My friend HG had the chance to attend a Launch party for the new Halston Heritage line in Toronto a few weeks ago. She agreed to share her experience with us. Here is her contribution:
In their latest attempt to spawn a new generation of Halstonette’s, Halston has launched Halston Heritage. A literal throwback, the line brings back the caftans, jumpsuits and overall glam that made the name Halston synonymous with the effortless party clothes of the 70’s. He dressed and overindulged with the best of Studio 54, which is where these designs were last spotted, draped around the likes of Grace Jones, Liza Minelli, Bianca Jagger and Liz Taylor to name a few.
Roy Halston Frowick had the original Michelle Obama/Jason Wu moment – after designing the oversized pill box hat Jackie O wore to her husband’s inauguration, he left his job at Bergdorf’s and went on to rule the disco era. Halston died a tragic hero death, leaving behind his famous quote “You are only as good as the people you dress.”
Taking a que from Halston, powerhouse movie producer and current owner of the Halston House, Harvey Weinstein crowned Sarah Jessica Parker executive creative director of the heritage line. Arguably, the biggest style icon of our generation, the newest Halstonette was first photographed wearing pieces from the Spring 2010 collection on the set of SATC2, most notably the white dress she is sporting in the promo photos.
SJP recently hit Toronto to fete the line which launched exclusively at the Bay in Canada. Fitting that Halston Heritage is making its debut at the Bay, a brand also looking to resurrect the old days of The St. Regis Room. I was lucky enough to get an invite to the celebration, although arriving fashionably late prevented me from having my moment to gawk at SJP who arrived around 9pm and lasted a total of 10 minutes. Still, the Bay did their best to evoke elements of Studio 54 at Toronto nightclub This is London. Guests arrived to the sounds of the 70’s and an LED dance floor complete with dancers wearing pieces from the debut collection had guests busting out their hottest disco moves.
You can shop the entire collection online at Net-a-Porter.
Here are a few of my snaps from the party.
Warhol’s of the legendary Roy Halston. Andy was a friend and staple at Studio 54.
A model wearing a version of the dress SJP wears in SATC2
Final note: Last summer I did my best Halston heritage when I wore a grey/silver jersey jumpsuit on a night out at Hudson Terrace during a visit to NY. I partied like it was Studio 54...
Peace out. HG