James Andrew at the Temple of Dendur
When I’m invited to one of the many black tie galas here in NYC, my go-to resource for the most exquisite evening sets is without question M. de Phocas.
James Andrew – M. de Phocas
Their unique style and taste make me one of their most devout fans—and diamonds, rubies, and sapphires certainly have a way of bringing out my regal side! So when I’m attending a major event at the Temple of Dendur or some other equally happening bash, my friends at M. de Phocas are my first stop to ensure that I’m making an appropriate statement.
James Andrew – M. de Phocas Set
For this year’s “FARE” gala I’m sporting a Tom Ford magenta silk ottoman cloth dinner jacket and black silk faille bow tie, diamond and ruby evening set by M. de Phocas, Tom Ford era tuxedo shirt and pants, black patent opera pump, and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Milessime.
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James Andrew birthday at Le Grenouille
We had made spectacular plans to celebrate my birthday in Lisbon…but alas, “the best laid plans…” and so on. And although I was a bit saddened not to make it there for my birthday this weekend, as we’ve often said, delays don’t necessarily mean denials! In fact we’re still planning to go in the not too distant future, and I’ve been having a terrific time scheming and fantasizing per usual. Without too much heaviness about it, we set about making alternative celebration plans, and I’m very happy to report that my dear Scott McBee pulled out all the stops to make sure I had a marvelous old-school birthday celebration right here in New York City!
Martinis with McBee
We were out of the gate running with a delectable lobster omelette and rosé champagne luncheon at the superb Union Square Café — a consistently top tier Zagat listing. Come the evening, we set off in black tie for martinis at the fabulous Four Seasons, then McBee whisked me away for the ultimate in luxurious French dinners at the legendary Le Grenouille
(my favorite NYC restaurant). Its rooms aglow with elegance and atmosphere, and enlivened with fresh floral arrangements, Le Grenouille was the most gorgeously perfect place to commence a new and magical year for yours truly!
Dressed to celebrate all of this fabulousness, I’m sporting a Tom Ford magenta silk evening jacket and black silk faille bow tie, Tom Ford era tuxedo shirt in white cotton voile with wool barethea tuxedo pants, black patent opera pumps, Creed Imperial Millisime.
James Andrew and Scott McBee at Le Grenouille
Diamond evening set by M. de Phocas
My spectacular diamond evening set by M. de Phocas, and the ever-handsome Scott McBee is wearing a Tom Ford black tie ensemble.
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James Andrew wears and evening set by M de Phocas. Photo by the brilliant Rose Callahan for her upcoming book.
My friend Rose Callahan (see her blog, The Dandy Portraits: The Lives of Exquisite Gentlemen Today) is working on the most marvelous book of photographs (with text by Nathaniel Adams) capturing modern day dandies, and I was quite thrilled to be asked to take part! The release is slated for the fall of this year via Gestalten Press, but thought to include this photo (above) as a little teaser!
For our shoot, Callahan envisioned a retro-glam Hollywood scenario at the recently refurbished Waldorf Astoria Hotel here in New York City. In planning a wardrobe befitting such opulent surrounds, my thoughts immediately turned to the evening sets from our friends at M. de Phocas. After a quick consultation with them, they graciously offered the pictured marvelous mix of diamonds, sapphires and onyx—the most perfect compliment to my black silk moire Tom Ford era Gucci dinner jacket. I matched this with a lavender Tom Ford tuxedo shirt, Charvet mauve silk bow tie, and a Turnbull and Asser black and white silk scarf. A splash of Creed Millesime Imperial topped things off.