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THE MET OPERA 2018 OPENING GALA

James Andrew at the MET opening gala, 2018. Photo Scott McBee

One of our very favorite ways to celebrate the start of the Autumn season in New York is by attending the opening gala at the MET Opera! It is a truly special evening that begins at about 5 PM with a cocktail reception (the perfect time to see and be seen). I’m pleased to say I noticed that people are getting properly into the spirit of things by putting some effort into dressing up for the occasion. There were lots of gorgeous gals in glorious gowns and men in tails – all rather sublime. Only a handful of people didn’t dressed appropriately (jeans and shirts simply won’t do it folks)!

In any case. perhaps the MET’s “Last Night at the MET” social media feed is providing some inspiration – it is certainly a great opportunity to be captured in one’s fineries by the exquisite eye of photographer Rose Callahan.

The splendid space; dressing up; the live performances and sets: its all rather magical! Of course a post opera dinner at a fine restaurant like Majorelle is a must to cap off a perfect evening!

For this years’ opening gala, I’m captured sporting a Tom Ford magenta silk faille evening jacket, a white ruffled tuxedo shirt, black wool tuxedo pant, magenta, white, black and grey silk pocket square, and ivory silk velvet ikat slippers, a silk bow tie by Le Noeud Papilion, Seaman Schepps evening set in rock crystal, onyx and diamond, Cartier Tank Divan, and my fragrance is the very elegant Creed Imperial Millesime.

PALM BEACH AND THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL

In one of the many courtyards at the Brazilian Court heading to dinner, I’m captured wearing a Tom Ford cotton silk floral dinner jacket, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, white cotton twill pants, fuchsia velvet ikat slippers, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and Seaman Schepps cuff links in shell and pink sapphire. My fragrance is Creed Windsor.

The Brazilian Court Hotel is literally steps away from most of what one would want to experience in Palm Beach, i.e. the beach, Worth Avenue, and all the best restaurants. And the attentive staff, lush tropical gardens, and the amazing architecture at the Brazilian Court makes a stay in Palm Beach an absolute dream!

As many of our readers here at WIJW know by now, I prefer “old school” Palm Beach, so McBee and I made a point to dine at classic restaurants like Cafe L’Europe serving continental cuisine in an elegant setting (and the best martinis btw). Another one of my favorites is Taboo: a vintage 1941 era bistro. Request a table at the front of the restaurant where you’ll find lovely treillaged walls and tropical murals.

Pre-dinner poolside at the Brazilian Court Hotel. I’m sporting a Tom Ford palest pink silk suit, pink and white checked cotton shirt and pink silk brocade slippers, Charvet pink and white retro print silk pocket square, Cartier Tank Divan, and Seaman Schepps shell and pink sapphire cuff links. My fragrance is Creed Windsor.

Do sort out your rooms at The Brazilian Court Hotel and pack up your finest jewels and other finery, because Palm Beach is certainly one of the best places to showcase your sartorial splendor!

EXTENDED SUMMER AT THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL PALM BEACH

James Andrew – The Brazilian Court Hotel Palm Beach. Sporting a Tom Ford pink silk “Spencer” jacket, white cotton French cuff shirt, pink and green silk madras pants, pink silk brocade slippers, green and white silk hounds tooth pocket square, Seaman Schepps shell and pink sapphire cufflinks, Cartier “Tank Divan,” and Creed Windsor fragrance.

Scott McBee and I have been pretty busy this summer and haven’t really had time for proper holidays, so we treated ourselves to a few mini-getaways instead!

Palm Beach is always a preferred destination and quite handy to New York – just a quick 2 hour flight. Some super chic friends of ours recently shared their gorgeous photos of the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach. Suitably intrigued, it was not long before McBee and I sorted some rooms there and were on our way!

I’ve always looked for hotels that capture the essence of a place, and I am quite pleased to say the Brazilian Court captures Palm Beach in the most wonderful way. The hotel was designed by famed architect Rosario Candela in 1926 and doubled in size come the mid-30s at the hand of the legendary Palm Beach architect, Maurice Fatio. A series of courtyards, lush tropical gardens, and classical/Renaissance architecture in the Mediterranean style give it a crisp elegant beauty. While there (and we were treated to the sublime “Astaire Suite”) one has the feeling of being a guest at a marvelous Palm Beach estate – true tropical splendor! And it is located right in the center of town with all the best of Palm Beach only a short stroll away.

We really had no mission other than to luxuriate and decompress – so most days we started with a brilliant breakfast at Cafe Boulud – the hotel’s restaurant), then we’d head off to lounge poolside. Later, we’d take a walk to the beach, maybe promenade down Worth Avenue, and follow this by a relaxing lunch at the Surfside Diner.

James Andrew. At The Brazilian Court Palm Beach wearing a Tom Ford cotton floral shirt, white cotton twill pants, magenta ikat velvet slippers, “Sergio” sunglasses, Lock & Co Hatters – straw panama hat, Cartier Tank Divan, James Kiel Patrick woven white cotton belt, Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi fragrance.

We’d get dressed for the evenings, and dined at some of our favorite “old school” Palm Beach restaurants like Bice which has magnificent Milanese cuisine. On another night our dear friend Tom Samet gathered together a chic collection of friends and took us to a divine dinner at Buccan which serves innovative American cuisine made with fresh well-sourced ingredients.

September is a marvelous month to visit Palm Beach, with amazing deals to be had on hotels and dining, and it is so incredibly peaceful. It’s almost as hot in New York as it is in Palm Beach but one has a pool and the beach to enjoy, making it the perfect venue for an extended summer getaway.