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James Andrew - photo Rose Callahan

James Andrew – photo Rose Callahan

Recently I had the great fortune to attend opening night at the Met Opera with my beloved Scott McBee. The anual celebration is a sublimely elegant affair where most actually dress properly for the occasion!

As I have mentioned on a few occasions here on WIJW, I’m rather selective when it comes to the events I go to, and this is one of those not to be missed evenings that fits my criteria to a T, with a spectacular brand new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. As expected, set designer Rob Howell’s ravishing modern take on an 18th century manor house in Seville during the 1930s was thoroughly breathtaking.

Needless to say we had a fabulous time, and I think McBee was beyond dashing in his Tom Ford black tie ensemble and M de Phocas evening set.

Scott Mcbee at the Met

Scott Mcbee at the Met

Scott McBee at the Met

An evening to remember

James Andrew - and evening set

My M de Phocas evening set

Dressed to celebrate and honor the evening and this tremendous new production, I’m sporting a Tom Ford magenta silk faille evening jacket, white cotton voile tuxedo shirt, black wool barethea tuxedo pant, silk faille bow tie, patent leather opera pumps and black silk socks all by Tom Ford. I’ve finished the look with a diamond evening set by M de Phocas, and a touch of Creed Windsor fragrance.

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  1. Bob Vardaman says:

    The Tom Ford evening jacket is divine. You and Mr. McBee look wonderful.
    Enjoy the party!

  2. Dean says:


    You inspire me, with your old world elegance!
    S. McBee looks so elegant, and so do you!


  3. Two more elegant gentlemen have never been seen at the opera! Never!


  4. I forgot to say…..when I was in first grade….(9 million years ago)! “Magenta” was my favorite crayon. It is still my favorite color on earth! And there you are in the Tom Ford “magenta” jacket!


    ps I was called an “old biddy” in a comment on the blog I love (Cote de Texas) I almost cried! Lordy! Never mind……I adore that magenta jacket!!!

  5. La Comtesse Lola says:

    My heart just aches looking at the photos of you and Scott! Bravo! xo

  6. James Andrew says:

    Darling Dean,

    Thank You!

    As you know I just love to dress up for such a splendid occasion and Mr McB always looks so good.



  7. Karena says:

    You both look dashing beyond James. I love, love the opera!

    The Arts by Karena

  8. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    We had the most magical evening at the MET – Mr McB is just so very dashing and debonair and this magenta evening jacket is just beyond words- I have never been one to blend in.


    When these hateful bitches spew their negativity and criticism I love to quote – Theodore Rooselvelt:

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    I just adore you!

    Much love Much Love


  9. James Andrew says:

    My Dear La Comtessa Lola,

    Wish you had been there in all your ravishing splendour!

    Much Love


  10. Regina says:

    Dear Penny…be strong, I know how cruel words make one feel…but remember your SAVING GRACE is knowing how clear your Soul shines, like a Crystal displaying all the colors…for that reason all the little birds, chickies and puppies that come across your path thrive and lead beautiful lives. I know this for a fact, for we shared the same love for our rooster Eduardo, who you named for dear departed Eddie Gregson. Shimmer proudly!

  11. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Karena,

    I find the Opera such a celebration and very special occasion.

    I am just always so moved by the entire experience and hope to encourage all our friends to share this and enjoy it themselves.



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