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PERFECTLY PALM BEACH THE COLONY HOTEL

James Andrew, the Colony Palm Beach

James Andrew, the Colony Palm Beach

One of my primary requirements of a hotel is that it capture the essence of its surrounds, and when we read that Carleton Varney’s criterion regarding the re-imagining of the Colony Palm Beach was that “people on vacation in Palm Beach should feel like they’re staying in Palm Beach,” we knew that the Colony would be perfect!

Varney’s mentor, Dorothy Draper, was fearless in her use of color, and imbued all of her work with tremendous personality. Carrying on this tradition, Varney has certainly given his decoration for the Colony loads of Palm Beach personality! Throughout the hotel, Varney’s “Draperization” includes a marvelous mix of Dorothy Draper fabrics and wallpapers. He utilizes a custom designed carpet based on the Brazilliance pattern (a beautiful and exuberant banana leaf motif) combined with fretwork and striped wallpapers, each floor with a different color scheme.

Colony Palm Beach - hallway detail

Colony Palm Beach – hallway detail

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

The luxurious lobby revolves around a central seating area, with a custom designed hibiscus and banana leaf motif carpet set against a dramatic black backdrop, providing the perfect contrast for a monumental curved sofa upholstered in aqua velvet with black bullion fringe. The armchairs are upholstered in “Brazilliance” fabric, and the walls are sheathed in Jasper Peony wallpaper by Sebastian Varney of Carleton V Ltd. in a coral colorway with a complimentary fretwork pattern — accents of coral and aqua throughout. All present and impossibly fresh interpretation of bygone Palm Beach glamor!

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

Do secure a suite when you go. Having both a sitting room and a bedroom made all the difference in the world!

I’m photographed (top) in the lovely lobby soaking up endless inspiration. I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Snowdon” suit in a lilac rose silk wool melange twill and royal silk dot pocket square, a bespoke Mark Pomerantz “Liberty of London” esq lavender and blue floral print cotton shirt with fabric covered buttons, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel accentuating my tan, and Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi fragrance with notes of Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Grapefruit, Mint, Thyme. Luminous!

THE COLONY PALM BEACH

James Andrew - Palm Beach

James Andrew – Palm Beach

In desperate need of a tropical getaway, Scott McBee and I took rooms at the Colony Palm Beach, and I have to tell you it is the most perfect slice of heaven — just what we needed!

The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach has been the destination of choice since the 1940s. Even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor spent a season there in the early 60s. It’s a Neo-Caribbean British-Colonial style confection, and has recently undergone some ravishing refurbishment. Dorothy Draper’s Carleton Varney was the mastermind behind the re-imagining, bringing a fresh sense of Palm Beach chic to it with an exuberant mix of tropical patterns and a riot of color.

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach


I’m particularly fond of the sublime shade of shell pink (Wolcott Salmon from Fine Paints of Europe to be exact) that coats its exterior. Needless to say, the place is Palm Beach glamour through and through.

The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach

One couldn’t ask for a better location either, with the beach, Worth Avenue, and a bevy of superb restaurants just a quick jaunt from the hotel – a car is simply not needed to explore most of what Palm Beach has to offer. The hotel has the feel of a super chic club and everyone is super friendly — we met an endless stream of friends, both old and new, every time we walked through the lobby.

Stay tuned for more…

Basking in the beauty of the Colony Palm Beach (top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford ink and ivory glen plaid silk jacket, lavender and white striped cotton shirt, silk and linen floral pants and a royal and white silk pocket square, Ralph Lauren royal blue leather driving loafers, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links , Creed Windsor fragrance, and a bit of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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THE LAST WEEK OF WINTER

James Andrew, NYC

James Andrew, NYC


Are you as baffled as I am that this is actually the last week of winter? Where did it all go? It sort of whisked by, barely noticed here on the East Coast with its unseasonably warm temperatures. I barely got to wear my new Tom Ford navy cashmere plaid overcoat! Oh well, time to move forward – and depending on how this week and the beginning of spring unfolds, perhaps opportunities will present themselves to wear a few more of my winter beauties.

As many of our WIJW fans must know by now, I’m all about what is appropriate to the weather versus antiquated rules regarding what should and should not be warn on such and such a date. Just because spring is pending does not mean that I have to break out the pastels — I mean, an unexpected snow storm might show up (and when you live around here, you know that is always a strong possibility)!

February/March is typically when I begin to think about my spring/summer wardrobe, and what I may want to add to enhance my sartorial splendor. This year, I’m leaning toward turquoise, pale blue, and lime green, and I’m already obsessing over a few exceptional pieces. Hopefully they will come my way! This is also a time when I’m in serious need of a tropical getaway! Palm Beach here we come! We’re heading down to catch up with clients and friends from March 16-21 and the Colony Palm Beach will provide for a lovely base of operations!

Celebrating the last days of winter, I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren Purple Label cashmere/wool tartan jacket, Tom Ford era Gucci ivory cashmere turtleneck sweater, Uniqlo red down vest, Tom Ford charcoal wool flannel pants. Max Verre red leather tasseled loafers, Sermonetta red leather gloves, vintage Rolex, Charvet black silk pocket square, Tom Ford Marco sunglasses, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Oud.