Monday, 4 February 2008

Halston Rediscovered

Halston was THE luxury label of the 70s. Think slinky, think louche, think studio 54. It was founded by Roy Halston Frowick who could have been a poster boy for the American dream. He started off his career as a milliner but wanting to spread his creative wings established his own clothing label in 1966 with financial backing from Bergdorf Goodman and as they say a star was born. He rubbed shoulders with the elite of his day and the glitterati - Elizabeth Taylor, Anjelica Houston, Bianca Jagger - all partied in his sensual yet elegant designs. But his meteoric rise was to end in tragedy - he sold his business for 12 million dollars in 1973 and was sacked from the company he built from scratch in 1984. He died in the early 90s from AIDS. There have been several attempts to relaunch the label but they've all proved unsuccessful until now. Thirty years after the its inception a clique comprised of fashion and hollywood hotshots - Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon, hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, uber stylist Rachel Zoe and Versace's Marco Zaniniare -are taking a stab at recapturing the ethos of the brand. So what can we expect? Well the show debued at New York Fashion week today and net-a-porter has inked an exclusive deal to show footage of the launch and sell two key pieces tomorrow. You can check it out at

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