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SUMMER READS RIZZOLI

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I’m sure you will agree that there is nothing like stretching out with a good book on a long summer day. We’ve been a bit remiss in bringing you our most fabulous finds, but do forgive us! We’ve got two dreamy Rizzoli tomes in hand that you simply must snap up: Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan and Loulou de la Falaise.

Certainly I consider Marella Agnelli one of my most favorite style icons; her impossibly chic and highly refined aesthetic pervades everything that surrounds her, and Rizzoli’s Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan by Agnelli and her niece Marella Caracciolo Chia brings all of this to the fore in the most delicious way. A luxurious scrap book of sorts, its a personal memoir recounted through her gorgeous homes and gardens.

From "Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan"

From “Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan”

From "Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan"

From “Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan”

Agnelli worked with some of the most legendary interior designers — Mongiardino, Marino, Pinto to name a few, with gardens designed by the likes of my most favorite Russell Page and Madison Cox. Here you’ll find exquisite never before seen images, and of course there are many of the most iconic shots as well, that have graced beautiful magazines and books over the years. Needless to say, this most recent and definitive book is a celebration of a well lived life!

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Loulou de la Falaise by Ariel de Ravenel and Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni pays tribute to the fashion icon and most marvelous muse to Yves Saint Laurent. Marisa Berenson once called LA Falaise a “walking work of art,” and certainly La Falaise did much to define the Luxe Boheme aesthetic with a distinct sense of fantasy, lightness, non-chalance, and humor — in fact she was considered very much the embodiment of French chic, depite being an English woman.

From the Rizzoli book "Loulou de la Falaise"

From the Rizzoli book “Loulou de la Falaise”

From the Rizzoli book "Loulou de la Falaise"

From the Rizzoli book “Loulou de la Falaise”

Within its many pages, the book gives us a revealing and intimate look into an iconoclastic life. A glamorous romantic, La Falaise was a primary driving force behind much of the YSL mystique, and the book serves not only as an homage to La Falaise herself, but highlights her position as a indespensible wellspring of inspiration. No doubt, in a world where style has become homogenized and commercialized, we look to innovative groundbreakers like La Falaise to perhaps inform our own sartorial splendor!

Pick up your copies here: Loulou de la FalaiseMarella Agnelli: The Last Swan

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MARK POMERANTZ

James Andrew in a shirt by Mark Pomerantz

James Andrew in a shirt by Mark Pomerantz – photo Marcus Andersson

For me, fine quality and discerning aesthetics have to go hand in hand, and this is exactly why I’m so in love with Mark Pomerantz’s marvelous made-to-measure line.

It’s actually more of a collection of pieces than simply a “line” — a true expression of Pomerantz’s sartorial vision. With a lifelong passion for design and tailoring, he gives each garment a distinct finish that is equally beautiful on the inside as the outside. With designs that are both classic and innovative, Mark Pomerantz is a luxury goods house that I’m thrilled to add to my list of go-to designers — this is a no-comprise brand!

Mark Pomerantz

Mark Pomerantz

A few months ago, I had the great opportunity to preview Pomerantz’s Spring/Summer collection (which included some gorgeous fabrics). As it would happen, I’d been searching high and low for a Liberty of London-esq mini floral print shirt. Pomerantz had the perfect print, and in the most sublime shades of blues and amethyst! I simple had to have a shirt made. Pomerantz added exceptional details like hand sewn fabric covered buttons, making this shirt a real stand out, and one of my absolute favorites amongst the rather sizable quiver of fine shirts I now possess. I’m sporting this bit of bespoke brilliance by Mark Pomerantz, in a photograph by my friend, the multi talented Marcus Andersson.

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SUMMER TRANSFORMATION

James Andrew at home with Quadrille's China Seas fabric.

James Andrew at home with Quadrille’s China Seas fabric.

I’m wild about the idea of summer slipcovers — changing one’s furniture covering (or simply adding a new table cloth), in a well-chosen fabric is always a quick and immediately gratifying way to freshen up any room. My little dining room/library here in town is pretty moody with its lacquered aubergine walls and silver holographic ceiling. As the temperatures have been rising, I wanted a room that felt brighter, lighter, crisper, and cooler. A bit of the exotic always helps as well. So I turned to my friends at Quadrille who are certainly at the top of my list of go-to resources for ultra chic fabrics and wall coverings. Quadrille’s China Seas collection provided the most perfect selection of fabrics to choose from, and Island Ikat in pale aqua on white did the trick — the pale aqua is a spot-on match to my living room wall color and ties the whole flat together quite nicely — with an overall effect that provides a dash of Lyford Cay-esque tropical splendor.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

James Andrew, Quadrille transformation.

There is a softness and luxury that fabrics can bring to a room, and my new table cloth is already providing a splendid backdrop for my summer repasts. I switched out my Dodie Thayer tureen with a vintage Este white melon tureen to lighten the look even further. This aqua and white cloth will look super chic with plates in turquoise, coral, blues and malachite — stay tuned for photos!

I’m dressed in a Tom Ford ivory linen sateen suit, dusty rose cotton mini plaid shirt, pink silk knit tie and ivory suede and leather cap toe shoes, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell,vintage Gucci python belt with silver buckle, Creed Royal Mayfair fragrance and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

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