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Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa

James Andrew in the Oscar de la Renta room at the Lee Jofa showroom. The photo is by Justin Williams.

I often look to a time in the second half of the twentieth century when highly sought after premier decorator firms like Parish Hadley were practically given free reign to produce the most unique yet richly timeless “good life” interiors for their equally in demand, ultra chic clients.

While I worked as a decorator at Parish Hadley, we constantly sought out innovative new materials, making unexpected use of varied styles to create exciting and original rooms. The new collection of fabrics by Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa is a celebration of this kind of decoration – with wonderfully sophisticated satins – Ikat, crewel work, prints and embroideries – and all very much an extension of the kind of play on patterns, textures, and fabrics we’ve come to expect in the Oscar de la Renta line of clothing.

Termez Crewel

I’ve always been enthralled by the de la Renta homes, and they’ve been an endless source of inspiration for me on many of my own project. And so it goes without saying that I’m thrilled with this new collection and can’t wait to incorporate many of these textiles into my new projects. Why not join me in bringing back a bit of this old school sophistication to interior decoration!

I’m sporting a wedgewood blue cotton corduroy jacket and gray flannel pants both by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser white and green striped cotton shirt with french cuffs, antique moonstone cuff links, Gucci python belt with silver buckle, teal, green, and blue silk pocket square and brown suede and leather tasseled loafers by Tom Ford. My fragrance is Creed Bois du Portugal. Photo Justin Williams.

Abyssinia embroidery.

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.