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September, 2010:

New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala

Shauna Mei and James Andrew at NYFC benefit - photo Carlo Romero for Patrick McMullan

I can’t tell you how pleased I was to be invited to the New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala. And I was even more pleased that our hostess, the ravishing and elegant Marina Killery – a fellow ahalife curator — seated my gorgeous friend Shauna Mei — ahalife CEO — and me at her delightful table!

NYFC is an amazing organization benefiting youth in foster care. Other charities would do well to note the success of this Gala! Throughout the evening, many of the young men and women who have had their lives transformed by the NYFC spoke of their experiences – and I can tell you the evening was not want for inspiring and uplifting stories. Of course in addition to supporting a great cause the evening was filled with plenty of over the top glamor and elegance, making for an event that both warmed the heart and sated the senses!

My friend Shauna Mei dressed in a stunning Marchesa gown, and I’m dressed in Tom Ford for Gucci black silk moire dinner jacket, white cotton voile and lace tuxedo shirt, tuxedo pants in black wool crepe with satin and gross grain ribbon bands, and black patent evening shoes, bow tie in black silk faille by Tom Ford

Seaman Schepps cufflinks.

my studs and cuff links are white gold with cabochon sapphires and diamonds by my favorite jeweler Seaman Schepps and for such a brilliant evening my fragrance had to be Creed Imperial Millesime.

Dollhouse Decor

James Andrew and doll houses.

As part of a publicity campaign for Curbed.com which recently went national, I was happily coerced by Sarah Firshein, editor of Curbed.com — who happens to be a huge fan of WIJW — to act as spokesman as I delivered 5 doll houses to the editors of Elle Decor, Martha Stewart, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and Lonny.

Aptly named “Operation Doll House” each magazine was presented with a doll house and asked to decorate it in their respective style.

James Andrew and Newell Turner.

Certainly the highlight of the day was meeting with House Beautiful’s Editor in Chief, Newell Turner! I’d love to work on a collaboration of some kind with this quintessential Southern gentleman.

For my romp about town, I’m wearing a Tom Ford brown plaid suit in silk, linen, and cashmere, lavender end on end cotton shirt with french cuffs and contrast white collar, brown and lavender polka dot silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers, Sunglasses by Lanvin, vintage moon stone cuff links and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Bruce Sargeant and His Circle

James Andrew at Clamp Art.

As a collector and adviser for my clients, I make a point of getting to see as many art exhibitions as I can.

I recently went to the show, “Bruce Sargeant and his Circle by Mark Beard” at Clamp Art – this show also coincides with the release of a scrumptious book by the same title — perfect for some at home intimate perusal.

Beard is a New York based artist whose work can be seen at Abercrombie & Fitch as well as museums worldwide, and is collected by the likes of Bruce Weber. Sargeant’s work, which Beard has been collecting for 20 years, is a celebration of the idealized — and how do we say “erotisized”‘ without sounding superficial? — male form. Some of Sargeant’s contemporaries are also included in this beautifully curated exhibition.

There IS a twist to this tale of Sargeant and Beard– interested? — perhaps I’ll leave the rest of the story for your visit to this fantastic show!

At the super chic Clamp Art gallery I am sporting a royal blue cotton sateen jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford midnight cotton dotted herringbone print shirt, Diesel “Thanaz” jeans, Charvet retro print pocket square, Gucci silver chain link belt and navy suede loafers, KVA sunglasses and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.