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October, 2010:

Friday Night at The Frick

James Andrew in the garden court at The Frick. photo by Matthew Dean.

I can’t think of a better way to start off culture filled weekend than with a Friday evening at The Frick.

To celebrate the opening of its two exhibitions of Spanish art, The Frick Collection will host a very special Spanish night – an after hours event that will provide guests with an opportunity to meet the curators, attend gallery talks in English and Spanish, and listen to live Spanish guitar in the Garden Court. And lest you think things couldn’t get better than this, this spectacular event is FREE!

So mark your calender and be sure to join me Friday November 5, from 6 to 8 PM for what will no doubt prove to be spectacular evening.

I cant wait to see you all there!

Basking in the glow of the glorious garden court at The Frick, I am wearing a Tom Ford amethyst wool tweed windowpane plaid jacket, black and white striped cotton shirt, black and white silk pocket square and black and saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Gucci black and gray wool mini hounds tooth pants, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle from Ralph Lauren and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Style Diaries by Simone Werle

I can’t tell you how excited I was to be invited to be a part of Simone Werle’s fantastic new book “Style Diaries.”

From the text:

“Style Diaries features today’s most compelling fashion bloggers and offers access to a vibrant community of people who may very well be the most influential forces behind tomorrow’s trends.”

WOW! As you might imagine, I am just beyond thrilled to be prominently featured amongst this incredible collection of fellow bloggers.

In this brilliant book Werle shares the cultural phenomenon of fashion blogging, pointing out that fashion, which was once under the rule of major glossy magazines, is now experiencing a bit of “democratization.” Bloggers are now exerting a tremendous amount of influence on style and taste and are a power to be reckoned with.

Books are available online and at bookstores everywhere – so if you’re interested in having yours truly in print, hurry and get your copy now!

Berlin Part V

James Andrew at Das Chinesische Haus.

Ever since I heard Nicky Haslam describe the magnificence of Potsdam, I’ve been very much wanting to explore the beauty of these royal grounds. Just thirty minutes from the center of Berlin, I could devote an entire day, which one really needs, to tour what many consider to be the Versailles of Germany – needless to say, I’m thrilled I did. Thank you Nicky!

After some extensive research, I established an itinerary for seeing the palaces I most wanted to see, focusing primarily on the smaller ones. The following are a few of the highlights of our tour.

We began with a tour of the elaborate Neues Palais, the largest Palace in Potsdam, then off to Schloss Charlottenhoff, which was built in 1826 as a summer residence for the Crown Prince. It was designed by Schinkel (the architect and interior designer of choice to royals of this time) in the style of a classical villa. We then made our way through the glorious Schloss Charlottenhoff gardens.

I’m standing (top) in front of the Chinese Pavilion, one of the structures I was most anxious to see. Located in the gardens of the Palace of Sanssouci, it’s a delicious Rococo fantasy fulfilling an 18th century European appetite for all things Chinese — obviously our architect has taken some liberties here, much to our delight!

The central entrance to Sanssouci from the garden facade.

Sanssouci – meaning “without a care” was designed as a place to enjoy life’s pleasures — music, friends, and food. More “maison de plaisance” than palace, it was created on a scale that one might consider livable by today’s standards — of course it is still quite a bit more opulent than one might be accustomed to!

Golden Suns, symbolizing enlightenment and humanitarianism, adorn the ornamental pavilions on either side of the palace.

Perhaps my favorite Palace in Potsdam was Die Neuen Kammern. Originally constructed as an Orangery — and I’ve had a long standing fantasy to live in an Orangery by the way — it was later transformed to accommodate guests and host lavish banquets.

Die Neuen Kammern.

We were somehow able to see almost all that we had wanted before rushing back to Berlin for our farewell dinner at the legendary Paris Bar restaurant, an iconic establishment, and a must while visiting Berlin.

We later treated ourselves to dessert and a provocative — and rather intimate — performance piece at Salon K — all very Berlin!

For our day of exploration, I’m wearing a Michael Bastian fair isle woolen sweater, Tom Ford white and navy cotton plaid shirt, Gucci chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle, black leather tote and aviator style sunglasses, Diesel skinny jean, Lanvin high top sneakers in greens and black suede my fragrance is Creed Bois de Portugal.