It was the last party of the summer before England emptied and went on holiday but as guests wandered the lawns of stately pile Easton Neston, its lights twinkling down on the Long Water on an early evening in late July, thinking about the beach wasn’t even on the agenda. Guests had been greeted by footmen in livery, the bar was in full swing, the air alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot. Northamptonshire was having a Great Gatsby moment as Leon Max had decided to throw open his house for a dance. “Pixie Geldof’s performance was the highlight for me,” he said, “she looked amazing in that orange dress. She was almost better than I thought she’d be.” Pixie’s band, Violet, played as model of the moment Edie Campbell partied with jewellery designer Lara Bohinc and the shoe designer Nick Kirkwood and writer, Plum Sykes. But it wasn’t just the fashion crowd who were out in force; the best of British toffery was there too; auctioneer Lord Dalmeny, gallerist Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, Detmar Blow came with Bianca, Lady Eliot. There was gilded Europe - Nicolas Niarchos and Nikolai von Bismarck - as well as young London, model Suki Waterhouse, Charlie Astor, the Hon. Antalya Nall-Cain who had come with her father Lord Brocket, actor Alfie Allen and a rocker from Big Pink, Robbie Furze. Old-school style he had asked three friends to ‘co-host’ it; Josephine de la Baume, the French actress and musician on the cusp of marrying music superstar Mark Ronson, the model, dj and girl-about-town, Mary Charteris, - both of whom would go on to star as the faces of the A/W11 campaign - and the writer, Richard Dennen. “The party was to inaugurate the design studio and introduce it to a certain group of people,” Leon explained. And what a fabulous way to do it.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen