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The Viceroy Miami

James Andrew at the Viceroy Miami

James Andrew at the Viceroy Miami

Just back from a weekend jaunt with Scott McBee to the prestigious Brickell Avenue Viceroy Miami. We chose the Viceroy as it was a bit of a change from our usual South Beach destination, and I was eager to see what my favorite Kelly Wearstler had accomplished with the design.

As some of you may recall, much of the inspiration behind our WIJW blog came to me from my encounter with Wearstler’s tome, Domicilium Decoratus, and its many rich couture portraits of Wearstler set against her former home, Hillcrest. This book really is one of the most brilliantly beautiful acts of promotion I’ve ever encountered – inspirational on so many levels – it helped me to imagine a personal travel, fashion, food, art and design forum that would be self-promoting yet escape the potential pitfalls of boring pretension by bringing readers a widely inclusive, authentic, and hopefully enjoyable experience!

Needless to say, Wearstler continues to inspire here at the Viceroy!

Luxury incarnate!

Neo-classical style day bed upholstered with tufted turquoise leather, a table in bronze and rose quartz, hand painted silk curtains.

Verdigris chair with gemstones.

Verdigris chair with gemstones.

The Viceroy Miami has got to be one of Wearstler’s best design works yet – Here in the voluminous lobby one is immediately struck by her confident use of scale, opulent color, and copious use of luxury design materials like lacquered parchment, stone and marble, silk, agate, crystal, etc etc. etc. – Simply stunning.

Set within Miami’s lively downtown, the Viceroy offers a huge selection of options for dining, shopping, and culture – so yes, South Beach is there if you need it (just ten minutes away), but vacationing at this downtown location is really just such a refreshing and welcome change, and makes the Viceroy the perfect subject for the cosmopolitan adventure I’ll be sharing on WIJW in the next few posts! I hope you will enjoy!

I’m pictured (at top) taking a few moments to savor Weartler’s genius, and I’m wearing a Gucci cotton, silk and wool, white and black window pane plaid jacket with black and white mother of pearl buttons, a Charvet Paris pocket square in mint green silk, Turnbull and Asser shocking pink cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs, Seaman Schepps black pearl cufflinks, mint green cotton twill pants, silver chain link belt and black leather strappy sandals all by Gucci.

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler is one of my design heroes, and was one of the major inspirations behind whatisjameswearing.com. I love her book, “Domicilium Decoratus”- it contains beautiful photos of her in fantastic dresses, all set within her gorgeous home. I, of course, bought the limited addition slip cased volume! I am pictured here in a room by Ms. Wearstler created to celebrate the launch of her fabulous line of fabrics for Lee Jofa. I love the blue ikat print fabric walls and the expressive painting.

I am wearing a white perforated leather jacket with black and saddle leather contrast trim by Gucci, white cotton shirt with black piping, silk/cotton hounds tooth pants, silver chain link belt, black python slip on shoes with a white leather bag all by Gucci.