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A SUBLIME STAY IN THE HAMPTONS

James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons.

James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons.

I’m happy to say that I nearly always become friends with my clients – the fact is, it does help that clients tend to be thrilled with the interiors I create for them! As a result, I often receive some very nice offers – like a recent invitation from some super chic client/friends of mine to spend the weekend in South Hampton. Needless to say. the Vuitton was packed and I was hopping on the Jitney in no time!

Our friend-clients in the Hamptons are the most generous and gracious of hosts – and they spare no effort to make their guests comfortable. In preparation for such occasions, I do take care to organize a few fabulous ensembles, and I always try to be at my genial best. As the Duchess of Windsor once said: “If you accept a dinner invitation you have the moral obligation to be amusing.” Being well dressed, to me, should be included in said moral obligation!

There, we were treated to the most delicious food, wonderful wines, most entertaining and stimulating conversation, and plenty of lounging by the property’s pool. It is no coincidence that our friends’ estate is named “Sheer Bliss!” We also thoroughly enjoyed the compulsory cocktail hour (Pimms cups in hand) and croquet played on the front lawn surrounded by monumental privet hedges and hydrangea bushes. Again, sheer bliss.

Day one (at top) found me dressed for croquet and a later dinner in a Tom Ford mango silk “Spencer” jacket, royal and white dot print shirt and a royal and white silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, white jeans by Uniqlo, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

For day two (see below), I dressed for more croquet and yet another fabulous dinner in a Polo Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit shawl collar sweater, linen pinstripe pants and orange suede espadrilles, Michael Bastian for Uniqlo navy cotton pique polo shirt, Tom Ford royal and white silk scarf, vintage Rolex, rope belt by Orlebar Brown, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.

James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons

James Andrew. Weekend in the Hamptons

A LIFE IN FASHION: THE WARDROBE OF CECIL BEATON

Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton in his drawing room at Reddish House in Wiltshire, England. Photograph by Arnold Newman.


Many considered Cecil Beaton to be the ultimate aesthete – I know I certainly do! Artist, photographer, writer, costume designer – he was a true Renaissance man. Much has been written about him, yet astonishingly, his personal wardrobe has been nearly completely overlooked – until recently, that is! Through Benjamin Wild’s tremendous tome, A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton, we are given a glorious glimpse into the evolution of Beaton’s personal style, from the 1920’s right on up until his passing. Each period is documented with stunning photographs and engaging recollections. Beaton was a master of an elegant and eclectic mix of styles – I’m particularly fond of his Austrian jackets!

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The author, Benjamin Wild, has gleaned wonderfully pithy words illustrating Beaton’s approach to fashion. Take for instance: “I don’t want people to know me as I really am – but as I’m trying and pretending to be.” How perfect!

A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton is a must-have addition to one’s library and a most excellent summer read!

BRING YOUR OWN BRAND OF CHIC WHEREVER YOU GO

James Andrew – the North Fork

James Andrew – the North Fork

I always have great fun planning trips and creating ensembles that not only express my personal brand of sartorial splendor, but that work with the setting. Only when all is considered, am I able to produce convincing fully fleshed out narratives for WIJW. As a fashion blogger (and avid Instagram poster) there is always preparation and planning involved – what will one wear to the beach, for dinner…etc…etc?

I’m of the Oscar Wilde school: “…you can never be over-dressed or over-educated.” Case and point – for my long weekend on the North Fork (a small, extremely casual and laid back town village by the sea) I only packed three blazers! For many of you, this might be considered a bit extreme, however this sort of thing is quite normal for me – and I know our super chic hosts appreciated my effort!

This is what I call “casual chic” – blazers with shorts, blazers with khakis or white jeans, and voila, one is looking rather smart. Of course one should have the right belts, pocket squares, and shoes to truly complete each ensemble.

Today’s photo is an excellent example of how I brought my own brand of chic to Orient Village. It’s all perfectly appropriate for the setting, but still on the dressed up end of the spectrum. I’m wearing a Polo Ralph Lauren madras blazer, Tom Ford khaki pants, a bespoke red and white pin striped shir with contrast white collar and cuffs by Bruce Cameron Clark, red, white and blue linen pocket square from Bergdorf Goodman, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red crocodile belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, needle point slippers by Ralph Lauren, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.