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CHRISTIAN FUCHS: FAMILY TREE

Christian Fuchs and James Andrew. Photo by Christian Fuchs.

Christian Fuchs and James Andrew. Photo by Christian Fuchs.

As you may recall from a recent WIJW post, the wildly talented Peruvian based artist, Christian Fuchs, recently visited New York City. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with him and be graced by his lens. See the very cool photo above!

Of course, he has many projects in the works besides mugging with yours truly! Of particular note is Fuchs’ most recent project in which he explores his family history. Fuchs tells us of a childhood marveling at the many family portraits and photographs he was given to look at. With a rather notable collection like his (this is no run-of-the-mill family to be certain, and there are literally reams of daydreamy images in his family archives), it isn’t surprising that what started as curiosity would later became an obsession. Here the artist has taken immersive (read:extreme!) measures to experience just who his ancestors were. Employing skilled tailors, make-up artists and hair stylists, and of course his own highly refined sense of color and mood, Fuchs makes the past present through a series of extraordinary photographic self portraits.

(click to enlarge) Juan Bautista Elespuru y Montes de Oca. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs to the right.

(click to enlarge) Juan Bautista Elespuru y Montes de Oca. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs to the right.

“Our past is very relevant to who we are. There are so many stories of all those who lived before us that still affect us in our current lives. We inherit characteristics, personalities, behavioral patterns and so on that repeat through generations,” notes Fuchs. He goes on to quote the famous Chilean writer Alejandro Jodorowsky:

“The tree is alive within me. I am the tree. I am all my family”

Carl Schilling. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs to the right.

Carl Schilling. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs to the right.

Natividad Martinez de Pinillos Cacho y Lavalle. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs on the right.

Natividad Martinez de Pinillos Cacho y Lavalle. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs on the right.

Eleonora. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs on the right.

Eleonora. Self portrait by Christian Fuchs on the right.

For today’s image (top) Fuchs seamlessly melds a self portrait together with a separate photograph he took of me. I am sporting a Gucci charcoal tweed Tyrolean style jacket and wool check pants, Turnbull and Asser forest green mini check shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, dark green cashmere tie by Borrelli, Ralph Lauren black alligator belt with sterling buckle, antique Scottish agate cuff links, vintage Rolex, Pierre Hardy royal suede boots with black trim, Tom Ford Marco sunglasses and my fragrance is Creed Royal Oud.

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A WEEKEND WITH ROBERT COUTURIER / PART II

James Andrew - a Couturier hornbeam allée - photo by Scott Mcbee

James Andrew – a Couturier hornbeam allée – photo by Scott Mcbee

“I absolutely love my gardens,” Robert Couturier joyously proclaims in his glorious book Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises, and we can emphatically say, now having spent some delicious time in his gardens, that we love LOVE them too! In fact our many strolls through Couturier and Jeffrey Morgan’s Kent, Connecticut grounds — adorable shih tzus Dora, Clara, Hercules, and Henriette leading the way — remain the highlight of this season’s WIJW weekend getaways.

Couturier / Morgan grounds.

The Couturier / Morgan grounds.

Sunday is a restorative day there —- we eased into the morning with the New York Times and breakfast in their luxurious living room, and later had a refreshing luncheon amongst smart friends. This was all followed by coffee on one of the terraces, surrounded of course by the opulent gardens. It’s just our sort of thing, and if this sounds like your kind of weekend too, then do pick up Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises which gives one an in depth look at their Connecticut home as well as their handsome guest residence (Dover House, which was Scott Mcbee’s and my weekend base of operations) and many other properties: the gardens, rooms, table settings, and more, all captured in rich photographs to inspire and enjoy.

Garden detail.

Garden detail.

Taking some time to document a bit of our weekend, Scott McBee captured me (top) in a wonderful hornbeam allée. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford amethyst and gray windowpane wool tweed jacket, gray, black and white mini check cotton shirt with French cuffs, cashmere wool tie in a black, white, and purple plaid, gray suede gloves from Paul Stuart, vintage Rolex, black pearl cuff links, Ralph Lauren black and white polka dot silk scarf, Uniqlo slim jean and purple sox, Turnbull and Asser gray and black silk dot pocket square, gray down vest by Hawke & Co.,Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers and my fragrance is Creed Royal Oud.

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WEEKEND WITH ROBERT COUTURIER

James Andrew - Couturier /  Morgan living room

James Andrew – Couturier / Morgan living room

When our exquisite friends, the illustrious designer Robert Couturier and his husband Jeffrey Morgan, invited us to spend a weekend with them at their most sublime home in Kent, we of course jumped at the opportunity. Visiting them in their Connecticut paradise is simply something that one should never ever pass up.

And it probably goes without saying (but we will) that our weekend visit was heavenly — superb company (and we’re including their adorable shih tzus in said company) the natural grounds, exquisite interiors, delicious food — all absolute perfection.

Robert Couturier and beloved shih tzus

Robert Couturier and beloved shih tzus

For your own vicarious getaway, do procure a copy of Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the book really is a must-have — a master class, not only in interior design and architecture, but also in the art of living well.

Detail - Couturier / Morgan interior

Detail – Couturier / Morgan interior

I’m photographed (top) dressed in my own on version of country chic lounging in the Couturier / Morgan living room. I’m sporting a Paul Stuart Scottish cashmere sweater coat, Tom Ford grey cashmere turtleneck sweater, Gucci wool/cotton check pants,Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, vintage Rolex, cashmere silk foulard print scarf from Eric Kipp, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

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