LEON MAX x W MAG x AMBER VALLETTA
Friday night, Hollywood: Designer Leon Max, W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi and supermodel Amber Valletta co-hosted the West Coast launch of Stefano’s new book ‘W: Stories’ at a chic house over-looking the Hollywood Hills.
The guests, of course, looked fabulous including Amber Valletta in Leon Max who caught up with Angela Lindvall, also in Leon Max, as well as Alexandra von Furstenberg, China Chow and Vanessa Getty. They all admired the photographic installations - W: Stories is a round-up of the magazines most avant-garde fashion stories, whether it be Steven Klein’s bizarre “One for the Ages” or Tim Walker’s alien “Planet Tilda.” And the guests were confronted with a fabulous three tier video installation and headphones with which to listen while short movies from the editorials played. Inside they were confronted by enormous stills from the shoots on the walls of the house.
All a useful talking point, if Hollywood needs anything so mundane as a useful talking point. Yana Max chatted to Sophie Windsor, and as well as these two beauties other IT girls wearing Leon Max included “Better Call Saul” Actress Rhea Seehorn, Katie Nehra & Sasha Alexander all enjoying a cocktail or two around the pool whilst enjoying the view. And what a lovely view. It could have been a scene from an editorial in W itself, no doubt.
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.
Last night the entire city of Los Angeles came to a stand still for the 85th Academy Awards. The camera flashes could be seen a block away, which was as close as you could get as most of Hollywood was barricaded, cordoned and policed like the Pall Mall during the Royal Wedding.
On the Red Carpet The Oscar nominees and veterans shined and shimmered in designer dresses. While the blush pinks seem to be at the top of the trends list, my personal red carpet favorites were the strong liquid metallics worn by Naomi Watts in Armani, Nicole Kidman in L’wren Scott, Halle Barry in Versace and my top pick, Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan.
Inside at the awards the show itself was yet again, reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden age of the silver screen. Seth Macfarlane hosted with Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve got you under my skin” and tap dancing and pop corn girls in form fitting sea foam green silk uniforms topped with side caps and legs long enough to make a Rocket blush rushed through the aisles during the commercial breaks.
The most stand out moments of the speeches were the acceptance speeches of the most anticipated Best Actor and Best Actress awards. Daniel Day-Lewis picked up his 3rd Best Actor Oscar with a charming speech thanking his wife for putting up with him, making reference to his “method” style of acting and making jokes with Meryl Streep, making the usually somewhat reclusive and serious actor come off completely endearing. Jennifer Lawrence, somewhat overwhelmed with her win for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook took a small spill on the steps while walking up to accept the award, but managed to recover quickly enough to make a joke at the microphone about her standing ovation. “You’re all just standing up because I fell down aren’t you?”
After the awards were divvied out the crowd from The Chinese Theatre fanned out across Hollywood to the three main events of the evening- Elton John’s annual fundraising event which raised money for his AIDS Foundation, Vanity Fair which was held at the Sunset Towers and a 1000 person after party with no expense spared at Seth MacFarlane’s house in the hills.
Elton’s party was littered with black tie dresses and musical glitterati like Britney Spears, Bono and of course Sir Elton himself, while the stars of the big screen partied until after midnight at Vanity Fair, but the two combined at Macfarlanes house where the party raged until morning. The entire expanse of his garden was set up with his, now famous orchestra and guests were treated to specialty 30 year old whiskeys and Cuban cigars.
Contributing Editor: Margo Stilley
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