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WIJW SUMMER HOLIDAYS

This Summer has been surprisingly busy with work and complicated construction for the refurbishment of client apartments. Sadly this has not allowed me much time for a proper summer holiday, and as such, I’ve had to satisfy myself vicariously through my friends and their various accounts of divine destinations.

Of course we here at WIJW HAVE had some rather fabulous getaways — witness the above montage! Thankfully come September Scott McBee and I are planning a personal extension of the summer season by taking a mini holiday — perhaps a long weekend in Miami and then on to Portugal in October! We will of course keep you posted ;)

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FASHON FADES STYLE IS ETERNAL

James Andrew

James Andrew

Having just read the two terrific tomes we shared in our last post, Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan and Lou Lou De La Falaise, I was struck by how Agnelli and La Falaise never concerned themselves with trends. Whether decorating or dressing themselves there is always a sense of personal style. Certainly both wore couture and Agnelli worked with the most brilliant interior designers, architects, and landscape designers – but all was selected to enhance a singular and quite timeless vision. In fact, after looking through these books, I’m convinced that it would all look just as fabulous today as it would twenty years from now. As Yves Saint Laurent was fond of saying, “fashions fade, style is eternal.”

My own taste in fashion certainly has evolved over the years; as a young man it was all very ivy league, and then as I started to work with Ralph Lauren, I became possessed by his hyper romantic world. Having worked there for almost 10 years, my closet was overflowing. My departure from Ralph Lauren left me at a stylistic crossroads. The cherished wardrobe I had acquired at Lauren started to feel a bit like a costume, and wasn’t very sexy. Tom Ford at Gucci came to the rescue, though I quickly realized that the mod 60’s vibe of some of his stuff would quickly become outdated. Thankfully Ford’s transition to a Savile Row inspired classical style coincided with my shift in aesthetic, which I added a touch of Italian flair to. I have continued to experiment over the years, and yes, made some hideous choices along the way, but that is always a chance one takes when trying to push the envelope a bit.

I really love the fact that La Falaise had such an elevated sense of style that she could wear YSL couture and still put her own brilliant twist on things — there was a spectacular creative reciprocity between muse and the master Saint Laurent himself — great stye informing great fashion. In this spirit, we here at WIJW hope you are courageously expressing your own sense of personal style while navigating the ever-changing fashions of the day!

Strolling the grounds of a grand estate-like park, I’m sporting a summer Sunday casual ensemble: Tom Ford era Gucci black linen denim jacket with suede elbow patches, Gucci linen plaid shirt turquoise and purple, Tom Ford lavender silk herringbone weave pant, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with sterling buckle and turquoise suede driving shoes, Charvet turquoise silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, straw hat from The Sugar Mill Trading Company and my fragrance is Creed’s Acqua Originale Vetiver Geranium.

SUMMER READS RIZZOLI

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I’m sure you will agree that there is nothing like stretching out with a good book on a long summer day. We’ve been a bit remiss in bringing you our most fabulous finds, but do forgive us! We’ve got two dreamy Rizzoli tomes in hand that you simply must snap up: Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan and Loulou de la Falaise.

Certainly I consider Marella Agnelli one of my most favorite style icons; her impossibly chic and highly refined aesthetic pervades everything that surrounds her, and Rizzoli’s Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan by Agnelli and her niece Marella Caracciolo Chia brings all of this to the fore in the most delicious way. A luxurious scrap book of sorts, its a personal memoir recounted through her gorgeous homes and gardens.

From "Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan"

From “Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan”

From "Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan"

From “Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan”

Agnelli worked with some of the most legendary interior designers — Mongiardino, Marino, Pinto to name a few, with gardens designed by the likes of my most favorite Russell Page and Madison Cox. Here you’ll find exquisite never before seen images, and of course there are many of the most iconic shots as well, that have graced beautiful magazines and books over the years. Needless to say, this most recent and definitive book is a celebration of a well lived life!

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Loulou de la Falaise by Ariel de Ravenel and Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni pays tribute to the fashion icon and most marvelous muse to Yves Saint Laurent. Marisa Berenson once called LA Falaise a “walking work of art,” and certainly La Falaise did much to define the Luxe Boheme aesthetic with a distinct sense of fantasy, lightness, non-chalance, and humor — in fact she was considered very much the embodiment of French chic, depite being an English woman.

From the Rizzoli book "Loulou de la Falaise"

From the Rizzoli book “Loulou de la Falaise”

From the Rizzoli book "Loulou de la Falaise"

From the Rizzoli book “Loulou de la Falaise”

Within its many pages, the book gives us a revealing and intimate look into an iconoclastic life. A glamorous romantic, La Falaise was a primary driving force behind much of the YSL mystique, and the book serves not only as an homage to La Falaise herself, but highlights her position as a indespensible wellspring of inspiration. No doubt, in a world where style has become homogenized and commercialized, we look to innovative groundbreakers like La Falaise to perhaps inform our own sartorial splendor!

Pick up your copies here: Loulou de la FalaiseMarella Agnelli: The Last Swan

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