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The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie’s

James Andrew at Christie's

James Andrew at Christie's - photo Gabriel Everett

What a tremendously uplifting and optimistic approach to life, and with such an iconic career as an actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian and AIDS activist, it’s clear that those expectations were fulfilled tenfold.

 The Prince of Whales Diamond Brooch once belonging to the Duchess of Windsor

Prince of Wales Brooch once belonging to the Duchess of Windsor - Diomonds of course!

Taylor celebrated life—certainly she loved opulent jewelry and colorful clothes! And with her already larger than life status, she could enjoy her things simply for their intrinsic beauty.

A collection of coral Jewelry

A collection of coral Jewelry

I had the great pleasure of having a private tour of the Elizabeth Taylor Collection at Christie’s, and I’m confident in saying that it rivals even the collection at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute!

A must see for anyone interested in over the top glamor and elegance, the exhibition serves as a tribute to living a spectacular life. I left the show feeling invigorated and very much looking forward to sharing some of its highlights with you here on WIJW.

Her Vuitton luggage tags read "MINE!"

Ideally one would really have to see the collection in person to fully appreciate it, but for those unable to attend, I can highly recommend the delicious lavender Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set which includes Taylor’s out of print book, My Love Affair with Jewelry, and a gorgeous Christie’s auction catalog. What’s more, with the purchase of this limited edition set, you’ll be participating in Taylor’s enduring altruistic legacy, since Christie’s is donating 100% of the profits of the set’s sales to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation!

CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2011

Deluxe Limited Edition Box Set - photo Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

In homage to Elizabeth Taylor, I’m wearing (top) her signature color in the form of a lavender windowpane plaid tweed jacket by Tom Ford. In addition, I’m wearing a Gucci gray cashmere turtle neck sweater, gray flannel pants and black python “Playboy” loafers, wool challis scarf by Etro, and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime.

Cap Rocat We Will Return!

James Andrew at Hotel Cap Rocat.

James Andrew at Hotel Cap Rocat.

Two days at Mallorca’s Hotel Cap Rocat was not enough time to discover all that this most perfect place has to offer, so we’re already planning our return—hopefully we’ll even venture beyond their grounds to see the rest of the island next time!

Cap Rocat.

Cap Rocat.

Hotel Cap Rocat really is the most beautiful other-worldly backdrop to enjoy long languid days and magical evenings with plenty of time to reflect and quiet the mind. The place provides one of those all too rare total experiences we here at WIJW wax on about—and we can’t think of a better place to take your friend or lover for a surprise escape!

For our last night we had drinks on the fortress patio and then strolled down to The Sea Club restaurant for a fabulous farewell dinner. I was crazy about the nudes to indicate the mens and ladies WC. (right)

Dressed for dinner (top) I’m sporting Tom Ford lavender silk mini herringbone pants, an Etro silk chiffon paisley shirt—a nod to 60’s/70’s jet set style—purple alligator belt with silver buckle by Ralph Lauren and Etro orange suede tasseled loafers, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.

Madrid Me Encanta

Breakfast at the Villa Magna Hotel.

Breakfast at the Villa Magna Hotel.

Our last day in Madrid before heading to Ibiza had us wanting to see as much as we could without feeling rushed, and so we sorted out our day over a relaxing breakfast on one of the terrific terraces of the Villa Magna Hotel.

At the Museo Naval.

At the Museo Naval.

Our first stop was the Museo Naval, which was the perfect place for Mr. McBee to find a bit of inspiration for his upcoming portrait of the Spanish Royal yacht “Giralda.”

Next on our list was the the mansion of the Marquis of Cerralbo—it provides a perfectly preserved glimpse of the life of a 19th/20th century Madrileño aristocrat—essentially the Frick of Madrid. It was designed as both home and showcase to display the art and success of the Cerralbos. Needless to say, this is a must see!

Museo Cerralbo

Museo Cerralbo

Museo Cerralbo

Museo Cerralbo

James Andrew and Juan Moline

James Andrew and Juan Moline

After a stroll around the super chic “Barrio Salamanca” we popped into restaurant Oter for some “arroz con mariscos,” a Valencia style seafood rice flavored with saffron. We also managed to visit both the Museo Lazaro Galdiano as well as the Museo Arqueologico before meeting up with more fantastic friends and fans for drinks hosted by my dear friend, the gorgeous Juan Moline—what an absolutely lovely experience to be greeted with such warmth and hospitality!

Scott Mcbee and James Andrew - photo Ze Cabral

Scott Mcbee and James Andrew - photo Ze Cabral

On the way to meet Moline we were stopped on the street by Ze Cabral of The Lisbon Tailor. He is essentially the “Sartorialist” of Portugal and we were quite honored to be photographed for his brilliant blog!

Then we were off to meet my lovely friend Pepa Charlton for drinks at her stunning home before attending the most divine dinner party hosted by Marta Galatas. Do have a look at her lovely painted furniture. Galatas brought together the most fascinating and wonderful group of friends to celebrate WIJW in her rather splendid flat decorated with the help of legendary interior designer Duarte Pinto Coelho.

Sphinx at the entrance to Museo Arqueologico Nacional.

Sphinx at the entrance to Museo Arqueologico Nacional.

This was certainly the most spectacular send off we’ve had to date, and all set in this truly beautiful city. We’ll most definitely be returning for more and to reconnect with the wonderful people we’ve met along the way.

I’m wearing a Tom Ford “Spencer” sport jacket in rose silk linen basket weave, Etro silk chiffon paisley shirt, Charvet yellow silk retro print pocket square, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and sunglasses, Uniglo white cotton slim cargo style pants, Etro orange suede tasseled loafers and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.