That same two-piece outfit – originally sold in uptown Charlotte – is garnering credit for being first out of the gate on a men’s fashion trend this week.
Decker, who grew up in Matthews, used Twitter to track down the outfit Wednesday. Her tweets led to an interesting Twitter exchange that night between Decker and another Panthers star.
“URGENT: Who makes Cam Newton's coachella romper, because I want it for myself,” tweeted Decker.
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Twitter users quickly let her know that uptown Charlotte boutique SCORE Retail Lounge and Sweets Bar, in the Latta Arcade, sold the outfit that Newton posted on Instagram.
SCORE owner Jay Knox said Thursday that Decker had contacted the store in search of the outfit and that he plans to ship her one, in a man’s “small” size, overnight.
Knox, who spoke with Decker by phone Thursday afternoon, said that he offered to alter the outfit – “built 100 percent for a man” – but Decker told him she wanted to do it herself so that she could add it to her wardrobe sooner.
“She was super-stoked,” Knox said.
The Woodstock era-inspired two-piece outfit was an exclusive that only SCORE sold, Knox said. The store owner and fashion supplier said he doesn’t plan on having any more of the outfits made, but his store will carry similar outfits to sell. He’s still holding a few of the two-piece outfits for an auction benefitting the Cam Newton Foundation.
On Wednesday night, Panthers center Ryan Kalil posted a video from Newton, in which the quarterback left the outfit’s source as a mystery, on Twitter.
“OK, Miss Brooklyn, I hear that you’re trying to find the secrets for Cam’s sauce ... outfit,” Newton says in the video. “Unfortunately, I can’t give you the directive of finding the actual outfit, but ... let’s just say I found it in a place in Charlotte that you may be hip to.”
Decker tweeted back that she had found her own source – a “leak” – for the outfit. She wrote that they’d be “twinning soon enough.”
Decker did photo shoots for magazines such as Vogue, Elle, GQ, Glamour, Esquire and Cosmopolitan. She graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in 2011 and has acted in movies and television.
Recently, she helped launch a free website, Finery, that assembles a virtual inventory of what’s in a woman’s closet to help, among other benefits, suggest outfit ideas and offer guidance on purchases.
Viral fashion trend
People magazine on Wednesday wrote that the “rompers-for-men trend is currently taking the Internet by storm thanks to a Kickstarter “RompHim” campaign that went viral.”
The magazine noted that Newton “already knew that this was a head-turning look” a month ago.
Newton posted a photo of his two-piece outfit – technically not a romper, Knox – on Instagram last month, “weeks before the Internet kerfuffle that started when the Kickstarter campaign went viral on Monday.”
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Cam Newton's first public appearance since shoulder surgery was for a good cause. Jourdan Rodriguejrodrigue@charlotteobserver.com