Halston has had a rough go of it in recent years. Once one of the it-labels in the US, it’s gone through countless owners, designers and reinventions, none successfully. Not even Harvey Weinstein and Sarah Jessica Parker could make it work. So, could a new team in new fashion capital Los Angeles be its saving grace?
Usually, it’s editorial shakeups that get us all confused and inspire us to create befuddling charts and guides to recap and (at least attempt to) make sense of movement within the fashion industry. Lately, however, it seems that most of the movement is taking place at big fashion houses. Whether it’s the economy or designers getting burnt-out, it seems like a top level position opens (or gets filled) every week.
From Galliano’s exit from Dior to Marios Schwab’s from Halston (which happened so recently we didn’t have a chance to include it), here’s our little visual guide to the recent ins and outs at major fashion houses.
It was a blink and you missed it throwaway line in Sarah Jessica Parker’s Vogue cover story that we admit went right over our heads (thanks to Fashionologie for bringing it to our attention)–a little phrase that essentially announced the end of Sarah Jessica Parker’s relationship with Halston’s contemporary label, Halston Heritage, which began in January of last year. Eve MacSweeney writes:
When Sex and the City, to her own surprise, made her a fashion star, she launched her own design label and perfumes, as well as signing on to run the Halston Heritage label, a relationship that recently came to an end.
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“It took me a long time to say yes,” she said of being offered the position of president and chief creative officer at Halston and Halston Heritage. “I kept saying, ‘You understand, by offering this you are going to be criticized?’”
“I said, ‘Please know this now: I will never do this for a title. I will never dip in and out of this. I’ll do it like everything else I’ve ever done. I’ll be involved down to the splitting of the atom.’”
However, she admits there has been a learning curve. “I might not have the language; I can’t always tell you the exact blend of a fabric, but I figure it out,” she said.
Rent the Runway, the clothing version of Bag, Borrow or Steal, is now stocking pieces from Halston’s Heritage line. Coming up next: fashion darling Prabal Gurung. I have to admit, I’m a bit skeptical about Rent the Runway. As a person who believes in investing in a few nice pieces and wearing them repeatedly, Rent Read more →
The rumors are true. Sarah Jessica Parker is indeed taking on a creative role at Halston’s new Heritage line, which aims to reinvent the legendary designer’s classic silhouettes for the modern woman. We’re slightly relieved for Halston’s ready-to-wear designer Marios Schwab. He won’t be directly sharing design responsibilities with Parker, but we still believe this Read more →