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Letter From Dallas:
Jean Paul Gaultier, a Parisian in America

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Decades owner Cameron Silver, a longtime friend of Jean Paul Gaultier, hit Dallas this week for the opening of JPG’s retrospective at the city’s Museum of Art. He checks in with an update, and a special preview—expect a Texan JPG collection coming soon. For more from Silver, follow him online at @CameronDecades.

This week, the doyennes of the Lone Star State put on their finest and welcomed the incomparable Jean Paul Gaultier for the U.S. exhibition premiere of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Gaultier was on his first trip to Dallas for the vernissage of his retrospective, which began at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts and is on view now through February 12 at the Dallas Museum of Art. The show features 130 ensembles from over 35 years of Gaultier collections, including everything from corsets worn by Madonna on her Blond Ambition tour to JPG’s childhood teddy bear, which he styled as only the original enfant terrible of fashion could—when he was an actual infant.

Dallas being Dallas, three parties and three outfit changes were required for the 24-hour trip. Tuesday evening, Deedie Rose welcomed Gaultier to her historic Highland Park Pump House with his first official pair of Leddy’s cowboy boots (embroidered with silver Eiffel Towers), and guests enjoyed a performance by the Kilgore Rangerettes while munching on Frito pies and sipping tequila. It was down to business on Wednesday, when the host committee got to preview the exhibition and get first dibs on the items from the gift shop (like the Alain Milki sunglasses, which sold out immediately). This was followed by a luncheon hosted by Brian Bolke of the noted boutique Forty Five Ten, where Gaultier-clad guests Ana Pettus, Christen Wilson, Patti Cruise, as well as Julie Macklowe (in town to launch her VBeauté It Kits at Forty Five Ten) and Lela Rose (in her own design) enjoyed everything from a “Mushroom Mohawk” to a dessert called “Feathers and Lace,” all inspired by Gaultier styles. Continue Reading “Letter From Dallas:
Jean Paul Gaultier, a Parisian in America” »

Savage Beauty Comes To Tinseltown

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The Costume Institute’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is currently drawing thronging crowds in New York (so much so that its run has already been extended), but its reach doesn’t stop there. Last night in Los Angeles, Friends of the Costume Institute Cameron Silver and Susan Casden hosted a dinner in honor of the exhibition and its curator, Andrew Bolton. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Peggy Moffitt, James Galanos, and Kimberly Brooks all came to raise a glass. So did actress Perrey Reeves, despite running on fumes after a day that began at 4 a.m. (She’s been filming the final season of Entourage.) “I can’t even begin to think about it,” she laughed. “But I adore Cameron.”

L.A. is known for its laid-back style, but the guests knew that where McQueen is concerned, casual wasn’t going to cut it. “Thank you all for dressing up for the chicest night in L.A.,” Silver said. (He, Casden, and several of their guests donned looks by the late designer.) “This is really becoming one of my favorite events of the year,” Bolton chimed in. “The exhibition has been such a heartwarming experience and I love seeing so many of the women tonight in his designs.” Those same women got their hands on a few more, thanks to the Savage Beauty exhibition catalog, and Bolton gamely signed them for any interested party.

Photo: Andreas Branch / Patrick McMullan

Giovanna Battaglia’s Best-Of-Gala Gown—Revealed!

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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.”

Photo: Courtesy of Emilio Pucci

With Costume Jewels, Faux Is Fab

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“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.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Beware: Decades Denim May Land You In A Ménage À Trois

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Decades Denim

Decades Denim

“It’s hard to find jeans that don’t look branded,” Cameron Silver, the owner of vintage luxury mecca Decades and DecadesTwo in Los Angeles, said yesterday in New York. Being the savvy retailer that he is, Silver has launched a soon-to-hit-stores Decades Denim collection, and the best part is it won’t hurt his customers’ designer wallets.


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