Vintage For Oscars, Grounded For New York Fashion Week

Jason Campbell

With the exception of a couple appearances, since I returned from Brazil to Los Angeles a couple weeks days ago, I’ve operated off-the-radar, primarily turning up at boutiques and private atelier appointments to seek out Oscars dresses.  This kind of existence is one of my favorite features about LA.  I love the anonyminity of traveling by car to your destination and then making a hasty retreat back to the home front without anyone knowing you’re in town.

Shopping for the Oscars always bring on case of agita because there never seems to be enough options.  Hollywood is wising up to the rich looking pretty dresses and stylists are mining the better boutiques across the country. And with so many starlets and reality show stars, many of the stores are tapped of any real gems.  To avoid setting up my clients, I shy away from the usual red carpet designers: Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Armani Prive and Oscar de la Renta. The dreaded faux pas of sharing a dress at a major event or suggesting a look already preview at a prior event, I think is more likely if you go the marquee designer route. Vintage is far less dangerous and infinitely more interesting.  This year I’m dressing four clients so i’ve been calling in dresses from my favorite New York vintage stores (NY Vintage, Frock) and from a couple LA outposts.  I haven’t firmed up on who wears what yet but I have come across an exquisite Azzarro, a stealthy Thierry Mugler and strangely enough a stunning graphic black and white Oscars de la Renta couture dress from the 80s.

I was suppose in New York today to attend Fashion Week but with the weather wreaking havoc across the country, I cancelled my trip and will stay in Los Angeles.  This is the season that I’ll check out some of these live streaming show via the Internet. See you at Alexander Wang and Rodarte.

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