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James Andrew, the National Academy

James Andrew, the National Academy

Exhibitions here in the city have been in full swing, and I’ve been anxious to see many of them! The exhibition Helena Rubenstein: Beauty is Power closed this Sunday, and I’m very glad to have caught it! I also dashed over to the National Academy’s SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence.

Helena Rubenstein and sonThe Rubenstein exhibition was held at the Jewish Museum and celebrates Rubenstein’s legacy as mogul and collector, showcasing her world of fashion, beauty, art and decoration. Her life is the remarkable story of a polish Jewish immigrant who despite all, managed to create a beauty empire with products that had wide reaching appeal — from socialites to shop girls alike. With regards to her enormous collection — so extensive that the Sotheby’s auction catalogue of her estate filled six volumes — she knew and yes, acquired exactly what she liked. Always at the forefront of taste, she had the foresight to hire then relatively unknown decorators like Emilio Terry and David Hicks who went on to make some of the most celebrated interiors of the 20th century! — (apparently she had fallen in love with an apartment at 625 Park Avenue — when she was told that the building had a “no Jews” policy, she bought the building!).

One of the highlights of the exhibition was a portrait of Helena Rubenstein and her son by Christian Berard — the work once belonged to my dear friend, the late antiques dealer Roger Prigent of Malmaison. It was a wonderful treat to see the painting once again.

The National Academy exhibition, SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their Absence had a certain appeal to me — in an age of the selfies and compulsive self-celebration, I thought the subject particularly topical — no doubt many of these artists painted these works to ensure their presence in their absence!

Self portrait - SargentThe show contains the most amazing self portraits by the likes of John Singer Sargeant, Maria Abramovic, Anh Duong, and Jeff Koons to name a few. An added attraction for me is seeing the architect Ogden Codman Jr.’s elegant Archer M. Huntington mansion in which the museum collection is housed. It’s such an exquisite space — certainly one the friendliest and most welcoming of the smaller museums here in town.

For my museum day, I’m sporting a Tom Ford amethyst, grey, and purple window pane wool and silk tweed jacket, amber cashgora sweater and purple glen plaid silk pocket square, a Turnbull and Asser purple and white gingham cotton shirt, Gucci purple silk/wool foulard print scarf, Uniqlo slim jeans, Tom Ford era YSL aubergine suede “Eton” boots, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and my fragrance is Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne.

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Photo: Oscar Correcher -- James Andrew in the home of Kenneth Jay Lane

Photo: Oscar Correcher — James Andrew in the home of Kenneth Jay Lane

I’m thrilled to announce that the second issue No. 1 of the most marvelous magazine Scala Regia is now available, and includes my first assignment for Scala Regia as Editor at Large. For my piece, I had the great honor to interview the legendary jeweler and aesthete Kenneth Jay Lane in his ravishing rooms, and we had the good fortune to be accompanied by the brilliant photographer Oscar Correcher to document the meeting.

Issue No. 1, nicknamed “a parade of eccentrics,” contains some rather fabulous features. There’s a superb piece on Mizza Bricard, certainly one of the chicest women of the 20th century and a muse to Dior (when asked by an lover if she had a favorite florist “she purred yes of course – Cartier.” There’s “A Beautiful Susceptibility” — a fascinating piece on Stephen Tennant’s winter in New England. Another highlight is a piece entitled “Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough” by Hugo Vickers and there are several lovely and louche, richly photographed fashion editorial features with the most stunning backdrops.

Scala Regia is the most sublime celebration of the very best in the worlds of art, culture, fashion and much more! It’s a WIJW must-have for all aspiring aesthetes — pick up your copy of Scala Regia here.

Issue No. 1

Issue No. 1

photo by Dorothee Murail, Art Director Diogo Mayo

photo by Dorothee Murail, Art Director Diogo Mayo For Scala Regia

Scala Regia -- Kenneth Jay Lane

Scala Regia — Kenneth Jay Lane

photo by Jose Ferreira, art director PierreRoffe for Scala Regia

photo by Jose Ferreira, art direction by PierreRoffe for Scala Regia

photo by Guillaume de Sardes for Scala Regia

photo by Guillaume de Sardes for Scala Regia

Illustration by Marc Antoine Coulon

Illustration by Marc Antoine Coulon — for Scala Regia

I’m photographed (top) by Oscar Correcher in Kenneth Jay Lane’s celebrated home. I’m sporting a Tom Ford lilac rose silk wool melange twill Snowdon suit, grey and white gingham cotton voile shirt, Ivory silk tie, brown leather belt with rose gold buckle and brown leather tasseled loafers, vintage Rolex, Hermes grey silk pocket square, Tom Ford eyeglasses, a bit of Tom Ford bronzing gel and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.



It should be obvious to you all by now that we here at WIJW take fragrance quite seriously. It’s an indispensable part of that total sensory experience we seek and so often write about, and quite frankly one’s look just isn’t complete without a proper scent! Enter Jo Malone London. They really are the Savile Row of scent – exquisite and adaptable, they create fragrances that can be worn solo or even layered to create something truly unique – and it’s all tailored to produce the most perfectly bespoke fit. Easy elegance, style, wit and whim – these fragrances capture so many of those qualities that one would expect from a uniquely British brand (and you may know that I’ve never attempted to hide my Anglophilic leanings. Rather, I’d say I’m more likely to celebrate them!).

I recently had the great privilege to be invited to spend some time with the people at the Jo Malone boutique here in NYC. What a luxury! Needless to say, after a wonderfully considered interview (conducted by a superbly knowledgeable perfumier) during which all of my preferences were explored, I walked out of their doors with six perfectly tuned fragrances:

Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne – their signature fragrance. They describe it as:“Peppery basil and aromatic white thyme bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze. A modern classic.”

154 Cologne – Named after the street number of the first Jo Malone boutique in London – it is the most perfect Eau de Cologne. From the Jo Malone site: “This grand olfactory journey contains ingredients now synonymous with the brand: mandarin, grapefruit, lavender, basil, nutmeg and vetiver. Eclectic.”

Earl Grey & Cucumber The most impossibly fresh and sophisticated scent – based on the idea of a proper English afternoon tea. They describe it as: “A fragrance with a burst of bergamot, distinct to Earl Grey, and the cool succulence of crunchy cucumber. Counterpoised with a sweet base of beeswax, vanilla and musk. Reviving and refined.”

Amber & Lavender Cologne – Based on classic male perfumery I think this refined scent would work rather well on anyone. From Jo Malone: “French lavender and petitgrain bring a fresh luminosity to precious amber. Cultivated and cosmopolitan.”

Grapefruit Cologne“Rosemary, peppermint and pimento add perfect piquancy to grapefruit’s bright and sunny nature. Uplifting and refreshing.”

Tuberose Angelica Cologne – I’m not always wearing a gardenia in my lapel, so this will be my go to fragrance for special occasions! Jo Malone extols its virtues: “The queen of white florals. Sensual. Touched with the green spiciness of angelica. Sumptuous on the warmth of amberwood. Intoxicating and desirable.”

Do visit a Jo Malone London boutique or counter and treat yourselves to a few of these olfactory masterpieces! Also the online Jo Malone boutique is really well done and quite easy to navigate!

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