Racks of designer clothing, rows of Chanel bags, tables full of gold jewelry—and not a single piece from this season. Such was the scene at Vintage at Intermezzo, a vintage show and event organized by the CFDA’s new partner UBM fashion.
Yesterday, the show held a panel discussion (moderated by FU’s editor-in-chief, Katharine K. Zarrella), which included Cameron Silver, the founder of the vintage store Decades, Bridget Morphew of the shop Morphew, and David Casavant, a collector and stylist.
The trio discussed a bevy of topics, including how they’ve found modern designers using vintage pieces as inspiration for contemporary fashion, what vintage means in a world run by fast-fashion empires, and what to buy now that will be worth something in the future. The verdict on the last point was unanimous: buy what you love, first and foremost.
“You just have to really believe in it, it has to speak to you,” said Casavant, who started collecting used or off-season Helmut Lang and Raf Simons menswear, which has now become a highly sought-after collection. “Even if it’s last season and it’s not in right now, that doesn’t mean it’s not valued.”
“Vintage reminds us what it’s like to have emotions [and] to own clothes,” added Silver, telling the audience of a woman he once met who kept the dress she wore when she first met her husband.