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James Andrew at Halston's former residence.

James Andrew at Halston's former residence.

Every time I’m on 63rds Street at Park Avenue and see the fabulous townhouse Paul Rudolph created for Halston, I’m reminded of Halston’s success story – his modest beginnings sewing for his mother as a small town boy from Iowa – his move to the big city and the amazingly quick ascension to design god status that followed.

While he had gained some praise as a designer in the late 50s in Chicago, certainly Halston’s biggest break came in 1961 when he designed the famous “pillbox” hat Jackie Kennedy wore for her husband’s presidential inauguration. The 29 year old Halston practically in an instant became THE designer to the superstars – a fame that only grew throughout his career, making him the undisputed style maker to the decadent glam Studio 54 jet set and major players like Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, and Elizabeth Taylor,

I love the story, and the promise held within; big city dreams have, can, and do come true all the time – and not just here – everywhere! I celebrate this thought often when I have a moment to step back and marvel at all the possibilities that await.

I’m wearing a royal blue cotton sateen jacket by Gucci a lavender end on end cotton shirt with contrast white collar by Tom Ford, Etro silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps silver pearl and pale blue sapphire cufflinks, purple skinny jeans by Diesel, Hermes Blue jeans blue leather belt with silver buckle, Yves Saint Laurent black leather Windsor loafers, and black leather tote by Gucci.

20 Comments

  1. Nice pairing of the Diesel skinnies with the Gucci jacket James; purple can be a challenge to pair.

  2. Cecilia Fuentes Ibarburu says:

    Dear James,
    thank you for this a great and inspirational story what remembers that everyone in this world has something to tell and it is more a thing of faith.

    Beautiful phthalo blue jacket!! A good introduction to autumm 2009.

    Greetings from Berlin to New York!

  3. Edie B. says:

    Dear James,

    I would like you to wear a cape, that would be just amazing! I should wore the pillbox hat and not Jackie…….

    Love from East Hampton

    Edie

  4. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    What an amazing story James, yes you are right dreams come true everywhere not only in NY.

    You look very elegant!

    Hugs,

    Baroness Mara

  5. Eugenia Drummond says:

    You only have to have faith and be thankful for what you have this is the key to success…….

    Kisses from Brazil

    Eugenia

  6. Freiin von Spiering says:

    I love your stories dear James, specially the ones with happy ends. You look absolutely fantastic.

    Best Regards,

    Marie Freiin von Spiering

  7. Tom Cavendish says:

    I was yesterday watching Travel and Living, it was very interesting it was about the life of some super millionares that become rich doing what they loved…….should this be the key?

    Hugs,

    Tom

  8. Johann Graf von Auersperg says:

    My dear friend,

    You inspire so many people here in Austria, you should visit us very soon I have some friends here who would love to know you!

    Best Regards

    Johann

  9. sweet friend says:

    james, as always you look great…who took such a fabulous photo of you…you ROCK!

  10. Bruno says:

    This is brilliant James, posts after posts you never stop surprising me! The bag is beautiful, shoes as well, the same for jacket…actually the whole!

  11. Robert Baron says:

    James, as usual, everything you post is sexy, charming and a light of wonderfull in our eyes.
    And as You dress the life is like a dream that can come true in every moment.
    Cheers
    R

  12. Mag Lissperg v. W. says:

    Lieber James,

    Dein Blog ist letztens meine Lieblingsbeschäftigung, diese Geschichte kommt mir bekannt vor…….

    Herzliche Grüsse

    Mag

  13. Terry Kerr says:

    Dearest James,

    You look so handsome! I think blue is your color!

    Warm Regards,

    Terry

  14. Martin Doolittle says:

    Hey James!

    Awesome story! I am very curious about your next post, can´t wait……. you look fantastic

    Martin

  15. Secret Admirer says:

    James, I just wanna be like you…….

  16. Dean says:

    Great post James,

    perhaps you will one day live in the old Halston House !

    Dean (with SMcB) and N & R…

  17. Paulette P. says:

    James,
    Love this color combo of Silver, Pale Blue, Lavender, White and Hermes Blue.

  18. Like Chuck Bass come to life!

  19. pve says:

    One of my dear friends worked for Halston and invited me to a show, there were birds flying and I remember the colors were so incredibly vivid. She took me to the back work room, and I touched a beaded number that was being made for “Liza” – Halston really was a special designer.
    Thanks for sharing this post and bringing back such wonderful memories of a life and an era gone by.
    pve

  20. Timothy says:

    Are you standing right in front of the building, across the street??

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