LONDON FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT
"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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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
Leon Max | Maxstudio Sport Collection
This season’s Max Studio Sport Collection from Leon Max maintains its clean and basic lines, with a raw and bold twist for that urban goddess. This collection is all about street-wise for techno city girls; lots of leather and rubber trims, tied in with tight fitting, sporty cuts with a laser-cut edge. There’s the textured jacket with rubberized edging, boots straight up for the badass girl not to mention the matte leggings with rubberized side tuxedo stripes.
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.
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.”
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
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:
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
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 (http://www.riadkitulamarrakech.com) 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
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
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.
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.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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
A first look at the Leon Max Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign shot by photographer Phillip Dixon in Mustique starring Katia Elizarova and Victoria Zuban.
As the sun set over the NYC skyline, an excited swarm of Manhattan women piled into Maxstudio’s Soho location for an evening of fun and fashion. Co-hosted by Marie Claire Magazine, this exclusive shopping event promised a peek at the hottest trends of the season along with how-to-wear tips straight from the mouths of the magazine’s own style experts.
Tackling this tricky time of year where the arrival of incredibly cold weather coincides with an onslaught of party invitations and social engagements, Marie Claire’s Madison Shoop shared some secrets on building the perfect looks for the season with her must-have pieces from the collection.
And after a bit of bubbly and some socializing, the ladies headed out into the night, armed with some new fashion knowledge and some seriously chic clothes.
Here are Madison’s Must-Haves:
“This is a luxurious piece that can function as both a cover up like a cardigan or as outerwear. The soft and rich cashmere makes it an ideal layer for the Fall to Winter transition and though super stylish, it’s perfectly office appropriate.”
“These trousers speak for themselves and are a piece that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. The wide-leg, menswear inspired cut is so chic and timeless. With styling a statement piece like these, it’s best to keep the rest of the look simple.”
“For a festive occasion or cocktail party, this voluminous fur jacket is a dramatic layer to pile on. I love how it looks worn over intricately detailed dresses or tops to create interesting depth and contrast.”
“This wonderful cape ties and cinches in all of the right places and can be worn over everything from a sweater dress to leggings and a button-down. This season is all about layering and getting a relaxed yet sophisticated look, which this piece perfectly embodies.”