Rule Britannia, Keep Calm and Carry On

If you suffer from delusions of grandeur, now is the perfect time to maximise such sophistry notions. Keep calm and grab your diamonds, tiaras, and a crown perhaps, even adorn a fascinating fascinator, and make merry this weekend, just like a Brit.

The Queens Portrait by Chris Levine

The Queens Portrait by Chris Levine

Pomp and ceremony of the royal family will reign throughout London and across the nation, starting tomorrow through June 5th as England celebrates with regal patriotic pride the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II—the longest serving monarch after Queen Victoria. Reigning for 60 years over the country and the commonwealth, and now at the established age of 86, the country will behold the sight of splendid royal festivities worthy of worldwide attention.


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Lauren Santo Domingo at The Met Dazzles in Oscar de la Renta

Style: I had to share this beautiful black and white photograph that was taken this week at Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum.

A conversation captured between Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo and friends as she glides elegantly up a staircase wearing her custom-made white silk, faille jacket and skirt with lace bows and jet bead embroidery by Oscar de la Renta is divine! A step back in time—is this, the roaring ‘20s, the swinging ‘60s or the glamorous ‘50s, I am not quite sure. I find the avant-garde juxtaposed styles of outfits mesmerising. And, what are they saying at this precise moment? I would love to know.

Of all the great celebrity shots, red carpet coverage and decadent gowns photographed at this event, I have to say that this particular candid shot epitomises the stylish celebrations of the most fashionable annual evening in Manhattan. I am sure that Elsa Schiaparelli would’ve love this dress.

Anna Dello Russo Style at H&M

Style: The summer is almost here, but for many die-hard Anna Dello Russo fans, October cannot arrive fast enough.  Fave Swedish retailers Hennes & Mauritz have added an eclectic choice to their roster of successful collaborations, which have previously included Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni, Karl Lagerfeld, and Donatella Versace.


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Chadwick Bell: To Fall Upon A Midnight Rose

Chat: The Rosewood Crescent Hotel lobby set the scene for my interview with emerging designer Chadwick Bell and his business partner Vanessa Webster. Both visited Dallas for a trunk show at Stanley Korshak last month, showcasing the Fall 2012 collection, which debuted at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week in February.

When I think of this collection, one dress comes to mind—a jade green gown, with polka dots, feathers, and slim long sleeves. I had previously saved it on Pinterest and was excited to meet Mr. Bell—a designer I’ve been interested in for a while.

Chadwick Bell Fall 2012

Max: Fall 2012 inspiration is Midnight Rose—tell me about this kind of women?

Chad: As designers, we all have this idea of our perfect woman, and who she is, but what happens if she gets a little messy. For some designers, she might already be messy, but what happens if our idea of the perfect women breaks out of her box and maybe tries to do something a little avant-garde? What if she is this perfect woman, who is put into an imperfect situation? Like, what if she fell asleep at an opium den? It was interesting to see our silhouette become sexy; our hemlines were higher than they’ve been before, and we had more fun with the embroideries, but in a kooky way, which we mixed with oversized coats and tailored dresses.

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CR Fashion Book by Carine Roitfeld

Style: Carine Roitfeld was born amidst the comforts of a bourgeois lifestyle in Paris as the daughter of a Russian father and film producer, and French mother—fashion, art and culture reverberated throughout her childhood. Now the mother of model Julia Restoin Roitfeld—the face of Tom Ford’s fragrance Black Orchid, and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld a noted Manhattan-based art curator and dealer, the former editor in chief of French Vogue, has finally announced the name of her highly anticipated magazine.



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The Message of Fall Starts to Unfold

Runway: Spring has arrived, and I am finally thrilled to indulge in bright colours, floral prints, and splashes of neon, dashed with hints of neutrals and pastels.  While my spring must-have wish lists continue’s to grow (check out my five faves on D Mag’s Shop Talk), I can’t help but think about the entire sartorial splendour I’ve seen on the runway for Autumn/Winter 2012. It’s hard to stay focused on the current season when I prefer surreptitiously to cultivate my needs for the coming collections.

 Autumn / Winter 2012, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Naeem Khan, and Mary Katrantzou.

Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Naeem Khan, and Mary Katrantzou.

Overcome by a deluge of accomplished designers, I am not sure what style to love on first. After reviewing my first cut of divinity, I cannot help notice my subconscious trend now they are all merged together—statement skirts, dresses, and coats that are heavily embellished continue to captivate my choice of style for fall 2012.


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