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James Andrew

James Andrew

I started WIJW with the idea that there was a fundamental connection between one’s personal sartorial splendour and one’s interior design aesthetic. Whether dressing oneself, or decorating a room, there are definitely many mutual considerations. In interior design, one begins by attending to the architecture — one gets it as good as it can be — and then the planning and furniture arrangements are sorted out. Here one begins to establish a palette and the kinds of fabrics that’ll be used. To contiue with our comparison, when one dresses, one thinks about the place, season, and the nature of one’s day or evening plans, etc.— it’s just so when planning a room — one thinks about the essence of place, it’s architecture, setting, intended use, etc, and from this, one creates a design that is suitable for a client. Really, I don’t see any real boundaries between various design diciplines. For me, there is always some crossover between fashion and the interiors I create. In fact, I often glean inspiration for a particular interior color palette from clothing fashions I see and wear.

My own ensemble today is a marvelous mix of chartreuse and indigo that I think would make for a super chic color combination in the creation of a ravishing room! I just adore chartreuse and find it works well with almost any color.

My Sunday afternoon ensemble consists of a Tom Ford era Gucci chartreuse suede safari jacket, Gant by Michael Bastian olive cotton safari shirt, Burberry Prorsum indigo ikat pants, Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Gucci chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

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James Andrew

James Andrew

I was recently treated to an afternoon of beauty at the legendary John Barrett Salon, the largest luxury salon in the US. Their list of clients include a rather impressive collection of major figures—from rock stars to royalty—Martha Stewart, Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, Katie Holmes and Hilary Clinton to name just a few! John Barrett is endorsed as THE go-to salon from Conde Naste and Vogue—incidentally, they styled all of the very best looks for the MET Ball.

The John Barrett flagship salon—and our day of beauty destination—is located on the penthouse floor of Bergdorf Goodman. Everything about John Barrett conveys luxury and promises perfect pampering. From the moment one arrives, one gets the complete celebrity treatment in what can only be described as a totally seamless experience.

As fitting a man of (eh hem) a certain age, my visit included a bit of nose and ear waxing, as well as eyebrow maintainence ( I wouldn’t want to start to look like Oskar Homolka!). We also had the requisite manicure and pedicure. Certainly a high point of our visit was the spectacular coif I received from the maestro John Barrett himself! In his expert hands, I was given a look based on my current muse, Aiden Shaw—here Barrett cut my hair so that it would grow in a similar direction.

Now, after 17 years of leading the industry in the world of beauty, John Barrett is expanding, with new locations opening in New York City on Bond Street, Palm Beach, Washington DC, Dallas and Las Vegas. Their best-in-class suite of beauty products is also having a major expansion and will become available around the world. It’s all terribly exciting and I am thrilled to know that so many will have access to the sort of treatment I had!

Dressed for my afternoon of beauty, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci biker jacket in white, black and saddle leather, Tom Ford black, grey and white mini check cotton shirt, black linen sateen pants, black and saddle leather loafers, Charvet black and silver striped tie, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with silver buckle, vintage Rolex, antique moon stone cuff links, and my fragrance is Tom Ford “Oud Fleur” (note: the full range of Tom Ford Beauty is available at John Barrett).


Alexa Hampton and James Andrew

Alexa Hampton and James Andrew

It was rather sublime to spend time recently with the stunning and super chic Alexa Hampton in her marvelous “Mongiardino” inspired room at this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House held in the magnificent McKim, Mead and White, Villard House.

A showhouse should be the most perfect and purest form of a designer’s expression. Designing a show house is one of those fairly rare opportunities for a designer to be completely and utterly autocratic, and boy are we happy to see Hampton’s ravishing work totally ‘uncut’ as it were. Much of her inspiration came from her love of orientalist paintings as well as a trip she made (Hampton was in her teens) with her father to Sevilla. It was the glorious tile work at Casa de Pilatos that left the most lasting impression on Hampton, an impression that eventually led to the canvas wallpaper pattern she and artist Chuck Fisher created for her Kips Bay showing. It’s absolutely integral to the tone and mood of the room, in fact she used it as a starting point to establish a complete palette of purples, pinks, greens and indigos.

Alexa Hampton interior at the Kips Bay Show House 2014

Alexa Hampton interior at the Kips Bay Show House 2014

Hampton had all the woodwork painted and glazed in what she calls “grumpy green,” a strange and gorgeous shade that takes away any possibility of the room becoming saccharine in any way. The use of modern art and photography as well as the apple matting on the floor provide an impossibly chic freshness to the room—making it feel today—it’s all very inviting.

Hampton and I discussed at great length her many influences—the “Mongiardino” zeitgeist we are both currently vibing with, our mutual love of turqueries and orientalist painting, about her channeling Lee Radziwill as captured by Cecil Beaton in her London drawing room, the luxurious layering of a well curated room, and many and all things wonderful. There IS a collective consciousness at work in design, certainly!

All this being said, we at WIJW ask, no, we command that you go and see Hampton’s room at Kips Bay—perhaps you’ll even get a photo opp with La Divina!

Captured by Scott McBee, the delicious Alexa Hampton is looking rather like a young Catherine Deneuve. We simply love her seemingly effortlessly chic in kaftan and jewels for our photo. To complement the genius of Alexa Hampton and her most ravishing room, I’m sporting a lavender Tom Ford lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill “Snowdon” suit, white cotton shirt, brown leather tasseled loafers and chartreuse silk pocket square, antique moon stone cuff links, pale olive silk scarf from Paul Smith, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne. My summer glow, courtesy of Tom Ford bronzing gel.

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