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June, 2015:

LIZ MARKUS GIRLFRIENDS OF THE ROLLING STONES

James Andrew with Liz Markus' "Marisa Berenson Wearing Valentino" -- Photo by Mogollan Empire

James Andrew with Liz Markus’ “Marisa Berenson Wearing Valentino” — Photo by Mogollan Empire

You may recall the post we did celebrating artist and friend, the exquisite Liz Markus covering her Town & Country series. Well, Markus has out done herself in a recent series entitled Girlfriends of the Rolling Stones which we were very pleased to see recently at InSitu Works this past Thursday. We were all simply blown away by these beauties.

Jane Birkin by Liz Marcus

Jane Birkin by Liz Marcus

Bianca in Yellow by Liz Markus

Bianca in Yellow by Liz Markus

After the show I had a chance to chat with Markus about the evolution of her paintings and the transition from painting socialites to examining sixties style-icons.

“The idea for the Girlfriends of the Rolling Stones,” Markus tells us, “…was sparked while looking for images of socialites for my Town & Country series. I was looking for images of the rather uptight, well-heeled set but kept coming across these alluring images of sexy, rock and roll, fashion icons with an unmistakably strong and independent look in their eye. Where the Town & Country socialites are the height of sophistication, these woman display a louche decadence. The socialites are determined, these women are mischievous. While the power of the ladies who lunch came from their social status and connections, these sixties icons found theirs in their sexuality, daring style, and talent. I love both groups and am fascinated by their differences. Referring to them as the girlfriends of the Rolling Stones was a working title that easily encompassed the kind of woman I was looking for but I don’t use it without some ambivalence about describing them only by their relationship to the men in their lives. These women were every inch the equal to the boys in the band. They just knew it was cool to hang out with the Stones.”

This exceptional must see exhibition is on display at 199 Mott Street NYC and open through July 26th 12-6 PM Tuesday – Saturday or by appointment ( admin@insituworks.com). You will want to snap up one of these portraits to add a bit of lovely, louche. jet-set glamour to your interior.

Additionally, Markus will be having a follow-up show to Town & Country called Summer Time Girls which will take place in the Hamptons. (will follow up with details).

I’m photographed at the opening next to Markus’ portrait of Marisa Berenson wearing Valentino. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white perforated leather biker jacket with black and saddle leather trim, Tom Ford white cotton shirt with French cuffs, silk madras plaid pants and saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell, a Le Noeud Papillon ascot, vintage Rolex, Swaine Adeney Brigg “Whangee” umbrella, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a healthy glow.

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MORE NORTH FORK THE UN-HAMPTONS

James Andrew --  North Fork

James Andrew — North Fork

North  Fork

North Fork

North Fork provided our own Scott McBee and I with some truly lovely languid days — reading, lounging and generally being grateful for the change of pace. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends while getting aquatinted with this beautiful place.

Old Orchard

A few minutes walk is the village of Orient where we had a bite at the charming little Orient Country Store — for the most scrumptious desserts one only has to head to the Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie shop. If you are in the mood, a little shopping at the Old Orchard Farm Store will find you a sensational assortment of reasonably priced things.

A little tour on our hosts’ boat gave us an entirely different perspective of North Fork and its sublime seaside setting — needless to say, we’ve already sorted out a plan for the 4th of July holiday weekend there.

Seaside at North Fork

Seaside at North Fork

I am photographed (top) taking a moment before cocktail hour — I’m sporting a Tom Ford red cotton jacket, pale blue cotton mini herringbone weave shirt and a royal dot print silk pocket square, Uniqlo white slim jeans, an Adriano Meneghetti braided cotton belt (detail below).

Adrianno Meneghetti braided belt

Adrianno Meneghetti braided belt

I’m also wearing Ralph Lauren madras plaid espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Creed Cedre Blanc fragrance and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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NORTH FORK THE UN-HAMPTONS

James Andrew in North Fork

James Andrew in North Fork

A few years ago the New York Times did a piece on the Long Island’s North Fork, nicknaming it the “un-Hampton” — needless to say when dear friends from Palm Beach told me they were renting a house there and expected me to be a regular guest, we were on our way on the first Jitney! Everything about North Fork is what the Hamptons were like twenty-five years ago — seaside /country living — so charming and unpretentious, North Fork was exactly what we needed for a genuine weekend escape from the city.

North Fork

North Fork

We had a couple of long and luxurious days lounging on one of the little beaches, strolling through the towns, eating lovely luncheons and divine dinners (all served al fresco, of course). The whole experience was just heavenly!

North Fork interior

North Fork interior

I’m photographed by Scott McBee (top) in front of the Webb House – a marvelous mansion that apparently provided legendary architect David Adler with inspiration for the doors he designed for the William McCormick Blairs Lake Bluff home.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket, a Moth of Sydney – Paddington Moth shirt in a tangerine Italian cotton jersey with navy trim, Ralph Lauren floral shorts and orange suede espadrilles, Battisitoni navy and white dot print silk pocket square, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, my fragrance Creed Acqua Originale Cedre Blanc and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel providing a sun kissed glow.

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