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James Andrew at the Metropolitan Opera

James Andrew at the Metropolitan Opera. Photo by Rose Callahan

We are a bit late in sharing this, but we had a delightful time at the MET Opera opening night gala. Sadly the production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde was not the most riveting of operas – while the minimalist trend in opera occasionally can be rather effective, I do miss the over-the-top Fellini sets, (and opera is something that should be a bit over the top I think!). Certainly young people – perhaps attending the opera for the first time – might want something a bit more visually engaging.

That being said, we were thrilled to see so many dressed appropriately for such a special evening. It was a gala after all – not a trip to the local Loews Cineplex. I don’t want this to be taken as something elitist, it’s simply about paying respect to all those who put their hearts and souls into these productions.

And as far as attire goes, I don’t think one needs to adhere slavishly to tradition either – but there should be some elegance to things. I personally prefer to wear an evening jacket rather than a more traditional tuxedo, i.e., black pants and jacket. Going to the opera and theater is a tremendous opportunity to express one’s sartorial splendor.

For the gala I’m sporting a Tom Ford palest blue silk evening jacket, Tom Ford era Gucci ruffle and lace tuxedo shirt, Tom Ford black silk bow tie, Tom Ford black wool tuxedo pants, Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square, Tom Ford black patent opera pumps, Tom Ford black silk hose, Deco diamond evening set by my exquisite friend Alexis Zambrano, Creed Imperial Millesime fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a healthy glow.

Each season I treat myself to a new dinner jacket. Stay tuned for glimpses of my ever expanding collection!


  1. LA CONTESSA says:


  2. James Andrew says:

    My Dear La Contessa,

    The Opera is an incredible experience and in my opinion demands a bit of elegance and sophitication to elevate the evening to the sublime!

    I wish there was a dress code – but also thinking to do something with the MET Opera – perhaps a best dressed at The MET – with a pair of tickets to the opera for the winners!

    Much Love and Happiest Thanksgiving Wishes!


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