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Monaco in Manhattan

James Andrew - Monaco in Manhattan

James Andrew – Monaco in Manhattan


Often this time of year finds the artist, Scott McBee, and I returning from a spectacular jaunt to Capri, the South of France, or some other sublime seaside destination – this year our getaway is not happening until a little later in the summer, August to be exact – but this hasn’t stopped me from playing out some of my luxurious holiday fantasies…and of course dressing for the part!

When McBee asked me to join him to look at a yacht for a potential portrait commission, I very happily donned the very best South of France ensemble I could pull together to help create a strolling-through-Monaco-yacht-club scenario. Well, the Chelsea Piers Marina here in New York City is certainly no Monaco but there were actually quite a handfull of rather impressive yachts to be seen!

McBee as you may know, is a well know nautical portraitist and many of his grand-scale portraits of the iconic vessels of yesteryear are represented in major museum collections. Needless to say, he has become rather sought after for contemporary yacht portraits as well. In all of his work, McBee brings a sensitivity to the continuity and historic importance of yacht design, inextricably linking the owners of today’s prestigious vessels with those of the moghuls and royalty of the past.

For my Monaco-Yacht-Club look, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, royal and white dot print Tom Ford shirt, royal silk pocket square, white Uniqlo jeans, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, a Kiel James ‘Patrick Brigg’s Capeside Docks’ white braided belt, vintage Rolex, royal blue suede espadrilles by Ralph Lauren, and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon by Susanna Salk

My friend, Susanna Salk’s sumptuous new Rizzoli book, C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon, is a beautiful and enlightening glimpse into Guest and her world, paying homage to her enduring style and multi-faceted life. Salk reveals Guest for the true maverick she was — trend-setter, horsewoman, fashion designer, businesswoman, actress, author, and columnist (her gardening column for the New York Post helped to promote a whole gardening-as-lifestyle industry!). And let’s not forget Guest as the renowned socialite—but not the vapid sort that one thinks of when one hears the word. No, she was very much more interested in character than social climbing. Guest tells us, “My ambition was to be a successful enough actress to get myself thrown out of the Social Register: I had no talent at all but I enjoyed every minute of my experience.” It’s exactly this rare combination of brazen irreverence, candor, and jois de vivre that makes Guest so fascinating. And it is, after all, Salk to be thanked for so adeptly and lovingly weaving words like these into a truly comprehensive treatment of her subject.

from C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon

from C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon

I’ve had the great fortune to have lunched with C.Z. Guest at Templeton on quite a few occasions—lunch was always an uncomplicated affair, perhaps a cheese souffle and salad on Dodie Thayer plates. Of course there was always a great deal of wine, and Guest, true to expectations, would captivate us with her tales of superstars, royalty, and mobsters alike—and it seemed like there was not as wide a divide between these various social strata as one might imagine! My time at Templeton remains among my most cherished memories, and I’m happy to say Salk’s book captures Guest and her surrounds perfectly.

from C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon

from C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon

For those of you looking to know more about Guest, Salk’s book has many never before published photos of C. Z. Guest, as well as musings by a great host of style icons and tastemakers. It’s an intimate look into Guest’s remarkable life, and a must-have for your library. We’re sure it will provide inspiration for you in any of your grand endeavors! Pick up a copy here: C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon

Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

I’m thrilled and honored to be included in this handsome Rizzoli book, Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman!

Carman, as you know, is the author and creator of the ever-popular lifestyle blog, All the Best. She also happens to be near and dear to our hearts on a personal level. When WIJW was in its infancy, I reached out to her to help us share the WIJW word—she promptly responded with this gracious note: “I do not know you, but I love you and can’t wait to meet you.” Soon thereafter we met up with her during a trip she made to New York City—needless to say, we became fast friends!

James Andrew Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

James Andrew interior – Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

Carman was inspired by aspects of the French literary salons, envisioning a “…hand bound modern day version…” of the great tradition, to “…[serve] as a source of information, inspiration, and occasion to exchange ideas. We’re pleased to say these aspirations have been fully and beautifully realized in this richly illustrated work.

Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living brings together a marvelous collection of 50 top taste makers, and you’ll adore the musings of some of my favorites, including Nicky Haslam, Charlotte Moss, Rob Passal, Alex Papachristidis, Bunny Williams and Hutton Wilkinson to name a few. As an invaluable resource, you’ll find Ideas on entertaining, decorating, flowers and fragrances and all of the essentials for living well at home. It’s a requisite course in fabulousness that simply must be in your library. Do pick up your copy today and tell us how you like it!

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Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living