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Going For Gold

1/14/2014 8:23:00 AM

Going For Gold

Award Season in Hollywood is now well and truly underway and four clear fashion front-runners emerged on the red carpet at the Golden Globes; Cate Blanchett looked regal in the Gothic glamour of lace Armani, an old-school silver screen swan. Margot Robbie the new beauty who plays Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ went for white sexy Gucci with an embellished trim and green shoe and just the right side of safe when it came to showing leg, a triumph of a Hollywood debut. Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary - Michelle Dockery - was dreamy in grey, strapless Oscar de la Renta with an embroidered trim (Carson the Butler would no doubt have approved) meanwhile Jennifer Lawrence unsurprisingly went for Dior, this time a gown of the palest pink chiffon. 

With the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Grammy’s and BAFTAS still to go it’s set to be another corker of a red carpet season. The question, though, poolside round at the Chateau Marmont is whether anyone will ever again top the 2012 Oscar glory fashion moment of Angelina Jolie’s leg appearing from beneath her black velvet Atelier Versace gown during the arrivals at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. That was the year that a leg spawned its’ own twitter feed with 15,000 followers.

This season the films which have been getting early momentum include ‘12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Gravity’. Over at Leon Max there’s particular excitement about ‘Rush’ which received BAFTA nominations including Outstanding British Film and Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Bruhl who played Niki Lauda to Chris Hemsworth’s James Hunt in the Formula 1 flick. Parts of the movie were filmed at the Leon Max HQ, Easton Neston; in the ’70s the stable block was the base for Hunt’s original team, Hesketh Racing.

On your marks!

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Elle’s Women in Television Dinner 

The feelings of mutual respect and praise that cloaked last night at Elle’s Women in Television dinner was as stunningly beautiful as it’s almost all female attendees. 

Elle’s 2nd annual dinner celebrating the women who embody the female characters that we follow faithfully on the small screen each week was an event that not only broke a certain kind stereotype of competitiveness in Los Angeles, but also solidified a sense of sisterhood amongst the women of Hollywood. 

Nene Leakes dazzled in a navy blue off the shoulder number and matching her cuff to her shoes and Nicole Richie sported a new short hair cut paired with a white Alaia dress and towering stilettos. 

Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers set the tone for the night, which was presented by Hearts On Fire Diamonds and Wella Professionals, by presenting a quick montage of some of the strongest female leads in television today, including “Scandal” which stars Kerry Washington, the first network drama to have a female lead since 1974. 

As we dined on short ribs and sea bass, the elegant pink flowers in front of us donned sparkling Hearts on Fire Diamond earrings and broaches, second only in brilliance to my dinner partners, Willa Holland from “Arrow” and Christa B. Allen from “Revenge”.  Both 21 year old starlets held the table captivated with witty stories of filming and back stage antics.

The pant suit also made an appearance, most notably on “Revenge” star, Margarita Levieva who wore L’angence high wasted trousers with suspenders and straight shiny locks instead of her usual curls. 

Others in attendance and talking baby shop was the bump-baring Busy Philipps and the lovely former sports illustrated model and actress Molly Sims who confided that she found it hard to lose the baby weight after her child was born 7 months ago, giving hope to all new mothers around the world! 

The night ended with a slow trickle of party goers heading upstairs to the West Hollywood Soho House and continuing on with drinks at the bar. 

The US Edition of  ELLE Women in Television is available now. 

Contributing Editor: Margo Stilley

Image Credit: Getty Images 

The Golden Globes

1/19/2012 4:40:00 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

Photo Credit:

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Holiday Editor’s Pick: Elle Magazine’s Jade Frampton

Elle Magazine’s Market Editor Jade Frampton chose her favorite looks for Holiday Parties from the Leon Max Holiday Collection. She shows us how an Elle fashion girl would dress for the Holiday office festivity, a family fete, and a New Year’s soiree!


Halloween 2011

11/11/2011 10:59:00 AM

Halloween 2011

This was the year the Day of the Dead went supersonic. In Mexico two days of ceremonial for the ‘Dia de Muertos’ is par for the course. For the rest of us one outfit a year is enough, with little thought of a thousand year old Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl. Maybe she was raising the bar this time? Maybe it was because it fell on a Monday giving everyone the excuse for three nights of partying (and three different costumes)? Or maybe it was just the need for a bit of escapism? Whatever. Everyone was far too busy dressing-up to care. In New York, for the social-fashion A-list there was only one party to be seen at; Allison Sarofim’s. She threw a ‘Cabaret’ theme party which brought a taste of the inflation-friendly Weimar Republic, and the Kit Kat Club of the famous musical, back for the likes of Marc Jacobs, Lynn Wyatt and Jamie Johnson. Bianca Brandolini d’Adda cosied up to a banknote-covered Giambattista Valli, Hamish Bowles channeled Marlene Dietrich. You get the picture. Downtown things were naughtier; Prabal Gurung was cross-dressing in heels (of his own design, natch) for his ‘Sisters’ bash (and sisters meant of the Kardashian or Olsen kind). Meanwhile Dree Hemingway stuck out as an original in a backless French maid’s outfit in a sea of Wonder Women and Black Swan-style ballerinas at the Boom Boom Room. Nothing terrifying about that. In Beverly Hills blonde billionheiress was the name of the game; Petra Ecclestone went for sexy Jessica Rabbit while BFF, Paris Hilton arrived as cartoon character She-Ra. That coupling? Now that’s scary. Meanwhile in London a derelict Royal Mail sorting office in the West End became the venue for the flash ‘Squat Monsters Ball.’ Invitations arrived with a text and directions to the secret location. 30 sound systems, 200 djs and 18 hours later it was time for it to be shut down. Even the Aztecs might have been impressed by that.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan