Halston

The culture of fashion: A Halstonette’s ephemera for sale



Halston

Halston worked with glamazon models like the late great Naomi Sims (draped in white silk jersey), Marina Schiano, and Elsa Peretti. Elsa came out with her head bowed in a black fedora. Backstage, I congratulated her on her wonderful presence. She shrugged her shoulders and exclaimed in her lyrical voice, “But Nancy, I bowed my head because I was so scared!” It was a time of models with great personalities – these women had unique styles. Elsa had that Warhol style that embraced the unpredictable yet fascinating.”

The above is from an interesting Q&A with Halstonette Nancy North, who is auctioning items including Elsa Peretti jewellery, Halston fashion sketches and candid snaps of Halston and co at Doyle today. My imaginary paddle is poised for the Antonio Lopez illustrations…

Nancy North by Antonio Lopez
Nancy North and Andy Warhol
 Elsa Peretti Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver and Leather Box

I wonder if a future generation will look back on Gigi, Bella, Kaia et al with the same obsessive fascination that my generation has for the Halston years? I hope these girls have someone in their midst capturing and archiving all the micro moments the way Warhol, Hiro and Lopez documented them. Instagram and selfies are great, but somewhat ephemeral. When you’re in the epicentre of the moment you don’t realise until it’s way too late…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Roy Halston; Nancy North by Antonio Lopez; photographer tbc; Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co sterling silver and leather box

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Things to see: Halston, the movie



Halston movie Frederic Tcheng

Frédéric Tcheng has done it again. If you loved Dior & I, you have to see HALSTON, which opens in the UK on Friday. It’s the story of legendary designer Halston’s rise and downfall, with a brilliant cast of characters retelling the story.

Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland and Liza Minelli were my favourites, along with a coterie of hard nosed New York business types relaying the excesses of Roy ‘Hall-ston’ Frowick (his name was originally pronounced Hal-ston, but he rebranded himself with the fancier ‘Hall’ sound). (more…)



Why has Cocosa opened a physical store?



Flash sale websites are raising their game as competition between them increases. Which is good news for the consumer. Cocosa has already stepped up its offer with a beauty section (which is quite impressive with regular sales from some of my favourite brands including Cowshed, This Works,  and Super by Dr Perricone), and from today opens its first bricks-and-mortar store. The four-day pop-up shop will give customers up to 80% off international menswear and womenswear brands including Halston (above left), Issa (above right) and Missoni.

But why a pop-up and why now? “The pop-up shop experience is designed to raise the awareness of Cocosa to new audiences and enables both new and existing customers to experience Cocosa live, where they can browse and buy incredible designer brands at up to 80% off,” says Cocosa’s Head of Operations, Andrew Miles. And the timing is no coincidence. “The pop-up shop is centred in one of the most fashion forward cities of the world just as fashion weeks across the globe start to kick off,” says Miles. “It’s perfectly positioned to display our ethos to consumers and that’s simply handpicked designer fashion at incredible prices.” For all the hoopla about online shopping, it seems that a physical presence is still a plus when it comes to raising brand visibility.

Cocosa’s pop-up is at The Oui Rooms, 40 Eastecastle Street, W1 from 11-15th September.