings of Easton Neston owned by fashion designer Leon Max. One of the most beautiful houses in Great Britain, the refined architecture, immaculately restored interior and splendid grounds provided the ideal setting for a brand which prides itself on superlative quality and quintessential British style. We were also delighted to work with clothing from the Leon Max  Collection. The Leon Max range projects an elegance and sophistication which complements the LINLEY brand and ethos.’

Shop the Fall/Winter 2012 Collection

Campaign Photographer Torkil Gudnason Presents Electric Blossom

Edelman Arts presents a fragrant bouquet of ‘Electric Blossoms,” by Torkil Gudnason. The exhibit will be on view from September 11 - October 27 with an opening reception September 11, 6-10pm.

Torkil Gudnason has a successful commercial career behing him being a leader in beauty, fashion and still life photography. He has shot Maxstudio / Leon Max campaigns and his work has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Surface and Allure. 

His inspiration to work with flowers came from his childhood in Denmark, seeing long cold winters followed by spring filled with flowers and colors. “It felt like an explosion,” he remembers, “an enormous burst of energy.”

Torkil works with sophisticated studio lighting techniques with the flowers to “translate them into my fantasy world.” His extraordinay eye and incandescent imagination allow us to experiene the crazy power, sensuousness, energy and strength that flowers exert.

Burning Man: Part 2

9/7/2012 2:18:00 AM

Burning Man: Part 2

by Margo Stilley

Sitting down to write what my experience at Burning Man this year is daunting… It usually takes weeks to put into perspective what happens in the desert and the rest of the year to put into practice everything that you’ve learned.  

Leaving home without my factor 100 sunscreen, a litre of water, goggles and dust mask and straw hat would have been a mistake. But the addition of the neon pom poms (which I picked up amidst the craftiest desperate housewives of Los Angeles County at my local arts and craft store earning me the nickname The Polka Dot Princess) were my masterpiece. I chose to hit The Playa this year not with the friends that I arrived with, but with the dusty strangers that make up Black Rock City or ‘my new friends’ as my newly excavated inner hippy would rather call them.  

There was something about enjoying the art exhibitions, talks and dance parties without the expectation of the future or revelations from the past that spoke to me this year and kept me floating from one camp to another making new faces familiar ones.  

In order to really squeeze everything you can from Burning Man you really just have to follow one rule, if you see it and it looks cool then it probably is so go and look at it!  Ask questions about what it means and where it’s from and enjoy yourself.  This can take a while to implement but once you do, inevitably that thing that was so mesmerizing a few moments ago will be beside another thing as equally beguiling.  This can mean that the original point of interest that you were heading for can take a couple of days to get to, but the journey along the way is where the essence of the week lies and inevitably leads you back into your camp dusty and exhausted with stories that start like “Did you see the guy laying in the fish tank giving out watermelon sno cones??”

Unfortunately, ‘re-entry’  into the real world after relearning to be curious and childlike can sometimes be harsh.  

When we exited Black Rock City into the depths of the far West of Nevada, I found tears welling up in my eyes. I missed the free quinoa soup from our next door camp and the cyber techno that I never listen to outside of Burning Man.  

After an experience that should have left me exhausted, I have the energy of a teenager at the mall without her parents for the first time. I’ve been out of the desert for three days now and already I’ve talked to my neighbors for the first time, learned the name of my local gas station attendant who I’ve been seeing for about the same amount of time and proactively cleaned out my closets and kitchen cupboards.  If there is something that I see that needs to be done, I’ve done it and I’ve done it with a smile on my face.  

New York Fashion Week City Guide from the Fashion Elite

In celebration of the start of New York Fashion Week we asked fashion hard hitters to share the go-to places during fashion week to grab a drink, get glamorous for fashion shows and after parties, grab a bite between the two and where to get a massage when it is all said and done.

Follow this guide to the city, straight from the fashion source, to guarantee a fashion week complete with all the glamour New York has to offer.

A Model’s Styling Tips for NYFW: Danica

Maxstudio model Danica shares her favorite looks for New York Fashion Week from the Fall 2012 Leon Max/Maxstudio Collection.

For a street style day look it’s a double breasted jacket with black trousers and short boots. A structured jacket with hints of the fashion favorite military trend is perfect for an afternoon prepping for shows.

A blush blazer and belted dress are a complete and feminine look for a long day of shows and networking. Finish with a loafer pump for a womanly sophistication that’s influenced by the boys.

Quick change for dinner with fashion folk into a printed chiffon long sleeve dress that hugs all the right curves and is a comfortable transition between the tents and the parties.

The LBD is the perfect after-party look to finish off the day. The pleated sleeve adds a bit of edge while being tailored to perfection. Finish with a peep toe mary jane pump for a classic sophistication.