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Posts from ‘August, 2011’

Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

James Andrew - Photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew - Photo by Gabriel Everett

I tend to dress up a bit more while in town, generally going for a more elegant look—jackets most days, and ties quite often.

However, if I do decide to wear something more casual, I still make an effort to put together a look that is interesting, cohesive and chic. There is some debate amongst those who care regarding the appropriateness of shorts for gentlemen in the city, but I feel that as long as shorts are done tastefully (and one is not attending an important meeting or event) they can work quite well–rules, after all, are there to be broken!

Of course I’ll offset those shorts with a blazer or jacket and some fabulous shoes as I did recently on a lovely afternoon in my favorite little oasis, Paley Park. Here I’m sporting a Gucci navy safari jacket, Rag and Bone V-Neck shirt in indigo paisley, navy and white micro check linen shorts by Lavo and blue and white gingham tasseled loafers by Hadleigh’s, rock crystal pendants from Las Dalias Hippie Market and my fragrance Iperborea by Lorenzo Villoressi.

Contemporary Eclectic Elegance

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company — photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company — photo by Gabriel Everett

The effect I like to create in my interiors is one of eclectic contemporary elegance—indeed this has become the James Andrew Interior Design hallmark. Of course to accomplish this look one needs fine objects, and often my prime go-to resource is the incomparable Chinese Porcelain Company. There I always find the most marvelous assortment of pieces in a wide range of styles and periods; from museum quality French furniture to Chinese ceramics and contemporary Asian art. On a recent visit I was drawn to a brilliant arrangement comprised of a 19th century mahogany library table, and a modern Zao Wou-Ki ink painting flanked by the most beautiful pair of 18th century Louis XV Gilt painted fauteuils (attributed to L. Cresson) upholstered in a terrific French tiger silk velvet. It’s all about mixing the best of the best from different periods to create fresh and exciting combinations and contrasts.

PAIR OF LOUIS XV GILT PAINTED FAUTEUILS early to mid-18th century attributed to L. Cresson

PAIR OF LOUIS XV GILT PAINTED FAUTEUILS early to mid-18th century attributed to L. Cresson

A MAHOGANY LIBRARY TABLE c. 1800

A MAHOGANY LIBRARY TABLE c. 1800

INK PAINTING BY ZAO WOU-KI (b. 1920) ink on paper, 1984

INK PAINTING BY ZAO WOU-KI (b. 1920) ink on paper, 1984

There is an incredible versatility in Asian art that seems to compliment all periods and styles.

My friend, photographer Gabriel Everett captured me contemplating the perfection of this arrangement at the Chinese Porcelain Company sporting a Tom Ford “Snowdon” suit in lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill, lilac cotton over check shirt and black and saddle loafers, pink silk pocket by Charvet Paris, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, vintage moon stone cuff links and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Weddings

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James Andrew - Wedding attire

Wedding celebrations are one of those times to really show friends that you care, and the same-sex union of two friends of mine recently provided me with the opportunity to consider some different thoughts on what formal evening wear might include. As you can see, I still opted for a classic look but with my usual twist, dressing in a pale blue silk dinner jacket by Tom Ford, Tom Ford era Gucci shirt with ruffles and lace in white cotton voile, black and white silk hounds tooth pants and cummerbund, black patent evening shoes, bow tie in black silk gross grain by Tom Ford and a massive Gardenia—an offering to the gods.