Roy Halston Forwick was an influential American fashion designer, gaining attention at the beginning of his career for his beautiful millinery. Having designed and produced women’s hats during his time at art school, Halston’s creations proved popular enough for him to open his first store in Chicago in 1957. By 1966, the brand had expanded to encapsulate women’s clothing, for which the designer quickly became renowned for. His understated, clean designs were innovative against the lavish styles of the 1970’s. Halston’s approach was to create an effortless and relaxed aesthetic while remaining elegant and enticing. For this, Halston is seen as revolutionising the style of the time in America, championing a pared-down yet luxurious style not seen before. The label was known for its cashmere knits, asymmetric cuts and one-shoulder and halter-neck dresses- all of which remain classic styles to this day.
Throughout the 1970’s the brand gained iconic status, Halston seen as an icon himself, mixing with every celebrity at Studio 54. During the 1980’s, Halston lost control of his eponymous label and in 1990 the designer passed away. Today, the fashion house is owned by Xcel Brands, and is under the creative direction of Robert Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has continued the legacy of the house through his minimalistic and elegant approach to design. The house today maintains inspiration from the brand’s early and iconic years while adding a distinctive, modern edge. Signature asymmetric lines and one shoulder dresses are available in an array of colours, and understated styles are elevated through expert draping. Working to produce beautiful and experimental silhouettes, Halston stays refined and sophisticated. From tailored separates to fluid jumpsuits, Halston is as timeless as ever.
Halston collections can be purchased from the brand’s online store, and from Net-a-Porter.