Photography by Eric Isaac

Cameron Silver

Fashion Director, H by Halston

| Los Feliz/UES

If we had to guess what Cameron Silver was like as a boy, we’d put it this way: if his classmates were all trading in their G.I. Joe’s for new nintendos, Silver was rifling through said Joe’s in pursuit of the rarest ones. What we mean, of course, is that Silver recognized the value in collectibles long before his contemporaries ever would. Our daydreams aside, he’d grow up to found the greatest vintage store of all time, resurrect a defunct, albeit fabled fashion house, and bring centuries of bygone art back into the public eye via international exhibitions he’d put together himself— but, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. Opening the doors to Decades in 1997, Silver is largely responsible for making vintage chic again— he was the first to put Halston, Bill Blass and Madame Grès back on the map… err, rack— and since, it’s won him regulars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Chloe Sevigny. How’s that for nostalgia well-served? Then there’s Silver’s work for museums like The Met, LACMA and MOCA, all for whom he’s curated fashion retrospectives, and his book, Decades: A Century of Fashion, which pays homage to the most significant looks of the 20th century (on another note, his own home is an age-old treasure too: Silver laid eyes on a crumbling 1930s house by the iconic architect, R.M. Schindler, and he took eight years to restore it). Clearly, when it came time for a Halston brand revival, there’d be no one better suited than he. Now Fashion Director of H by Halston and H Halston, Silver’s doing what he does best: judiciously weaving past, present and future together– one dress at a time. Here, Silver sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black books on NYC and LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: In New York, Three Guys Restaurant (MAP ITx) on Madison Avenue. It’s a few blocks away from me and is always reliable and friendly (plus, they have a delicious house salad dressing). In Los Feliz, I can walk to Mustard Seed Cafe (MAP ITx) which serves breakfast all day long– the egg white omelette with organic veggies is my favorite.

COFFEE OR TEA: Via Quadronno (MAP ITx) makes my favorite coffee in the world; I don’t know how they roast those beans, but it’s a magical blend.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: This is a tough question because I am not a foodie. I do think Nobu in Malibu (MAP ITx) offers spectacular sashimi in an ideal setting. In NYC, I love Sette Mezzo (MAP ITx)– it’s like a club and I always run into friends when dining there.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: An icy vodka martini, a little dirty with blue cheese olives from The Caryle in NYC (MAP ITx) or Sunset Tower in LA (MAP ITx). All I need is one!

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: I am a member of SoHo House (MAP ITx) and particularly love the one in Los Angeles.

POWER LUNCH: In NYC, Polo Bar (MAP ITx) is a terrific place to meet new colleagues. In LA, Bestia (MAP ITBOOK ITx).

MUSIC PICK: I only go to the theatre! I rarely hear live music unless it’s in a musical. I am partial to Lincoln Center (MAP IT, x) for any performances.

BEST BRUNCH: Ivy by the Shore (MAP ITBOOK ITx) is a classic. I am not one for the newest or trendiest restaurants in general so I gravitate toward iconic eateries.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: I love to walk through Central Park and can get lost looking at the eclectic people that come into view.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Candle Cafe on Third Avenue (MAP ITx) is my go-to organic restaurant; I get a black bean burger and skip the bun. In LA, Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont (MAP ITBOOK ITx) has the best vegan and raw food; I love the molé tempeh tacos.

GUILTY PLEASURE: El Coyote (MAP ITx)– one of the oldest restaurants in LA with Mexican food in a kitschy manner– or a super lean, corned beef sandwich from NY’s Pastrami Queen (MAP ITx).

LA/NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: In LA, we have a thriving theatre scene… go see a show. In NYC, although not a secret, Neue (MAP ITx) is really a fantastic museum with lovely dining options.

FIRST THING I MISS ABOUT LA/NY: My house in LA; Central Park in NYC.

REGULAR AT: I go to Exhale on the UES often (MAP ITBOOK ITx). They have the most efficient app for booking yoga and you must get a class with Diana Rilov (x).

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Musso and Frank in Hollywood (MAP ITBOOK ITx)– it’s the oldest restaurant in LA and makes me feel like a silent picture star when I dine there.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Postmates gets me everything!

GO-TO GETAWAY: Close to Los Angeles, I love Montecito and would love to retire there. Close to NYC, I prefer to fly away!

CLOSET CHECK: My personal style is very Halston 2.0 with a touch of eclecticism. I love to wear suits in shades of grey with a black tee or turtleneck in the winter. However, I also love to go out in a printed pajama for an alternative, yet elegant look. I have a vast collection of men’s 20th and 21st century clothing; many pieces are quite eccentric and I don’t wear them as often these days; however, you’ll always find me in a statement shoe! My favorite selection of men’s avant garde fashion is in Kuwait at 4 Concept Store. I love the buy and they have e-comm too. In NYC, I get my suits made at Alexander Nash (MAP ITx).

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I am very into mid-20th century. My home in LA is from the 1930s and was designed by R.M. Schindler (it’s called “The Elliot House”). I like French 1950s and have a lot of Jacques Adnet furniture. I am a flea market and auction shopper. Mantiques (MAP ITx) has great “objets.” I just found a great home store in Philadelphia called Rikumo (MAP ITx) which has beautiful Japanese table arts.

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: Jay Diola at Goodform (MAP ITx) is the best hair artist in LA. I’ve seen him for nearly 20 years. In NYC, I go to Jeffrey or Russell at Art and Autonomy in SoHo (MAP ITx). Also in LA, Kat Rudu (x) is my facialist and Tomoko Japanese Spa in Beverly Hills (MAP ITBOOK ITx) provides the best massage on the planet.

FIT PICK: In addition to yoga, I work out with Giray Atalay (x) at Remorca Fitness on 74th Street (MAP ITx) a few times per week; it’s an intimate gym which I prefer. In LA, I go to In and Up Pilates (MAP ITx) and use the FitSpot app to have a trainer meet me at the park.

ULTIMATE NY/LA MOMENT: When I went to the Central Park Hat Luncheon this past May, I felt so New York! I mean I also felt like a lady who lunches too, but I’ve seen pictures of this luncheon for years and it’s quintessential NYC to me. As for LA, anytime I have a random celebrity encounter– from from riding in an elevator with Yul Brynner as a child in the ’70s to spending a random Thanksgiving with Paula Abdul. CP

Cameron’s NY & LA

From L to R: Top: Alexander Nash Suit: El Coyote; Avant Garde Menswear from 4 Concept Store; Lincoln Center. Bottom: Cafe Gratitude; Bestia; Neue Galerie; Soho House West Hollywood.

From L to R: First Row: Suiting from Alexander Nash; El Coyote; Avant Garde Menswear from 4 Concept Store; Outside Lincoln Center. Second Row: Café Gratitude; Seafood from Bestia; Neue Galerie; SoHo House West Hollywood.


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