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Matthew Dean – Film Maker

Stills from the WIJW video short by Matthew Dean (watch below)

Stills from the WIJW video short by Matthew Dean (watch below)

Tonight, a bit more from Matthew Dean, our multi-talented genius/photographer/videographer extraordinaire.

You may recall Dean’s WIJW video, The Champ is Here celebrating my friend Ngo Okafar who was hugely instrumental in motivating me to start WIJW. You’ll also recall, Dean has photographed me on several occasions, creating some gorgeous scenarios like James Andrew Film Maker. It is Dean’s plan to travel the world filming hotels and properties, but we think he’d find fantastic material wherever he was—case in point, tonight’s dramatically geometric setting right here in New York City!

Dean’s photographer’s eye, superb editing, and accompanying music have coalesced in this most perfect video snippet, and should give you a taste of where his talents lie were you wish to secure him for YOUR next project!

I’m wearing a bold mix of black and white checks and stripes to compliment this visually striking spot—Tom ford era Gucci black flannel jacket, mini hounds tooth wool pant and black and white striped shirt with French cuffs, black pearl cuff links, white and black silk scarf by Turnbull and Asser, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt, Lanvin sneakers in green ans black, green leather gloves by Sermoneta, black leather tote by Gucci, sunglasses by Dior and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Making Magic

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James Andrew - photo by Gabriel Everett

I read a quote on The Bach Book recently, and it had me smiling all day.

I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!

Blanche Dubois — A Streetcar Named Desire

I’d forgotten these lines from Williams’ legendary Pulitzer Prize winning play, but they so do resonate with me!

I’m sure there are quite a few people out there who might call me delusional, but I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m a very active dreamer! I’ve certainly had many lively discussions with friends about “what is” vs. “what we want it to be,” and I always like to make the point that most things start merely as a dream—something only imagined—and I needn’t even bring in the old cliché of man going to the moon. I’ll bet there are a hundred things in your room that were once only an idea, and one of them is right in front of you!

And here’s my point. Everyone has those moments of fatalistic self-doubt and poor self-esteem—we may think we’re overweight, unsuccessful, or obsess over getting older, but why not imagine you’re a gorgeous goddess or whatever elevated thing you’d like to be. At the very least it’s better than moping around with that old warn out self image, and it’s definitely a better place from which to actively build on your dreams. I myself always try to focus on the impossible being possible, and I do love to help others to see themselves as the stars that they are—ultimately validation has to come from within of course, but every now and then we can all do with a bit of support!

Now if someone happens to consider any of this delusional, well then so be it!

I’m sporting what I think is a terrific “transitional” look with a dusty rose suede safari jacket, pale khaki pants, python belt and brown suede loafers with pink suede trim by Gucci, Tom Ford lilac cotton over check shirt, and brown and pink floral print silk tie, sunglasses by Lanvin and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.

Be fearless and don’t be afraid to dream really big!

Gabriel Everett – Photography and Art Direction

James Andrew and Gabriel Everett - photo Gabriel Everett

James Andrew and Gabriel Everett - photo Gabriel Everett

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Very much an individualist, it doesn’t surprise us that our own beloved WIJW photographer, Gabriel Everett, holds so dear these words by Emerson. And just as Emerson and his fellow Transcendentalists professed freedom from social convention in the pursuit of greater truths, our Everett is quite passionate about utilizing his creative talent to make some rather provocative social commentary:

“I think there is a real opportunity to have a message other than lust, elitism and addiction,” observes Everett. “I want to create consciousness to the realities of our world through my work, not just showing fantasy lands. I think truth is the most beautiful of all, it turns me on thinking about spreading truth rather than only fantasy. We live in a world where it’s cool to be stupid, companies and brands market this message to the sheep and those who don’t think for themselves. I love when standards are risen higher. I think it’s much sexier and cool to have substance, be original, think for yourself and be sexy in our own skin. Yet the gods of our world are the people lacking the most substance. We live in a culture that idolizes fame for its sake. We praise Kim K who is famous for a sex tape, Jersey Shore, Twilight and the housewives of New Jersey. I think this needs to change.”

photo Gabriel Everett

photo Gabriel Everett

photo Gabriel Everett

photo Gabriel Everett

photo Gabriel Everett

photo Gabriel Everett

Needless to say, Everett has us waiting with bated breath to see more of the body of work that perhaps will ease some of the great deluge of pop culture he speaks of! In the meantime we look forward to bringing you more photos and video by this very gifted artist.

This being a post dedicated to Gabriel Everett, I thought it fitting to let him handle art and creative direction, and it was his desire to reference French and Italian film styles of the 60’s and 70’s. Everett wears a Tom Ford era Gucci black linen denim jacket, white cotton shirt with black piping, black and white silk polka dot bow tie, python belt with silver double horse head buckle and sunglasses by Lanvin his fragrance is Lorenzo Villoresi Garafano. I’m wearing a white and black silk cotton window pane plaid jacket, black and white silk hounds tooth pant and black patent belt all by Gucci, Richard James black and white cotton shirt with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps shell with coral bead cuff links, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square and black and tan leather loafers, Tom Ford era Gucci sunglasses, white and black silk mini polka dot ascot by Le Noeud Papillion and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Mellisime.