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Grit meets Glam

James Andrew - Grit meets Glam

James Andrew - Grit meets Glam

There is nothing that I enjoy more than a little Saturday or Sunday afternoon expedition, meeting friends for a gorgeous lunch and then hitting the stores and boutiques for a few fabtastic treats to bring home. I found myself in Manhattan’s historic Meatpacking District this weekend doing just that. Having been considered a generally questionable part of town for the past several decades, this area has undergone a substantial transformation, and is now considered quite chic. Home to Highline park, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, 10,000 Things Jewelry, and Hudson Furniture to name just a few of my favorite destinations, the Meatpacking District is sure to delight!

I stopped to have my photo taken in front of one of the few remaining examples of graffiti that was once quite typical of this area – I’m wearing a red leather biker jacket and wool mini hounds tooth pant both by Gucci, a cerulean blue cashmere turtleneck sweater by Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin teal suede sneakers, black leather tote by Gucci and glasses by Dior my fragrance is Royal Water by Creed.

WIJW to you!

James Andrew - NYC - photo by Lars Stephan.

James Andrew - NYC - photo by Lars Stephan.

I was recently approached by Dolce & Gabbana’s blog, Swide, to be featured on their wonderful site – I’m thrilled, as you might imagine, and I’ll let you know when to look for it!

The people at D&G as well as many of you do seem curious about our process here at WIJW so I thought to introduce/re-introduce some of the players and give a quick glimpse behind the scenes.

WIJW in process - Turner photgraphs Stephan photographing me!

WIJW in process - Turner photgraphs Stephan photographing me!

While much of the original idea for a piece can be quite spontaneous, the bulk of what happens here comes from some fairly methodical planning on my part, which is done a good two to three weeks in advance. There are quite a few elements that need to be sorted out – from scouting a location; to formulating an original idea; finding the most intriguing aspect of the story; to wardrobe planning and securing photographers; etc. etc. – All these logistical aspects can certainly have one’s head spinning, so I do rely quite a bit on a good support team comprised primarily of accomplished artists.

Alexander Scott

Alexander Scott

I teleconference with my “silent” creative partner and online image manager Alexander Scott in Boston virtually every night (sometimes quite late!) and he edits my written thoughts and raw images, fashioning them into what you see (and hopefully enjoy) the next morning. I’ve always loved his art and design work, as well as his way with words – so bringing him on board was a no-brainer. He also continually applies his discerning eye and technical know-how to create the site’s look with the WIJW aesthetic in mind.

james_pics_nyFor photography and illustration here in NYC I rely heavily on the efforts of three artists whose efforts are integral to WIJW – Scott McBee, Lars Stephan, and
Nicholas Turner.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the behind the scenes goings-ons at WIJW so I got Nicholas Turner to shoot Lars Stephan shooting me! The concept is a celebration of New York City, so on a rather gray and dreary day we headed over to Brooklyn to take advantage of some of the grand views. I’m sporting a black cotton wide wale corduroy jacket by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser purple cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, Tom Ford cashmere/silk large scale check tie in black, white and purple, Alexander McQueen herringbone wool tweed cargo style pant, silver leather sneakers by Dior and umbrella by Swaine Adeney Brigg.

More from Les Lalannes

James Andrew and Lalanne

James Andrew and a sculpture by Les Lalannes

I’m so enthralled with the Lalanne exhibition on Park avenue that I’m bringing you a bit more – a giant cabbage with chicken feet! – perhaps you absolutely HAVE to have one of these? One need go no further than the uber chic Paul Kasmin gallery to indulge your deepest Lelanne desires. I’m so taken with this “Choupatte (Très Grande)” that I’m asking the gallery if they can commission a scaled down sterling version to act as a centerpiece on my dining table – would definitely be a fun alternative to my Dodie Thayer lettuce tureen and under-plate.

Admiring this surrealist fantasy, I’m wearing a navy velvet jacket by Gucci, Batistoni navy and white silk polka dot pocket square, Dolce and Gabanna teal cashmere turtleneck sweater, tweed multi colored plaid pants in grays, black, teal, and forest by Gucci, turquoise/teal suede Lanvin sneakers, and Dior sunglasses.