13/11/2014 6:39 PM


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Quilted & Padded Vest

16GG Silk & Cashmere Ribbed Turtleneck

Heather Wool Plaid Mini-Kilt

Vertu-Burnished Leather Ankle Strap Pumps

Belted Leather Jacket

Slim Ponte Pants in Heather Dark Green

Draping-Burnished Leather Tall Boots

Brushed Doubleweave Belted Cape

Slim Ponte Pants in Heather Dark Brown

Nestor-Burnished Leather Scooped Wedge Booties

Satin Organza Beaded Cape Dress

Avow2-Curvy T-Strap Satin Wedges


07/11/2014 1:25 AM


The Brits were back in town for BAFTA’s Los Angeles bash at the Beverly Hills Hotel – and as there’s nothing they love more than a nice, long chat so it will come as no surprise then that the night was one of long and jovial speeches and toasts. Emma Watson stole the show in sharp Balenciaga, and was honoured by Burberry, the brand which landed her, her first modeling gig. Also honoured were Mark Ruffalo, Dame Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr, Mike Leigh and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

It’s been quite the Brit week for Hollywood; heartthrob Eddie Redmayne was hosting a drinks at the Chateau Marmont the night before. Were the female guests devastated that he’d announced his engagement? Yes, most likely. But there was worse news to come a few days later from London; Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement to theatre director Sophie Hunter via The Times’ Court and Social page. Was that the sound of a thousand hearts breaking? From his female fans, known as the ‘Cumberbitches’, certainly.


31/10/2014 9:55 PM


Black is back: it’s official. And not a moment too soon. It’s all Hallow’s Eve, of course, so what better moment to channel some dark inspiration from the Metropolitan’s appropriately timed new exhibition: “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire.” It’s the 19th century, natch. A century presided over by an iconic Queen and Empress – Victoria – who spent the majority of her reign dressed to mourn her beloved Prince Consort, Albert. 1815-1915 was a hundred years when death was so fetishized it virtually kept the dress couturiers in business alone. Would you have looked better in ‘full mourning’ or ‘half-morning’? Go see if death becomes you; Happy Hallowe’en from Leon Max and MaxStudio.


27/10/2014 4:52 PM




By Oscar Humphries


Frieze and the fairs and events that surround it continue to evolve and this last week saw the worlds of fashion, design and art collide. Gucci came on board as a sponsor for Frieze Masters – adding Italian glamour to this art fair which makes its focus art made before the year 2000. It’s talented young director, Victoria Sidall, encouraged the participating galleries to bring their very best material to London. The result was triumphant with Marlborough Gallery presenting a Francis Bacon solo-stand and Dickinson Gallery doing a stellar wall of ‘rose period’ Picassos… It added a gravitas to a schedule that largely celebrated the new.

It was impossible to see everything but everyone I spoke to was raving about the Sigmar Polke show at the Tate Modern (which you may have seen at MOMA) and Glenn Ligon’s superb exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre. What’s unique about Frieze week is that you can see work by artists – living and dead – in these museum shows and then go to Phillips (their monolithic new building on Berkeley Square opened to much fanfare this week), Christies, or Sothebys to buy work by these artists at Auction. Indeed the collectors and dealers that rule the art world were a presence in both sale rooms and VIP rooms at PAD, Frieze, and Frieze Masters. The new art world is one in which the public, the private, and the commercial co-exist in near (and sometimes far from near) harmony.

It’s impossible to see everything although I know ambitious collectors who were going to seven events per night. The best way to see everyone if not everything was to go to Chiltern Fire House where Larry Gagosian gave one of several dinner and where, on Thursday night, the artist Marc Quinn and Apple’s new hire Mark Newson sat encamped.

I launched my new magazine with PAD’s wonderful and generous fair director Patrick Perrin on the Wednesday night. And whist I lost hordes of people to the Frieze Masters / Gucci party at the Italian Embassy, to the ICA dinner, to the White Cube dinner and the super cool Sothebys contemporary party we were 92 for baked potatoes and caviar. In a week of air kissing and record prices my dinner felt distinctly friends and family, thank God.

Oscar Humphries is the Editor and Publisher of The Art Book.


24/10/2014 5:51 PM


Leon and Yana Max recently attended a private view of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ ‘Hollywood Costume’ exhibition, held –appropriately – at the historic Wilshire May Company Building, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles – designated the future, shining, mothership for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.   The show, originally held at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is a rollercoaster ride through 150 of the most famous costumes to be seen on the silver screen; star attractions include Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones, Kate Winslet’s Titanic glamour as well as vintage glories such as Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz. Well worth a visit.


13/10/2014 6:27 PM


“Certainly no overcast English sky was going to dampen proceedings at the IWC Schaffhausen and BFI London Film Festival opening gala dinner – it was the big event of the week, here in London.

And so the celebrity set descended on Battersea Park; Emily Blunt, Douglas Booth, Stephen Fry, Julie Walters, Mick Jagger, and Erin O’Connor, a former face of Leon Max were all there. They dined on grass-fed beef and truffle tagliatelle, they laughed as British comic legends Walters and Stephen Fry were presented with the ‘Honorary Award in Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy’ – and they gave them a standing ovation too.

I saw Marc Jacobs model Eliza Cummings cozying up to Topshop heiress Chloe Green while Stephen Fry was embarrassed to admit that he had worn the wrong brand of watch (rather than a piece from IWC) he was sporting an expensive Patek Phillipe design which he hid when I enquired about his timepiece…

And, of course, they partied into the early hours  – let’s hope they aren’t too tired for the next 12-days that is the movie marathon of the London Film Festival.  I’ve already seen Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley taking to the West End streets to promote their films – I wonder who we’ll spot next?”

Paris by Night

10/10/2014 5:43 PM

Paris by Night

Love it, or hate it, the Kardashian Wests took Paris this Fashion Week. There was the Big Moment as they arrived at the Balmain show and sat with baby North on knee on the Front Row. There was Carine Roitfeld’s party for the new issue of her mag and there the Big Moment was when Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci arrived with Kim Kardashian on one arm (Kanye had already performed earlier in the week at shoe designer Pierre Hardy’s 15th anniversary,) and Ciara on the other. Justin Bieber came too. And Paris Hilton…

But there are some who still opt for a more low-key, non-Kardashian approach it seems. There was Stella McCartney who went a bit London (if that’s possible in Paris) with a concert at Silencio filled with the Brit Pack, Edie Campbell et al. There was the Chloé party which was paired down French cool and Marianne Faithful sang huskily and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a former face of Leon Max, shimmered luxuriously.

But it was the last night of the week which was the most discreet and yet seemingly the most cool and fun; Louis Vuitton, and its dinner and dance for its design team and and their close circle of friends at the newly re-furbed and legendary club, Castel. There were actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, a pop star Robyn, and they dined with designer Nicolas Ghesquiere and toasted his second Vuitton collection. And – quelle horreur – there wasn’t a bodyguard or a VIP room in sight.


22/09/2014 2:56 PM

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

15/09/2014 7:39 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

Editor’s Picks: Venice Film Festival 2014

28/08/2014 7:37 PM

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

27/08/2014 8:28 PM


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

12/08/2014 10:07 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.”

13/05/2014 8:59 AM

Project Mia

It’s been almost 2 years, and my site specific cut paper installation, HOVER, is still floating happily amid the gorgeous clothes at the Leon Max store in Westbourne Grove.

I think of my installations as puzzles that I both create and solve. Usually I cut every piece by hand, but HOVER is made of laser cut paper based on tracings of my existing paper pieces, which I had output in a range of sizes. The puzzle this time was how to use a limited number of shapes in a way that didn’t feel repetitive.

My process is very spontaneous and intuitive. I don’t make drawings or plans in advance, I just bring the paper pieces and start creating the installation based on my response to that particular space: the light, the traffic patterns, the mood. For this project, the architect had to install ceiling lights around my installation, which meant he had to wait until the last possible second, but he was extremely accommodating of my methodology!

Since then I finished UPLIFT, a giant public art project in Boston commissioned by Liberty Mutual for their new headquarters. Made of water jet cut steel and aluminium, UPLIFT appears to emerge from an outdoor plaza and rise through the building’s windows to swirl around a two-story circular atrium. These days I’m working on SOAR, a public art project in New York City’s subway system on the A train line. Like UPLIFT, this project also translates my hand cut paper shapes into another material, using the same methods for HOVER but output in steel instead of paper.

Of course with public art I can’t just bring my paper pieces and get to work, everything is planned way in advance down to the smallest detail. It’s been surprisingly easy though to go from making totally ephemeral works to permanent projects, because no matter the final material, I start by cutting paper in my studio and playing with it until I come up with the final form. Hopefully these permanent projects retain the spontaneity of HOVER and my other paper installations, in a material that lasts forever.

By Mia Pearlman

30/04/2014 9:30 AM

Tribeca Film Festival 2014

This year the festival was about welcoming new comers, one of whom had no trouble fitting in, the young director Gia Coppola. Coppola debuted her first feature “Palo Alto” at the event and it was a roaring success, with exceptional reviews. The indie film stars the highly in demand Emma Roberts, alongside James Franco, as well as introducing promising new actor Jack Kilmer (son of Val) in this dreamy coming of age tale. The story follows the lives of three different teens living in suburban California all dealing with inner struggles. Coppola drew inspiration from her awkward teenage years and photographer Steven Shaw, who happened to be her college professor. Although she cannot escape the association with her highly famous family, Coppola hopes to set out her own path, and this looks promising with such an impressionable first attempt. As for the festivities, the week kicked off with the annual Vanity Fair Tribeca party, held at the New York Supreme Courthouse. It is the event to be seen at with many iconic actors and celebrities in attendance, with co founder Robert De Niro rubbing shoulders with the likes of Anna Wintour, the Mayor of New York, and Christy Turlington. As the week progressed, so did the parties. Chanel held a dinner at the chic and iconic French Brasserie Balthazar,which is about as synonymous for its foods as its’ people watching. Naturally, it was a star studded event playing host to Hollywood royalty Sophia Loren and fashion favourites, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Lily Aldridge.

The festival ended on Sunday and as always, was an affair to remember.

Click the links below to get Flynn’s Tribeca look

Sailor pants 

Jersey Striped Tee

Pleated Skirt

Matte Tortoise Sunglasses

05/12/2013 4:34 PM

Fashion Flashback

Lily Cole’s big break came in 2003 when she was photographed by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue and was dubbed one of the new faces of the year. Fast forward four years and she was being photographed in the park of Easton Neston for the MaxStudio Autumn/Winter 2006/2007 campaign by Michelangelo di Battista in a sharp country meets moody Gothic set of images that coincided with the year she was filming her role for a movie, in ‘St Trinian’s’. That British comedy was just a small part for the Cambridge student-slash-supermodel who would land her first major acting role in 2009 as Valentina in ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.’ All just a little bit of work on the side for the model who had already worked with Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

24/04/2013 9:04 PM

Margo In Morocco

After filming the lead in my new film, Still Waters, which meant 12 hour days, 6 days a week in the century’s coldest ‘Spring’ in London, more than I desired, I required a hot sunny get away.

So I sat down and I booked a one way ticket to Morocco and I hoped for the best!  

My first stop was surfing in Taghazout, a small village outside of Agadir where the waves were the ocean started to unravel the knots the London life had woven around me.  

A week later I left and headed down south to the rural Berber villages of South Morocco where the desert meets the ocean. Before dinner at sunset I wandered down the beach and found breath taking red arches where I bid the day goodbye and welcomed the cool darkness of night, a break from the desert heat.  Enshallah (“If God Wills” in Arabic.) 

From the South I moved inland and north up to the ‘Paris of North Africa’ – Marrakech.  Finally able to don my shorts and sandals (it was rude to the Berber people to show so much skin publicly) I hit the souks and the spice markets checking off my ‘must have’ list for cooking and crafts.  The best find so far was the black cumin seeds, which you put in a small piece of cloth and sniff and it clears your sinuses and cures snoring!  Best £5 I ever spent! 

I’m writing this now from the rooftop of Riad Kitula, a beautiful understated and elegant private riad that is available to rent at the owner’s discretion ( and as my trip comes to an end, I can’t help but stroll through my calendar and wonder when I will have a few days to come back again.  

Note: Margo is wearing looks from the Leon Max/Maxstudio Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. Shop Now

Written By: Margo Stilley

09/04/2013 5:22 PM

Wilde for Olivia

In New York last night it was mag Marie Claire’s moment to fete their fresh cover girl, Olivia Wilde. This star, who first entered the national consciousness by kissing Mischa Barton in ‘The OC’ is now creating a buzz wither her soon-be-released movie, Rush. The stylish IT girl finally was able to embrace the city weather’s wave of warmth in a well-cut brilliant yellow and white printed dress from Monique Lhuillier’s resort collection. It’s a bright change of tack for Wilde who for the last few weeks has been wowing the style set with her favourite pieces from the Leon Max and Max Studio collection’s; a black turtleneck sweater dress for an outing at a recent Manhattan book launch and a double breasted jacked to walk the snow filled New York streets with fiancé Jason Sudeikis. Bright or black, Olivia Wilde’s having a moment.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

21/03/2013 11:20 PM

Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign Shoot

A beautiful collection deserves an equally stunning backdrop. Aboard a yacht Leon Max and photographer Phillip Dixon scouted the exquisite island of Mustique for the perfect spot to capture the luxury, ease and beauty of the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. A week of work and play in the island sun produced a series of magical images representing the collection as embodied by model beauties Katia Elizarova and Vika.

The natural charm of Mustique provides the ideal backdrop to showcase the airy watercolor printed dresses. Inspired by the grounded tones of white sand beaches and the multicolored depth of island waterfalls, bathed in rays of sunlight, the soft draping and movement of the dresses becomes ethereal.

The Spring/Summer 2013 collection is complete with looks for all occasions. Casual weekend pieces include nautical striped dresses ideal for vacationing, along with breathable knits, collared shirts and lightweight coats inspired by the English countryside. For weekdays, it’s skirt suits, lightweight blazers and on trend microprint suiting. Evening wear includes cocktail dresses with sheer cut outs, asymmetrical necklines and back tie dresses in bold reds and romantic blacks. Available in-store and online shop the collection.

29/01/2013 8:28 PM

Fashion Inspiration: Downton Abbey

Easton Neston, designer Leon Max’s 18th century stately home in the countryside of England, is the real-life answer to Downton Abbey. And the Easton Neston collection is the fashion line inspired by this aristocratic world. If Lady Mary was shopping for a 21st century chic country weekend, this is what she would look to: a modern take on heritage,  all colours like the moss greens and browns are made from traditional English materials like tweed, chunky wool yarns and leather. Designed in the studio from Easton Neston’s Wren Wing, it’s a collection that has an influence on a cultivated feminine style, taking in the influences of the surrounding world of historical England. Key pieces include a quilted jacket that comes in traditional English country colours, soft & cozy sweaters, stretch corduroy trousers- all that  keep things cool at the same time. A sexy take on the tweed suit is the well-cut jacket paired with thigh-brushing shorts. Just the thing to get Matthew Crawley’s heart racing. 

Shop the Easton Neston Collection

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen