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May, 2011:

The 2011 Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House

James Andrew in an Aurelien Gallet interior. Photo by Lars Stephan

The announcement of the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House had us thoroughly excited, and so we quite promptly set off to the High Line Park area to have a personal look. Elle Decor’s select “Designers to Watch” here are paired with leading modern brands, and we’re happy to report that these young designers came up with some truly stunning interiors—quite forward looking, in fact, while maintaining an appreciative eye to the past. The contrasting aesthetic within is refreshing and, perhaps not surprisingly, well balanced—this is an Elle Decor production after all!

I’m pictured (top) in Aurelien Gallet’s super sexy and richly atmospheric interior.

In rather stark contrast, I’m also photographed in a wonderfully ethereal room by Marie Turner.


Detail from the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House.

Detail of a room by Sara Story whose travel to exotic lands inspires her work.

The EDMLCH is only open until June 5th, so do make a point to see it ASAP and be sure to work in a nice stroll along the new extension to the High Line Park!

Oh, and it should be noted that while you are enjoying your visit, your ticket sales go to benefit Housing Works whose dual mission is to end homelessness and AIDS – We here at WIJW have always found the combination of altruism and fine design totally irresistible!

I’m sporting a wild mix of patterns—Gucci white and black window pane plaid silk/cotton jacket, navy linen pin stripe pants, black patent belt and loafers in black, white, and silver leather, Tom Ford shirt in a midnight cotton dotted herringbone print, Yves Saint Laurent silk paisley and camouflage print pocket square, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime.

Jules Reid

James Andrew with Jules Reid

As many of our readers know, Jules Reid’s elegant yet whimsical designs have become quite popular amongst a smart set of women who appreciate couture details at an exceptional value. And we love the exotic flair, with looks that are just as at home in Manhattan as they would be in Majorca!

Here at WIJW we also do love inspiring entrepreneurial stories, and after a brief meet with my friend Reid, it dawned on me that this was absolutely one of those stories.

A little about her road to success…

Reid credits her mother for fueling a fashion impulse quite early on—mum would wear colorful saris (from their years spent in India) and sewed patterns the young Reid would find in Vogue. “I was always into color and was willing to wear things that no one else probably would,” says Reid of her early days. After college, though, her creative impulse had to be briefly put on hold when a position as a Wall Street stock broker presented itself. At the start, she opted for the conservative women’s suit, (the ubiquitous uniform often believed to assure success in a male dominated arena), yet after establishing herself, she felt free again to express her own unique sense of style—colors, bare legs, high heels—generally all the elements one might not think appropriate for her profession! It was during these years, researching design in her spare time, that Reid says she really started to develop the aesthetic that would later become the Jules Reid line.

Ten years on, she found herself married with three children—and very much in need of a creative outlet! With excitement, she opened a super chic and successful store and also started decorating peoples homes. Here she had a chance to fine tune her sense of pattern, texture, and color. It was not until turning 40, however, with a “now or never” sense of urgency, that Reid realized the dream that had been there for decades: to create her own clothing line.

And it doesn’t surprise us at all that the multi-talented multi-lived Jules Reid pulled together a truly fabulous collection!

In life we so often don’t go for what we really want. Taking Reid’s example certainly inspires one not to wait for that imagined perfect moment, but rather to create the moment here and now!

The Jules Reid Collection

The Jules Reid Collection

The Jules Reid Collection

The Jules Reid Collection

The Jules Reid Collection

Spending some time with the lovely Jules Reid I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, Turnbull and Asser shirt in red and white cotton stripes with contrast white collar and french cuffs, Seaman Schepps cuff links are pearls with pale blue sapphires, vintage silk pocket square, black and white silk hounds tooth check pants, black patent belt and tasseled wing tip loafers all by Gucci, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram, my fragrance is Creed Windsor.

Maripol @ Clic Gallery

James Andrew and Maripol at Clic Gallery

When my friend Christiane Celle asked me to come to the opening of Riding The Hoods With Maripol in conjunction with a celebration of her friend Maripol ‘s book Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood at the super chic Clic Gallery I was beyond excited.

As you may know, Maripol is often credited as nearly single-handedly creating the 80’s fashion aesthetic; she established the look for Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” incarnation (rubber bracelets and crosses) as well as looks for Cher, Debbie Harry, and Grace Jones. She was also Fiorucci’s art director. In her guise as multi-talented artist, she photographed some of New York Cities most legendary characters including Andy Warhol and Jean-Michael Basquiat. She is as relevant today as she was in the 80’s, and continues to be a major force in fashion, collaborating with major designers like Marc Jacobs. A quite tireless artist, she tells us she’s now heading off to Istanbul to shoot the night youth scene for Turkish Vogue!

In Her book “Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood” she photographically chronicles her nightlife adventures and includes many of her famous and infamous fellow adventurers. The accompanying exhibition at Clic Gallery provides the perfect venue for exploring Maripol’s images, many of which really demand a first hand viewing. In an era where style and fashion have become a bit homogeneous, it’s important to look at the work of major style makers like Maripol who continually push the boundaries. There is also a brilliant selection of photographs for sale at Clic, so do make a point to visit.

Taking a few moments to chat with Maripol about her wonderful work at the Clic Gallery exhibition, I’m sporting a black wool flannel jacket, silk black and white hounds tooth check pants and black patent belt with silver leather trim and grommets all by Gucci, Tom Ford shirt in black and white cotton stripes and black and white silk pocket square, Lanvin high top sneakers in black suede and green patent, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Jardin du Poete.