The Standard, West Hollywood’s store is decked with vintage. Currently on display is an exquisitely cut midnight black oversized blazer slathered in sequins by Gianni Versace from the mid-’90s. Other goodies include a body-hugging “Mon Coeur Est A Papa” firetruck red Azzedine Alaïa dress from Spring 1992 that is so clingy it could turn any wearer into a supermodel. And for those noughties lovers? There is a denim John Galliano-era Dior saddle bag, complete with its signature “CD” metal hardware dangling from the sturdy leather handle. The rare pieces are courtesy of the collection from revered vintage dealer Cameron Silver of the Los Angeles-based store Decades who has set up a gallery-worthy curation of vintage for The Standard Los Angeles in celebration of the hotel’s 20th anniversary. Showing the Decades collection at The Standard is the quintessential marriage of two flocked-to Los Angeles spaces. Silver, a California-native, has a long history with The Standard. “I was going to the The Standard when it opened! I have lots of happy memories of being at parties at The Standard,” says Silver over the phone. “It was just a very natural collaboration.”
Silver’s curation of all-things archive for The Standard is just a sliver in the vintage mogul’s resume. (He also currently serves as the Fashion Director of Halston and H by Halston. Many pieces of his collection are literally museum-worthy, too: One of his purchases, a Tom Ford-era Gucci thong, was in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition “The Reigning Man.”) Decades itself is a landmark in the world of vintage; a business that he initially started by what he says is an “accident.” Silver originally had set his sights on acting, and graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater. “I was supposed to be a great actor, but I wasn’t!” Silver jokes. Eventually, he segued into singing, and toured the country. It was while he was on the road that Silver began shopping for vintage clothes for himself and realized he had a knack for discovering treasures. “I became a pretty good singer and was performing around the country and I started searching looking for men’s clothing. I was finding stuff because not a lot of people were looking for it. Originally, my intention was to find men’s stuff that I could collect but I found women’s.” says Silver. “At that time, I was singing songs from mostly the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s. I was recycling old songs and I eventually started recycling old clothes. I was finding stuff because not a lot of people were looking for it.” And in 1997, Decades was born.