WHAT IS JAMES WEARING? Rotating Header Image

Posts under ‘Clothes’

WONDERFUL HOLIDAY WISHES

James Andrew Season's Greetings

James Andrew Season’s Greetings


✦ ✦ ✦

We can barely believe that the holiday season is already upon us, and 2016 is nigh!

What a roller coaster it’s been this past year. A lot of ups and some downs — and one can always expect quite of few of those. When things aren’t going that well, though, sometimes the simple act of letting go will allow for unexpected delights. Realities can change so quickly! Case in point: some time back I spotted the suit I’m wearing (above) at Ralph Lauren and was absolutely smitten (yes, my usual Duke of Windsor fantasies!). I simply had to have it, but alas, I did not have the resources to splurge. I was very reluctantly forced to let go of the idea. But as you might have surmised, the story didn’t end there. Some time passed, and this year the self same suit was made available to me at an outrageously discounted and affordable price. Voila, my Windsor wishes were realized! The point is, things don’t always happen on our timeline – delays don’t necessarily mean denials. We can let go a little bit (getting a suit is not a life or death scenario after all, even if one IS a confirmed dandy!). Better opportunities can and often WILL present themselves! Stay open to possibilities.

Today we are sending all of our gorgeous WIJW readers Wonderful Holiday Wishes with lots of love and light!

Be sure to follow me on the James Andrew Instagram feed. I’ll be sharing my musings on some last minute gift ideas from cheap and chic to the higher end of the spectrum!

En route to a fabulous xmas fêtes I’m sporting this ravishing Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere/wool tartan suit (no doubt inspired by the Duke of Windsor’s tartan evening suit), Tom Ford white cotton shirt with French cuffs and black silk tie, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Charvet black silk pocket square, Tom Ford black and saddle leather loafers, Creed Windsor fragrance, and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a healthy glow.

✦ ✦ ✦

BRING BACK THE DRESS CODE

James Andrew at the Met

James Andrew at the Met

When Scott McBee and I returned from Portugal the New York Season was already in full swing, so we wasted no time securing our tickets to Puccini’s Chinoiserie confection, Turandot. It’s one of the remaining productions designed by Franco Zeffirelli, and as expected it was an absolute dream!

Going to the opera is a special thing; musicians, and all the staff at the MET are dressed in formal attire. Which begs the question: why should’t all the patrons and attendees be dressed in anything less? Mcbee and I dressed in black tie of course, but we were appalled to see that less than 10% of the men atteneding wore black tie (women on the whole, were dressed quite nicely – thank you ladies). We’ve ranted about this in the past (see: Dress Code Please) It was all jeans, shorts etc., that time — as if folks were going to the local cineplex. We just can’t say it enough — this is simply unacceptable — the Met should have higher standards, and this should apply to all of the performing arts venues, as well as fine restaurants!

(detail) James Andrew at the Met

(detail) James Andrew at the Met

I’ve been accused of being an elitist, but we’re not talking about some sort of slavish adherence to traditions of the past. Our point is more about dressing appropriately to celebrate an elevated event, and having enough respect for ourselves and others to make some modicum of effort! Furthermore. as you know, we here at WIJW are even open to interesting variations on the theme. At the opening gala for example, we were rather taken by Miguel Angel Guzman and his ravishing ensemble: an elegant interpretation of the Kimono – it was perfectly appropriate AND alternative. Bravo!

Miguel Angel Guzman - Photo by Rose Callahan for lastnightatthemet.com

Miguel Angel Guzman – Photo by Rose Callahan for lastnightatthemet.com

There was a lovely young lady dressed in a vintage 1950’s ensemble — also quite stunning. It doesn’t have to be Tom Ford to be fabulous. In any case, I really do wish the Met would get on board with this, and start to require guests to dress appropriately.

To celebrate this amazing evening, (top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford chartreuse silk velvet dinner jacket, tuxedo pants, black silk faille bow tie, black and ivory silk pocket square and Tom Ford era Gucci white cotton voile ruffle and lace trimmed tuxedo shirt, a diamond evening set by M. de Phocas, Paul Stuart black silk evening hose, Creed Imperial Millesime fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to add a sun-kissed glow.

* * *

FAREWELL PORTUGAL SINTRA AND THE TIVOLI PALACIO DE SETEAIS

james Andrew at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

james Andrew at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais

Our final installment from our journey Portugaise finds me still reeling from the beauty of it all. And as always, we are thrilled to hear such wonderful feedback! I sense we will be returning to Portugal in the very near future.

We simply did not want to leave Tivoli Palacio de Seteais (our home in Sintra) yet with so much left to see during our remaining day, McBee and I managed to tear ourselves away after a hearty breakfast.

There are two more not-to-be-missed palaces in Sintra: The Palacio Nacional de Sintra located and the Palacio da Pena.

The former is located in the heart of the old town, and was a residence of Portuguese royalty until 1910. Its marvelous mix of Moorish architectural styles, amazing azulejos, painted ceilings, and fabulous furnishings make the Palacio Nacional de Sintra a true delight to behold.

Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

Swan Hall at the Palacio Nacional de Sintra

The latter, Palacio da Pena, was used as the royal summer residence up until 1910. Perched on the highest peaks of Sintra and realized in a dizzying conflation of architectural styles, it is one of the finest examples of Portuguese Romanticism, and as would be expected, it is replete with enchanted park grounds. A fog rolled in towards the end of our visit there, creating the most pictorially perfect ending to our visit. Just a five minute walk from there, we had a lovely Portuguese luncheon at Tacho Real, and later to celebrate our last night in Sintra, we dined at the divinely elegant Tivoli Palacio de Seteais.

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Gardens at Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Gardens at Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Palacio da Pena, Sintra

Taking time to bask in the beauty of our palatial room at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais (top), I’m sporting a Tom Ford wool/cashmere suit in an ivory, charcoal and claret check, black and white striped cotton shirt and black and saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex, Charvet Paris black silk pocket square, red wool socks from Barney’s NY, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor. I’ve also applied a touch of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to provide a healthy glow.

♛ ♛ ♛