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The Lyford Cay Club Second Annual Design Weekend

James Andrew at Lyford Cay

James Andrew at Lyford Cay

If I haven’t made it clear by now, I’ll say it again, I am just wildly crazy about Lyford Cay!

This impossibly chic bastion of old world manners, charm, elegance and sophistication is always beckoning me back, and so it goes without saying that the Second Annual Lyford Cay Club Design Weekend was a not to be missed affair—and with honorary chairperson, Newell Turner, we were guaranteed a wonderfully edifying weekend!

First off was a tea and guest book signing. Later came cocktails and a superb lecture by legendary interior designer, Nina Cambell, followed by a screening of photographer and film maker Bruce Weber’s “The Life of Elizabeth Taylor.” The film is a deeply moving tribute to Taylor and I can tell you there was not a dry eye in the house upon its conclusion. (Do see it when you can).

We ended the evening with the most delicious dinner at the Lyford Cay Yacht Club where I had the great honor to be seated at the aforementioned legendary Bruce Weber’s table! It was a thrill to be able to convey to him how inspirational his pictorials in GQ and elsewhere were to me as a younger man in the 70s and 80s and how his work continues to enthrall and inspire me today.

Saturday’s program provided us with tours of selection on distinct and contrasting homes in Lyford. There were eight homes in total on this year’s tour, highlighting the many different styles that exist here, all reflecting a range of aesthetic held by the highly individualistic members of the Lyford Cay Club.

Our tour included my dear friend, Lulu De Kwiatkowski’s family home, “Serendip Cove,” which was originally decorated by Sister Parish and updated by Kwiatkowski with all of her rather fabulous fabrics and bedding – it is one of the most storied homes in the Caribbean with magical tropical gardens and a massive swath of one of Lyford’s most beautiful beaches.

We were also treated to “Bayview,” a magnificent home perched high on top of a ridge overlooking Lyford with the most ravishing interiors by Amanda Lindroth. I hope this property will grace the pages of design magazines soon, as it simply must be seen – a truly monumental project!

Complimenting the tour was “Chelsea House,” the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bond. It’s a modernist Lyford “cottage” originally built for Sir Guy and Lady Henderson that is beautifully decorated by my dear friend and Lyford host, the impossibly chic John Fondas, who has created a splendid lux modernist tropical retreat to die for.

Our day of design drew to a close with another gorgeous Lyford ritual cocktail hour followed by a designer panel moderated by Newell Turner with designers David Kleinberg, Mary McDonald, Miles Redd and Jennifer Boles—giving us a chance to hear their shared musings on design and inspiration.

A delicious “Elsie de Wolfe” dinner capped off our wonderful Saturday in the main dining room with the most sublime menu created by my brilliant friend, chef Alex Hitz in concert with Lyford Cay’s renowned Chef Pascal.

Lyford Menu

Dressed in suitable dinner regalia (another time-honored and respected Lyford observance), I’m sporting a spectacular Tom Ford “Wetherby” suit in ocean blue wool silk linen melange, white cotton shirt with French cuffs, pale blue silk knit tie by Turnbull and Asser, pale blue, royal and white silk pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, Pierre Hardy cobalt suede demi boots, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

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16 Comments

  1. James!
    Wow, how fantastic this all sounds- I’m chartreuse with envy! Mostly I am just so happy that you had a great time, and wanted to say how much I enjoy reading WIJW.
    The Bruce Weber film and getting to meet him sounds so fantastic! Do you know if he still has his place here in Florida?
    What a fabulous trip this was ! The Elsie de Wolfe menu sounds so delicious too- Cheers!
    Dean

  2. Jeff says:

    Great post James. You’re lucky to be able to attend such a swank affair while the rest of us are left to cope with the winter blahs in the city. Great suit too!

  3. Jeffrey says:

    Vous êtes bel !

  4. Petra Yasmeen Baroness von Schleinitz says:

    Dear James,

    the special blue colour is absolutely superb. Is this tie knitted silk? It looks amazing. I enjoyed this article very much! Thank you for sharing! Wishing you a very happy and successful new year!

    Yasmeen

  5. all I can say: IMPOSSIBLY COOL!!

  6. La Contessa says:

    YOu do know how to spend a weekend!
    Did I pick up that your flying out WEST again….soon from the post before this?
    Now,when can I see a comment from YOU on my site????Do those knife rests do nothing for you?Perhaps, a client?Do subscribe to my little blog PLEASE!It’s on the RIGHT side bar.I am in desperate need of quality people and their fun comments and I know you can pass the test!Just push ENTER on the TITLE of the post and scroll down…………..to comment box!Also, I need to see a photo of SCOTT………….he needs to come out from behind the camera……..at least once a month!

  7. James Andrew says:

    Mon Cher Jeffre,

    Merci Beaucoup!

    Cheers

    JA

  8. James Andrew says:

    Dear Jeffrey,

    Let me tell you I was beyond thrilled to had to this tropical posh paradise!

    I cant wait to go back!

    That blue suit is just sublime!

    Cheers and Many Thanks

    JA

  9. George Cruz says:

    James, what a luxurious experience to spend time in such an exclusive enclave and with such interesting people! I mean an intimate lecture by Nina Campbell is extraordinary! I’ve admired her interior design talent for many years. I really enjoyed reading of your experience at Lyford Cay.
    Must say, your Tom Ford “Wetherby” suit, in ocean blue, along with all the other details of your attire, looks absolutely divine on you. I had to stare at the picture carefully, I was so enthralled with this handsome look on you. I send you hugs and kisses. XOXO

  10. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Baroness von Schleinitz,

    I adore blue and yes this is such a sublime shade. The tie is indeed a chunky silk knit in pale blue silk-I love knit ties!

    So happy to hear you enjoyed our post!

    Cheers and Many Thanks

    JA

  11. James Andrew says:

    Dear La Contessa,

    I adore a lovely weekend in Lyford- or a week for that matter!

    Well I was teasing our friend Regina that I want to use her gorgeous home as a WIJW? Back drop- we are indeed in need of a reunion of all you gorgeous people- we will have to plan a very special photo shoot!

    So enjoy your blog btw!

    Here is Mr McB:

    http://www.whatisjameswearing.com/celebrating-scott-mcbee/

    Cheers

    JA

  12. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penny,

    This was just so sublime- you would have had the best time!

    Much Love

    JA

  13. James Andrew says:

    My Dear George ,

    You are so delicious!

    Thank You for ALL your incredible support and feedback!

    All my best,

    JA

  14. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Mr Farris,

    “Chartreuse” with envy – that is the best- stealing your phrase as we speak!

    Love

    JA

  15. You will adore Regina’s house! I discovered it as a child; and have loved it ever since! There is a lake nearby where I was feeding the ducks!

    That is at least the 2nd house Regina has purchased when it wasn’t on the
    market!!

    (Ours in Pasadena she bought 17 years ago, when we moved up here!)

    “Madonna” knocked on her door in Los Feliz; and bought her house!

    The one she lives in now is very close to where ours was; and
    they are quite similar “pavilions” in the “Petite Trianon” vein.

  16. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penny,

    I cannot wait to see Regina’s house – as you know I adore a pavillion!

    Your house in Pasedena was perfection!

    We both seem to fall in love with houses- I am in love with 2 at the moment- both pavillions- one in Lyford and the other in Rhinebeck.

    Next time we are in California – let’s have some house tours.

    Lots of Love

    JA

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