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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

12/04/2012 11:49 PM

Trending: Coachella 2012

Next to Eldorado Polo Club, in the desert outside of Indio things are heating up because – yes! – Coachella has rolled around again like the perfectly formed bandana of a music festival that it is. The bands have been booked (The Black Keys, Radiohead, Snoop Dogg), the party invites have gone out (what? haven’t  bagged an invite to the Mulberry or Lacoste parties? Are you seriously going to a music festival for a fashion party anyway?) and the fun begins tomorrow.

But before you prance into your SUV and rush headlong to Palm Springs and the first of week long pool parties at the Ace Hotel make sure you’re ready for any and every fashion eventuality. Because when the rest of your friends are rolling around the floor vibing out like wannabe flower children in their achingly cool outfits – do you want to be the one who’s looking a bit sheepish? Because you need to know that no one else is even thinking about the music yet – right now, it’s all about what’s going in that suitcase.

We’ve selected the fab four of A-list Coachella looks. Channel your inner Isabel Lucas (the IT girl of last year’s festival) and don the perfect pair of sandals and bright t and shorts combo. Desert colours are the shade du jour but a matching cardi works well – especially when you end up standing in the desert at 4am after a banging after party and you’re trying to phone a cab along with the three hundred other guests. (Not that we’re saying that’s ever happened to us). On day 2 you can step things up a fashion gear with a more sophisticated look, a short skirt and pleated top are just the thing to get the boys buying you drinks at the VIP bar. That, or a long maxi sun dress to keep things cool (style and comfort are both important remember). But if indie supermodel hanging on the arm of rocker boyfriend is your style then you need look no further than some white skinnies and blue shirt tied at the waist. Agyness Deyn eat your heart out. 

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

29/03/2012 12:45 AM

A Model’s Life: Amy

Amy is at photographer Phillip Dixon’s house in Venice, California wearing a crinkled silk chiffon maxi dress with back detail from the Leon Max Spring 2012 Collection

What is your favorite aspect of modeling?

Traveling, being exposed to different cultures, food and people. Also the aspect of traveling at such a young age.

Favorite city for fashion:

London because I love the funky chic energy, layering and individual style

Favorite city in general:


How would you describe your personal style?

Simple and easy

What would you wear for a night on the town?

A sleek black look with colorful accessories 

Fun fact about yourself:

I trained for the Junior Olympics in synchronized swimming for 9 years


21/03/2012 12:26 AM

Editor’s Pick: Sophie Goodwin

The chambray shirt is a staple of the season. Sophie Goodwin, Shopping Editor at Tatler Magazine suggests pairing the shirt with skin tight jeans for weekend wandering through local hotspots (in her case, the famous King’s Road in London). Whether worn as a lightweight jacket or tied at the waist, this is the perfect versatile piece for weekend explorations.


17/03/2012 1:10 AM

A Model’s Life: Bianca

Bianca is enjoying a casual lunch in Los Angeles wearing a blazer, sweater, shorts and sunglasses from the Maxstudio Spring 2012 Collection. 

What is your favorite aspect of modeling?

Traveling, meeting new people & experiencing different cultures.

Favorite city for fashion: 

Paris & Japan

Favorite city in general: 

New York

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual, rocker girl

What would you wear for a night on the Town? 

Dress & oxfords

Fun fact about yourself: 

I love playing World of Warcraft. My character’s name is Loveslayer. It’s the perfect activity to entertain me while traveling to cities where I don’t know anyone.


09/03/2012 8:20 PM

Partying in Paris

Nicole Kidman, Mila Kunis, Katy Perry and Jessica Alba were just some of the A-list names in the social throng of Paris fashion week.

Glamorous Paris fashion week is a wonder to behold and when night draws, the real business is done. This is the business of looking fabulous. After the Lanvin show (it’s the 10th anniversary of Alber Elbaz helming the label) it was the models Karlie Kloss and Lily Donaldson who led the celebrations, dragging Tilda Swinton and cacophony of fellow cool cats along for the ride. They all wanted to salute this popular designer as well as a radiant looking Jessica Alba who had swung in bringing some Hollywood flair to the Parisienne proceedings. What is it about Sunday nights and fashion week? Don’t any of these people have to get up on a Monday morning? P. Diddy was spotted zipping from the Kenzo party to the Givenchy party arriving just in the nick of time to hear Alicia Keys perform for Riccardo Tisci as well as Marina Abramovic and Hedi Slimane. Across town there were three generations of Jaggers – Bianca, daughter Jade and granddaughter, Amba Jackson – at the ball Dior threw at the Hotel de Rothschild. Here it was all fin de siècle decadence and feasting on foie gras and macaroons, with society beauties like Mary Charteris, and Stella Tennant straight off the Givenchy runway, all there to see Victoire de Castellane’s new jewelry line for the French house. Well, fashion girls are impressed by someone every now and then. The Pinaults, Gareth Pugh, Marc Newson, euro IT-stylist Giovanna Battaglia and some of the more wacky creatures in town pitched up to support Dasha Zhukova and the launch of the summer issue of her magazine, Garage. But things were really revved up last night when Kanye West threw his after show party at La Halle Freyssinet which not only had the cooler than thou Azealia Banks (the fashion world is currently in a quagmire over who is cooler, this songstress or Lana Del Rey?) but also a go-kart track set up around the catwalk. This set never being the sort to remain low-key it was only a matter of minutes before some of the coolest kids in fashion were pulling helmets over their perfectly coiffed hair and racing around the track, the main instigators being funsters Alexander Wang, Karlie Kloss and Katy Perry. Nothing was going to get in the way of Anna Dello Russo and this photo op. Philip Treacy hats being dropped in favor of crash helmets? It doesn’t get much stranger than that.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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29/02/2012 11:19 PM

Los Angeles: It’s Oscar Time!

There were two major fashion moments on the red carpet: Gwyneth Paltrow’s cape and Angelina Jolie’s leg. Neither won a statuette but it’s about getting the arrivals right. Paltrow stood out as an elegantly caped crusader. Also in white was Rooney Mara who is usually gothic in black, but looked completely chic in Givenchy Couture. Jolie’s leg meanwhile (which by the end of the night had it’s own Twitter account and 8,000 followers) was poking out of inky black velvet Atelier Versace. Best Actress Meryl Streep gets more than just a gold accolade – she gets the green one too for wearing Lanvin’s first eco-friendly dress having accepted Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge. But she wasn’t the only green thing slinking down that carpet, The Help’s Viola Davis sported very short hair and wowed in an extravagantly green Vera Wang. Also representing the trend of bold and brights, Natalie Portman looked romantic in sweeping red Vintage Dior. Jennifer Lopez turned heads in a sparkling stripped sheer gown with a plunging neckline leading to rumors of a wardrobe malfunction. Without fail the stars once again provided an evening filled with undeniable fashion moments on the biggest night in Hollywood.  

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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25/02/2012 1:24 AM

New York Nights

It was all in a week’s fashion week work for Kate Winslet, Georgina Chapman, Mary Charteris and Alexa Chung as the week in New York kicked off.

The first few days of New York fashion week were rock n roll. The kick-off was atop the Standard Hotel when The Kills – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince aka Mr Kate Moss – played to an adoring fashion-plate crowd. Alexa Chung hugged Poppy Delevingne while jewelry designer Eddie Borgo pushed to the front in his fedora and model Erin Wasson looked laid-back and calm amidst this crowd of crazy. But that was just a glittery taste of what was to come. As night rolled round after a day of shows it was to the CFDA as it celebrated 50 years; here the girls embraced looks that didnt veer far from sleek and black. That was pretty much the stock-in-trade uniform for these raven fashion mavens who included Georgina Chapman, Kate Winslet and Vera Wang. Perhaps it was so the bold and brights of the vintage looks on display could be seen to the best effect? Or maybe it was just because its the tried and tested fashion week formula. Either way at the Jason Wu after party at Double Seven model Coco Rocha sat back and looked pale and interesting while Austrian-born London-based social stalwart and fabulous stylist-about-town Caroline Sieber sensibly rocked a lavish fur coat which she made cute, not old, in the freezing cold. Another night out and it was art meets fashion at new hot spot Super Linda when nightlife impresario and street artist Andre Saraiva, hosted – along with Purple’s Olivier Zahm and Johan Lindeberg – a bash for BLK DNM that drew in some of the citys finest socials, as well as some non-Manhattanites. Amongst the out-of-towners were the two top European party people (and co-hostesses of Leon Max’s party last summer at Easton Neston) flown in from the Old World. First up the model and muse Lady Mary Charteris in from London, swiftly followed by a sultry and red be-lipped Josephine de la Baume fresh from Paris. After their dinner it was back to the Top of the Standard for an apres-soiree Euro-style because – as every good fashion girl knows – what goes around, comes around. Even if it’s in the first 48 hours of fashion week.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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16/02/2012 1:04 AM

There’s Nowhere Like Notting Hill

With the new Leon Max store open on Westbourne Grove it’s time to take a look at the other jewels in the Royal Borough’s crown.

Westbourne Grove – it doesn’t get much better than this. Running from eclectic Queensway through to the famous Portobello Road with its market, this is one of the smartest, coolest, slickest thoroughfares in London. This is where the hipsters meet the high net worth impeccably groomed ladies that lunch. The ambiance is both casual and extravagant at the same time. Immediately opposite the new Leon Max store, which opened Friday at Nos. 227-229, is a run of the most ‘in’ restaurants and cafes in town. If you’re not looking good walking down here on a Saturday morning – then go home. The moment a ray of sunshine hits the curb, the tables outside Daylesford Organic (No. 208-212) and 202 are like gold dust. Daylesford Organic is the Notting Hill outpost of Lady Bamford’s Gloucestershire farm shop, so it’s a no brainer to discover that this is where the Glossy Possy gather for breakfast, lunch and dinner whatever the economic forecast. 202 is for polite coffees while desperately trying to overhear the fresh gossip from the next door tables packed with sunglass-wearing socials and Euros in town for a few days. More low key is Tom’s (No.226) the deli founded by Tom Conran in 1990 when the neighbourhood was still rundown and uncool. This is the place for a cooked breakfast or a healthy lunch after a hard morning’s shopping down Westbourne Grove. Either that or you can brave the air-kisses in the queue for take out at Ottolenghi, (63 Ledbury Road). Immediately around the corner from Leon Max – this is one of chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s trendster outposts, groaning with a help-yourself buffet of delicious deli material. After a few hours of strolling down Westbourne Grove, these are the addresses you’re going to need so you can refuel and get back to shopping.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen 

10/02/2012 1:59 AM

Runway to Win Party

Scarlett Johansson and Anna Wintour hosted the party where the darlings of the New York fashion scene could shop to make their mark.

It was the night New York tried to make a difference. Alexander Wang sweatshirt for $95 anyone? DVF tote bag for $85? No wonder there was a stampede in the Meatpacking district for this cut-price sale. But this was a sale with a difference – and certainly more of a well-heeled stampede than your average bargain bucket is used too – we’re talking the likes of Aerin Lauder, Lauren Santo Domingo and Tory Burch, you see –  who were all out to do the new ‘in’ thing; yes, because fashion has gone political. Well, presidential at least. This was the night for the great and the good, the bold and the beautiful to hitch up their peplums and head out for the ‘Runway to Win’ fundraiser event in aid of the Obama campaign. Scarlett Johansson (appropriately on the arm of her twin brother Hunter who works for Obama) was in Stella McCartney, and joined US Vogue editor Anna Wintour to host. With co-hosts like that who was going to say no? (Well, apart from Republicans, maybe.)  So it was no wonder that all the hipster designers who throng Manhattan arrived on Johansson and Wintour’s coat tails; Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and Joseph Altuzarra. They were in turn followed by mavens like Vera Wang and Diane von Furstenburg, and by models Karolina Kurkova, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Chanel Iman. As she was leaving Scarlett Johansson reminisced about working in the cold of the Iowa caucus four years ago, rifling through the limited edition sweatshirts and totes as she went. Because you may be serious – but you’ve still got to look good. 

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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01/02/2012 6:25 PM

Couture Queens

Cameron Diaz, Cara Delevingne, Bianca Brandolini and Vanessa Paradis had better things to think about than European fiscal policy last week in Paris.

It was indeed a tale of two cities – the best of times, the worst of times; one half of Paris filled with eurocrats huddling over the demise of their single currency. The other interested in something all together more important – how was Christian Dior under Bill Gayten going to fare this season? This was Paris couture week and nothing else could have been more interesting. Gayten’s second collection post-Galliano got a thumbs up with its hand-painted fabrics and classic Dior silhouette. At Chanel there was almost a stampede outside the Grand Palais as socialites and fashion mavens thronged through a fake airport terminal and into the life size model aeroplane that was the wow-like set for Karl’s show where Cara Delevingne walked down a double-C’d carpet and took her crown as the latest supermodel. Meanwhile Giambattista Valli embraced the colour pink with his collection and was supported by his usual cluster of hardcore euro-socials (Bianca Brandolini et al) and Cameron Diaz caused quite the stir by attending a very un-Hollywood threesome of shows (The Big Three – Dior, Chanel and Armani). There were almost audible sighs of relief as conspiracy theories evaporated and the news got out that she was merely there to style herself for an InStyle couture shoot. While those eurocrats were pouring over their fiscal crisis fashionable Paris danced – and there were plenty of excuses to fiddle while the Elysee burnt. Miuccia Prada gave a grand dinner, cool Colette, the boutique, feted London’s Mary Katrantzou. But the peg of ‘big party of the week’ was held onto by the Sidaction Aids charity dinner; Diane Kruger wore Erdem, the Clarins sisters posed for the photographers before Vanessa Paradis arrived in Chanel and stole the limelight. Age of austerity? What age of austerity?

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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27/01/2012 8:18 PM

Film Love in a Cold Climate

Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Emma Roberts all froze in the name of fashion at the Sundance Film Festival’s Opening Weekend.

Park City, Utah was the place to be seen last weekend as the Hollywood glitterati rolled in for the Sundance Film Festival. Marina Abramovic, a famous performance artist, doesn’t shy away from performing for this crowd and also has a documentary to promote titled Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. Another noteable actress attending the festival and the screening of Julia Verdin’s new film, The Middle of Nowhere, is Emayatzy Corinealdi. This year Sundance turned out to be one low-key, recession-friendly, cozy film festival with not a single sighting of Atelier Versace or anything approaching the bling of a Golden Globes red carpet. This was about enjoying loads of snow and going for fun cocktails after the film premieres, not round to Elton John’s. James Marsden and Joshua Jackson bromanced each other at the afterparty for Celeste and Jesse Forever on Friday night at the Park City Museum. Rashida Jones, who wrote it, was joined by a gang including Quincy Jones and Emma Roberts. And because fabulous venues in Park City are not two-a-penny it wasn’t many hours later that Emily Blunt arrived for a fresh cocktail party to celebrate her film Your Sister’s Sister. Meanwhile Lizzy Caplan and Kirsten Dunst got down to business at the after party for their film, Bachelorette – now, that sounds like something fun worth waiting for – but it was down to Kate Bosworth to up the glamour stakes the next night for the premiere of Black Rock, though it was out of her chic crimson sheath and into sweaters for the follow-up dinner. Because for that Utah weather even the A-list need a more practical form of defense. 

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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24/01/2012 8:42 PM

Katia Elizarova Shares the Spotlight in Spring Campaign

What do you get when you introduce an aspirational model and a resplendent horse and pose them together on the white sands of Zuma beach in Malibu? A bit of magic, and the MaxStudio Spring/Summer campaign. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Katia Elizarova is the star of this show; her co-star is a Hollywood horse and the star of The Chronicles of Narnia and Water for Elephants. “It can be tricky sometimes” to work with animals, chuckles Katia fresh from the campaign shoot, “but this beats the time I had to kiss a goose for a British cover-shoot or when I had to eat the same cookie as a pug when I fronted a Japanese campaign.” For her it’s the clothes that are key: “I can tell you there is one special dress that loves me as much as I love it. I wore it when we filmed the video for the spring collection and again in the ad campaign.” She’s talking about the pale grey dress, seen in this campaign being blown by the Californian wind. “It moves fluidly when worn, making me feel truly like an angel and a spectre all at once,” the model muses. And it doesn’t get much better than that. Will she be staying in touch with her campaign partner? “He was the star,” she sighs, “We nailed those shots with our dance moves on the beach.” And it takes two to tango.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

20/01/2012 12:40 AM

The Golden Globes

Le tout Hollywood hit the red carpet!

Speaking fashion: Tilda Swinton, an actress known for taking fashion risks, pulls off runway-ready powder blue with ease. Blue is in, agreed Michelle Williams in Jason Wu and Freida Pinto in prom-like Prada. Angelina Jolie worked uncluttered and contemporary Versace, while Kate Winslet kissed her boyfriend (Richard Branson’s nephew Ned RocknRoll) as she won her best actress award for Mildred Pierce. Clearly thrilled, she accepted her statue with schoolgirl excitement. It turns out that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association love Britain this year, giving gongs for Downton Abbey, My Week with Marilyn and The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep who thanked the English for letting her “trample all over their history.” Because as every iron lady knows it’s a fashion battlefield out there – and to the victor the spoils.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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12/01/2012 7:27 PM

2012 is a Vintage Year for Fashion Inspiration in Film

Madonna’s new movie, W.E. premiered in London last night and if it got anything right, it was the clothes. Her portrayal of the Duchess of Windsor came along with an interesting history. “I’m not a beautiful woman,” the Duchess of Windsor once admitted, “I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.” Clothes are central to the myth surrounding ‘That Woman,’ Wallis, a twice-married Baltimore-born social climber for whom an English king gave up his crown. From the moment she arrived in court circles she shocked; for her first party at Buckingham Palace she wore a bright, slinky, diaphanous gown. She was ice-cool and cutting edge before anyone even knew what that meant. Wallis’ clothes were couture and are now spread between the Met in New York, the Musee de la Mode in Paris and London’s V & A – so what did Madonna do? Well, had some more made of course by Dior, Galliano et al. Vionnet reproduced dresses including the sparkling, silvery dress Wallis wears for the Benzedrine-fuelled cocktail party scene. But this is not just a case of historical costume drama, Wallis lives on as her wardrobe continues to influence today; check the distinct reference to her 1937 Mainbocher wedding dress in Stella McCartney’s design for Nancy Shevell’s wedding to the Sir Paul McCartney last year.

But it’s later this year that the fashion stakes on the silver screen hit high – if Wallis Simpson is the epitomy of ’30s and ’40s haute societe fashion then Daisy Buchanan is the embodiment of Jazz Age chic – and arriving in style later in the year (when we’ve exhausted what we can get from the Windsor look) with The Great Gatsby. Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy in the Baz Luhrmann production, is already tapped to co-host the Costume Institute ball for the ‘Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion’ exhibition. Well, there’s nothing fashion loves more than a literary style icon and it doesn’t get much better than this. The collections are already awash with opportunities to channel one of Gatsby’s Long Island dances of 1922 and the filming hasn’t even wrapped – Lanvin and Gucci are not the only places to look for Art Deco drop-waist dresses. Madonna is going to have to share the stage this year of film inspired by fashion! 

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen 

11/01/2012 10:48 PM

All Rise for the New Central Saint Martins Fashion Fund

Leon Max joins Lanvin, Versace and Alexander McQueen as founder donors at the avant-garde London fashion school

“Central Saint Martins is an amazing incubator of design talent that consistently punches above its weight,” pointed out Leon Max when it was announced he had agreed to be a founder donor of the erstwhile fashion school.

There was certainly a lot of hype when Central Saint Martins ditched the old, chaotic but much-loved Charing Cross building for it’s glossy, new, glass and steel build in King’s Cross last year. This had been the building where Gilbert had met George, where the Sex Pistols debuted in ‘75, where Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker met the girl with “a thirst for knowledge” in his song, ‘Common People,’ and these were the red hot caverns of far-out creativity in the ’80s.

The move caused tears across the world of British design talent and beyond; graduates include Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney, Riccardo Tisci, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton and virtually everyone showing at London Fashion Week.

As shock subsided the avant-garde embraced the change, because who wouldn’t like a new lecture theatre sponsored by LVMH? And what’s not to like about their new Fashion Fund which has raised half a million to support the fashion courses? The founder donors are a mix of the who’s who of fashion and include Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Gucci, Lanvin, Leon Max and Versace.

“This move will strengthen their ability to develop young, creative designers who will be the standard bearers in the decades to come,” added Leon Max, “at Max Studio we’re delighted to help support this great institution.”

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

30/12/2011 8:31 PM

Parties of the Year, 2011 (part 2)

Katia Elizarova, Daisy Lowe and Amber LeBon all walked at the fashion show during Leon Max’s Winter Dance – but where were the other places to be seen dancing this season?

September, Fashion’s Night Out

Spearheaded by Vogue, whether it was Rodeo Drive or Bond Street this was the night that a shopping experience flipped into a global fashion party. In NYC there was Bieber-fever at Dolce & Gabbana and the choice of superstars were Miss Piggy at Opening Ceremony or Sarah Jessica Parker at the Fred Leighton boutique. At Coach, in London, Gwyneth Paltrow caught up with Daisy Lowe and outside the Vogue party at royal jeweller’s Asprey, Bond Street was as busy as Carnival.

October, Allison Sarofim’s Halloween Party

Sarofim and fashion friends embraced the economic meltdown and channeled the spiraling inflation of 1930s Berlin. And the clothes too. Yes, ‘Cabaret’ had hit downtown New York. Appropriate? Always.

December, Leon Max’s Winter Dance

The gilded flocked to Claridge’s for Leon Max’s Winter Dance. The coolest girls in town – Daisy Lowe, Amber LeBon, Suki Waterhouse and Katia Elizarova – shimmied down a runway in the Leon Max Spring Collection.

December, Miami Art Basel

A week of parties in Miami and all in the name of art. Dasha’s LV sponsored barbecue on the beach front and Paris-Paris and Le Baron night club pop-ups kept Naomi Campbell, Adrien Brody, Paris Hilton and Pharrell Williams cruising all week. Almost too much.

December, Roman Abramovich’s New Year’s Eve Party

The party that everyone’s talking about. And it hasn’t even happened yet. Last year it was A-list fabulousness and all about Demi and Ashton and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (the face of the Leon Max Fall Collection). Where would Christmas celeb-haven St Barts be without this Roman holiday party?

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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23/12/2011 10:09 PM

Parties of The Year, 2011 (part 1)

Pixie Geldof, Josephine de la Baume and Mary Charteris were all at Leon Max’s summer party. But what were the other parties of the year?

April, The Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Billions watched but only a glossy 300 got the call up for the post-wedding ball at Buckingham Palace. Harry made appropriate jokes about Pippa and Ellie Goulding sang. Picture perfect.

May, The Met Ball

The weekend that McQueen had a global moment. After the royal wedding the US fashion pack hit New York’s Costume Institute to celebrate the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition. Gisele, Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker all joined the sparkly army.

July, The Love Ball

The Lady in Red was dancing. Well, Natalia Vodianova had a lot to celebrate. It was couture week and Valentino’s chateau outside Paris was full of a fashion throng that included Anne Hathaway, Daphne Guinness and the Roitfelds, all there to raise millions for her Naked Heart charity. Look fabulous and do good works – what’s not to like?

July, Leon Max’s summer party

Mary Charteris and Josephine de la Baume – the faces of the Leon Max S/S campaign – were the co-hosts when the designer threw open his country house, Easton Neston for a rocking summer party. Pixie Geldof sang, guests wandered the lawns; it was 21st century cool meets Great Gatsby chic.

July, The Wedding of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince

London’s party set hit a small Cotswold village for the rock n’roll wedding of the year. There were marquees, there were bands, it could have been mistaken for festival. Moss wore Galliano. And did not appear for the pub lunch the next day.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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23/12/2011 5:44 PM

Holiday Editor’s Pick: Marie Claire’s Abby Kalicka

Marie Claire’s Associate Market Editor Abby Kalicka shares her take on styling for Holiday Socials with help from the Leon Max Holiday Collection. She suggests a chic dress for the Holiday office party, casual knitwear for the family fete and a stylized cocoon coat for the New Year’s eve party.


21/12/2011 6:23 PM

Holiday Editor’s Pick: InStyle Magazine’s Dana Avidan-Cohn

As Fashion Market Editor of InStyle Magazine, Dana Avidan-Cohn understands the importance of dressing for the Holidays. Inspired by the Leon Max Holiday Collection she reveals the most instyle outfit for the Holiday office celebration, family get-together, and New Year’s Eve bash.