WIJW sets sail. Illustration by Scott Mcbee
A classic antidote to the winter blues, WIJW is off on a Caribbean cruise! Kicking off a brilliant 2017, our very own Scott Mcbee has booked us for some restorative fun and sun – among the stops will be the islands of St. Marten, Barbuda, Dominica, St Lucia, F.W.I., St Kitts, St Barthelemy, etc. Needless to say we’re pretty exited.
As you know Scott McBee is a renowned ocean liner and yacht portraitist, so it won’t surprise you that he’s pretty particular when it comes to ocean travel – which is why he’s chosen Windstar’s “Windsurf.” According to McBee, travel with them should feel more like sailing (it actually has five 221ft masts) on a large but intimate private yacht. Bucking the cattle car trend on some of the awful sounding floating high-rise cruise lines, Windstar raises the bar – for instance men are required to wear a jacket to dinner (be still my beating heart!). All harkens back to a more elegant age of ocean travel.
I trust we’ll create some iconic images for our WIJW readership so stay tuned! In the meantime we’ll be posting little teaser photos on Instagram (user: james_andrew) for those who wish to come along!
Well, I must dash – time to sort out my traveling wardrobe!
James Andrew Interior Design.
We here at WIJW certainly ended the year with a series of sublime soirées, and now we’re ready to hit the ground running. After a brief hiatus, I’m back at the design table developing some beautiful interiors. I prefer to say “let’s make it a good one,” rather than “let’s hope it’s a good one” – and work is definitely one antidote to any trepidations one might have about 2017!
Over the years, WIJW, Instagram, Twitter, and various spin-off articles have been an excellent global platform for me to share my rants on art, clothing, food, and my life as a New York City based designer. Of course many of my clients are rather private and understandably not eager to share their homes with the public. This is actually more the rule than the exception, so sadly there is always a big chunk of my work that I can’t share. Needless to say, an interior designer needs to explore all means of exposure!
Of course, once in a while I do have a super chic client who will graciously allow me to share some of the ravishing rooms we have created together. For instance the billiard room pictured above was one such project – a tremendous 1890s townhouse filled with much of its original details intact. The billiard room was initially a family room, but the family outgrew it. For the transformation, we started with a salvaged pine-paneled wall including a fireplace flanked by book cases. We also installed a chair rail and base panels – all pine faux bois. The effect is pretty incredible. Walls upholstered in a woven silk paisley from Christopher Hyland, and a classic tartan carpet all provided the perfect setting for a grand 1890s pool table.
It really is a thrill to see these designs materialize and to offer my clients “what they never knew they wanted” (as my mentor Albert Hadley would often say).
I’m wearing a Tom Ford camel cashmere jacket, camel silk turtleneck sweater, brown plaid silk pants, brown and tan silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers, vintage Gucci python belt with silver double horsehead buckle, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Vintage Taborome.
One doesn’t need an excuse to be extra festive this time of year. Dinner and cocktail parties abound – and many of you out there are sharing your most sublime take on black tie.
I am a huge fan of the Duke of Windsor’s classic tartan for evening dress, and I also love mixing tartan and velvet. Ralph Lauren has offered some more modern versions of this (as did Tom Ford several years ago) which I absolutely adore – certainly one of his strongest collections.
And of course one must not miss the finishing touches. My friends at Le Noeud Papillon, the Sydney based atelier, are doing the most tremendous things with bow ties – my favorite is the Majestic Black Set. It’s the most perfect size and shape of bow tie in brilliant black satin with matching cummerbund. Certainly something to elevate one’s ensemble to sublime levels. As you can see in the photos, I recently paired the Majestic Black Set with a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit to great effect if I do say so myself!
Le Noeud Papillon Majestic Black set
Nicholas Atgemis, founder of Le Noeud Papillon, recently shared some splendid thoughts with me on the subject of the bow tie, “[It] remains a symbol of intellectual free thought and a fearlessness in navigating through society….It eschews all of society’s conventional wisdom and says, ‘I think for myself.'”
Makes me want to wear a bow tie more often!
In addition to expanding our own collection of black tie accessories – these make for some rather glorious gifts! Why not surprise someone special?! You can find them at lenoeudpapillon.com.
Holiday ensemble detail.
Dressed for a holiday party, I’ve created a more formal look for my Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit by sporting the Le Noeud Papillon Majestic Black Set – bow tie and cummerbund, Tom Ford era Gucci lace trimmed ruffled tuxedo shirt, Tom Ford era Gucci black patent opera pumps, vintage black silk pocket square, a set of ruby and diamond shirt studs and cuff links by my exquisite friend, the artist and Renaissance man, Alexis Zambrano, red wool socks from Barney’s NYC, my fragrance is Creed Windsor (now Royal Mayfair), and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.