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Belle of the Ball

James Andrew at the Young Fellows Ball at The Frick.

It seems not even even a blustery NYC snowstorm could keep guests from the much anticipated Young Fellows Ball at The Frick. Dubbed the Diamond and Deco Ball to kick off the The Frick’s 75th Anniversary commemorating the opening of this world class property to the public, the YFB is considered one of the most important social events of the season – In fact the New York Times called it one of the “most memorable parties of the year.” And lest you get the impression that this is a purely hedonistic event it should be pointed out that nearly a quarter of a million dollars was raised in support of education programs at The Frick – a thought that made making merry an even merrier thing!

Of course any YFB would be incomplete without the most delicious food – and this gala was no exception. Our evening menu included deco-era chafing dishes overflowing with Swedish meatballs and mini Beef Wellingtons, quiche Loraine offered on elevated platters – Martini glasses rimmed with shrimp, and chicken and wild mushroom pot pies all took the chill out of the raging storm outside. Dessert included opera cakes, coffee cream puffs, mini chocolate ice cream sandwiches. And Free flowing Pol Roger champagne inspired most of us to head to the Frick Music Room to dance the night away.

As you can see I decided to put a pretty serious twist on the old hum-drum black tie in honor of this really special event – a decision that garnered more than a little attention. As you probably know by now I do put a lot of consideration into my wardrobe selection, so I must admit I was quite pleased when a lovely young woman there bestowed upon me the honorary title of “The Belle of the Ball!”

I’m pictured enjoying this spectacular evening in a woven silk tapestry evening suit, micro pleated cotton tuxedo shirt, black silk cumberbund and black patent leather opera pumps all by Gucci, black silk bow tie by Tom Ford and a set of Art Deco diamond cuff links and studs from my super chic friend and private jeweler Raj Tolaram, my fragrance for the evening is Windsor by Creed.

A couple more images from our lovely evening – Enjoy!

Alexis Light in Vera Wang; photo: Christine Butler

Festivites at The Frick.


  1. Catherine says:

    What an amazing suit! If only any of the men on the red carpet for the Oscars had dressed as with as much thought and interest.

  2. Eline says:

    That is one fabulous suit!

  3. Dean says:


    You look incredible. So at home at the Frick. I think you are more “belle epoque” gentleman than belle of the ball… LOL Glad you enjoyed yourself.

    Dean in Fla

    PS Check out the friends of Elsie de Wolfe on Facebook

  4. SQUI says:

    And great shpoes!

  5. Christian Fuchs says:

    You really were “The Belle of the Ball”…….

  6. Pink Cinnamon says:

    glorious outfit!

  7. Tom Cavendish says:

    Wow, sounds like a really mag event, wish that I was there…….

  8. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Mein lieber James, Du siehst wirklich elegant aus! Ich bin mir sicher dass alle Deinen Outfit bewundert haben…echt schön…….

    Liebe Grüsse

    Deine Christiane

  9. Lola Montes says:

    Luces increíble, maravilloso traje y qué decir de los zapatos!



  10. Jerry Kraft says:

    So so CHIC is all I can say. You were the “Belle of the ball” as usual. Would’nt have it any other way. Fantastic. xo Jerry

  11. Maria La Torre says:

    Estás guapísimo, seguro que todos te quedaron mirando, sin duda fuiste lo mejor de la noche!



  12. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Dein Outfit gefällt mir sehr! Wir sollten eines Tages zusammen zu einer Party gehen da wären wir beide die grössten Schönheiten des Abends 😉

    Alles Gute und Liebe

    Marie F v S

  13. Maria Paula says:

    Me encantas James, siempre tienes la última palabra en moda! Seguramente deslumbraste a todos en el baile del Frick!

  14. Monaco Girl says:

    Wow, sound delicious…….next time I´ll go with you!

  15. Fiabesco! As always, looking your best.

  16. Maria Juana de Esquivel says:

    te ves espectacular, lindos tus zapatos y maravilloso traje!

  17. Mackie Messer says:

    I love the way you look, tres chic!

  18. Fleur de Lys says:

    You look stunning!

    lots of love,


  19. Eugenia Drummond says:

    Wow, we should have an event like this here in Rio! When are you visiting me?

  20. Sabrina Johnson says:

    I have heard so much about the Young Fellows Ball…….I am sure you had a great time!

  21. Johann Graf von Auersperg says:

    I´m back from a very long journey, I´m happy to see you are doing so well! Amazing suit and shoes!



  22. Absolutely in Love says:

    I absolutely love the way you look!

  23. Your biggest fan says:

    You are the most elegant man in NYC, I really agree with this new name “The Belle of the Ball”…….

  24. Paper Doll says:

    fabtastic as always!

  25. Paulette P. says:

    Love it all!

  26. Yasmeen Baroness von Schleinitz says:

    Darling James,
    with this stunning outfit you should come with me to the royal ball in Vienna in June. I am sure you will be the “belle of the ball” as well! Would love to dance a waltz with you in Vienna!
    I love the pictures of the Frick collection! Again a pleasure to be here!
    Warm Wishes from Germany,

  27. gustavo says:

    OMG!!!!! It’s a fantastic outfit. Congrats!

  28. David says:

    Dear James, what a fabulous event and you look simply sensational! (Great hair too…) But one very small point, BEAU surely?! Great to have you back, you have been missed!


  29. Hey James!

    The shirt looks good, but I love the suit! and the cummerbund!

    Love the pics from Savannah!

    – Jean (from Meurice)

  30. Abraham V. says:

    Hoola james…. Me gustó el estampado gris… y el lugar estupendo!

  31. I love your opera pumps – very few men wear them today and yet they’re a stroke of elegance.

  32. Matt says:

    Love the shoes !!!

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