After the Halston brand has passed through the hands of several
investors since the death of its founder – including those of film producer
and sex offender Harvey Weinstein – it is now experiencing a revival. This
big name in American fashion, which was born in 1966 as a ready-to-wear
label, is now finding its audience in a new generation thanks to the
Netflix series of the same name.
Halston has been associated with the Hilco Brands Group since 2007 and
has had many creative directors at the top: Marco Zanini, Marios Schwab,
the actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Robert Rodriguez has been the artistic
director since the end of 2019 and has come up with a capsule collection,
especially with the Netflix teams – available for pre-order since last
week. FashionUnited exchanged emails with Robert Rodriguez to better
understand the legacy of an aesthetic that has shaped American fashion.
You joined Halston just before 2020. How would you rate this first
I started at Halston in November 2019 as Creative Director. Shortly
thereafter, I started thinking about rebranding Halston. It was an exciting
time for me as I have watched Halston’s work throughout my career and had a
great deal of admiration for the brand. The first time I heard or saw the
name Halston I think was when my mother gave me a bottle of her men’s
fragrance. I was about twelve years old, and even then, as a little boy, I
knew I wanted to design women’s clothing.
Has the Halston fashion house kept all the collections designed by Roy
Halston Frowick? How is your relationship with this archive? Do you refer
to it often or try to keep some distance from this legacy?
The Halston archives are kept. While I don’t physically consult them often,
I regularly refer to photos and previous work for inspiration. I try to
stay true to the brand’s heritage while staying modern and fresh at the
How do you creatively develop a brand with such an iconic past?
In a way, Halston and I are very similar in everything he loved. We are
both minimalists when it comes to designing collections. Opulence and
femininity have always been part of my DNA and there’s this sexiness that
we both love. I try to stay true to the essence of the Halston aesthetic
while reinterpreting it for the woman of today.
The Halston series, offered by Netflix, is now bringing the brand to a
The series has revitalized the brand by highlighting Halston’s incredible
influence on fashion, especially among today’s younger generation who were
unaware of it. We have seen a huge increase in the number of visitors to
our Instagram account and website. We expect that to continue now that the
capsule collection has hit the market.
The Netflix series reveals Roy Halston Frowick’s creative process and
extravaganza. Does your process have any similarities to his? Which?
Like Halston, I always surround myself with orchids. As for my process,
I often refer to his previous work. I try to pay homage to Halston’s
designs while also modernizing them for today’s woman. I also consult with
Halston’s model and muse Chris Royer. We talk and talk every Sunday about
Halston, her inspiration and her personality. She’s also my mentor, I
interview her often and share sketches with her to hear her perspective on
what Halston would think.
Halston is synonymous with glamor, which is particularly highlighted by
the new Netflix series. What does glamor mean for Halston fashion house in
After more than a year of staying home, women are again ready to dress up
and embrace the idea of glamor. At Halston, glamor is always designed in a
minimalist, no-frills way. It’s all about sexy silhouettes, bold colors and
the use of signature materials like viscose jersey, lurex chiffon and the
batik prints that Halston is known for.
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This article was previously published on FashionUnited.fr.
Translation and editing: Kelly Press