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SPECTACULAR SANTA FE

For an exploration of Ghost Ranch, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Indian blanket pattern wool cardigan sweater, Tom Ford blue cotton shirt and khaki pants, vintage Gucci silver double horse head buckle python belt, Ralph Lauren leather sneakers, a Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, and my fragrance ia Tom Ford Oud – photo by Scott McBee

The desert southwest has been calling for the past few years but remained a bit of a dream. Somehow McBee and I finally made it to Santa Fe to explore those dreams – and magically the trip coincided with my birthday! It was great fun sorting out my Southwest sartorial splendor. I attempted to avoid the cliche – just a dash or western wear here and there – denim western shirts, Indian blanket style sweaters, etc.

It was a bit of a complicated journey, but we worked out a good route and arrived around 4 PM in Santa Fe, just in time to check in to our hotel and then run over to the Coyote Cafe to snack on fish tacos and slake our thirst with a couple of margaritas. Then we took a little pre-dinner stroll around town. For dinner we treated ourselves to Izanami at the Ten Thousand Waves Spa: Japan in Santa Fe!

The next day, we got an early start with breakfast at Pasqual’s which serves up organic New Mexican cuisine, and then we were off to explore Ghost Ranch. The drive was absolutely breathtaking. Certainly one can see why Georgia O’Keeffe had such a passion for the elegant expansiveness of land and sky at Ghost Ranch.

New Mexico Art Museum

Ghost Ranch

We did not realize we needed to book a tour to see O’keeffe’s home in Abiquiu months in advance though, so sadly we did not get to visit. We did stop at the O’keeffe’s welcome center and Francis there had a wealth of information and sent us to the stunning Plaza Blanca (we stopped first for a lovely lunch at the Abiquiu Inn). You’ll probably recognize it from some of O’keeffe’s paintings. We arrived back to the town of Santa Fe in time for dinner at Sazon with serves elevated latin cuisine in a Mexican inspired setting – superb!

Plaza Bianca – Abiquiu

On our third day, my birthday, we explored the town of Santa Fe. After breakfast at Pasqual’s again, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling my best. Santa Fe’s altitude is 7000 feet above sea level and it turns out I was beginning to feel a bit of altitude sickness, so I dragged McBee into the Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar for 30 minutes of oxygen therapy which totally sorted me out and had me feeling good-to-go! While in town one must visit the Georgia O’keeffe Museum which celebrates her life and artistic legacy, The New Mexico Art Museum is also a must. Take a peek in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. There are also endless shops and galleries with outrageous prices – one of the chicest galleries has to be Shiprock. El Farol was the perfect spot for a light lunch while strolling Canyon Road with its endless galleries and shops. Certainly the highlight was my birthday dinner at the glorious Geronimo Restaurant, the most sublime Southwestern-spiked global fusion fare in a stunning space.

New Mexico Art Museum courtyard

Basking in the beauty of the New Mexico Art Museum courtyard – I am sporting a Tom Ford indigo ikat silk velvet jacket, Ralph Lauren denim western shirt, Gucci python belt with silver double horsehead buckle, Uniqlo jeans, Gucci brown leather Chelsea boots, Ralph Lauren wool plaid pocket square, my fragrance Creed Windsor – photo by Scott McBee

On the 13th we took the stunningly scenic High Road from Santa Fe to Taos. It’s a longer route but one is rewarded with beauty around every bend. The Millicent Rogers Museum is a must in Taos. – what a thrill to see her collection of native American jewelry. The Hardwood Museum specializing in the works of artists from New Mexico is also a must see. Another highlight is the home of Russian artist Nicolai Fechin which is now a museum in Taos. Fechin’s house melds a marvelous mix of Russian and Southwestern details. Think: Russian Sargent – so very sublime! We returned to Santa Fe and dined at L’Olivier which serves French cuisine made with local ingredients and Southwest influences – fabulous – but why oh why can’t can’t one get a martini here?!

High Road to Taos

Channeling Halston on our trip to Taos, I’m sporting a cognac colored pieced suede Tom Ford era Gucci jacket, navy wool turtleneck sweater by Ralph Lauren, Uniqlo jeans, Ralph Lauren leather sneakers, Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

For our last day in Santa Fe, we treated ourselves to a brilliant brunch at Coyote Cafe, replete with guava mimosas and the most divine New Mexican cuisine. We then ventured out to the Rail Yards to visit Santa Fe Clay: a marvelous studio and gallery space with exceptional exhibitions.

We took another stroll through town to see if we had missed anything and then had a super chic dinner at The Compound which has new American cuisine with Southwestern influences set in an old adobe home – all rather fabulous . Our new friends the owners of Santa Fe Clay – Mark Grischke and Rod Paul Andres made the evening even more special with their presence.

Forever enriched by this journey (and no doubt we were a few pounds heavier from the irresistible assortment of fabulous food), McBee and I returned to New York to rest regroup and savor our southwest experience!

THE MET OPERA 2018 OPENING GALA

James Andrew at the MET opening gala, 2018. Photo Scott McBee

One of our very favorite ways to celebrate the start of the Autumn season in New York is by attending the opening gala at the MET Opera! It is a truly special evening that begins at about 5 PM with a cocktail reception (the perfect time to see and be seen). I’m pleased to say I noticed that people are getting properly into the spirit of things by putting some effort into dressing up for the occasion. There were lots of gorgeous gals in glorious gowns and men in tails – all rather sublime. Only a handful of people didn’t dressed appropriately (jeans and shirts simply won’t do it folks)!

In any case. perhaps the MET’s “Last Night at the MET” social media feed is providing some inspiration – it is certainly a great opportunity to be captured in one’s fineries by the exquisite eye of photographer Rose Callahan.

The splendid space; dressing up; the live performances and sets: its all rather magical! Of course a post opera dinner at a fine restaurant like Majorelle is a must to cap off a perfect evening!

For this years’ opening gala, I’m captured sporting a Tom Ford magenta silk faille evening jacket, a white ruffled tuxedo shirt, black wool tuxedo pant, magenta, white, black and grey silk pocket square, and ivory silk velvet ikat slippers, a silk bow tie by Le Noeud Papilion, Seaman Schepps evening set in rock crystal, onyx and diamond, Cartier Tank Divan, and my fragrance is the very elegant Creed Imperial Millesime.

PALM BEACH AND THE BRAZILIAN COURT HOTEL

In one of the many courtyards at the Brazilian Court heading to dinner, I’m captured wearing a Tom Ford cotton silk floral dinner jacket, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, white cotton twill pants, fuchsia velvet ikat slippers, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and Seaman Schepps cuff links in shell and pink sapphire. My fragrance is Creed Windsor.

The Brazilian Court Hotel is literally steps away from most of what one would want to experience in Palm Beach, i.e. the beach, Worth Avenue, and all the best restaurants. And the attentive staff, lush tropical gardens, and the amazing architecture at the Brazilian Court makes a stay in Palm Beach an absolute dream!

As many of our readers here at WIJW know by now, I prefer “old school” Palm Beach, so McBee and I made a point to dine at classic restaurants like Cafe L’Europe serving continental cuisine in an elegant setting (and the best martinis btw). Another one of my favorites is Taboo: a vintage 1941 era bistro. Request a table at the front of the restaurant where you’ll find lovely treillaged walls and tropical murals.

Pre-dinner poolside at the Brazilian Court Hotel. I’m sporting a Tom Ford palest pink silk suit, pink and white checked cotton shirt and pink silk brocade slippers, Charvet pink and white retro print silk pocket square, Cartier Tank Divan, and Seaman Schepps shell and pink sapphire cuff links. My fragrance is Creed Windsor.

Do sort out your rooms at The Brazilian Court Hotel and pack up your finest jewels and other finery, because Palm Beach is certainly one of the best places to showcase your sartorial splendor!