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16 posts tagged "Decades"

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


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

The Next Dimension Of Miranda Kerr, The Perfect Cuff For Suedeheads, Closets Of The Rich And Fabulous, And More…


Are we seeing more Miranda Kerr than usual? Actually, with the Australian Angel’s new Steven Meisel-shot Vogue Italia cover (pictured), we are—it’s the first fashion mag in 3-D! [Vogue Italia]

Louis Vuitton’s “Core Values” ad campaign soldiers on with three new stars: Bono, wife Ali Hewson, and (gasp!) some non-LV apparel. Hewson and Bono wear items from their eco-friendly (and LVMH-owned) Edun line in the new shots, along with Vuitton’s own goods (and the first-ever made-in-Africa Vuitton piece—the dangling charm hanging off Hewson’s bag). [WWD]

Does anyone need a Tom Binns cuff emblazoned with the complete lyrics to the Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now?” Probably not. But are we glad Racked turned it up? Absolutely. [Racked]

Take a tour through the L.A. home of Decades’ Cameron Silver. Try not to be too jealous of his shoe closet. Just try. [Opening Ceremony via Refinery 29]

Photo: Steven Meisel/Courtesy of Vogue Italia

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


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


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




Photo: Denise Truscello / WireImage / Getty Images


Dita Von Teese Can Do Without The Glam Squad, Thanks


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,’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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