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Lars Stephan

Art by Lars Stephan

James Andrew and work by Lars Stephan

Our Lars Stephan is off adventuring in search of fresh environs to inspire him to create exciting new works. Sadly we will be without him for many months. Paying tribute to his work and sharing one of the last (at least for a while) photos he took of me (see above), I’m posing at a recent show he had here at the Envoy Gallery in New York City. I’m visualizing his provocative images working quite well in one of my fine interiors. For more examples of Stephan’s work, please have a look at his website – you might find just the thing to make an empty wall sparkle.

Lars Stephan artwork.

Celebrating Stephan and our friendship, I’m sporting a white linen jacket by Gucci, pocket square in white linen with pale blue embroidered borders from Baumons, Burkman Bros hooded super light chambray shirt, white cotton slim shorts are Mario Matteo at Behaviour NYC, Gucci silver chain link belt and white leather bag, Tom Ford pale beige suede loafers. My fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime.

Lars Stephan Show

Thursday July 22nd from 6 – 8 PM at the Envoy Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street (between Delancey and Broome) New York City.

It should be fairly self evident to you by now that Lars Stephan is one of our very favorite photographers – All one has to do is browse the many really superb photographs he’s made for us here at WIJW to see why. Indeed many of these images have worked their way into mainstream print media both here and abroad, not to mention the whole bevy of stories about WIJW one can find online. I like to joke Sephan a bit during these collaborative efforts, calling him my Von Sternberg while I do my very best Dietrich!

Lars Stephan and James Andrew

Lars Stephan and James Andrew

As you might imagine, I’m thrilled to be bringing you news of Stephan’s upcoming show where you’ll have a rare chance to meet the incredibly talented (and equally handsome) Stephan, and purchase a selection of his beautiful fine art photography!

Thursday July 22nd from 6 – 8 PM at the Envoy Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street (between Delancey and Broome) New York City.

In a dual portrait captured by Stephan, I’m sporting a white linen jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford navy cotton dot print shirt, Battistoni white and navy silk mini dot pocket square , Uniglo white jeans, black patent belt with silver leather trim and grommets and loafers in black white and silver leather both by Gucci, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

Dramatic Drapery

James Andrew photographed by Lars Stephan

James Andrew photographed by Lars Stephan

Fredrick Victoria, the founder of the super chic Fredrick P. Victoria & Sons was blessed with an eye for excellent design – that, and no small amount of daring made him one of the most respected antiques dealers of his time – it is not surprising that his client list included names like Windsor, Macy, Field, Baldwin, Duke, Stacey, Kelly, Astor, Gimble, Perrault, Whitney, Tree, Pahlman, Gibbons, Taylor, Hadley, Porter and Berlin to name a few.

In Victoria’s fabulous apartment at the magnificent Dakota he indulged his passions for the most fantastic whimsical and exuberant antiques. His curtains were originally inspired by a fanciful almost trompe l’oeil carved and painted curtain. Then a bit later he came across an 18th century over the top carved wood curtain theater prop – The resplendent carved wooden curtains I’m featuring here were based on this prop and hung in Victoria’s bedroom, and he used different variations throughout his beautiful apartment at the Dakota. His friend Albert Hadley was so inspired by these superb creations that he commissioned Victoria to produce a version of these for the library he designed for Ann and Gordon Getty at 820 5th Avenue. I’ve been enthralled by these curtains since my days at Parish Hadley.

Today, Fredrick P. Victoria & Sons continues to uphold its well deserved reputation, and I can’t wait to collaborate with the Victorias on one of my own upcoming project.

I had the great opportunity to be photographed by the brilliant photographer and model Lars Stephan again for this superb photograph. We decided to channel the pose made famous by one of my favorite fashion icons, Yves Saint Laurent. I’m sure Lars will be featured soon in an ultra luxe fashion magazine like L’Official Homme or Arena.

I decided to do a mix of aqua, blue and turquoise, playing off the smaller scale medallion print of my pants with the larger scale of the silk ikat shirt both by Gucci (a very Lacroix look though!) – Hermes blue leather belt with silver buckle and navy suede Gucci loafers.