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The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

I was absolutely thrilled to see the most fabulous exhibition entitled The World of Gloria Vanderbilt at 1st Dibs Gallery in NYC. Always on the hunt for just the right pictures and paintings for my clients, the event provided me with the most perfect opportunity to blend vocation with vacation, which is always a welcome thing!

Heiress, designer, painter, model, actor, socialite and icon, Gloria Vanderbilt was quite the renaissance woman. She had seemingly boundless energy and certainly was not afraid to explore her many diverse passions! In short, she dreamed…and her great lust for life found the most delicious expression in her creative work.

Needless to say, she has been hugely inspirational to many, including your’s truly.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

In her words, “often my images are channeled in dreams which find expression in my paintings…. Memory is also a driving influence, memories I absorb and reinvent to changing effect because I have changed but do not want to let them go. Color too intoxicates, inspires, so does the beauty of a person, who has something I can’t quite catch. They become muses which I become obsessed to define, reveal something of their mystery.” – excerpt from the Gloria Vanderbilt website.

I’ve included here just a few images to provide a bit of a tease as I’m sure you’ll be heading to 1st DIbs to see this glorious exhibition first hand! I was quite taken with Vanderbilt’s self portraits as well as of Truman Capote (below).

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

I might also recommend Wendy Goodman’s rather marvelous book, “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” for a more in-depth look at this iconic woman’s fascinating life. See this link.

For a super casual day I am sporting Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit sweater with shawl collar, Alexander McQueen pink and white cotton mini stripe shirt with pink gross grain ribbon trim, Uniqlo white jeans, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and aviator sun glasses, Lanvin sneakers, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

It Ain’t All Crystals and Rainbows

James Andrew, Lincoln Center Theater

James Andrew, Lincoln Center Theater

I believe we’re all on a spiritual journey—a path to enlightenment if you will. We may not all chose the same road but what is important is that we’re striving to make our lives happier and more fulfilled.

I’ve found several ideas that most new age schools of thought all share, and as there has been some interest from our readers on this subject, I thought they might be of some benefit to share here. Since these elements come in no particular order I’ll just jump right in.

Awareness is hugely important—we need to ask ourselves what are the thoughts and stories we are telling ourselves. When we can step back and simply observe, we can begin to separate ourselves from the thoughts and stories that do not serve us. We can then begin to tell better stories. On a relative level at least, we are our thoughts and conceptions!

Our thoughts and imagination are very powerful, and one should visualize and imagine the reality we would like to be experiencing in such a way that we actually bring up the emotion of what the complete fulfillment of these desires feels like. We exist in a feeling universe. This idea is about being a vibrational match to the things we want, and the universe acts like a mirror reflecting what we put out. Now this is not always the easiest things to do when we are undergoing some harsh times, but I assure you that by acknowledging where we are now, focusing on where we want to be—on things working out rather than focusing on all that is wrong in our lives we put ourselves in a much better place.

Love and forgiveness are also very powerful. One should always attempt to be the love one wants to receive. Forgiveness can become a good kind of selfish act in that it often does more good for the person that forgives than for the one who is forgiven. In this way we free ourselves from negative emotions like anger, resentment, and bitterness and we start to make room for better things to come into our lives.

Letting go of fear is pretty liberating as well—being free to fail, and just taking a massive leap. We need to be aware of fear—the fear of getting hurt, having our hearts broken, business failures, whatever it is, we are often missing out on all the potential and possibility by protecting ourselves. One could just as easily see anxiety as a form of excitement! By just “going for it” we give ourselves a chance to manifest what we desire.

These are just a few ideas to explore. I know many of them are working for me personally. Rather fabulous things are always happening in my own life, and at the very least I can say I’ve gained more inner peace, tranquility and love, which in turn encourages me to continue on this journey.

I love all the new age/hippie symbolism of “Crystals and Rainbows” and perhaps there are indeed some magical powers behind these things, (possibly based on the power of belief?), but for me, I think the more practical and useful ideas and tools offer much more tangible results.

I’m captured here at the ravishing reflecting pool at Lincoln Center Theatre pondering some of these ideas while sporting a pair of Tom Ford “Regency” pants in pink & green silk cotton madras check, an Alexander McQueen cotton pink and white micro stripe shirt with pink gross grain ribbon trim, woven white leather flip flops are by local sandal maker, Schettino di Capri, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

Want to be a Modern Day J.P. Morgan?

James Andrew at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery - photo Justin Williams.

There are a few ways to begin creating a room. For instance, one could build slowly, deliberating each step of the way – or, at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, one could simply incorporate an already existing room into one’s construction, or renovation. In fact this approach is not without precedent. But we of course are not suggesting a mass produced prefab — wouldn’t you be appalled if we did? What we are suggesting is something equally doable but infinitely more spectacular.


Enter our friends the super chic Carlton Hobbs Gallery and one of their most unique offerings: a perfectly and entirely intact French 18th century parcel gilt and white painted Library from the Hotel Gaulin, in Dijon!

A historically significant architectural masterpiece attributed to Jerome Marlet (1713-1810), this unaltered and perfectly proportioned volume boasts an outstanding provenance, having once belonged to JP Morgan, Jr., and subsequently the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

If you are looking to have the most supremely sublime office, private library — the bookcases have been likened to those of the Bibliotheque du Roi at Versailles — or you want to create a glorious retreat, one could positively not do better than to inquire at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery regarding this rarest of opportunities.

Library detail.

Reveling in the beauty and perfection of this room (top), I’m wearing an ivory wide wale cashmere corduroy jacket and cream cashmere turtleneck sweater both by Gucci, Alexander McQueen charcoal tweed herringbone cargo style pants, pocket square in gray silk with black polka dots by Turnbull and Asser, Lanvin gray patent and taupe suede sneakers and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.