At the epicentre of 1970s luxury there was Roy Halston Frowick, the American designer who frequented the hub of cool Studio 54 with an inner circle as glamorous as the clothes he was known for creating. Andy Warhol! Liza Minnelli! Pat Cleveland! His allure continues to be of cultural consequence, as proven by a new eponymous Netflix mini-series and now a capsule collection, inspired by Halston’s life and designs.
The Halston label collaborated with Netflix, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to create ten looks marking the release of the series, with pieces starting at around £700 (available to pre-order now). The evening-wear collection draws its titles from “Halstonettes”, the term given to the influential women who donned Halston’s fashion. Some outstanding pieces include a fuchsia-hued chiffon gown, a one-shouldered jersey costume, and a vibrant blue chiffon kaftan.
Known for his use of soft, lustrous fabrics and elegant silhouettes, Halston’s designs are considered revolutionary in the womenswear landscape. The designer catapulted to fame after he designed First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy’s pillbox hat for the 1961 Presidential inauguration. His life was explored by American journalist in Simply Halston: The Untold Story, which served as the inspiration for the dramatic Netflix biopic. The show, starring Ewan McGregor, has already captivated audiences, and rightfully so: Halston was undeniably a pinnacle of the disco-era, a time characterised by opulence and frivolity.
“Roy Halston Frowick single-handedly created luxury American fashion,” Robert Rodriguez, Halston’s chief creative officer, said in a statement. “It was exciting to recreate the iconic Halston archive dresses that appear in the Netflix series and reinterpret them for modern day. I am grateful to be part of this homage to Halston, who has inspired designers throughout the world.”
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