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SATURDAY SUBLIME

James Andrew - New York

James Andrew – New York

For me the perfect Saturday might consist of a good sleep-in, followed by a leisurely breakfast/brunch. Having fortified oneself, one might take a stroll around town; visit an auction preview or exhibition; do a little shopping; and take a late luncheon al fresco.

In fact, that’s pretty much just how yesterday unfolded! Perfection!

It’s approaching Summer here in New York – Saturday was a humid 80 degrees – so I wanted my ensemble to be fresh and crisp, casual yet chic. I paired a Gucci cotton voile vintage floral print tunic shirt with white Uniqlo jeans (nothing fresher), Tom Ford pale olive suede espadrilles, a vintage Gucci chartreuse python belt with silver double horsehead buckle, an Hermes “Cape Cod Deux Zones” watch. Gucci aviator sunglasses complete the look, and a splash of Hermes L’Eau de Gentiane Blanche (a beautiful and delicate scent) had me feeling fresh and energized for the day!

MARK D. SIKES: KIPS BAY SHOW HOUSE 2018

James Andrew in a Mark D. Sikes room at Kips Bay 2018. Photo Larson Harley

James Andrew in a Mark D. Sikes room at Kips Bay 2018. Photo by Larson Harley


I’m very happy to say that my exquisite friend, fellow designer Mark D. Sikes, is represented again at the 2018 Kips Bay Show House. You may recall the superb Sikes room at Kips Bay we brought to you in 2015? (see here) It doesn’t surprise us in the least that Sikes remains absolutely true to form with this year’s offering, bringing us the dazzling “Sleeping Beauty:” a bedroom fit for the likes of Pauline de Rothschild or Bunny Mellon! It’s an impossibly chic mix of the best of the best – absolutely timeless. Sikes has chosen Chinese wallpaper as a brilliant backdrop, and masterfully mixes in fabrics from his collection with Schumacher. Filled with antiques and objects from James Sansum and Carlton Hobbs, there are some rather impressive provenances – C Z Guest and the aforementioned Bunny Mellon for instance.

Designer Decorator Mark D. Sikes – Kips Bay Show House 2018. photo Larson Harley

Designer Decorator Mark D. Sikes – Kips Bay Show House 2018. photo Larson Harley

There are masses of porcelain flowers from the endlessly talented Vladimir Kanevsky (whose work was recently exhibited at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg!). Fabrics are Sikes’ beloved blue and white ikats and stripes, all perfectly paired with chinoiserie and a divine dhurrie from England. Sikes just gets everything right and I applaud his celebration of classic high style decoration and design.

Certainly Sikes is the highlight of this year’s show house. Do hurry there to see! And remember, your ticket goes to support the Kips Bay Boys and Girls clubs and their programs devoted to helping thousands of kids.

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Celebrating Sikes and his beautiful room, I’m sporting an ocean blue silk/wool melange suit by Tom Ford with a blue dot print shirt, Tom Ford tie and pocket square, Seaman Schepps pearl and sapphire cufflinks, Cartier Tank Divan watch. My shoes are Tom Ford era YSL black leather “Windsor” loafers. My fragrance is Creed Original Cologne, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun kissed glow.

RETURNING TO CARLTON HOBBS WITH LARSON HARLEY

James Andrew at Carlton Hobbs. Photo by Larson Harley

James Andrew at Carlton Hobbs. Photo by Larson Harley

Many of our WIJW readers will recall a lovely piece we did some time ago promoting the superlative Carlton Hobbs Gallery at The Winter Antiques Show. Revisit it here: Soon, The Winter Antiques Show, Young Collectors Night! We were fortunate enough to be captured then at Carlton Hobbs by the superb photographer, Larson Harley.

With the great success of that last post, I was thrilled to return recently to celebrate Carlton Hobbs and again have the opportunity to work with Larson Harley. Our best blog posts are a combination of exceptional location, ensemble and brilliant photographer – dressing up to go to the Carlton Hobbs Gallery with photographer Harley is the perfect trifecta!

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

Located in the former home of the illustrious socialite, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt, Carlton Hobbs Gallery provides the most brilliant backdrop for so many rare 17th, 18th, and 19th century objects and works of art. It is a delight to visit them – one is always rendered breathless by the beauty of it all.

Detail of a George III birdcage tripod table top set with a decorative scheme employing Chinese and Japanese ceramic fragments and mother of pearl at Carlton Hobbs

Detail of a George III birdcage tripod table top set with a decorative scheme employing Chinese and Japanese ceramic fragments and mother of pearl at Carlton Hobbs

Detail of an exquisite Adelaide Green porcelain tabletop by Copeland & Garrett at Carlton Hobbs.

Detail of an exquisite Adelaide Green porcelain tabletop by Copeland & Garrett at Carlton Hobbs.

If one is in need of the unusual and the sublime certainly Carlton Hobbs should be at the top of the list!

For the above image (top), I’m feeling like a bohemian aristocrat surrounded by so much splendor! I’m sporting a Moroccan style bottle green velvet jacket from De Velasco Tangier, Tom Ford purple cashmere turtleneck sweater and leopard slippers, Phineas Col, Paul Stuart wool tartan pants, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and my fragrance is “Fucking Fabulous” from Tom Ford.