Roy Halston Frowick is the subject of a recent Netflix biopic, Halston. The series features Ewan McGregor as the eponymous designer.
The Netflix biopic is based on the book Simply Halston by Steven Gaines. The namesake designer hit his peak of success in the 1970s due to his slinky, simplistic aesthetic. Halston’s clothing celebrates the female form, marking a departure from the structured and form-fitting styles of the 1960s. Subsequently, Halston became a staple of the Studio 54 set in the 1960s. In 1990, Halston died from the Aids virus at age 57.
Recently, the production has run into problems with the Halston family. Family members of Halston have described the forthcoming Netflix series “overinflated” and “sensational”.
“As a custodian of the archives, I was not consulted in any way,” stated Lesley Frowick, the late designer’s niece and founder and director of the Halston Personal Archives.
“[I] was unaware [of the show] until the project was near completion and the promotional activity started.”
Source: The Guardian
“there are no problems, only opportunities”
In response to the controversy, the Halston brand has surprised fans. The namesake label has put forward a capsule collection inspired by original Halston designs and costumes which appear within the Netflix series. The collection pieces include ten evening wear looks which start at $995. The outfits are named after each of the “Halsonettes”; an entourage of influential models, actresses and socialites of the time.
The Capsule Collection
In addition to the release of Halston, millions of people have reintroduced themselves to the Halston brand. The iconic American brand has released a capsule collection in collaboration with Netflix to honour the Halston legacy.
The evening wear collection is inspired by the costumes within the show, including the stunning tie-dye caftan which also appears in the first episode. The pieces are available for pre-order now.
Here are some of our picks from the collection:
Elsa Printed Chiffon Caftan
This signature kaftan creates a cinematic moment in the series’ first episode. Ewan McGregor’s Alston wraps the blue fabric around the model-turned-Tiffany’s designer Elsa Peretti’s body to create a stunning silhouette.
Lauren Halter Jersey Gown
Lauren Hutton inspired this bright green gown which features a scooped neckline. It’s constructed out of the brand’s signature jersey fabric and is named after the American model.
Beverly Printed Lurex Gown
This graceful, one-shoulder gown is cut from silk-chiffon and threaded with metallics that shimmer in the light. It features a floor-sweeping hem and is inspired by the iconic dress which Halston made for model Beverly Johnson during her fame-filled 1970s.
Grace Ruched Jersey Gown
Next, is another product of Halston’s signature jersey. That white jersey effortlessly drapes the body, delicately reaching the floor whilst a low-cut V-shaped neckline flatters the décolletage. Ruching ties it up in the back.
Elizabeth Printed Lurex Gown
Halston’s Elizabeth gown is blue, yellow and has large green stripes which combine to create a tie-dye effect. This gown honours one-of-kind muse, Elizabeth Taylor.
Liza Pleated Lurex Caftan
This showstopper features all-over pleating and finely hemmed pleating. Gold and glittering, the gown is a nod to old Hollywood, inspired by the Broadway star Liza Minnelli.
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