October twelfth finds me once again celebrating a birthday! Generally birthdays put me into a reflective mood –– this year was no exception –– and so a quiet celebration in the city and at home with my beloved Scott McBee was just the thing. Who knows, a more lively celebration might be in order soon, but today was perfect for a bit of introspection. I do find that a birthday is a good time to take stock of the past, to shrug off any psychic baggage one might unwittingly be carrying, and then (and always from a position of gratitude I might add) one can really clarify one’s hopes and aspirations, redefining one’s dreams and most outrageous fantasies!
Of course, it wasn’t all quiet meditation! Among other activities, we had a superb feast thanks to my friend, chef Alex Hitz and his fabulous recipes. Our menu:
James’ birthday menu
For our photo, I’m channeling a mix of Walter Albini and Baron Alexis de Rede for my brand of over-the-top fabulousness. I’m sporting a highland fling version of “black tie ”with a Tom Ford era Gucci dinner jacket in black wool with black velvet buttons and trim, Tom Ford pale green tuxedo shirt and black silk bow tie and cummerbund, black watch tartan wool pants by Paul Smith, Tom Ford era Gucci black patent leather opera pumps (not shown), Seaman Schepps evening set comprised of sapphires surrounded by diamond baguettes, and my fragrance is the very elegant Creed Imperial. Oh and of course an outrageous vintage feather mask.
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James Andrew at Hicks’ Savannah
We’ve amassed a pretty epic collection of images here on WIJW over the years, however for one reason or another many of the shots never made it into our final posts. In fact there are quite a few out-takes that we think still have some merit, so today’s post is a bit of a look back to an invitation from India Hicks
to, as she put it, “photograph [my] wardrobe” in Harbour Island.
Of course we jumped at the opportunity. On our Bahamian excursion, we had the great fortune to stay at her father’s iconic Windermere Island “Savannah” which despite some recent hurricanes, still exuded the Hicks magic — you may recall that the London Telegraph once described me as an “…updated David Hicks.” Suffice it to say, I’ve always had enormous admiration for the man, and his vision continues to inspire me in my own design work!
Later, the ever-so-chic India Hicks very graciously arranged for us to stay at her beautiful Harbor Island home, Hibiscus Hill, as well, and as you might imagine, we were more than pleased to oblige!
I’m photographed in Hicks’ Savannah living room absorbing some of his bio-chemical psyche and dressed to celebrate this great 20th century master of design. I’m sporting a white linen Gucci Jacket, pale blue Glen plaid cotton French cuff shirt by Tom Ford, Seaman Schepps silver pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, shocking pink cotton jean cut Dior pants, yellow ribbon Club Monaco belt, yellow and white silk retro print Charvet pocket square, white leather Gucci loafers, and my fragrance is Royal Water by Creed – Incidentally Creed’s fragrance Royal Water was created for the young house of Windsor, and as chance would have it Prince Charles and Lady Diana spent time at Savannah on their honeymoon in the summer of 1981!
This has been an amazing journey — we’ve met so many fascinating people and experienced so many magical places. It just seems to get better and better.
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James Andrew – photo Rose Callahan
Recently I had the great fortune to attend opening night at the Met Opera with my beloved Scott McBee. The anual celebration is a sublimely elegant affair where most actually dress properly for the occasion!
As I have mentioned on a few occasions here on WIJW, I’m rather selective when it comes to the events I go to, and this is one of those not to be missed evenings that fits my criteria to a T, with a spectacular brand new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. As expected, set designer Rob Howell’s ravishing modern take on an 18th century manor house in Seville during the 1930s was thoroughly breathtaking.
Needless to say we had a fabulous time, and I think McBee was beyond dashing in his Tom Ford black tie ensemble and M de Phocas evening set.
Scott Mcbee at the Met
An evening to remember
My M de Phocas evening set
Dressed to celebrate and honor the evening and this tremendous new production, I’m sporting a Tom Ford magenta silk faille evening jacket, white cotton voile tuxedo shirt, black wool barethea tuxedo pant, silk faille bow tie, patent leather opera pumps and black silk socks all by Tom Ford. I’ve finished the look with a diamond evening set by M de Phocas, and a touch of Creed Windsor fragrance.* * *