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Maripol @ Clic Gallery

James Andrew and Maripol at Clic Gallery

When my friend Christiane Celle asked me to come to the opening of Riding The Hoods With Maripol in conjunction with a celebration of her friend Maripol ‘s book Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood at the super chic Clic Gallery I was beyond excited.

As you may know, Maripol is often credited as nearly single-handedly creating the 80’s fashion aesthetic; she established the look for Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” incarnation (rubber bracelets and crosses) as well as looks for Cher, Debbie Harry, and Grace Jones. She was also Fiorucci’s art director. In her guise as multi-talented artist, she photographed some of New York Cities most legendary characters including Andy Warhol and Jean-Michael Basquiat. She is as relevant today as she was in the 80’s, and continues to be a major force in fashion, collaborating with major designers like Marc Jacobs. A quite tireless artist, she tells us she’s now heading off to Istanbul to shoot the night youth scene for Turkish Vogue!

In Her book “Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood” she photographically chronicles her nightlife adventures and includes many of her famous and infamous fellow adventurers. The accompanying exhibition at Clic Gallery provides the perfect venue for exploring Maripol’s images, many of which really demand a first hand viewing. In an era where style and fashion have become a bit homogeneous, it’s important to look at the work of major style makers like Maripol who continually push the boundaries. There is also a brilliant selection of photographs for sale at Clic, so do make a point to visit.

Taking a few moments to chat with Maripol about her wonderful work at the Clic Gallery exhibition, I’m sporting a black wool flannel jacket, silk black and white hounds tooth check pants and black patent belt with silver leather trim and grommets all by Gucci, Tom Ford shirt in black and white cotton stripes and black and white silk pocket square, Lanvin high top sneakers in black suede and green patent, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Jardin du Poete.

Lulu de Kwiatkowski at Clic Gallery

James Andrew and Lulu de Kwiatkowski at Clic Gallery - photo Gabriel Everett

The super chic Clic Gallery is one of my favorite go-to sources for the most spectacular selection of art and photography. Their latest exhibition celebrates the work of artist/designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski and coincides with the launching of her new book, “Lulu.”

We had a chance to chat with the lovely Kwiatkowski before her reception—we spoke of love, life, adventures, and change—the closing of chapters in our lives and the beginning of new ones—suffice it to say, there was no shortage of mutually interesting topics.

Kwiatkowski has had a dynamic life replete with world travel. She painted in Paris, lived in Parish Hadley designed rooms, and had a very fashionable mother who encouraged her to be “one with nature”—I must say we here at WIJW are a bit jealous! I was happy to hear that we share many creative inspirations: from major figures like David Hicks, Albert Hadley, and Sister Parish, to brands like D.Porthault. She also related her reverence for the sea and sand—I’m sure you’ll forgive us for being madly in love with her!

Kwiatkowski’s works are simply joy inducing, and you’ll be sure to see these marvelous pieces gracing many of the fine interiors I’m creating for my clients. Do get your copy of “Lulu”—it’s an autobiographical journey shared via her highly personal, wonderfully exuberant, and colorful collages. And while you are at it, make a point to visit the Clic Gallery to experience this exceptional exhibition which runs until May 8th, 2011.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, cotton shirt in blue cotton oxford melange with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires, Tom Ford era Gucci black wool flannel pant, black silk tie and black leather wingtip tasseled loafers, black leather belt with silver buckle by Hermes, silk paisley pocket square in blues, gray and black by Yves Saint Laurent, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

Clic Gallery

James Andrew at Clic Gallery. photo Matt Dean.

Both fine art gallery and bookshop, Clic is the brilliant concept of founder Christiane Celle. Her mission was, as she put it, to simply “…create a welcoming space devoted to the art of photography;” Clic is now frequented by some of the most illustrious art directors, fashion and interior designers, stylists, and other creatives types in search of inspiration. Stocked with an exceptional selection of photographic and design books, including a number of rare titles, limited editions and signed copies, the Clic gallery is the penultimate place to indulge one’s deepest bibliophilic tendencies. Here too you’ll find a rotating exhibit of important photographs by legendary artists and a tastefully curated selection of emerging artists’ work as well. Obviously, as an interior designer, I’m always on the hunt for fine art—with its wide inventory, Clic makes it easy to fulfill any project requirements, no matter what the budget. If Clic is not yet on your resource list, then it should be. Happily for us there are also Clic galleries in the Hamptons and St Barths!

James Andrew at Clic Gallery. photo Matt Dean.

Be sure not to miss the upcoming Clic book signing by photographer Mark Seliger on Febuary 17th.

Courting the creative muse at Clic I am wearing a bottle green leather bomber jacket and wool check pants both by Gucci, “blue jean” blue leather belt is by Hermes, Tom Ford black and white stripe cotton shirt with french cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires, black and white silk polka dot scarf by Ralph Lauren, Pierre Hardy royal blue suede boots, sunglasses are Dior, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.