It has been 15 years since Cameron Silver redefined the way people think about vintage couture when he opened his Decades boutique in L.A. In commemoration of the milestone, Silver has now written “DECADES: A Century of Fashion,” a showcase of the past one hundred years of style, with 10 chapters – one for each decade.
Equal parts coffee table book and insightful commentary, the tome boasts over 150 photographs (including some rare and previously unpublished images) alongside Silver’s personal essays on each decade. The major fashion icons and designers of each era are all present and accounted for, but Silver shows us the breadth of sartorial choices that accompanied each ten year period. In short, the 80s were not all about big shoulder pads, the 90s were not all about grunge, and the 70s were not all about Studio 54. Silver carefully combs through the decades as befits a true fashion historian.
Silver is currently on a worldwide book tour, and on Monday night he was feted by none other than Lorry Newhouse, who made a splash with her New York fashion week debut just over a month ago. Steven Kolb, Stephanie Newhouse, Jamie Tisch, Amanda Ross, Ann Caruso, Julia Flynn, Jen Raines, Ali Wise, Mickey Boardman, and artist Alexander Yulish (who has a show opening this January at L.A’s Gallery Brown) were among the guests who convened at Newhouse’s elegant penthouse pad to toast the man of the evening over Veuve Clicquot and caviar.
Marina B. – iconic jeweler and co-sponsor of the evening – provided some additional eye candy, as models (and some of the guests) sported pieces from the famed fashion house. Meanwhile, an upstairs room housed Newhouse’s latest collection – which will no doubt be featured in future retrospectives. Next stop for Mr. Silver? Back to L.A., to celebrate the Dita Von Tesse for Decades collection.