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Mary J. Blige @ Gucci

James Andrew at Gucci

James Andrew at Gucci

With the conclusion of fashion week there were some pretty amazing parties. One of the highlights for me was the party hosted by Mary J. Blige at the uber chic New York Gucci flagship store on 5th Avenue to benefit FFAWN (Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now) – a cause dedicated to helping and inspiring women to gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their individual potential.

I was really struck by Blige’s own story of abuse as a child growing up in the projects, struggles with drugs, alcohol and abusive relationships, and her subsequent rise despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Through her music, Blige continues to touch a huge audience with an authentic and inspirational message encouraging personal responsibility and self acceptance on the way toward reclaiming one’s power and dignity.

I feel a personal affinity for Blige having grown up in an abusive situation myself – my personal struggle happened in the form of a parent who had such radical religious beliefs that there was simply no place for me as I was. I’m sure there are many stories like this within the WIJW readership, so I thought to share Blige’s positive and uplifting message! Whatever the obstacle, with personal initiative and acceptance one can absolutely overcome!

Here at Gucci I’m celebrating Mary J.’s brilliance, I’m wearing my 80’s glam turquoise, purple and black sprayed wash leather jacket by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser purple cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs, Seaman Schepps precious turquoise cufflinks, black and white silk/cotton mini hounds tooth pants, silver chain link belt, black, white and silver leather loafers all by Gucci.


  1. Bruno says:

    This is brilliant James! You were the ideal Gucci Man. It seems that was a great party, and It’s always good when fashion is serving charities!

  2. Marco says:

    You are a Gucci Man James! Nice work!

  3. Bruno says:

    I have to leave another comment, this is really one of my favourite photo! The background is perfect but the foreground, that is to say YOU, is just divine! That’s going to be difficult to take other photos with such a high degree of perfection!

  4. Dean says:

    I agree with Bruno, Great Shot James !

  5. Edie B. says:

    James! your style is unique! Let´s create something together!



  6. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Brilliant combination of colors James! I´m sure Blige´s work is helping lots of people!

    take care and enjoy your day!


  7. Tom Cavendish says:

    What a wonderful cause! I´m glad you are attending to these parties!



    Awesome jacket!

  8. Shani says:

    Fantastic cause. I love Mary J. and think that her music is so uplifting. She just oozes positive energy and her message touches us all! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Katherine says:

    James, you are absolutley THE poster child for being



  10. Mag Lisperger v. W. says:

    Dear James,

    I love the way you present us the life in NYC, everything looks beautiful and amazing…….your look is great as always

    Best Regards,


  11. Ken Anderson says:

    I adored your piece on Mary J. Blige. If pain is the crucible of art, she truly inspires. Your honesty and sensitivity augment and burnish your commitment to aesthetic integrity and your commitment to beauty in all aspects of the human experience!

    Infinite love,

    Ken Anderson

    P.S. Seems like yesterday we were working for Ralph Lauren.

  12. Soo says:

    It is so James Andrew’s look! i love it!


    Wait, this is not Facebook. 🙂

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