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Couture Queens

7/3/2013 7:08:00 AM


Couture Queens

There’s more couture in Paris this week than there has been for a decade. Giambattista Valli riffed on porcelain, Sevres, Wedgewood et al and Dior threw up images of the collection photographed earlier that day by Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson and Paolo Reversi as backdrop and produced Brit beauty Gemma Arterton and Jennifer Lawrence on a front row packed with chic stars. Schiaperelli has been reborn under the pencil and scissors of Christian Lacroix who’d bowed out from the business four years past but was returned for a one-off season for the re-birth of this label. Shocking! Meanwhile Chanel showed in a Grand Palais deconstructed into a ruined, bombed out theatre, with a view of a futuristic city seen in the distance beyond the rubble. Derelicte! There was nothing ‘derelicte’ about a collection, shown yesterday, in which thousands of hours of expertise produces a price point of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The show was even held twice to accommodate two front row stars; Rihanna posed for the paps at show no.1 while Kristen Stewart was on hand for the second. And with Alexis Mabille’s announcement that he had teen clients who were snapping up couture pieces to attend proms in - who said couture was dead?

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images



Celebrity Pick: The Leon Max Cape

Pippa Middleton has been spotted all over London in the past few weeks looking super chic in her Leon Max Single Breasted Wool Cape.  Pictured here, Miss Middleton stylishly escapes the cold - and the paparazzi - in West London. Pippa joins style-conscious celebrities Jessica Biel, Zooey Deschanel and Hayden Panetiere in their love of what’s turning out to be Spring’s most wanted outwear.

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Three Is A Trend : Leon Max Cape

Hayden Panettiere is the latest style-conscious celebrity to be spotted in this season’s most coveted cover up. Joining fellow starlets Zooey Deschanel and Jessica Biel also recently seen in this Leon Max Wool Cape, Hayden is keeping the trend going by looking equally chic and polished last week in this standout piece.  

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Trending: The Cape

12/26/2012 10:33:00 AM


Trending: The Cape

A favorite of editors, stylists and celebrities, the cape is the breakout outerwear piece of the year! Shop the Leon Max Cape collection to view capes featured in Who What Wear and favored by celebrities such as Jessica Biel and Zooey Deschanel.

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Runway to Win Party

2/9/2012 5:59:00 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

Photo Credit:

Charles Eshelman/Getty Images Entertainment

Couture Queens

2/1/2012 10:25:00 AM


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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