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Royal Ascot: The Best Dressed

Royal Ascot is the apogee of the English social season. It’s top hats and morning coats and duchesses in big, flowery Philip Treacy hats - oh, and some people are there for the Racing too. Hosted by Her Majesty the Queen on her royal racecourse just down from Windsor Castle the Tuesday to Saturday of Ascot Week sends the Bold and the Beautiful of the London social scene scuttling - or flying - down to Berkshire for a day of luncheons and picnics and tea parties and betting. And when it comes to these fine fillies and their fashion; well, the bets are off.

Life Ball 2015

5/22/2015 10:39:00 AM
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LIFE BALL 2015

The 23rd annual Life Ball – The vibe exudes the essence of a neo-classical Studio 54, with wigs and costumes, celebrities, drag queens, models, and the iconic looks of Jean Paul Gaultier. An amazing philanthropic event founded by Gery Keszler to benefit his non-profit AIDS LIFE, Life Ball has become one of the biggest fundraising events for HIV/AIDS research and awareness. This year, Jean Paul Gaultier capped off the night with a retrospective fashion show for the ages as the party raged on at Vienna’s City Hall.

(Photos courtesy of Models.com)

Racing Around Goodwood

5/21/2015 1:00:00 AM

RACING AROUND GOODWOOD

A group of Charles March’s friends were invited to try out new cars around the famous Goodwood racing circuit. I drove a Ferrari Speciale around the track with a racing instructor screaming “Faster, faster, shift, break, downshift!” Other cars included BMW’s electric Batmobile (which was very good but only a 70 mile range) as well as Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, Bentley, McLaren, Porsche, Range Rover, and Morgan, all of which had several of their models on hand. And of course there was the fleet of Rolls Royces to take the guests (who included Viscount Linley, Matthew Freud, Otis Ferry and Edie Campbell) to the nearby RR factory for a tour. The scariest car in the lineup? A million pound bright blue Swedish rocket of a car by Koenigsegg.

Contributor: Leon Max

Tribeca Film Festival 2015

4/27/2015 9:22:00 AM

Tribeca Film Festival 2015

After a long and treacherous winter, New York could use some fun, and this year it comes in the form of Tribeca film festival. New Yorkers come out of hibernation to celebrate the latest and greatest from cinema, and luckily for me, the festival is right on my doorstep. James Franco’s new thriller ‘The Adderall Diaries’, and ‘Bleeding Heart’ starring Girls favorite Zosia Mamet, were among some of this year’s favorite movies. As well as the cinematic events, fashion also has a big part to play this week. While the day is all about casual and cool, the evening is a more formal affair with gatherings such as the annual Vanity Fair party, and Chanel dinner commanding appearances from New York elite, proving there’s a lot to get excited about. Fortunately Max Studio has the perfect attire for all occasions. While checking out the screenings in the day, I felt comfortable and effortless, in a micro suede mini, and lightweight turtle neck, which I paired with my trustee white Stan Smith trainers. In the evening I transitioned my look with black floaty dresses or the brands new on trend sleeveless jumpsuit. Either way with the cultural community in full force, and the sun shining bright, it looks like New York has finally gotten the Spring awakening it deserves.

Contributing Editor: Flynn Rodham

Shop Flynn’s Looks:

Silk Chiffon Bracelet Length Sleeve Dress

Cupro Sleeveless Jumpsuit

16GG Silk & Cashmere Ribbed Turtleneck

Micro Suede Fringed Mini Skirt

“This is not fashion- this is art.” - Journalist and long time McQueen devotee Hilary Alexander exclaimed-as she gave the opening speech at the V&A’s Savage Beauty exhibition Gala.

Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s lifetime of work; from his 1992 graduate collection featuring barded wire printed silk, to his poignant last and unfinished collection in Autumn/Winter 2010 entitled  “Angels and Demons.”

Since flying in from New York’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art, the show has been the fastest selling exhibition the V&A has had to date and it’s not surprising why.  Making one’s way through the labyrinth of rooms brimming with pieces from his shows, collections and a curiosity cabinet laden with pieces from collaborators; Savage Beauty is about as close as you were ever going to get inside the head of a genius. And even then you were far off.

From the transfixion of Kate Moss’s infamous hologram, to the pert bottoms peeking out from his iconic “bumsters” debuted in his “Highland Rape” collection; there was just as much of Alexander’s savage as there was his beauty.

Just before F.K.A Twigs began her McQueen clad set; friend and muse Annabelle Neilson climbed onstage, like a bird of paradise attempting its first steps, in a couture McQueen pink feathered dress:

“If Lee was here…  he would have left two hours ago!” (because he’s as naughty as a rockstar)

CONTRIBUTOR: HARRIET VERNEY

“Harriet Verney is the niece of the late Isabella Blow who discovered Alexander McQueen.”

Art Basel Hong Kong

3/19/2015 10:46:00 AM
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ART BASEL HONG KONG

Last weekend it was all about Hong Kong. The A-list raced to the former British colony for the latest incarnation of the amfAR charity gala (Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow et al) booked to coincide with the latest edition of Art Basel.

Half of this latest outpost of the art fair favoured by the jet set was made up of galleries from Asia and Asia-Pacific, and surreal works seemed to catch the crowd’s fancy, including this “Untitled: Kneeling Woman” by the Australian artist, Sam Jinks.

Other top picks included “Camel No.1” by Yang Maoyuan and Yunizar’s “Pose Playboy Rooster.”

Also spotted amidst this surreal world: Yana Max admiring some of the works on show.

Paris By Night

10/10/2014 10:43:00 AM

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.

Fashion Flashback

4/23/2014 2:54:00 AM


Fashion Flashback

The late ’80s was all about big shoulders and nipped in waists and when Absolut Vodka approached designer Leon Max to design a dress for its ad campaign this was it.

New York designers Carmelo Pomodoro and Marc Jacobs had begun the campaign for the vodka brand and now it was the turn of the Los Angeles designers, with James Tarantino joining the ranks along with Leon Max. The dresses were to have the Absolut Vodka label emblazoned down the front, and the parent company, Carillon Importers, was to use the images as their advertising campaign in the glossy magazines.

You can see here the various sketches and thoughts that Leon Max worked on, and the final result, a toga-shape made of knitted lace with a transparent Absolut label sewn in the front. The Absolut dress made its debut at that year’s L.A. Style magazine 5th anniversary party. Real ’80s cool.

Fashionable Selby

4/9/2014 3:41:00 AM


Fashionable Selby

I am an unabashedly addicted fan of the very talented interiors and fashion photographer, and illustrator, ‘The Selby.’ His work and scrawlingly witty picture captions populate the pages of Vogue, Le Monde and the Guardian. On my daily quest for humor and inspiration I was delighted to find him - full name: Todd Selby - and his ‘gurus of grub’ book, “Edible Selby.” It was this that lead me to follow the man who brings whimsy to the world with his books, the second one was “The Selby is in Your Place,” and now his latest, “Fashionable Selby.” Here, through his signature photographs and watercolours he investigates fashion with the most interesting designers, stylists, models and tastemakers. Whether it’s underground style stars or the established grandees of fashion, the Selby is your man!

By Ame Austin

Fashion Flashback

12/5/2013 8:34:00 AM


Fashion Flashback

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

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



Met Gala 2013: ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’

It was one helluva night last night and the shiniest of A-list stars gave it their all at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute gala ball in New York. While there were hushed complaints on the red carpet that there was nothing ‘Punk’ about this party celebrating the opening of the Museum’s ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ exhibit it didn’t stop the likes of Madonna going all-out in fishnet stockings, chains, crucifixes and a Givenchy jacket. The other big Givenchy moment of the night was a towering flame-print gown on Beyonce resplendent in a patent-leather bodice. There were elements of ‘Punk’ on Karolina Kurkova and Carey Mulligan who channeled the vibe through the use of safety pins and Rooney Mara who had re-evaluated a white lace gown with a leather strap and zippers: “the romanticism of the lace represents her” explained Met Ball co-chair and Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci. Donatella Versace had no problem keeping to the night’s form with her own custom made gown spiked to perfection. Sienna Miller and Cara Delevingne were spikey too in their Burberry jackets. Sarah Jessica Parker probably wins the most Punk points in this alternative fashion universe - she topped her Giles Deacon gown with a fetching Philip Treacy mohawk. Anne Hathaway got everyone talking with the unveiling of bleach blonde hair and a somewhat sheer vintage Valentino dress while Gwen Stefani kept it simple in black and white. Plenty of starlets including Kate Beckinsale, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Bosworth committed to the pink, the official color of punk.

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

Photo Credit: Getty Images



Fashion Inspiration: The Great Gatsby

The fashion film happening of the year is almost upon us. Fashion loves a literary style icon and it doesn’t get much better than Daisy Buchanan. Yes, ‘The Great Gatsby,’ directed by Baz Luhrmann, and with a soundtrack helmed by Jay-Z is the film which had already spawned a thousand style features and hundreds of looks before it even reached the multiplex.  Last year’s Met Ball channeled the feel with Luhrmann co-hosting the Costume Institute’s annual fundraiser and the opening of the ‘Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion’ exhibition. The collections that summer were already awash with opportunities to channel one of Gatsby’s Long Island dances of 1922 with Lanvin and Gucci not the only places to look for Art Deco drop-waist dresses. With the lavish stills we’ve seen of Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby it’s now imperative that these embodiments of Jazz Age chic inspire the new Summer wardrobe.

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Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen 

Trending for Spring: White Out

4/12/2013 12:19:00 PM


Trending for Spring: White Out

Head-to-toe white is a key trend for spring/summer’13 and fashionistas are divided on how best to style this stunning look.  For those who prefer clean, simple lines, our feather light voiles, fine knits and semi-sheer jerseys are perfect for white-on-white layering. Those drawn to the pretty, romantic side of white can slip into our intricately embroidered, floral lace sundresses, tops and blouses. The choice is yours – a sartorial blank canvas.

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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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Paris Fashion Week // Street Style

Paris Fashion Week saw some of the most on trend and must-have street style looks. In order to keep up with show attending fashionistas we bring you trends from the street that you can own now! Whether it’s fashion puffers, printed jacquard or knee-length coats we have it all!

photo credit: fabsugar.com



Trends from the Runway Fall 2013 PFW - Wear it Now

Fresh off the runway from Paris Fashion Week we give you the hottest trends for Autumn 2013 and how to get them now. Dresses and tops in shades of blue, sheer skirts, capes and macs and the combination of black and white ruled the runways. Get the looks now

Shades of Blue

Sheer Skirts

Capes & Macs

Black and White

Photo Credit: Getty Images



Trends from the Runway Fall 2013 MFW - Wear it Now

Fresh off the Runway from Milan Fashion Week we give you the hottest trends for Autumn 2013 and how to get them now. Purple tops and cocktail dresses, structured skirt suits, white out day looks and evening dresses and statement paillettes ruled the runways. Get the looks now

Purples

Skirt Suits

White Out

Paillettes

Photo Credit: Getty Images



Tales from LFW: Parties not Shows

While the fashion editors and celebrities crowd into the shows the rest of us go to the parties. For me, they’re the best bit. I’m always short of a smart, evening jacket and this season my Leon Max was just the thing.

A world away from the jostling bloggers crowding in to see the latest in women’s designer clothing, my favourite boutique in Chelsea , Austique, threw a pop-up party for Tallulah Rufus Isaacs’ Paris, Space. Then it was on to Belgraves Hotel, where Tallulah’s cousin, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs was hosting the preview of her Beulah label. My sister Davina looked smoking dolled up in the new season, and James Middleton was showing off his post-Mustique tan. Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Proudlock was bubbling about his plans for the rest of the week, he’s got a style blog he’s very proud of.

Meanwhile TV presenter Natalie Pinkham and I decided to hit Guy Pelly’s Tonteria for margaritas. The perfect way to sound in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

Monday night is meant to be staying in night but that doesn’t seem to apply to our crew. Off we went to 5 Herford Street, Robin Birley’s chic new-ish club. I went with Tatler Hong Kong’s fashion editor, Olivia Buckingham, for the Moncler/Vistajet party, although any excuse would’ve done. Its desperately glam there. We ran excitedly around LouLou’s, the basement nightclub there, bumping into (literally!) Otis Ferry and Edie Campbell, the shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood and man-about-town, Zafar Rushdie, the son of the great writer, Salman. He admired by black Leon Max cape - well, when its this cold who wouldn’t be jealous?

Written By: Astrid Harbord

Astrid Harbord is a fashionista and London girl-about-town.



Trends from the Runway Fall 2013 LFW - Wear it Now

Fresh off the Runway from LFW we give you the hottest trends for Autumn 2013 and how to get them now. Bold red in every shape, dark romantic black tie dresses, fun and flirty heart prints and cotton candy pink day dresses were the highlights. Shop the trends now

Bold Red

Dark Romance

Heart Prints

Cotton Candy Pink

photo credit: getty images

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