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Ryman Roses

James Andrew and Will Ryman's Roses. Photo by Jory Clay Sutton

James Andrew and Will Ryman's 'Roses.' photo by Jory Clay Sutton.

Anyone taking a ride or stroll along Park Avenue cannot help but be delighted by the latest exhibition of sculpture by artist Will Ryman entitled “Roses.” His mass of fiberglass and stainless roses towers over one, creating the most fantastic macroscopic view.

The son of the iconic minimalist painter Robert Ryman, Will Ryman’s sculpture has little to do with his father’s paired down aesthetic. These bold works seem to owe much to the surrealists as well as pop art: a wonderful conflation of the the disturbing and the utterly cheerful. It doesn’t surprise us that the artist openly acknowledges David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” as inspiration!

If you are in the mood for a slightly surreal and smile inducing experience, I strongly suggest visiting these fantastical sculptures!

Photo by Jory Clay Sutton

I’m wearing a Gucci camel hair coat, fuchsia silk sweater and oatmeal cotton corduroy pants all by Gucci, brown corduroy vest Mackintosh, orange suede loafers by Etro, brown suede gloves by Sermoneta, glasses by Lanvin and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

Kips Bay @ Doyle

James Andrew at Doyle.

James Andrew at Doyle.

Doyle New York, the premier auctioneers and appraisers, has been a true friend to several distinguished non-profit New York organizations over the years and I thought to mention their upcoming benefit for the 100 year old Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club on Monday. (November 2, 2009 from 6 pm until 8 pm RSVP early space is limited!)

Along with a silent auction there’ll be a book signing and cocktail reception for Caroline Rennolds Millbank’s, “Resort Fashion: Style in Sun Drenched Climates” – a must read celebrating the vibrant history of resort wear. I can’t wait to devour this volume, especially with resort season fast upon us! It is sure to provide buckets of inspiration and proceeds from the book sale will go to Kips Bay – so you’ll feel good inside and out!

As an added draw to what already promises to be a spectacular evening, guests are invited to a private preview for the upcoming auctions “High Society Sale,” and “Doyle + Design.”

I trust I’ll see some our WIJW readership there experiencing the deep joy that comes from giving with a generous heart!

(top) On a dreary New York day I’m sporting a Gucci tweed top coat in browns, greens, rusty orange and olive, a Mackintosh brown cotton corduroy (run horizontally ) down filled vest with an orange lining, white and forest green striped cotton shirt with French cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Vintage moonstone cufflinks and brown wool tie from Ralph Lauren, Gucci brown tweed motorcycle pants and python belt with silver double horse head buckle, my super chic Le Chameau Chasseur boots, a proper English umbrella by Swaine Adney Brigg with ash handle and an olive tote bag-from Range Rover.

A Room Envisioned

Rich saturated colors can really add excitement and a bold glamor to a design; seeing this extraordinary bright orange lacquered “Arbus” style buffet from the Pascal Boyer Gallery got me thinking about its great potential as a dining room focal point. To make the colors in this dream room really resonate, upholstered grofage chocolate linen velvet walls might be just the thing. Add to this vision a modernist dining table with gilt bronze base and glass top surrounded by painted antique white and bright chartreuse upholstered Louis XVI oval back side chairs. Overhead, a Bagues rock crystal chandelier would be truly magical – and just above the buffet perhaps a large 50s gilt iron Jansen sunburst Mirror would create that perfectly opulent accent. Finally, for a floor treatment, the geometric Chateau de Groussay inspired silk carpet I designed for Doris Leslie Blau would be the quintessential statement of luxury. – A Quite splendid vision! – n’est-ce pas?

By a happy coincidence, my outfit compliments this magnificent buffet quite well. I am wearing, a Gucci camel hair top coat, a Mackintosh Scotland brown corduroy vest lined in orange nylon, camel silk turtle neck, striped wool scarf, oatmeal corduroy pants and python loafers all by Gucci, brown suede gloves by Sermoneta and a brown suede and leather satchel by Gucci.