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THE U.N. OF FASHION: Being an American in Paris has its privileges. For Cameron Silver, the founder and co-owner of Los Angeles vintage boutique Decades, it means meeting Saudi designer Nora Al Shaikh and launching her eveningwear collection on the West Coast.
“He was sitting in front of me in a fur jacket,” Al Shaikh, 24, recalled of meeting the retailer at the Dior runway show last year. “Everyone else was speaking French and he had an American accent, so I said ‘Hi. How are you? Can I take a picture with you?’”
Silver did even more along with Saudi Arabian Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, who cohosted an afternoon tea on Friday for Al Shaikh to show off her geometrically shaped dresses and separates made from metallic duchesse satin and translucent yarns. The event drew socialites and designers including Irene Neuwirth, Cristina Ehrlich, Jamie McGurk, Amber Sakai, Sutton Stracke and Jennifer Tilly.
“I met Nora a couple of years ago, and she’s really a rising star in Saudi fashion,” said the princess, who is the chief executive officer of Alfa International, a luxury retail corporation based in Saudi Arabia. “It’s very important for us to promote young Saudi designers, especially women.”
Although Decades specializes in vintage styles, the store will sell Al Shaikh’s fall collection through the end of the month.
“I’ve always thought of Decades as the United Nations of Fashion,” Silver said. “An event like this brings all these different people together and we learn a lot about each other because fashion is the great unifier.”