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HERITAGE DAY ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

James Andrew, the North Fork. Photo Scott McBee

Independence Day weekend on the North Fork is one of those genuine slices of Americana that mostly only ever exists in movies and books these days — and it is exactly this small-town yesteryear vibe one longs for after a week of hubbub and worries in the big-town of NYC.

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

You’ll have to agree, these shots of the Heritage Day parade in Orient village are full-blown Norman Rockwell — the folks there have the most marvelous parade with bicycling children, vintage tractors, fire engines, and so-on — you get the picture — a full 20 minutes of Aunt Bee approved apple pie for the eyes that concludes with a heartfelt reading of the Declaration of Independence no less — plenty of hotdogs follow, and they are served on a great lawn to all present!

Heritage Day parade,  Orient

Heritage Day parade, Orient

Later, we topped off the idyllic day with dinner served al fresco – glasses of rose raised to celebrate! I’m captured here (top photo) on a pre-dinner stroll — photo by our beloved Scott McBee. I’m wearing a Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit shawl collared cardigan, Michael Bastian white denim pants, Uniqlo white cotton polo shirt, Kiel James Patrick woven white cotton belt, vintage Rolex, Adidas Stan Smith white leather tennis shoes, Creed Acqua Originale Vetiver Geranium and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to provide bit of a sun kissed glow.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND ON THE NORTH FORK

James Andrew North Fork

James Andrew North Fork

As you may have gathered by now, we’re in love with the North Fork –– its quaint charm and refreshing un-Hampton vibe is the perfect escape from summer in the city. Needless to say during our last month’s weekend there, we promptly reserved Independence Day weekend for a lovely return visit.

NRP Sagres III

NRP Sagres III

Besides getting to spend quality time with some exquisite and gracious friends, we took part in quite a few enjoyable activities, including the local “Heritage Day” festivities along with a viewing of some grand tall ships in Greenport.

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

Elliot A. Brooks at the Oyster Ponds Historical Society

A visit to the Oyster Ponds Historical Society was also a delight — an exhibition there of 1940s seascape/marine oil paintings depicting scenes based in Orient and East Marion by the artist Elliot A. Brooks (1888– 1949) was an added treat. There’s a wonderfully life-affirming wholesomeness about these painterly oils that left us all feeling recharged and appreciating the long seafaring heritage of the area.

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

Hadleighs royal gingham tasseled slippers

I’m not sure the locals fully appreciated my sartorial splendor — in fact I was bellowed at, one fellow indicating that I was over-dressed (we were on our way to our photo shoot), my response was simply to quote Oscar Wilde, “one can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Dressed for an Independence Day Weekend dinner party I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Bruce Cameron Clark bespoke shirt in a mini floral Liberty of London print with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage red, white and royal silk pocket square, Adriano Menneghetti navy and red belt, Tom Ford white cotton pants, Hadleigh’s royal and white cotton gingham tasseled slippers, Jo Malone 154 Cologne and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a sun-kissed glow.

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LIZ MARKUS GIRLFRIENDS OF THE ROLLING STONES

James Andrew with Liz Markus' "Marisa Berenson Wearing Valentino" -- Photo by Mogollan Empire

James Andrew with Liz Markus’ “Marisa Berenson Wearing Valentino” — Photo by Mogollan Empire

You may recall the post we did celebrating artist and friend, the exquisite Liz Markus covering her Town & Country series. Well, Markus has out done herself in a recent series entitled Girlfriends of the Rolling Stones which we were very pleased to see recently at InSitu Works this past Thursday. We were all simply blown away by these beauties.

Jane Birkin by Liz Marcus

Jane Birkin by Liz Marcus

Bianca in Yellow by Liz Markus

Bianca in Yellow by Liz Markus

After the show I had a chance to chat with Markus about the evolution of her paintings and the transition from painting socialites to examining sixties style-icons.

“The idea for the Girlfriends of the Rolling Stones,” Markus tells us, “…was sparked while looking for images of socialites for my Town & Country series. I was looking for images of the rather uptight, well-heeled set but kept coming across these alluring images of sexy, rock and roll, fashion icons with an unmistakably strong and independent look in their eye. Where the Town & Country socialites are the height of sophistication, these woman display a louche decadence. The socialites are determined, these women are mischievous. While the power of the ladies who lunch came from their social status and connections, these sixties icons found theirs in their sexuality, daring style, and talent. I love both groups and am fascinated by their differences. Referring to them as the girlfriends of the Rolling Stones was a working title that easily encompassed the kind of woman I was looking for but I don’t use it without some ambivalence about describing them only by their relationship to the men in their lives. These women were every inch the equal to the boys in the band. They just knew it was cool to hang out with the Stones.”

This exceptional must see exhibition is on display at 199 Mott Street NYC and open through July 26th 12-6 PM Tuesday – Saturday or by appointment ( admin@insituworks.com). You will want to snap up one of these portraits to add a bit of lovely, louche. jet-set glamour to your interior.

Additionally, Markus will be having a follow-up show to Town & Country called Summer Time Girls which will take place in the Hamptons. (will follow up with details).

I’m photographed at the opening next to Markus’ portrait of Marisa Berenson wearing Valentino. I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white perforated leather biker jacket with black and saddle leather trim, Tom Ford white cotton shirt with French cuffs, silk madras plaid pants and saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps cuff links in coral and shell, a Le Noeud Papillon ascot, vintage Rolex, Swaine Adeney Brigg “Whangee” umbrella, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a healthy glow.

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