Cameron Silver

Cameron Silver explains his behavior during Decades' $150 shoe sale.

on Mar 20, 2013

"Never fear being vulgar, just boring," wise words spoken by Diana Vreeland, the legendary Vogue and Bazaar editor, as well as Costume Institute at the Met Museum curator and consultant. Words with which I live by as I firmly believe on being on the right side of tacky. The $150 shoe sale is not the epitome of Decades glamour, but it is a wonderful opportunity for shoppers to buy gently-worn designer shoes on the cheap. (However, why Christos and Billy would include unworn Christian Louboutin pumps and Vivienne Westwood pirate boots makes absolutely no business sense to me, but I digress).

Is the event a bit vulgar? Yes. Having people line up outside the store like they are waiting to get tickets to a Justin Bieber concert and then letting the frenzied caffeinated shoppers stampede in with Starbucks and Slurpee cups in hand creating an unorganized chaos is not exactly elegant. A bit of decorum is needed and no matter what the demo of the shopper, the client always deserves to have a Decades experience and feel like a star. That's rather difficult when the store looks like a circus, so I decided to play the role of ringmaster and amuse our pedicured posse. Christos may have freaked out when I sarcastically warned of plantar warts and other potential fungal infections incurred by wearing these previously-owned shoes, but the shoppers didn't bat an eye. You see, when a woman wants a pair of bargain Brian Atwoods, she's willing to donate a kidney, while often stuffing her paw into a shoe that's two sizes too small.   

Retail is theatre so I gave them a song and dance. I wasn't boring and I was a little vulgar  However, this would have been boring television if I didn't have the talent to amuse.