30 posts tagged "Cameron Silver"
At last night’s amfAR gala in Cannes, one partygoer stood out for us among the rest: stylist and W contributor Giovanna Battaglia, who showed up on the arm of boyfriend Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld in a jaw-dropping, barely-there gown we didn’t recognize. (Internet speculation briefly misidentified it as vintage Versace.)
On a hunch that it was, in fact, vintage, we asked vintage guru Cameron Silver of L.A.’s Decades to weigh in. Silver spotted it straightaway as a Stephen Sprouse. And this afternoon, Battaglia herself wrote in to confirm. The piece, Battaglia says, is a 1992 Sprouse from Rare Vintage, Juliana Cairone’s New York shop. (Longtime readers may remember Cairone from the postcard she sent us from her trip to Hong Kong.) Battaglia paired the gown with Sergio Rossi shoes and clutch and an Emilio Pucci jacket, but the dress itself is clearly the centerpiece. “I was so happy when I found it!” she says. “It’s a true art piece for me.”
“It’s not cheap,” Decades proprietor Cameron Silver said at the Crosby Hotel. “That’s the amazing thing about costume jewelry. I rejected it for years at first because I thought, ‘Who wants to spend $2,000 on a glass necklace?’ It requires education. It’s the design, the final product, that is incredibly valuable.” The retailer (and soon-to-be Bravo reality TV star) has since swung to the other side, so much so that Silver was even talking men’s costume pieces. But he was in like-minded company last night: Silver joined fellow panelists Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, Candy Pratts Price, and Miriam Haskell president Gabrielle Fialkoff in a CFDA-sponsored discussion on the heritage and business of costume jewelry.
Moderated by Town & Country accessories director Stellene Volandes, the conversation steered from a beginner’s history lesson (Coco Chanel and Miriam Haskell were chummy costume jewelry colleagues) to the modern-day obsession with celebrity (Michelle Obama created an online ordering frenzy for the Miriam Haskell chandelier earrings she wore to the State Dinner this past March). Bryant, for one, was well accustomed to celebrities and the role costume jewelry can play. “For Joan, she has this pen necklace and I think of it as her sword,” the costume designer said of the character the actress Christina Hendricks plays in Mad Men. “It’s funny because Christina never wants to part with it. The actress can become attached to the jewelry, too.”
A tip for the AMC show’s many fashion followers: Bryant found the signature piece in an unlikely “dirty little tin of jewelry at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.” And despite delays and some nail-biting negotiations, it looks like there were will be plenty of episodes with vintage finds ahead. “I was never worried,” Bryant told Style.com post-discussion, about the show being renewed for Season 5. “I had faith.”
Fresh off a flight from Beijing (check out his report from Phillip Lim’s fifth anniversary extravaganza there here), Silver was all cheer presenting what he’s dubbed his denim trousseau. “It’s the 11 essential styles in a woman’s wardrobe: You have to have a cargo, you have to have a skinny. I mean, I’m a Decades boy; I like glamour,” he said, holding up a pair of velvet jeans. There are variations on leggings (with twisted seams so they ruche at the ankle), too, but no matter the style, don’t expect any severe distressing, wild washes, or bold logos. The only signature on each pair (priced to fly off shelves between $99 and $129) is a rivet inspired by Decades’ double-D logo and a tiny “D” that hangs around a back belt loop.
“I want to encourage people to use this wardrobe to personalize their style. Pair the jeans with finds from eBay or Barneys or…well, hopefully, Decades. All roads will lead back to Decades,” Silver laughed. And stay tuned: Come spring, the trousseau expands into a bigger collection inspired by safari. It’ll include cargo pants (called the Veruschka and equipped with YSL safari-shirt laces at the ankles), a silk trouser that can be worn three ways (“be careful, wearing it might land you in a ménage à trois,” Silver warns), skirts in A-line and tulip shapes, and short shorts. Or, as Silver calls them, “hoochie mama shorts. Because, doesn’t everyone need a pair of hoochie mama shorts?”
Photo: Courtesy of Decades Denim