Halston Fall 2011: Disco Roots

Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" wafted through Cedar Lake last night where Marios Schwab presented his fall collection for Halston. (Sarah Jessica Parker does Halston Heritage so she wasn't there to answer questions about whether she's cool with Blake Lively playing Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel--because she'd totally answer that question.) It's the London-based designer's third collection for the embattled label that has changed hands countless times and, like last season, Schwab is sticking fast to Halston's roots. Models on raised pedestals that formed a triangle were like statues frozen at Studio 54. There were sequined columns in mint green, slashed in the front and back for maximum sex appeal, one-shoulder maxis in chiffon, slinky jersey dresses, and stark white floor-length numbers in sumptuous cashmere with slits up to there. The collection was literally '70s--not '70s reinterpreted for today--which is what we've been seeing all over the runways. It was a sound and sexy collection, but some of it seemed a little lackluster in that they didn't seem updated for today. A few pieces stood out--namely a brown leather knee-length coat, tied at the waist, and a white cashmere maxi dress with the thinnest t-strap running down the back.
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Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" wafted through Cedar Lake last night where Marios Schwab presented his fall collection for Halston. (Sarah Jessica Parker does Halston Heritage so she wasn't there to answer questions about whether she's cool with Blake Lively playing Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel--because she'd totally answer that question.) It's the London-based designer's third collection for the embattled label that has changed hands countless times and, like last season, Schwab is sticking fast to Halston's roots. Models on raised pedestals that formed a triangle were like statues frozen at Studio 54. There were sequined columns in mint green, slashed in the front and back for maximum sex appeal, one-shoulder maxis in chiffon, slinky jersey dresses, and stark white floor-length numbers in sumptuous cashmere with slits up to there. The collection was literally '70s--not '70s reinterpreted for today--which is what we've been seeing all over the runways. It was a sound and sexy collection, but some of it seemed a little lackluster in that they didn't seem updated for today. A few pieces stood out--namely a brown leather knee-length coat, tied at the waist, and a white cashmere maxi dress with the thinnest t-strap running down the back.
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Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" wafted through Cedar Lake last night where Marios Schwab presented his fall collection for Halston. (Sarah Jessica Parker does Halston Heritage so she wasn't there to answer questions about whether she's cool with Blake Lively playing Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel--because she'd totally answer that question.) It's the London-based designer's third collection for the embattled label that has changed hands countless times and, like last season, Schwab is sticking fast to Halston's roots. Models on raised pedestals that formed a triangle were like statues frozen at Studio 54. There were sequined columns in mint green, slashed in the front and back for maximum sex appeal, one-shoulder maxis in chiffon, slinky jersey dresses, and stark white floor-length numbers in sumptuous cashmere with slits up to there. The collection was literally '70s--not '70s reinterpreted for today--which is what we've been seeing all over the runways. It was a sound and sexy collection, but some of it seemed a little lackluster in that they didn't seem updated for today. A few pieces stood out--namely a brown leather knee-length coat, tied at the waist, and a white cashmere maxi dress with the thinnest t-strap running down the back. Unrelated to the actual clothes, the models were arranged in a peculiar way I feel is worth noting though I'm not quite sure what to make of it: white models wore the mint green looks at the tip of the triangle, black models wore the brown and olive green looks in the middle row, Asian models wore the white looks in the row behind that, and it was back to white models for the colorful party dresses in the back row. Hmmm...

**All photos: IMAXTREE