James Andrew – M. de Phocas evening set.
When dressing for a gala (like the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala we’ll be featuring in our next post), I prefer to stand out in the inevitable sea of black tuxedos. My thinking is, women get to have so much fun with dresses, gowns, and jewelry, why shouldn’t gentleman have a bit more fun creating fabulous formal ensembles?!
The fact is, I don’t even own a traditional tuxedo! Instead I opt for wonderful dinner jackets and/or select tuxedo shirts in gorgeous colors, perhaps a pale pink, mauve, or mint green one.
Beyond that — but no-less important — is the selection of an evening set: the detail that really gives men the opportunity to express their elegant individuality. My go-to resource has become M. de Phocas.
They are superb.
M. de Phocas evening set
I consider them to be the modern day Vedura or Seaman Schepps. MdP gives an impossibly fresh and chic take on men’s and women’s accessories. With their exquisite eye, they are doing the most wonderfully whimsical things with their designs and materials. I highly suggest perusing their website or even better, go and meet with them to create something truly custom – I don’t think it gets any better than that.
M. de Phocas evening set
For the aforementioned gala, I wore an M. de Phocas Art Deco Diamond evening set with a Tom Ford magenta silk ottoman cloth dinner jacket, white cotton voile tuxedo shirt and a black silk faille bow tie – my fragrance? Creed Original Cologne.* * *
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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