April 24, 2013 |
Halston was America's first celebrity designer, creator of Jackie O's famous pillbox hat and a hard-partying denizen of Studio 54. He was also one of the first fashion figures to license his name, an experiment that failed miserably at the time but paved the way for the democratization of fashion as we know it today. And now, the latest iteration of his design legacy, the contemporary brand Halston Heritage, has a new home at the Beverly Center shopping mall. The Los Angeles-based Halston Heritage opened its West Coast flagship Friday, three weeks after opening its first-ever store on Madison Avenue in New York City.
September 20, 2012 |
The storied New York design house Halston once dressed celebrities the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger and Liza Minnelli. Its founder, Roy Halston, partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 and designed Jackie Kennedy's famous pillbox hat. But after decades of corporate turmoil, the label that once epitomized 1970s glamour in the Big Apple is getting a West Coast makeover - along with at least half a dozen stores and a fresh runway collection next...
February 10, 2012
If Stephen Sondheim and Brian De Palma had collaborated on a horror musical, they would never have made "Don't Go in the Woods," an undercooked, "Glee"-like hybrid of grating indie pop songs and forest slasher flick. The people who did make it — debut feature director Vincent D'Onofrio, and screenwriters Sam Bisbee (responsible for the songs) and Joe Vinciguerra — operate under the lazy artistic assumption that simply touching chocolate and peanut butter together magically makes a Reese's Cup. Instead, a young all-male band of five ventures into wooded seclusion to concentrate on new material, whereupon they perform what sounds like the same whiny lament over and over, bicker, hook up with girls and get knocked off in turn by a masked killer.
February 10, 2012 |
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal. Halston, who died in 1990, is a compelling subject - a Midwesterner who became synonymous with Manhattan night life while changing the fashion industry - and his story helps to define an era. That story is trivialized in this glitter-deep overview of familiar Studio 54 terrain. The film combines two documentary subgenres: the fashion doc and the inquisitive-filmmaker-inserted-in-every-scene doc. The spotlight-hogging director is star-struck first-timer Whitney Sudler-Smith.
May 10, 2010
Elizabeth Taylor is scheduled to be on hand as one of the hosts of the Los Angeles premiere of "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston," a documentary about the life and career of the influential fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick. She was among the celebrities who wore his creations in the '60s and '70s. The screening, which is open to the public, is being held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in conjunction with the museum's costume council. A reception will follow the screening.
February 3, 2008 |
This week, three newcomers to the New York runways will be shaking up the status quo in a distinctly L.A. way. Halston, Herve Leger and Shipley & Halmos come to Fashion Week by way of Hollywood, celebrity and the Internet. And their runway shows are only the beginning of how they present their vision, and market, distribute and sell their clothes. Here's a closer look, and maybe a glimpse of the future.