High fashion and High Society came together for the Leon Max Winter Dinner and Dance to benefit the breast cancer charity, Too Many Women.
As the Holiday season kicked off last week, the coveted invitation to receive was for the Leon Max Winter Dinner and Dance at the Claridge’s ballroom. The bright young things of UK society gathered in aid of the charity Too Many Women, an organization working in the fight against breast cancer. A vast winter woodland wall of scented roses and gardenia, a display inspired by the designer’s gardens at his country house, Easton Neston, provided the dreamy backdrop for the runway debut of the Spring 2012 Leon Max Collection.
Led by the newly appointed face of the label Katia Elizarova, the designer’s London muses including Amber LeBon, Daisy Lowe, Clara Paget and Suki Waterhouse, commanded the catwalk in a stunning series of dresses fit for every occasion. Flowing dresses fashioned from vibrantly hued silk chiffon and cream colored chiffon hand painted with vivid bouquets of water color florals, transformed the models into an ethereal troupe of garden fairies. Providing a subversive but no less glamorous contrast to the delicate chiffons were a group of black lace and silk dresses whose strategic use of transparent and opaque left just enough to the imagination.
“I wanted to show all my friends in London what I actually do,” said Leon Max. And they were all there to watch; fashion was represented with designers Nicholas Kirkwood, Louise Gray, Lara Bohinc and Marios Schwab, the social crowd with Amanda Sheppard leading in her boyfriend, rocker Bryan Ferry’s sons Otis and Tara, Dan MacMillan came with girlfriend Sasha Volkova, Rose Cholmondeley, Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger and Pixie Geldof.
Come finale time, the question on everyone’s lips was “When does the shop open?” referring to the arrival of the Max Studio’s first European store expected to open it’s doors late December 2011 in Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill.