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August 30 2014

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Dita Von Teese Antiques In Antiques

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“I’m always looking for eclectic, interesting pieces that go in my style of house,” said Courteney Cox Arquette at the opening-night preview party of the L.A. Antiques Show. Though, she conceded, “I don’t even know what that is.” Whatever it may be, odds are good she’ll find something at the annual show. She was playing hostess as well as shopper last night, alongside Decades’ Cameron Silver, Dita Von Teese, Kimberly Brooks, and jeweler Jennifer Meyer, at the fête to kick off the four-day show. Her fellow browsers—Marcia Cross (in YSL), Lily Collins, and Chris Klein among them—braved the unseasonable cold to shop for a cause. (The evening raised money for the L.A. arts organization P.S. ARTS, which serves 12,000 students.) Some were on the hunt for specifics: Amber Valletta (in Jenni Kayne) just remodeled her home and was after a dining room table, some chairs, and a desk. Others eyes turned to the fashions. “I didn’t think I’d be wearing fur at this time of year,” said Silver, in a custom Funtastic Furs jacket and Jaspare python tie. Did it lack pockets? “I left my credit card in the car,” he admitted. “But I’m good for it.” His friend Dita Von Teese opted for a vintage, full-skirted dress.”I figured, why would I wear something new to an antiques gala?” she said. “The word ‘gala’ doesn’t mean anything in California, but I don’t care.”

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Blasblog: The (Stylish) Spirit of St. Louis

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Last week, after two glorious days in Chicago, my love affair with America’s heartland continued this weekend. This time, I was back home in St. Louis, Missouri, for two days of fashion and art. On Friday night, I spoke at a panel discussion at Washington University’s Sam Fox School, which has the oldest four-year fashion design program in the U.S. Decades’ Cameron Silver joined me onstage alongside local fashion editors Ellen Futterman and Nicole Benoist Edgerton for a chat moderated by Professor Jeigh Singleton. I shared the heartbreaking tale of my childhood rat tail and crying when my mother cut it off. It was then that I learned just how emotionally attached we human beings can be to personal style. Even when it’s heinous.

The highlight of the weekend was Saturday night’s DADA Gala at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, featuring a vintage couture fashion show. Silver, who produced the show, had introduced me to two lovely local ladies, Susan Sherman and Tania Beasley-Jolly (pictured below) last year, and they promptly signed me up. Chloë Sevigny was happy to join as an honorary chair (seen in Versus, with my mom, left), as did fellow St. Louis native Karlie Kloss (pictured with two of her three sisters, above), who actually grew up only a few streets away from where I did—though I should say it was about a decade later. She was taking in her first fashion show not on the runway; the Olivier Theyskens for Rochas-clad model told me that when she’s on the catwalk, she can often hear entire conversations people are having in the front row. (Make a mental note, fellow editors.) My three good girlfriends Claire Bernard, Byrdie Bell, and Fabiola Beracasa (below, with museum director Paul Ha) may be able to confirm that. They graciously filled in for three models who weren’t able to make the show. The ladies looked smashing in the vintage couture, and were rivaled only by the vintage couture in the audience—a sea of Scaasi, Chanel, and Halston.

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Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Even The Deconstructed Disco Ball

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Decades‘ Cameron Silver knows a thing or two about wealthy women in fabulous dresses. The vintage couturier was in the thick of them last night at the tenth anniversary bash of Dallas’ designer mecca Forty Five Ten. He reports from the front lines, below.

The traditional tenth anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. For the tenth anniversary of their Dallas store Forty Five Ten, Brian Bolke and Shelly Musselman (pictured) kept to the glittery spirit, if not the letter, of the law. Bolke and Musselman hosted the gala in a gold lamé tux jacket from Dsquared², and a mirrored Margiela gown, respectively. Musselman said what we were all thinking: “In our heart of hearts, don’t we all really want to be a deconstructed disco ball at the end of day?” Well, maybe what some of us were thinking. She paused and added oracularly: “It sees everything.” As for Bolke, he let his Moschino tee do the talking: “Shop.”

But shop they did, of high-end European labels and exclusive tenth anniversary items by attendees Doo-Ri Chung, Narciso Rodriguez, and Koi Suwannagate. (Carry a designer for a decade or so and you’re bound to rack up a few favors.) DJ Lucy Wrubel’s silver Moschino mini, embossed with the phrase “Fashion Must Go On,” certainly inspired the hundreds of loyal clients to drop their Centurion cards, at least when they weren’t juggling flutes of Dom Pérignon or pork hors d’oeuvres three ways (taco, tempura, and slider—this may be fashion, but it’s still Texas).

At 10 p.m., Raven Kauffman (in vintage Mila Schön), Suzanne Wilson (in DVF), and I headed to Kenny Goss and George Michael’s Highland Park home for more Champagne and a viewing of their amazing British art collection, including works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, and an amazing Angus Fairhurst gorilla displayed by the pool. The party continued, and close to midnight, the last guest arrived: the pizza boy. The famished crowd went wild. McQueen-clad Houston social Becca Cason Thrash confessed, “It’s Domino’s, and it’s divine!”

Photo: Daniel Driensky

The Lady Is A Teese

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Dita Von Teese
Decades owner Cameron Silver led a delegation of L.A. fashion types to see his friend Dita Von Teese debut her Live at the Crazy Horse act in Vegas last night. He was kind enough to send back his report on the evening. Some bugle beads, alas, were harmed in the making of this production.

A Dita Von Teese performance may appear to be all about the art of stripping, but it’s just as much about the art of dressing. Dita wears—at the beginning of her act, at least—couture costumes by Elie Saab and John Galliano, and her fan base is equally fashion-conscious. I flew in from L.A. for her Vegas opening last night with a crew of style mavens—Susan Casden (in Alexander McQueen), Rose Apodaca (in a Thomas Wylde kimono), British burlesque star Immodesty Blaize (in Jil Sander), and Michael Schmidt. We were all wowed by the spectacle—not to mention the Crazy Horse dancers, who, with their precise moves and perfect bodies, look like a living embodiment of Guy Bourdin’s seminal Charles Jourdan ads from the seventies. (“Those dancers are hot stuff, and really can inspire a girl to try some new tricks!” filmmaker Liz Goldwyn told me.) I must say, though, as someone who deals day in and day out with immaculate couture, I winced a little each time one of Dita’s shucked-off pieces hit the floor. “Well, that’s an element of the decadence of burlesque,” she told me. “Dropping, flinging, tossing aside these beautiful things. It always hurts me a little to hear the bugle beads and Swarovski crystal crashing to the floor, but that is part of the fantasy, the excessiveness of the show. And anyway,” she added, “we just send it off to repair, and trusted cleaners.”

Live at the Crazy Horse runs through April 7. For more information and tickets, visit www.mgmgrand.com.

 

 

 

Photo: Denise Truscello / WireImage / Getty Images

 

Dita Von Teese Can Do Without The Glam Squad, Thanks

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Burlesque mistress Dita Von Teese rarely performs in the U.S., but the va-va-voom starlet is bringing her high-fashion ecdysiasm (read: strippin’) to Vegas in a reprise of her much-beloved Paris show, Live at The Crazy Horse. (There’s a Crazy Horse outpost in Vegas’ MGM Grand.) Decades’ Cameron Silver is one of the many style-world pals flying in for the occasion, and we’ll have his take on the evening tomorrow. But before then, Style.com’s Derek Blasberg took a few minutes to chat with Dita about her love for the historic Crazy Horse, the perils of corsets, and why burlesque is best appreciated live.

Hi, Dita! Tell me a little bit about Paris’ Crazy Horse. Why there?
When I was a teenager, I saw one little picture in Playboy of these beautiful, nearly nude “toy soldiers” lined up, and I was desperate to find out more about this mysterious place. There was no Internet yet, and I couldn’t find out anything about it. I didn’t even have the name of it, just this image that was in my head for all those years. So when I was finally in Paris in my early twenties, I kept asking people about these naked toy soldiers, and I finally saw the show, and I was amazed. I went to the show every night I was in Paris, and for the next decade I would go see the show every chance I got. I also befriended a Crazy Horse historian and so I would get to see all the archives and meet former dancers. A few years ago I did a photo shoot there, which is something they never allowed, in order to preserve the mystery of the place. Little by little, I became more involved, and I became the first guest star in the history of The Crazy, so that was exciting. Everyone who was anyone went there, since 1951, and for me, just to be in that theater to see the same stage that all these stars went, from Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Gypsy Rose Lee, Salvador Dalí…the guest list is impressive, and well, I just think it’s incredible to think that there was once a time when a show like this was revered like that. It’s the art of nude, the glorification of the female form, absolute perfection. There is no show like it on earth, and the history and mystery of this place is amazing.

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