Cameron Silver

Cameron explains why he was so disappointed in Christos' handling of the Billy situation.

on Apr 10, 20130

I know Dukes of Melrose is not a dramatic as RHOA, but as Britney Spears so eloquently said "I'm not that innocent." Besides, a little drama often yields to a breakthrough and makes for entertaining TV. Let's be honest: this show would be like watching paint dry if I didn't give you my certain je ne sais quoi on every episode. However, unlike a cat, I don't necessarily have nine lives, so as Christos continues to throw me under the bus, I must be like Lazarus and rise from the grave he is often digging for me.

Case in point: the meeting where I confront the staff on my disappointment for many not replying to  my TWO invitations via email to attend the VIP opening at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles of THE TOTAL LOOK: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton. I really made an effort to make sure the Decades team could be part of the exclusive opening. My professional life goes far beyond the fabled Melrose walls of Decades. I am a busy Creative Consultant/Director for many luxury brands, an active philanthropist and arts patron, a best selling-author (my book, Decades: A Century of Fashion is already in its second printing), a narrator (you must watch Versailles 73: A Fashion Revolution), the wonderful documentary I narrate), and now I can add curator to my eclectic resume. I couldn't take the team to Cannes for the premiere of Versailles 73, but I wanted them at the debut of my exhibit.

When questioned as to why so many had ignored my email to be my guest, it was only Billy who responded in a disrespectful and flippant manner. I called him out on it. Ideally I should have immediately terminated the meeting and taken Billy aside for a one-on-one conversation to express my frustration on his behavior, but I was in the moment and quite frankly pissed. Aside from Billy's behavior, it really was Christos that disappointed me the most. He did not act like my business partner. He was unable to be objective and realize that an employee should not treat his boss in such a manner. Christos elected to not stand by me, but placate Billy, throw me under the bus, and then utter the four most disturbing words I have ever heard between an employer and employee: "I LOVE YOU BILLY"...made even more odd as they were said while hugging and stroking Billy's shaved head. As Christos would say, "Talk about a situation." I think I threw up a little bit in my mouth.  

21 comments
SFViewer
SFViewer

Now YOU have personality - unlike that boring Rachel Zoe. Yes, you can be obnoxious, but you're incredibly  funny and interesting. This show should be an hour long. 

bogotaliz
bogotaliz

You are obnoxious coincided and nasy

Textilequeen
Textilequeen

Being invited by one's boss to an event of any kind in any field is like being thrown a bone. A glimpse of what it could be like when you climb the ladder and often, let's not forget, free entertainment. So, on many levels any normal employee would probably jump at such an opportunity. You might hate your boss but think of the people you might meet, the connections, the eye opening experiences. This could be in the fashion industry or dry-walling. It's just immature of the employees. This Billy behaving as he did deserves a slap on his balding head. Cameron - fabulous. If only my boss would invite me to a soirée! Grow some, kids. Seriously.

Steve_C
Steve_C

I have been working in the very high fashion luxury retail sector for over a "decade". ;-) Typically when an email is sent it to you directly by your boss and anyone higher than that,  a response is quickly expected. Otherwise, there will be a nasty phone call that will soon follow.  Crying and getting emotional in a staff meeting is frowned upon.  Matters like that should be taken in private. Because as fun, fabulous and amazing it is to work in fashion, at the end of the day it is a business.

GogoSF
GogoSF

"When questioned as to why so many had ignored my email to be my guest..." Okay, Skippy, that's your problem right there. The fact that 'so many' ignored your email should set off some serious soul-searching and introspection on your part. Billy was the only one who let on that it's because you're tiresome so you lashed out at him. If Dukes of Melrose were Real Housewives of New Jersey, Cameron would be Teresa Giudice--flipping over tables and acting like a low-rent wharf-rat, all the while bragging about how much money it paid for its little wharf-rat mink hat. Ugh. I do really like the show though.

lil-jer-jer
lil-jer-jer

 Cameron is the original owner and he should be respected for that alone, because none of us would have jobs if he wasn't there. Decades put the contemporary section on the map and that was Cameron's doing. Each employee must understand the bus wouldn't even exist for them including the loveable Christos if it wasn't for Cameron's spectacular coattails. His coattails are dragging with a lot whiners lately!

@babymoos
@babymoos

I just finished watching this episode and was horrified to watch Christos run to kiss Billy's ass and walk over the top of his partner's head! Cameron has every right to call out an employee for something at a company meeting, and he was nicer about the smack down than I thought he should have been after the snarky attitude Billy was giving him. Christo has now made every look weak with his hand wringing poor me crap! Billy collects a paycheck so he owes the respect, not the other way around. This is the way it works to keep your job.

just saying

bpster
bpster

I love this show and I love you both!! That being said, you are not a conventional boss so normal employee/boss rules don't apply!! You toot your own horn enough you don't need any more praise, just keep doing you and quite complaining so much. 

Gken
Gken

Cameron stop being such a diva, it is irritating.

katherinesandoz
katherinesandoz

if one throws a fabulous and cultural topical party, say @camerondecades, then one should respond quickly and cordially - especially if they are an employee.  who wouldn't want to attend unless they had tsetse fever or dinner plans in firenze?

 

billy can be forgiven quickly as he suffers only a case of bad manners with a side of petulance.

 

@christosdecades, on the other hand, needs to mea culpa, pronto.

 

i am not an only child by a long shot, so i know who was correct, who was badly behaved and who is wrong.

 

too bad it seems i am preaching to the choir.

bootsback
bootsback

Cameron in real life is much more charming and warm than in this "reality" show. He has charisma, and often times those without charisma who really really want to be fabulous or even famous are deeply jealous of those WITH charisma and tend to attack them - its simply a case of jealousy. "The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" - Oscar Wilde

GWTWFAB
GWTWFAB

Cameron, I'll come work for you and respond to all of your emails and attend any and every fabulous event to which you invite me! And I'll appreciate the hell out of all of it. 

hatboy
hatboy

"I love you Billy"  ?   Ha ha ha ha ha.

Dakotaheman
Dakotaheman

Is Christos serious?! That is not acceptable. Teams should stick together. Great show but the history of the garments is the coolest thing and if Christos doesn't start using a little respect Cameron might just get his own show. Also I like that strapping young lad Marcus. Need to see more of him;)

jack@0208
jack@0208

As a stylist and a personal shopper in LA, I agree with every single word Cameron just said. An employee can not act the way Billy did. Very unprofessional, disrespectful and rude. As for Christos, very wrong for him to not stand by Cameron. When someone is a business partner, they should be more supportive of the other.

Ventriloquista
Ventriloquista

I cannot believe they (BILLY THE NINCOMPOOP) wouldn't cherish the invitation! Don't they realize these sorts of events happen once in a fashion lifetime? Cameron, you're always so inclusive and it's lovely. Who cares about the ninnies who don't get it?

UsedPony
UsedPony

It's very sad when your coworkers and employees are unsupportive of business related projects and events. They should all realize that these are IMPORTANT and Influential events that they should be proud to be a part of and invited to. More support people! Come on!

Glammy
Glammy

Really loving the show. The exhibit was amazingly put together. I agree you should have talked to billy away from everyone, but we all learn from mistakes. The relationship between billy and Christos is a little like a teacher and a kindergarten kid,works for 5 year olds maybe but not professional or healthy in an business environment.

GlamDuo
GlamDuo

You were justified in your reaction to Billy's comment. Bottom line, he is an employee and should have responded to your email, that's a part of HIS job. Maybe you comment was a bit harsh, but it was in the moment and you felt disrespected. Christo's defending Billy was just his way of trying to be the peace maker, he's still Team Cameron all the way. Love you guys! Great show! See ya'll next week.

HineyBooBoo
HineyBooBoo

@bogotaliz you are a great speller! Conceited Nasy? Is that nasty?

HineyBooBoo
HineyBooBoo

@GogoSF Cameron has a much more attractive hairline than Teresa. Billy works for Cameron. Billy should reply to his boss especially when being invited to an A list party and exclusive museum opening. It's called manners. I wish I had a chance to have met Vidal Sassoon before he passed away and hang out with Peggy Moffitt. Cameron invite me to anything! I will be your date. Billy's poor manners are my gain. Cameron goes to the best events around the world. I'm jelly but loving.