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April, 2009:

Fête du Printemps

My super chic friend, the bon vivant, style maven, and international jet-setter, Raj Tolaram, started off the Spring season with a fabulous party on his gorgeous terraces to welcome this glorious time of year. The guest list read like a who’s who of New York glitterati and creative talent such as the brilliant artist Scott McBee The drink of the evening was a concoction of organic cucumber vodka with club soda, fresh cucumber juice, a hint of lime and a micro thin slice of cucumber floating in the glass- sublime!

James Andrew at Raj Tolaram\'s

James Andrew at Raj Tolaram's

Of course I felt the need to be extra festive, so here I’m sporting a mint green velvet jacket by Gucci over an extravagantly embroidered cotton voile kurta (thank you Kuki), white skinny jeans by Diesel, Gucci sunglasses and python loafers. As you can imagine, I received a few looks as I breezed along Park Avenue!

Geoffrey Bennison

Geoffrey Bennison, the renowned London antiques dealer and decorator, was one of the major players in the evolution of 20th century English style. He named his look “New Trad” which he defined as good English and French furniture of the 18th century combined with useful furniture of any period and century. His legacy lives on through the Bennison showrooms. Here you will find a vast assortment of hand-printed fabrics and wall coverings based on original 18th and 19th century English and French textiles.

I love this antique wing back chair showcasing a patchwork of Bennison fabrics. Also of particular note is the above-the-door shelf detail and display of oriental porcelain garniture – a detail I plan to replicate for a client soon.

I’m wearing a black wool flannel jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford shirt in brown cotton with contrast white collar, vintage moonstone cuff links, vintage brown silk pocket square, beige corduroy pants and chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle all by Gucci, Dior sneakers in silver leather, dark olive gift tote from Ranger Rover, and Tom Ford sunglasses.

The Bunny Williams Interior

Bunny Williams, a fellow graduate of the “Parish Hadley University” brilliantly celebrates the lessons of Albert Hadley in her breathtakingly beautiful room at the 2009 Kips Bay decorator Show house.

Here, Williams, a design icon in her own right, creates a contemporary version of the “great room,” – a place where you can do everything – live, eat, work, entertain, and relax. Williams also takes this opportunity to introduce her uber chic new limited edition home furnishings collection, Bee Line. Many of the fabulous pieces here are part of her new line and I’ll be sure to bring you more about Bee Line in an upcoming post.

Keeping in the spirit of our shared mentor Albert Hadley, Williams’ decorating style is unabashedly eclectic. A sophisticated mix of modern pieces, antiques, and select works of art, all coalesce to create a stunning effect. Color and scale is highlighted here as well – of particular note is her bold choice of wall color – a vibrant Benjamin Moore turquoise called “California Breeze.”

Williams’ interiors are not simply showpieces as is so oft the case in contemporary interior design – rather they are meant to be used, enjoyed, and lived in, albeit in a certain elevated style! It is no wonder that Bunny Williams has attained such stellar levels of success.

James Andrew at Bunny Williams'  2009 Showroom

James Andrew at Bunny Williams' 2009 Kips Bay Showroom

Here I’m pictured basking in the beauty and brilliance of Bunny’s room. I’m wearing a Gucci suit in gray cotton, Tom Ford shirt in blue cotton with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps cuff links in precious turquoise and white gold, Hermes belt in navy blue leather with silver buckle, Navy blue leather shoes by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent blue, gray, and black silk paisley pocket square.