The 70s Belonged to Halston

Saturday, January 28, 2012


The other night I attended an event at my college. We watched an exclusive film screening of Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, directed by Whitney Smith. It was a wonderful, intriguing documentary about Halston - how he came about, how he lived, who he mingled with, and so on. It was in addition to a few quirky stories from Halston's personal friends, such as Liza Minnelli, Andre Leon Talley, Billy Joel, Diane von Furstenberg, Naeem Kahn, Philip Bloch, Pat Cleveland, and many more.

Halston was a legendary American fashion designer. He was the first to create sweater sets and introduced "casual chic". Speaking of casual chic, he was the first to use ultrasuede, a synthetic fabric that felt like luxury. He was also the first American designer to enter China's market as well as attempting to introduce his luxury brand into a lower-priced market (JC Penney). However, he was way ahead of his time & that idea didn't work out so well for him back then.

Known for his wild dinner parties in his apartment, he also frequented Studio 54 and traveled the world glamorously with his entourage of models. Halston worked hard and lived his life to his fullest. Unfortunately, that also led to his downfall which ultimately led to his death.

Nonetheless, he was probably the only man who could look at fabric spread out on the floor and cut it up without any patterns or measurements & create a stunning dress without a single seam. Amazing.

After the screening, we were treated with a lovely Q&A session with the director Whitney Smith, 70s supermodel Pat Cleveland, and stylist Philip Bloch. It was interesting to hear such personal stories from those who were close to him. Whitney talked about a bit about his filming process as well.

director, Whitney Smith

70s supermodel, Pat Cleveland

stylist, Philip Bloch

I definitely recommend this film. It was not only delightful, but it was educational & charming. If you're in New York City, you can see the film at the IFC Center. I believe it is also available on Demand :)

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52 comments :

A BRIT GREEK said...

I love it when you share films like this... Sounds awesome and my kinda thing.

Thanks 4 sharing!
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chaoskontrolowany said...

So nice photos;)

Kimberly Capeto said...

Hey !
It must be a great movie, I'm going to watch it when I have some spare time.

xoxo

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

Great coverage!

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome post, darling!
Love Halston - must see this film!

xoxox,
CC

Harija said...

Neat post and need to watch it one day!
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Francesca R said...

Oh I'll definitely want to see this movie.i am in love with the 70s!

Daniella said...

I would love to see this film! You've given a great and very insightful post,enjoyed reading this :)

Take care,Daniella xox

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Audrey,

Love films like this and will have to look out for it, many thanks for sharing.

Happy weekend
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Rach said...

i need to watch this film! thanks for sharing!

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MosaMuse said...

GREAT post!
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Mongs said...

wow...thanks for this review. Sounds like a great film to watch. And he really seems like an amazing guy, and so inspirational.

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Fifth N Sixth Closet said...

Thanks for the wonderful review..I would definitely check out the movie!

yummychunklet said...

Thanks for the review! I'll definitely look for it in the indie theaters in Chicago.

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Makes me want to watch that film. xoxo
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VintageDanielle said...

So glad you shared this film. I love reading about amazing fashion history.

Maddy said...

I love documentaries! It's so interesting to go behind-the-scenes the lives of true innovators.

Rhe Beep said...

I need to see this!!! I am a Halston freak.

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Lidiya said...

The film sounds fabulous, I must watch it, there is something so appealing about Halston <3
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Emi Coco said...

Lovely post!

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Mitha Komala said...

great review dear ! i think it is an awesome movie just by seeing the pictures <3

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Cafe Fashionista said...

This film looks phenom! I seriously need to check it out ASAP! :)

Aida said...

Haven't seen it, I want to now!


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Jennifer Fabulous said...

OH MY GOD. I seriously HAVE to see this documentary!!

tywo said...

Never seen this! It seems very interesting. Thanks for sharing! I hope college is going well, and you are having a lovely weekend!


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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh wow, very cool. Thanks for sharing Audrey!

Sam said...

Sounds like a very interesting documentary, one I'd like to watch. Thanks for sharing the background on Halston

Song- Thanh said...

Never heard of this movie, but Ill add this on my "to-watch-list" : )

Call me M said...

It sounds like a really interesting film! I would definitely watch it if I have the chance!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

What an interesting looking film - I'll have to look for it!

xoxo,
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Style, She Wrote said...

A great film indeed! Looks like a fabulous event. Glad you enjoyed it! xo style, she wrote

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I can't wait to see this movie! Keep getting invited to screenings but it's always midday on a work day... Looks like it was a great time :) xoxo

Bonnie said...

Sex, drugs, fame, and fabric? Count me in! :) (Minus the drugs. Ew.)

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Grace said...

Sounds so cool! I want to see that now!

Isabel said...

i want to see this!

Gillie said...

I'm definitely going to check that out, thanks for the reccommendation!

xo Gillie

Chanel Tonè said...

Head over heels for Halston! Will definitely check this out ;)

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Jessi said...

Wow, must have been an exciting event!! It sounds like an interesting film, must check it out!

knk said...

nice post

Schnappy said...

Cool post!:)

Camille said...

what an entrepeneur the guy was uh? ddnt know he was so avant-garde!

Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

This sounds really interesting.

Kristin said...

J'adore Halston...and I've heard fabulous things about the film!

danniekate said...

oh how interesting! it is odd how he went from being so acclaimed to losing it all. how the mighty are fallen...xx

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

This looks amazing! I have got to see it!

xo Mary Jo

BlueVanilla said...

Love! This will be a great watch!
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cinzee said...

Sounds like a fab film!!! Can already imagine how insightful this film must be:)

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Elizabeth said...

My mom had a Halston ultrasuede skirt and a jacket. I remember just sitting next to her and petting those pieces when she would wear either of them. They were so soft like a bunny- at least that's how I described it when I was little.

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Pratishtha Durga said...

Sounds like quite a film. I would love to watch it. I have read about Halston, and find him quite an influence on the fashion world, not to mention, an intriguing person.

Rhônya Holman said...

Definitely I have to check out! I read about him while ago - a very interesting person. Thanks for sharing...

Have a beautiful week Audrey!

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