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THE MET OPERA OPENING NIGHT GALA 2017

James Andrew at the MET Opera opening gala

James Andrew at the MET Opera opening gala


One of our favorite events of the Fall season is the opening night gala at the Metropolitan Opera. It’s a festive and elegant affair with a good deal of glamor. People for the most part do make an effort to dress for the occasion – men are generally dressed in a version of black tie that can extend to more than just a classic tuxedo. Ladies tend to go all out, and this year’s opening gala was no exception with many glorious gowns and dresses gracing the event.

Scott McBee

Scott McBee

This being said, I still don’t understand why the MET Opera allows people access wearing shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, etc. It’s easy enough to procure a tie or a button down shirt at the very least. Honestly I feel it is so sloppy and disrespectful to all of the people who put their whole lives into these opera performances, not to mention all of those in attendance who do make an effort to make themselves presentable. #bringbackthedresscode

Regardless, it was still a beautiful evening. The opera season commenced with Bellini’s Norma and a powerhouse soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky, playing the druid priestess whose battle with love and betrayal ends with the ultimate sacrifice on a funeral pyre (a truly stunning culmination to the performance). Sets were a bit dull and dreary, but the vocals were so on point, they more than made up for it.

Scott McBee and I ended our evening with a magnificent dinner at Charles Masson’s masterpiece, Majorelle, with its sublime cuisine and ravishing Michael Smith designed interiors. It was an absolute dream.

Details from our lovely opera evening

Details from our lovely opera evening

For the opening night gala I wore a Tom Ford iridescent aqua/turquoise silk dinner jacket, ruffled white shirt, wool tuxedo pants, and black patent leather opera pumps. I wore a Le Noeud Papillion “Majestic” black bow tie and cummerbund, silk hose from Paul Stuart, Cartier Tank Divan, a rock crystal and black onyx and diamond evening set by Seaman Schepps, and my fragrance for such an elegant affair was Creed Millesime Imperial. Our very own Scott McBee wore Tom Ford head to toe.

IN BUSHWICK WITH BORIS GLAMOCANIN

James Andrew - photo by Boris Glamocanin

James Andrew – photo by Boris Glamocanin – click to enlarge

We love to take time to celebrate the artists who help us create the epic images we share with you here on WIJW.

Today we’re celebrating the genius of Boris Glamocanin – he never fails to bring an elegant edge and singular sensuality to what he does, leaving us in eager anticipation of the next time we’ll have the opportunity to work with him!

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

photo by Boris Glamocanin for WIJW

Needless to say, if you yourself were searching for a top notch photographer and all around creative, we wholeheartedly recommend him.

Boris Glamocanin self portrait

Boris Glamocanin self portrait

I recently spent an afternoon with Glamocanin in his stomping ground, Bushwick, where he captured me in the rich, cinematic image above (top). We are quite pleased with it!

For my Bushwick adventure, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci olive box quilted hunting jacket, Mackintosh brown corduroy down vest, Paul Stuart checked cotton shirt, Ralph Lauren pale olive window pane plaid wool tie, olive mini herringbone wool flannel pants, Tom Ford era Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Tom Ford era Gucci brown leather Chelsea boots, Tom Ford Dimitry sunglasses, Tom Ford Oud, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MIX

James Andrew – photo by  Boris Glamocanin

James Andrew – photo by Boris Glamocanin


Whether I’m creating rooms for a client or working on my own sartorial splendor, it’s all in the mix!

For me, a traditional interior really comes alive with the addition of modern art and photography. This marvelous juxtaposition of classic and contemporary is so impossibly fresh and chic. Conversely, an architecturally modern apartment can really make an exceptional antique piece sing – highlighting and enhancing the effect of its sculptural qualities, and giving an otherwise chilly interior a bit of warmth and soul.

When putting together a clothing ensemble, I love combining sportier elements with tailored pieces – this is something very American I think, and adds a touch of edgy chic to things. The ensemble featured today is a perfect example of that idea – mixing a down vest with tweeds and corduroy (and in this particular case, it provides a much needed layer of practical warmth as well)!

I have a rather extensive collection of formal dinner jackets which I sadly do not wear enough. But occasionally I wear one of these jackets with a white shirt, white pants, scarf, and white loafers — creating a less formal ensemble for a dinner or cocktail party. In fact I’ve put together just this outfit for an upcoming Palm Beach trip so stay tuned! A variation might be a dinner jacket with a black turtleneck, black pants, leopard slippers, and voila, a super chic. fun, semi formal look!

My point is, don’t be afraid to mix things up and have fun. Be inspired by style icons who were brave enough to experiment without needing approval!

I was thrilled to work again with my endlessly talented friend, Boris Glamocanin – his images add a seductive edginess which we adore! I’m sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool tweed jacket with brown suede elbow patches, teal cotton corduroy pants, black and white window windowpane plaid shirt with French cuffs, teal and charcoal check cashmere wool tie, teal silk pocket square, brown leather tasseled loafers, Hawke & Co charcoal down vest, Seaman Schepps grey pearl cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, Tom Ford London fragrance, and a bit of my trusty Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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