James Andrew Thanksgiving
We’re just wrapping up the Thanksgiving holiday stateside. It’s a time for festivities with family and friends in the spirit of the early settlers’ harvest feast (and I trust many of us are also remembering the Wampanoag’s indispensable part in the success of that harvest!).
As you know I’m not one to express thanks just once yearly, but make continual gratitude a big part of my daily mindset! Certainly as TUT recently posted, two of the most powerful words for bringing about change are “thank you” —and that sign of gratitude can be particularly efficacious when presented before change even happens, when life still looks much like it did the day before. In fact a sincere “thank you” can help in coping with things we generally label undesirable, such as fear and sadness. It’s a way of recognizing that we can learn from everything—that the bumps in life are a wake up call that can assist our progress toward deeper understanding and even enlightenment.
All that being said, we here at WIJW have had a lot to be grateful for this weekend, and we’ve been having a grand time getting caught up in the spirit of the holiday, cooking for family, friends, and strays alike. It’s hard for me to think of a better gift than to invite people over to share a meal lovingly and of course stylishly prepared! Thank you to all here on WIJW for joining in our celebration of thanks!
Scott McBee has captured me preparing a meal at home for a small group of fabulous friends. I’m sporting a Tom Ford rustic wool silk tweed mouline “priest hat” tweed “Country” jacket, Turnbull and Asser forest green and white mini check shirt with contrast white collar, antique Scottish agate cuff links, Charvet forest green and white retro print silk pocket square, Gucci python belt with double horse head silver buckle, Uniqlo jeans and Gucci black suede “Belgian” style slippers. My fragrance is Creed Royal-Oud
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James Andrew – Lalanne at Sotheby’s
As you all no doubt know by now, I’ve had a long-standing appreciation for the work of the husband and wife team, Claude (b. 1924) and Francois-Xavier (1927–2008) Lalanne, having reviewed their sculpture on WIJW more than a few times. You’ll recall I was thrilled to see their work displayed on Park Avenue in 2009, and then later to see curator Peter Marino’s show of their work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. All this being said, it won’t surprise you when I say that I’m ecstatic about the sale/exhibition of Lalanne now at Sotheby’s — Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture.
Les Lalanne at Sotheby’s
Curators Paul Kasmin and Michael Shvo focus on some of the most iconic Lalanne pieces, and even went so far as to construct an interior garden to display these sublime surrealist beauties—it’s a splendid show. I so love the unexpected scale, the sense of fantasy, and the playfulness these pieces convey, and I’d certainly jump at the opportunity to incorporate a few of them into the designs (both interior and exterior) I’m currently creating for my clients!
Be sure and visit Sotheby’s to experience these lovely Lalannes in person! They’ll be on exhibit until November 22, 2013.
We’ve made the Lalannes’ luscious Pommes D’Hiver my backdrop for today’s post. I’m sporting a Tom Ford amethyst windowpane plaid wool and silk tweed jacket and purple wool knit tie, Turnbull and Asser purple gingham shirt, Hermes grey silk pocket square, Paul Smith grey wool pants, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, YSL black leather “Windsor” loafers, Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.
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James Andrew at the Getty Villa
On our way from Santa Barbara to the City of Angels, we seized the opportunity to drop in at the Getty Villa in Malibu. In 1945, J. Paul Getty purchased the 64 acre site and in 1954 he transformed his home into the J. Paul Getty Museum to exhibit his art and antiquities. In 1968 he created a new museum space next door to handle his constantly expanding collection and modeled it after the Roman Villa dei Papiri. Ever since the nautical protraitist and storyboarding artist, Scott McBee and I toured the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum a couple of years ago, we had it in our mind to visit the Getty Villa to see how it compared. Seeing Getty’s pristine incarnation of the place was indeed a bit of a trip.
The Getty Villa
After Getty’s death, the Getty Center was built in Brentwood and Getty’s collection of art was split between the two locations, with the Getty Villa now housing the ancient classical collections. Needless to say, the property now affords one a pretty authentic sense of what it must have been like to wander through an ancient Roman Villa. It’s a true marvel.
The Getty Villa
From Malibu, we were off to Beverly Hills where the Thompson Hotel greeted us with a lovely suite of rooms. We lounged roof-top by the pool sipping rosé and recuperated from our journey.
We were thrilled to re-unite with our beloved Gabriel Everett for a fabulous dinner at the Grill on the Alley and plot out the remaining two days of our journey.
Dressed to celebrate J.Paul Getty and his great cultural gift to the world, I’m sporting a Tom Ford jacket in grey linen, silk and hemp, hot pink silk and cotton pants, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, abstract floral print pocket square in pinks and white suede lace up shoes with saddle leather cap toes, Gucci python belt with silver double horse head buckle, shell and coral cuff links, hot pink cotton socks from Turnbull and Asser, my vintage Rolex, and a spritz of Tom Ford Lavender Palm cologne.
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