As many of you know, we here at WIJW are huge fans of Creed and their boutique at 794 Madison Avenue. They are certainly one of the finest perfumeriers in New York. The staff is delightful, and the stunning decor makes for a very pleasant shopping experience.
I recently visited the shop and I’m so happy I did! They introduced me to the new Aqua Originale line which in their words is “…Master Perfumer Olivier Creed’s living fragrance journal of countless globetrotting journeys with the fine art of perfumery as the narrative.” Ever attentive and well versed, the staff recognized that I was wearing Creed Pure White Cologne and suggested Cedre Blanc as something I might like as well. And indeed I was! Cedre Blanc is a wonderful woodsy floral. As they describe it, “…an ode to the intense green accords of the American forests…scents found in the untouched beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia adored by Olivier.” It’s impossibly fresh and sophisticated like all of Creed’s fragrances. I’m wearing Cedre Blanc as I write this now, and definitely finding myself in olfactory heaven!
Do make a point to visit Creed Boutique and tell them WIJW sent you. Alternatively you can shop online as well. Either way, let me know which Creed fragrances you step away with!
James Andrew at Metro Curates
As an interior designer, I’m always searching for versatile, elegant, unusual and one-of-a-kind pieces that take an interior to the level of the sublime — and with so many cookie cutter designers out there these days, it is especially important to me that my objects, and thus my interiors, stand out as truly exceptional.
300 year old pancho Metro Curates
Thankfully there is the Metro Curates fair — it’s one of those not-to-be missed events showcasing unique folk, contemporary and ethnographic offerings from all over the world (I often liken the uptown Winter Antiques Show to a Broadway show, whereas the Metro Show is a bit more off Broadway — always guaranteed to feature the unique and unexpected!). I’m sharing a few highlights from this year’s show which sadly ends today, but I strongly encourage everyone to attend the next one!
Stephanie Wilde painting at Angela Usrey, Metro Curates
Folk art bust, Metro Curates
I’m sporting (top) a Tom Ford era Gucci black cashmere top coat over a Paul Stuart teal cashmere sweater coat, a Gucci vintage Russian print silk shirt, purple foulard silk scarf, Tom Ford era Gucci purple cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren purple alligator belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford era Yves Saint Laurent aubergine suede “Eton” boots, vintage Rolex, tom Ford Marco sunglasses, my fragrance is Creed Himalaya, and I’m using a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.
James Andrew, Lyford – after Slim Aarons’ Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.
For an artist who most enjoyed “…photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” it’s no wonder that Slim Aarons found himself quite at home in Lyford. From its inception the Lyford Cay Club sought to attract the rich. the interesting, and the beautiful as members — and unlike many clubs in places like Palm Beach, Lyford welcomed all sorts without the dogmatic discrimination and antisemitism that pervaded so many social clubs of the day.
A long time Lyford member, Commander Edward Whitehead has to be the original mold for the “most interesting man in the world.” A former British Royal Navy officer and head of Schweppes USA, Commander Whitehead became the face of Schweppes, with the now classic ad campaign portraying the Englishman delivering highbrow discourse on the beverage’s “Schweppervescence.” He also wrote a treatise How to Live the Good Life: The Commander Tells You How based on words he delivered aboard the Cunard liner, QE2. My friends who knew him at Lyford tell me he was a delightful, dashing, and debonaire man. Needless to say he is a man after my own heart. I’m sure he would have had a blog if he were with us today!
Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons
For today’s post, I’m paying homage to Commander Whitehead and his brilliant portrait by Slim Aarons. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs and white cotton twill pants, Ralph Lauren silk and linen pink, ivory and pale blue stripe tie, pink silk pocket square by Charvet, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red and blue bi-color braided belt with silver buckle by Adriano Meneghetti, navy suede Gucci loafers, Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.
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