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ASCOTS AND SCARVES

James Andrew

James Andrew

As a child I was quite fascinated with the super sophistication and elegance of screen stars like Cary Grant and Fred Astair; they always looked sharp, whether they were in a scuffle or perhaps bounding about in a full-on musical number. On television too, I had favorites like dear old dapper James Backus as Thurston Howell III and more recently I do love Gossip Girl’s rakish Chuck Bass. It seems they all had a penchant for wearing lovely (and sometimes louche) ascots and scarves, which to my mind really are the most useful of accessories — they add that perfect bit of panache even to the most casual outfit and offer a rich yet relaxed alternative to ties and bow ties in a more formal ensemble. They can take the chill out of a slightly nippy spring day and, in my particular case, can help to harmonize the brashest of color combinations — You’ll have noticed I’ve been doing variations on the theme for some time! Witness some of these images from posts past:

A Tom Ford pink cotton voile scarf

A Tom Ford pink cotton voile scarf

Big Sur and The Hacienda -- a Ralph lauren woven cotton serape scarf

Big Sur and The Hacienda — a Ralph lauren woven cotton serape scarf

At Casa del Herrero -- a Le Noeud Papillon orange and navy dot silk ascot

At Casa del Herrero — a Le Noeud Papillon orange and navy dot silk ascot

En route to the TriBeCa Ball wearing a Le Noeud Papillon ascot

En route to the TriBeCa Ball wearing a Le Noeud Papillon ascot

Today’s primary image (top), taken by the multi talented Scott McBee, captures me sporting a simple Indian block print silk scarf with a Tom Ford mango silk “Spencer” jacket, lavender silk mini herringbone pant and orange, purple and lavender floral print silk pocket square, a custom Turnbull and Asser shirt in purple cotton with contrast white collar and cuffs, vintage moon stone cuff links, vintage Rolex, Etro orange suede tasseled loafers, Gucci python belt and sunglasses, Tom Ford – Lavender Palm fragrance, and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel.

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AT SOTHEBY’S DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

James Andrew pictured in an interior by Carendi MacMurray

James Andrew pictured in an interior by Carendi MacMurray


Recently I was thrilled to attend the press preview of the second annual Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse where the fifth floor exhibition space is transformed into a rather elegant home. Here, thirteen select designers bring their considerable talents to bear on individual spaces while highlighting the broad range of objects and collecting categories available at Sotheby’s. Needless to say, it is really fascinating to see how each designer approaches their space. The show has produced quite a few different points of view (and should appeal to a correspondingly wide variety of prospective clients)!

For me a highlight at the showhouse is a creation by my friend and fellow interior designer, Janine Carendi MacMurray of Area Interior Design — She had the savvy to select the chicest and most engaging space — an octagonal entrance gallery. “Area” amazingly transformed their space in only three days, installing paneling and incorporating additional millwork to create an architecturally classical room that brilliantly juxtaposes a mix of modernist and antique pieces to create something that seems very much in touch with how people want to live today. BRAVO!

Sotheby’s brilliant concept presents a different way of looking at collecting and has oriented their upcoming auction to both the “seasoned collector and to those new to the auction world” presenting a plethora of ideas on how one might live with their many marvelous finds.

The Sotheby’s Showhouse exhibition is open until April 2015 followed by the dedicated auction on the 20th of April 2015 – certainly a not to be missed event!

Janine Carendi MacMurray’s ravishing room provides the most perfect backdrop for today’s post. I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and black wool check jacket and pale blue silk knit tie, bespoke Turnbull and Asser shirt in forest micro check cotton with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Charvet dark green and white retro print silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Paul Smith grey wool pant, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, Tom Ford era Gucci midnight leather loafers, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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EVOLUTION OF A BLOG

James Andrew.

James Andrew.

It all pretty much started with snapshots and a few words about what I was wearing. As things evolved I got to work with some rather talented photographers, and before we knew it, WIJW was garnering some interest from the global mainstream media. We had to start upping our game! As things progressed I certainly learned a lot about setting up interesting scenarios and I began to enjoy the platform as a way to share a wide range of inspirational stories and unusual experiences.

My own sartorial splendor has evolved a bit as well, and with age I think my emphasis has moved more to the classics with an Anglo/American inspired aesthetic that has touches of Italian flair – which probably has a lot to do with why I like clothing by Tom Ford so much! The pieces that I collect from Ford are often on par with the bespoke items I’d have a tailor create for me — of course I continue to have beautiful custom shirts made for me along with other items to add to my quiver, and happily these all pair quite nicely with the Ford articles I own. I can say that over the years I think I’ve become more secure with myself. I no longer feel the need to adhere religiously to particular labels. Truth be told, I’m simply more interested in what works and what will endure. Now of course I celebrate fashion and particular designers but I’m not wedded exclusively to one or to any particular current trend. Needless to say I can look back at some of the pieces that I’ve purchased that are, let’s say, of a certain moment and it is not surprising to me that I have given most of those particular items away!

James Andrew 2008

James Andrew 2008

A dear Palm Beach friend of mine has been having his clothing made on Savile Row for years. Many pieces were made in the late 1960’s but remain in pristine condition, and still fit my friend perfectly (which I suppose says as much about my friend’s ability to stay in shape as it does about his superb taste in clothes!). I too have learned to approach purchasing my wardrobe as more of a long term investment—one that will give me pleasure for many years to come!

Re-visiting the same Alexander Calder sidewalk on Madison Avenue that we blogged about some years ago, today (top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty rose suede safari jacket, camel silk turtleneck sweater and tan leather tasseled loafers, Uniqlo white jeans, Hildestahl saddle leather tote, Tom Ford ” Dimitry” sunglasses, vintage Rolex, Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne from Jo Malone and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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