Taking a moment to relax and enjoy the moment is one of those rare luxuries, and this time of year is perfect for reflecting and being grateful for all of the good things. It is in this spirit that I was inspired to recreate the vintage House & Garden, Dec. 1948 photo (see right) that my friends at the Peak of Chic blogged recently. Celebrating the moment here with my beloved Scott McBee, I want to thank the many readers of W.I.J.W. for making our first few months so wonderful – “What is James Wearing?” is being read in over 20 countries now, and is being pitched as a TV show on a major network! Special thanks to all the fine galleries, design resources, and to my dear friend, Alex Scott, for all of his help and support in making this blog possible.
I am wearing a red velvet and satin trim dinner jacket, white cotton tuxedo shirt, black and white silk polka dot bow tie, black wool tuxedo pant, black patent leather evening shoes – all by Gucci, and black pearl cufflinks Seaman Schepps.
My table is set with a pair of silver candleabra from George N Antiques, vintage christofle serving dishes and trays, Baccarat “Brummel” glasses, plates are Black Aves by Royal Crown Derby, New kings silver forks by Ralph Lauren, Van Day Truex designed decanters Baccarat for Tiffany, hot pink linen napkins Muriel Grateau Paris, dining table by Sarinen for Knoll.
The uber chic designer Marcia Sherill (a consultant at 1st dibs ) has joined forces with Manhattan auctioneers and antiques dealers, Roland Antiques to create a spectacular mix of high style antiques. A large part of their inventory is from the legendary antiques dealer Malmaison. I am standing between a pair of Russian Empire poe tables in mahogany with gilt accents and ball feet. These would be brilliant flanking a doorway topped with a pair of busts or large pots.
Black cotton corduroy jacket and a red ribbed cashmere turtleneck sweater, both by Gucci, vintage “Black Stewart” wool tartan scarf, red leather gloves Sermoneta, jeans by Paper Denim, suede and leather trimmed loafer by Gucci, black leather tote by Gucci and glasses by Dior.
My fine antique dealer friends have an uncommon eye for extraordinary pieces – really I consider them on par with world class museum curators. My friends at H. M. Luther are no exception. I love this Swedish mahogany eight leg dining table by Nordiska Komponiet; It would be perfect in a rectangular dining room or in an entrance gallery/library as a book table. On the table is a beautiful collection of Swedish porphyry containers. Porphyry became one of the sought after Roman royal stones of choice two millennia ago, and its rich aubergine hue and unusual crystalline structure continues to compliment any room with imperial flair!
I am seated on one of a set of four Swedish Grace Period zebra wood and ebonized birch dining chairs. I am wearing a dazzling metallic silver down parka by Ralph Lauren (a remnant from my days as an interior designer at Ralph Lauren), gray cashmere turtleneck and black wool flannel pants by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent black leather “Windsor” loafers, black leather tote by Gucci, and red leather gloves by Sermoneta to add a pop of color.