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The Frick

James Andrew in the Frick member's garden - photo S. Lars

James Andrew in the Frick member's garden - photo L. Stephan

The Frick is the jewel in the crown of New York museums. Much more than a museum, it offers an authentic and unforgettable glimpse into life at the top in turn of the century New York City.

This Beaux Arts masterpiece was designed by the successful firm of Carrere and Hastings and decorated by Sir Charles Allom and Elsie de Wolfe – part of their mission was to “make Carnegie’s place look like a miner’s shack.” No small feat!

Not to be outdone by his contemporaries (and rivals), Frick with the constant advice of his art buyer, spent years assembling a world class collection – each piece’s prior provenance being a major criterion for selection and purchase. Greatly influenced by the noted Art Collectors of the day such as his friend Isabella Stewart Gardner, who completed a museum/home during her lifetime, Frick followed suit in the creation of a palatial home collection, and as was his intent, bequeathed his great amassment to the public upon his death – Needless to say, this is one of those gifts that keeps giving! The Frick is an incredibly rich museum experience and a must see for anyone visiting New York City – The exhibitions held at the Frick also give city residents ample reason to return again and again.

Pictured here, I’m enjoying a privilege reserved only for Frick members – entrance to the garden.

Designed by one of my favorite landscape architects, the illustrious Russell Page, a visit to this tranquil escape with its lily and lotus filled pool elevates a visit to The Frick to the level of the sublime – a perfect escape from the frenzy of city life.

Channeling a modern day Gatsby in another spectacular photograph by the very talented Lars Stephan, I’m lingering in the exquisite perfection of this heavenly place wearing a Gucci ivory and charcoal cotton pin stripe suit, a Charvet Paris shirt in white, gray and mint cotton stripes and contrast white collar and French cuffs, dusty lavender silk tie, Seaman Schepps gray pearl cufflinks, Tom Ford lavender and white cotton glen plaid pocket square, silver chain link belt and white, black and silver leather loafers both by Gucci.

10 Comments

  1. The lavender tie is a wonderful color!

  2. Dean says:

    James, One of your best portraits ever ! I adore the Frick. You look so handsome standing in the garden, like a statue ! I must renew my Frick membership ASAP. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Mrs. Blandings says:

    If anyone thinks the pinstripes and the stone work are a coincidence, he or she is crazy. Terrific.

  4. I had to press my face against those windows from inside to get a look at that fabulous frick’n garden, but you couldn’t look more at home.

  5. Desiree says:

    Hi James,

    I’m a nurse and I work with your brother John. I have men’s fashion question for you. I was wondering if white belts for men are in style?

    Thanks for your help.

    Desiree

  6. Bruno says:

    The background is wonderful ok, the garden too but what strikes me is how your outfit is perfectly fitting with the scene! These green and white tones are gorgeous!

  7. tartanscot says:

    perfectly placed. beautifully lit. deliciously styled.

  8. James – definitely my favorite of your recent outfits! That is a gorgeous suit. If you see shadows moving next time you are out at night…don’t be too alarmed, that is just me coming to steal this suit.

  9. Christian Fuchs says:

    Dear James,

    What an awesome combination, you in front of that preocious building! this is “fabelhaft- like germans would say. This suit if my favorite outfit, I totally agree with fashion photographer!

    Warmest Regards

    Christian

  10. Alba Maria Rodriguez Tena says:

    Dear James I congratulate you on this fine and distinguished style so that you, your designs are incredible and my words are summarized in two tasteful and elegant, I send blessings and get on with these great ideas you have, thanks for being my friend…..xoxo

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