LAFW: Decades does vintage L.A. glamour
It was thrilling to see vintage treasures from Cameron Silver's Decades store on the runway at Downtown L.A. Fashion Week at the Geffen Contemporary on Thursday night. It was like seeing fashion history in motion watching the dazzling ruby red sequin 1960s Norman Norell cocktail dress, the one-shouldered fringed fuchsia 1970s YSL couture gown (I’ll take that one), and the 1980s purple Valentino “harem gown,” something Jeannie would wear only much chicer.
At first I thought it was strange for vintage to be at a fashion week event, which is supposed to be all about the new. But after all, vintage is one of the pillars of L.A. style. The red carpet is not only a fashion show, it's a fashion history lesson thanks to Silver and others like him who have taught stars that the secret to looking truly chic and unique is to wear something that nobody else could possibly have. Not to mention all the designers who come here to scour the Rose Bowl Flea Market for inspiration and old denim. It seemed appropriate to pay tribute to that, and to Silver who has been such a huge part of spreading that message around the world.
The event was put together by Leanna Lewis with a front row that included Nicole Richie and Nicky Hilton. And, unlike so many runway shows here, the production value was top-notch -- jewelry by H. Stern, hair by Jonathan Antin and shoes by Brian Atwood. (That said, I could have done without the Latex-squeezed songstresses as an opener). “I hope we set a precedent for what L.A. fashion week can and should look like,” Silver said. “I was always so ambivalent about it, but seeing it downtown and in such a dramatic space could really inspire our local talent and attract the international media. Why not have NYC fashion week relocate to L.A.? They want all of our stars attending anyway!”
Right you are.
-- Booth Moore