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James Andrew, Lyford - after Slim Aarons' Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.

James Andrew, Lyford – after Slim Aarons’ Cmdr. Whitehead at Lyford.

For an artist who most enjoyed “…photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” it’s no wonder that Slim Aarons found himself quite at home in Lyford. From its inception the Lyford Cay Club sought to attract the rich. the interesting, and the beautiful as members — and unlike many clubs in places like Palm Beach, Lyford welcomed all sorts without the dogmatic discrimination and antisemitism that pervaded so many social clubs of the day.

A long time Lyford member, Commander Edward Whitehead has to be the original mold for the “most interesting man in the world.” A former British Royal Navy officer and head of Schweppes USA, Commander Whitehead became the face of Schweppes, with the now classic ad campaign portraying the Englishman delivering highbrow discourse on the beverage’s “Schweppervescence.” He also wrote a treatise How to Live the Good Life: The Commander Tells You How based on words he delivered aboard the Cunard liner, QE2. My friends who knew him at Lyford tell me he was a delightful, dashing, and debonaire man. Needless to say he is a man after my own heart. I’m sure he would have had a blog if he were with us today!

Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons

Commander Whitehead by Slim Aarons

For today’s post, I’m paying homage to Commander Whitehead and his brilliant portrait by Slim Aarons. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs and white cotton twill pants, Ralph Lauren silk and linen pink, ivory and pale blue stripe tie, pink silk pocket square by Charvet, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red and blue bi-color braided belt with silver buckle by Adriano Meneghetti, navy suede Gucci loafers, Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

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  1. Karena says:

    Delightfully done James!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Dean says:

    Great post James!

    Um, I think I like the commanders car better than yours however!


  3. Eva Boldt says:

    Hi James, I love the cut of the commander’s duds. I am not a fan of the current men’s jacket which looks too small and inelegant, or, of the way trousers bunch at the ankle. Men of style…please take your cues from the commander!

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Karena,

    This was certainly a fun post and I was thrilled to pay homage to such a style icon as well as the brilliance of Slim Aarons!



  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear Dean,

    I tend to agree- but it was terribly cheeky of me to substitute a gold cart.



  6. James Andrew says:

    Dear Eva Boldt,

    Commander Whitehead provides endless inspiration and I had great fun paying tribute to him!



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