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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.

Magnificent Met

A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art never fails to inspire – the Wrightsman Galleries and their period rooms, the costume exhibitions, the English rooms and of course the huge collection of exquisite paintings and sculpture – all feed the soul and ignite the imagination. I’m stopping for a moment to admire an almost perfect pair of draped torsos. I can see these flanking the doorway to my tropical villa’s drawing room – dreaming large!

On a rainy day, I’m wearing an ivory cotton corduroy jacket by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent pocket square in a royal blue, black and gray silk paisley, Tom Ford shirt in pale blue Glenn plaid cotton, Seaman Schepps cuff links are silver pearls with pale blue sapphires, paper denim cloth jeans, Hermes navy leather belt with silver buckle, Swaine Adeney Brigg umbrella with bamboo handle, Adidas Goodyear driving sneakers.