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SUMMER ELEGANCE

James Andrew, NYC summer

James Andrew, NYC summer

It often seems that when the temperatures rise a few degrees, all of the sartorial splendor that the city usually exhibits quickly goes to hell in a hand basket. Granted the summer heat can be quite unbearable and perhaps it might actually be a good idea to air one’s self and jacket whilst en route to wherever (we don’t want to arrive a total sopping mess), but I find that making a bit of an effort to maintain some level of decorum is usually fairly handsomely rewarded by the general approval of friends and strangers alike.

And don’t get me started on the summer entertainment front — no, red plastic cups, plastic knives and forks, paper plates and paper napkins just won’t do. The fact is, summer brings endless opportunity to entertain in style, and this doesn’t even have to be an over the top effort either. In fact, I love the paired down, fresh summer dishes that involve very little cooking or preparation — cold soups are always a refreshing treat, for instance, and one can pop these up with a fine table setting. I can’t get enough of cabbage and lettuce-ware complimented by D. Porthault floral napkins, bamboo flatware and simple glass goblets (rosé and lemon water fill these quite nicely).

My impossibly chic friends like Howard Slatkin and Penelope Bianchi are quite keen on summer slipcovers which are an easy way to add a quick bit of seasonal flair to an interior — changing up the pillows on chairs and sofas can also give an interior some needed summer umph, so even if you happen to be stuck in town you can feel like you have a place in the Hamptons and/or the English countryside!

Dressing for an elegant summer soirée, I’m sporting a Tom Ford palest pink silk suit, pale blue cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, navy and pale blue silk polka dot tie, cap toe white suede shoes, Charvet retro print silk pocket square in shades of blue, vintage pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne,. Tom Ford bronzing gel adds a bit of a sun kissed glow.

13 Comments

  1. Agreed summer is not the end to style; it’s the chance to BETTER ones style!

  2. Karena says:

    James, you are as handsome as ever in the summer heat. It is such a pleasure to see people taking care of their appearances even in the kind of heat and humidity we are having.

    The dinner party in my honor last weekend was superb. Andrea of course used her best china, crystal, and French linen napkins for 20 people…wonderful beyond!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  3. Dean says:

    James,

    Two comments:

    1. That outfit you are wearing is to die for! Exactly what I love – the Edwardian elegance !

    2. You have inspired me to look for some white cotton with a lilac stripe for some summer slipcovers, since I am stuck in Florida !

    Dean

  4. La Contessa says:

    I totally agree with you regarding the plastic wear…………
    PALE PINK suit suits you to a TEE!!!!!!!GORGEOUS.
    Where are you standing?Is that Central Park?Those iron bits behind YOU are calling my name!
    XX

  5. Oh!!! You are impossibly elegant!

    How lovely to mention my slipcovers!

    It is time to go from Spring to Summer!

    Yikes! How time flies!!

    Divine suit!!

    XXOO

    Penelope

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear architectdesignblog,

    Exactly – and why I went into this rant!

    Cheers

    JA

  7. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    I love this modern take on period elegance!

    Please share photos of your new slipcovers!

    All my best

    JA

  8. James Andrew says:

    Darling La Contessa,

    Ever since I saw Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby in his pink suit- I could not get enouph of a pink suit.

    I am at the entrance to Bryant Park- it is quite an entrance!

    Much Love

    JA

  9. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi,

    Thank You for your continued love,support and inspiration!!!

    Much Love

    JA

  10. I forgot (again!!!) to say that I think I actually married my first husband because he was tall. dark and handsome! And he had on a pink suit!!

    In the late sixties! I mean it! A pink, oxford-cloth suit!!
    He also took me to Rodeo Drive….(you were not born!!)

    And bought the first Gucci shoes…..and….Ralph Lauren ties (they were wider); in the store of (I’ll think of it!!)

    On Rodeo!

    You are chic beyond! so fun to see that pink suit again! (same color!! pink/peach)!

    Yowzers!

    Penelope

  11. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penelope,

    What a terrific story!!!

    I love a man in pink -so I can see why 😉

    It really is the palest shell pink.

    We can’t wait to catch up- hope to see you soon!

    Much Love

    JA

  12. CD says:

    True summer elegance! Italy in New York! Great photo!

  13. James Andrew says:

    My Dear CD,

    Yes I wish there was more Italian flair here in NYC?

    Did you see the Italian film –

    The Great Beauty (2013)
    “La grande bellezza”

    This really was a celebration of Roma and Italian style

    Cheers

    JA

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