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James Andrew at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Spring Gala

James Andrew at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Spring Gala – photo by Annie Watt

The Lenox Hill Gala is one of those must-attend events, benefiting a worthy cause and celebrating one of my favorite decorative art forms, i.e., the table setting!

I was more than thrilled and delighted to be invited by my fellow interior designer and blogger, the lovely and super chic Allison Hennessy – her terrific table setting was unquestionably one of the highlights of the evening, and it was complimented by THE most divine and delicious collection of dinner guests. In fact, this year’s gala was a real standout, with all involved rising to the occasion to produce some truly ravishing results.

Allison Hennessy's table

Allison Hennessy’s table

My other faves included:

Table by Creel and Gow-photo credit the Quintessence-Blog

Table by Creel and Gow -photo credit: the Quintessence blog

Table by Hernandez and Greene

Table by Hernandez and Greene

Thank You, Allison!

Thank You, Allison!

I’m pictured (top) at this elegant and festive evening, wearing my favorite Tom Ford magenta silk ottoman cloth dinner jacket, white cotton voile tuxedo shirt, black wool barethea evening trousers, black and white silk pocket square, black patent opera pumps with black evening hose, a spectacular diamond evening set by M. de Phocas and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne. A touch of Tom Ford bronzing gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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James Andrew spring ensemble

A James Andrew Spring Ensemble

If you are anything like me, and you live on the East Coast, I’m sure you are quite over all of this ghastly weather and very much looking forward to spring! And while you are daydreaming of a bright new season (whether it’s just around the corner, or as I fear, weeks away), it’s still a wise idea to start to prepare one’s wardrobe for a sartorially splendid spring.

For me, spring conjures up images of lovely pastel Ladurée confections, and I’ve found that these lavenders and pinks add a wonderful freshness to spring fabrics as well. Which brings me to our friends at Le Noeud Papillion who have rather generously provided me with a jump start on spring with some beautiful bow ties and pocket squares in just such colors. I’m also wild about boutonnieres and our friends at Fort Belvedere gave me the super chic pink silk carnation I’m wearing (at top) to complete this lovely ensemble — icing on the cake, so to speak.

My Le Noeud Papillion pochette

My Le Noeud Papillion pochette

I’ve also included a detail image above of my Le Noeud Papillion silk pocket square with a drop-dead gorgeous Belle Époque inspired screen print (which ties in quite nicely I think with my Parisian tea salon theme!).

Dreaming of a delicious spring day, I’m also wearing a Tom Ford grey hemp, silk, and linen jacket, lavender and white striped shirt, a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing gel to dispel the worst of my awful winter pallor, and Creed Original Cologne—the most perfect compliment to any ensemble.

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Artist Kyle Mumford

James Andrew photographed by Kyle Mumford

James Andrew photographed by Kyle Mumford

Always looking for the right art for my clients’ interiors, I ventured out to Bushwick in Brooklyn New York to meet with the multi-talented Kyle Mumford

He’s a true renaissance man; a director, actor, film maker, photographer, and writer – I was quite intrigued by the ravishingly raw beauty of his photographs and felt they would add an interesting edge to some of the interiors I was creating for a young client.

Mumford’s own story is rather fascinating—he’s had his share of struggles, and has overcome quite a few obstacles to become what he is today. Mumford grew up in West Allenhurst NJ, on the outskirts of Asbury Park NJ – a bit of a rough neighborhood, with a hard-working middle class bent. Diagnosed at a young age with OCD, ADD, Dyslexia, and Tourette’s, early life proved to be challenging, but it was through art that he found his voice. Thankfully his parents were hugely supportive, and as Mumford tells us, he was allowed to run with his talents.

Self portrait - Kyle Mumford

Self portrait – Kyle Mumford

“I started teaching myself photography halfway through film school,” Mumford tells us. “One day in late summer on my 20th birthday my father gave me his old Chino 35mm camera. He’s had it as long as I could remember. A friend of his gave it to him when he was 16 after steeling it from a hardware store…Little did he know that that camera [would be] the start of what got me into film photography. I never liked digital because it had no character and the image was too clean for me. I wanted to exercise my eye with photography in the beginning for my work in filmmaking, but photography soon became a big part of me.” Later he went on to travel, which taught him how to engage with strangers, and he’s since made a substantial body of work documenting those travels and the people he’s met.

photograph by Kyle Mumford

Travel photograph by Kyle Mumford

photograph by Kyle Mumford

Travel photograph by Kyle Mumford

Now in Bushwick – which has a substantial community of artists – he seems perfectly in his element. “I shoot 35mm 3200 ISO speed film, black and white. That look really shows the audience a taste of what is going on. Not just “this is Bushwick,” but a look into the lifestyle of the struggling young adult and artist. A grungy feel, [with subject matter] ranging from living conditions, to looks, to underground music, to the industrial and innovative streets. Its a place of characteristics. I loved it so much I bought property out here!”

It seems Mumford has a story to go with each of his cameras. For our shoot at top, Mumford used a camera gifted to him by a cherished teacher not long before she passed away. With so much love in these instruments, and Mumford with his eye to the finder, its not surprising that the photograph of me came out so wonderfully!

Mumford's Mamiya

Mumford’s vintage Mamiya

Do check out his site – also Mumford will be showing in Bushwick on March 1st – 31st Location, at the Morgan town Bar, 44 Willson ave. Bushwick Brooklyn (Between Mesrole and George).

For my Bushwick shoot, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black cotton corduroy jacket, Eddie Bauer slim black down jacket underneath, Tom Ford white cotton shirt with French cuffs, black pearl cuff links, a beautiful bow tie by Le Noeud Papillon vintage Rolex, red leather gloves by Sermoneta, Uniqlo slim jean and Tom Ford black and tan leather loafers, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Creed Royal Oud is my fragrance.

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