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L.A.'s Decades does reality TV with 'Dukes of Melrose' on March 6

January 24, 2013|By Adam Tschorn
  • L.A. upscale vintage boutique owners Christos Garkinos, left, and Cameron Silver star in the new Bravo TV reality series "Dukes of Melrose," which debuts March 6.
L.A. upscale vintage boutique owners Christos Garkinos, left, and Cameron… (Mike Rosenthal / Bravo )

Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, owners of the upscale vintage boutique Decades on Melrose Avenue, are set to make their reality television debut March 6 with “Dukes of Melrose," Bravo TV announced Thursday. 

The debut season of the long-gestating show (we first told you about it back in 2011), which focuses on the duo's business of buying and selling of high-end vintage women's apparel and accessories and covers locales from Hollywood walk-in closets to the auctions of Paris, was shot over the first five months of 2012 during the boutique's busy run up to the 2012 Academy Awards.

We had a chance to ask some silly (and a few not so silly) questions of half the "Dukes" duo shortly after Thursday's announcement (Silver is currently at the Paris haute couture shows).

All The Rage: Traditionally a person with the title of "duke" presides over a duchy – so what's your duchy?

Christos Garkinos: I’ve been tweeting that I may be a duke of Melrose but I only go from Crescent Heights to Robertson [Blvd.].

ATR: In a fashion walk-off against "Downton Abbey’s” Earl of Grantham, who would win?

CG: Are you kidding? I would – he’d be destroyed.

ATR: Comparing the “Dukes of Melrose” to “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which one of you would be Bo Duke and which would be Luke Duke?

CG: I look really good in short shorts so I’d have to be Daisy Duke for sure.

ATR: You and Cameron have been in business together for, well, decades. How did you meet?

CG: We were actually set up on a blind date in 1997 – it didn’t go so well. He showed up in a fur and we had Korean barbecue. I was like: ‘We should just be friends,’ but we still ended up becoming business partners in 1999.

ATR: What do you think will be the biggest impact of the reality TV show on your business?

CG: We’re really well-known in L.A. and New York but I think this will really open us up to other markets that haven’t heard of Decades before – both in terms of finding clothes and selling … and I’m sure when spring break happens, there will be a lot of people coming in [the store] from Michigan – where I’m from.

ATR: Was there anything that surprised you over the course of making the show?

CG: It surprised me that there was a lot of work – more than I thought – especially when you’re trying to run a business and do this at the same time. I think I worked for 82 straight days without a day off, coming in on Sundays to catch up on things. I think I lost like 25 pounds -- which is great -- I call it the reality show diet.

ATR: What can the viewers expect to see?

CG: Besides the final, last-ever appearance of Phyllis Diller? They should expect some serious fashion porn. We've got a vintage Schiaparelli dress that Cameron bought 15 years ago, there’s some vintage Givenchy, vintage Mugler. One of the great things is you’ll learn a lot from the show – Cameron knows so much you’ll definitely learn something too – and laugh at the same time.

ATR: Given the business you're in, you guys have got to have some seriously chic “Dukes of Melrose” T-shirts all ready to sell at the Bravo gift shop, right?

CG: That’s actually a good question. It can't just be a cut-off T-shirt. I think we need to have something that’s Swarovski [crystal] encrusted, right? Maybe make it a collaboration with Hedi [Slimane] or someone like that. It would need to be something that interesting.

"Dukes of Melrose," which debuts Wednesday, March 6, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, will air following a pair of returning L.A.-centric fashion-flavored reality shows, “The Rachel Zoe Project” and "It’s a Brad, Brad World.”

Although the channel is calling its new programming block "Fashion Night by Bravo," we think they've missed a catchy branding opportunity.

"Must Wear Wednesday" anyone?


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