A friend’s surprise 50th birthday bash in Boston provided the perfect excuse to revisit my old stomping grounds. This was an uber-fab affair at The Four Seasons—no expense was spared with limitless oysters and a sea of martinis (and they actually pulled off keeping this a secret from said birthday boy right up to the moment!).
The next day was all about connecting with Alexander Coster Scott—brilliant artist, renaissance man, and my dearest long-standing friend. We met many years ago while I was working at the Copley Ralph Lauren store. Scott had the most gorgeous long blond hair and an incredible physique. I had a major crush on him, but alas, he was not on my team so to speak. We did however begin one of my first EPIC bro-mances and he made for a perfect escort (the boy had his own tux) for all the rather posh affairs I was invited to. I was also smitten quite early on by Scott’s art, which I promptly started showing at Ralph Lauren. I’ve been collecting (and placing) his work ever since!
It was so wonderful this past weekend to revisit and share with my beloved Scott McBee (who accompanied me from NYC) many of my old Boston haunts. Along with Alex Coster Scott (we’ve got two Scotts here) and his glamorous gal pal Dr. Wendy Chao we re-visited the incredible Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It’s a truly unusual mishmash of a mansion without any detectable sense of decor logic, but its priceless art and turn-of-the-century head-turning density made it absolutely well worth a visit on a blustery autumn day.
On a crisp walk back from the Gardner along the Back Bay Fens to Coster Scott’s flat nearby, he snapped the beautiful image of me for WIJW (top). Then we all retreated inside, where he gave us an art viewing over fortifying glasses of sherry and Huntsman cheese (a Prince Charles fave).
Coster Scott’s latest work focuses on Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace in Boston, capturing the many different aspects and evolutions of his creations – “…the awful and the awfully beautiful” as Coster Scott describes it. This gifted photographer has somehow figured out how to re-imagine the landscape genre in a fresh and exciting new way, and I of course had to have one of his latest: a 40″ inch silver gelatin print of a luscious landscape rendered in a circle…absolute genius. Needless to say there won’t be many left in this edition as I’ll be making my clients snatch up every single one. Do make your purchase straight away!
Our visit was way too short…I’m not sure what we were thinking by not spending the entire weekend…it would have been so delicious to have had a bit more time with my old friend. Of course we are anxious to return…in the meantime, my new photograph and the many works by Coster Scott I have amassed over the years keep the spirit of him close.
For a sublime Boston Saturday, I’m sporting a Tom Ford rustic charcoal wool silk mouline “priest hat” tweed “Country” jacket and teal and green silk pocket square, Tom Ford era Gucci yellow cashmere turtleneck sweater, Paul Smith black watch wool tartan pants, Tom Ford brown suede tasseled loafers, Rolex watch, Gucci aviator sunglasses Hildestahl “Valfrid” leather tote and my fragrance Creed Royal-Oud.