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James Andrew at Versailles

James Andrew at Versailles

As you know, one of my favorite maxims is “imagination becomes reality,” but when I say this, I don’t mean to imply that things manifest without proper causes and conditions. Any great unfolding requires some fundamental (read elemental) ingredients like singularity of vision, sustained effort, and of course material resources. The meeting of Louis XIV with the genius of André Le Nôtre, and the subsequent forty year undertaking to transform nine hundred and seventy-seven acres of marshes, grasslands, and forests into the crystalline grounds we experience now in the gardens of Versailles is one of those superlative examples of total alignment. And if we are considering my aforementioned maxim, then I have to say our experience at Versailles has me thinking BIG! How about you?

James Andrew in the gardens of Versailles.

James Andrew in the gardens of Versailles.

Remembering our stroll through these grand gardens – our discovery of countless hidden “exterior rooms” – the vast perspectives, long alleys of chestnut trees, and beautifully aligned axes – all evokes in me a deep sense of peace, and a renewed appreciation for imagination’s tremendous transformative potential.

Gardens at Versailles.

Gardens at Versailles.

Swan at Versailles.

I’m pictured (top) wearing a dove grey cotton jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford lavender cotton glenn plaid pocket square, turquoise herring bone woven cotton shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, purple jean cut pants by Diesel, black patent leather belt with silver leather trim and grommets by Gucci, Lanvin glasses and sneakers, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram, listening to The Cure on my iPod Nano and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.

The Apollo Fountain by Tuby at Versailles..

The Fountain of Apollo by Tuby at Versailles.

24 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Dear James,

    Versailles is certainly a magnificent, iconic place. Palaces served as a reminder to citizens that the royals were very rich and very powerful, this was truly living large ! And I do agree with you that they serve to inspire one to think outside the box, and to marvel at the amazing creations within, as well as the aristocratic, high maintenance (costly) gardens and outbuildings. Sans Souci, the Kremlin, Pavlosk, and Topkapi, and Fontainbleau also are outstanding examples of fabulous and exciting royal domiciles !

  2. Matt says:

    Hey James,

    As always you have put together yet another great color scheme.
    It’s very inspiring, and we’re not even talking about Versailles here.
    That’s of a different kind 😉

    Matt

  3. Gina says:

    God! I have to go to Versailles ,very soon. Thanks for reminding me 😀

  4. Christian Fuchs says:

    Thinking big, that is what is all about…….

  5. Lola Montes says:

    Hola James, tú siempre tan glamoroso, preciosa tu tenida, me encanta la composición y tu actitud, te mando un beso grande,

    Lola

  6. Tom Cavendish says:

    Wow James, I adore your outfit, the turquoise shirt is amazing!

    send u a big Hug,

    Tom

  7. Edie B. says:

    Wow this looks like Grey Gardens during the 40s…….the cats and racoons I guess are behind the bushes!

    love,

    Edie

  8. Duchess of Decorating says:

    This is the perfect place to receive inspiration and create new wonderful interiors!

  9. Maria Paula says:

    Grandioso como siempre mi querido, luces fantástico! Me encanta como te ves en aquellos maravillosos jardines, pertenerces allí!

    MP

  10. Sabrina Johnson says:

    Marie Antoinette was very lucky to live there, being surrounded by these magnificent gardens…….

  11. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Mein lieber James,

    Du siehst umwerfend schön aus! Ich kann mir vorstellen dass Du Dich in den Gärten von Versailles wie ein König gefühlt hast…….never stop dreaming big!

    Alles Liebe

    Marie FvS

  12. Travis says:

    love the lanvin sneakers!

  13. Eugenia Drummond says:

    Hey my dear, there is a big group of your brazilian fans trying to surprise you soon, I´ll let you know…….

    best regards,

    Eugenia

  14. Maria Juana de Esquivel says:

    Qué hermosos jardines, me encantaría perderme en ellos…

  15. Jay Gatsby says:

    Amazing outfit my friend, we should go shopping together!

    JG

  16. Absolutely in Love says:

    this is so fabtastic!

  17. Soren Romer says:

    Why the Cure? Is it just coincidential, or do you use it specificaly to enhance the experience there? And which album is it?

  18. James Andrew says:

    Hello Soren,

    Specifically The Cure’s Plain Song used in “Marie Antoinette” – this piece elates my spirit.

    Cheers,

    James

  19. I really enjoyed your posts from Paris!
    I lived there for a long time but never visited the “Musée des Arts Décoratifs” and “Musée Rodin”.
    I’m going back next weekend and I’ll make sure I check them out!

    “Chez Julien” and “Ladurée” are also some of my favourite places in Paris.
    But if you’ve become a Macarons addict as much as I am, then you have to try Pierre Hermé and Gérard Mulot next time you’re in Paris.Hermé is for sure much better than Ladurée.

    I came across this blog by accident (was googling a Gucci leather jacket lol), and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the interesting posts.
    I’m going to write about it in my fashion blog 😉

  20. James Andrew says:

    Hello Z Fashion Blog,

    Thank You!

    I appreciate all of your support and interest!

    I can’t wait to see what you share with your readers regarding WIJW.

    Cheers,

    James

  21. I love France and I love baroque, no wonder Versailles is one of my favourite places on Earth!
    You really look at your ease there… Great sneakers!

    Daniele

  22. James Andrew says:

    Thank You Daniele,

    I appreciate all your interest and enthusiasm!

    Cheers

    James

  23. James Andrew says:

    Hello Jay Gatsby,

    Let’s plan a shopping spree!

    Cheers

    James

  24. fran says:

    It’s so sad the actual condition of Versalles!

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