Rachel Griffiths in Lanvin-Castillo   Barbara Hershey in a Gianni Versace LBD Elizabeth Stewart in Paco Rabanne The Bill Blass dress worn by Jess Weixler Cameron Silver wearing a vintage Lesage vest under a Balmain blazer at the MOCA event.

Cameron Silver On Vintage #1: What Is Vintage?

BY Cameron Silver | Wed. December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM | A La Mode
We're super stoked to present our newest OC blog contributor Cameron Silver, owner of the amazing Los Angeles vintage boutique Decades who will now be giving us a monthly dose of vintage!

People often ask me, “What is vintage?” and I thought it would be best to let four recent red carpet moments from the past week define what makes something vintage. We begin with Thursday the 11th, where two premieres occurred on opposite coasts. In NYC, Jess Weixler wore an 80s red silk crepe one sleeve Bill Blass cocktail dress to the premiere of her new film “Today’s Special;” whereas Barbara Hershey wore an original 90s Gianni Versace LBD to the premiere of “The Swan.” Both actresses made the vintage dresses look totally modern, even though the frocks are 30 and 15-plus years old respectively.

A few nights later on the 13th of November, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA) held its annual gala titled “The Artist’s Happening” this year, featuring a fantastic work by Doug Aitken. Rachel Griffiths wore a cherry red Lanvin-Castillo cocktail dress from the 1950s that could have been worn by Betty Draper on season one of “Mad Men.” With her anti-gravity down ‘do, Rach channeled the past but again looked modern.

That same night, stylist extraordinaire Elizabeth Stewart looked mesmerizing in a gold Paco Rabanne chain mail dress from the 1960s. With her casual hair and natural make-up, she un-Barbarella’d a Rabanne iconic dress and made it look modern. That’s the word I often use to describe vintage: modern. Although I have selected four dresses from four different decades to define vintage, it is really about modernity. A great vintage dress is usually at least 15 years old and it is relevant today.

Decades has always been about vintage that looks modern and these four stylish women have followed our mantra.

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