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THE MET OPERA OPENING NIGHT GALA 2017

James Andrew at the MET Opera opening gala

James Andrew at the MET Opera opening gala


One of our favorite events of the Fall season is the opening night gala at the Metropolitan Opera. It’s a festive and elegant affair with a good deal of glamor. People for the most part do make an effort to dress for the occasion – men are generally dressed in a version of black tie that can extend to more than just a classic tuxedo. Ladies tend to go all out, and this year’s opening gala was no exception with many glorious gowns and dresses gracing the event.

Scott McBee

Scott McBee

This being said, I still don’t understand why the MET Opera allows people access wearing shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, etc. It’s easy enough to procure a tie or a button down shirt at the very least. Honestly I feel it is so sloppy and disrespectful to all of the people who put their whole lives into these opera performances, not to mention all of those in attendance who do make an effort to make themselves presentable. #bringbackthedresscode

Regardless, it was still a beautiful evening. The opera season commenced with Bellini’s Norma and a powerhouse soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky, playing the druid priestess whose battle with love and betrayal ends with the ultimate sacrifice on a funeral pyre (a truly stunning culmination to the performance). Sets were a bit dull and dreary, but the vocals were so on point, they more than made up for it.

Scott McBee and I ended our evening with a magnificent dinner at Charles Masson’s masterpiece, Majorelle, with its sublime cuisine and ravishing Michael Smith designed interiors. It was an absolute dream.

Details from our lovely opera evening

Details from our lovely opera evening

For the opening night gala I wore a Tom Ford iridescent aqua/turquoise silk dinner jacket, ruffled white shirt, wool tuxedo pants, and black patent leather opera pumps. I wore a Le Noeud Papillion “Majestic” black bow tie and cummerbund, silk hose from Paul Stuart, Cartier Tank Divan, a rock crystal and black onyx and diamond evening set by Seaman Schepps, and my fragrance for such an elegant affair was Creed Millesime Imperial. Our very own Scott McBee wore Tom Ford head to toe.

THE LAST WEEK OF WINTER

James Andrew, NYC

James Andrew, NYC


Are you as baffled as I am that this is actually the last week of winter? Where did it all go? It sort of whisked by, barely noticed here on the East Coast with its unseasonably warm temperatures. I barely got to wear my new Tom Ford navy cashmere plaid overcoat! Oh well, time to move forward – and depending on how this week and the beginning of spring unfolds, perhaps opportunities will present themselves to wear a few more of my winter beauties.

As many of our WIJW fans must know by now, I’m all about what is appropriate to the weather versus antiquated rules regarding what should and should not be warn on such and such a date. Just because spring is pending does not mean that I have to break out the pastels — I mean, an unexpected snow storm might show up (and when you live around here, you know that is always a strong possibility)!

February/March is typically when I begin to think about my spring/summer wardrobe, and what I may want to add to enhance my sartorial splendor. This year, I’m leaning toward turquoise, pale blue, and lime green, and I’m already obsessing over a few exceptional pieces. Hopefully they will come my way! This is also a time when I’m in serious need of a tropical getaway! Palm Beach here we come! We’re heading down to catch up with clients and friends from March 16-21 and the Colony Palm Beach will provide for a lovely base of operations!

Celebrating the last days of winter, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere/wool tartan jacket, Tom Ford era Gucci ivory cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo red down vest, Tom Ford charcoal wool flannel pants. Max Verre red leather tasseled loafers, Sermonetta red leather gloves, vintage Rolex, Charvet black silk pocket square, Tom Ford Marco sunglasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Oud.

IN BUSHWICK WITH BORIS GLAMOCANIN

James Andrew - photo by Boris Glamocanin

James Andrew – photo by Boris Glamocanin – click to enlarge

We love to take time to celebrate the artists who help us create the epic images we share with you here on WIJW.

Today we’re celebrating the genius of Boris Glamocanin – he never fails to bring an elegant edge and singular sensuality to what he does, leaving us in eager anticipation of the next time we’ll have the opportunity to work with him!

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

Needless to say, if you yourself were searching for a top notch photographer and all around creative, we wholeheartedly recommend him.

Boris Glamocanin self portrait

Boris Glamocanin self portrait

I recently spent an afternoon with Glamocanin in his stomping ground, Bushwick, where he captured me in the rich, cinematic image above (top). We are quite pleased with it!

For my Bushwick adventure, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci olive box quilted hunting jacket, Mackintosh brown corduroy down vest, Paul Stuart checked cotton shirt, Ralph Lauren pale olive window pane plaid wool tie, olive mini herringbone wool flannel pants, Tom Ford era Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford era Gucci brown leather Chelsea boots, Tom Ford Dimitry sunglasses, Tom Ford Oud, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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