- Director: Frédéric Tcheng
- Writer: Frédéric Tcheng
- Producer: Frédéric Tcheng; Roland Ballester; James Paul Dallas; Stephanie Levy
Ever heard of...being your own worst enemy? That's Halston. Ever heard of...fashion victim? That's Halston...or, to be more precise, a victim of fashion.
Narcisstic, prissy, obsessive, compulsive, affected, talented and toxic...that's Halston too. He was the living template of the rags-to-riches-to-rags stereotype...his downfall was predictable, his infallibility became fallible...his leap from the top was spectacular, some would argue 'deserved' and utterly, utterly tragic.
Like his brand...Halston disappeared and died...his memory and legacy kept alive by none other than Liza Minnelli...a true friend, who point blank refuses to denigrate Halston in any way whatsoever. Good on ya Liza.
So...what happened to Halston after Halston? He withdrew from the public arena, moved to San Francisco where he died in 1990, aged 57, from that damned scourge. That's all we're told about Halston's last days. Isn't that sad.
Unlike the utterly atrocious Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston  - Frédéric Tcheng's film is grounded in research and preparation. However, he does use an odd little mechanism to propel the story forward...the invention of a fictional archivist who also serves as the narrator...so, it's a bit docu-drama-ish in places and it all just feels a bit odd. But, hey, Halston was a bit of an oddity...so, 'odd' doesn't seem so 'odd' after all!
This is Halston's public history...it's not a personal portrait. He lived in the limelight and died [privately] in the shadows...perhaps, he would have approved of this film...for being very respectful of his privacy.
Fashion designer Halston combined talent, notoriety, and sheer fabulousness to become a legend. From humble beginnings in Des Moines, Iowa, his first brush with fame came when he designed Jackie Onassis’s famous pink pillbox hat. Whether he was popularizing hot pants, creating elegant but comfortable womens wear, launching a perfume line, traveling with a gaggle of models to China, or having hedonistic fun with Liza Minnelli at Studio 54, Halston built a reputation and an empire—and was responsible for many iconic moments in American fashion and culture in the ’70s and ’80s.
Halston tells the story of a complicated man—in both his craft and his business decisions—from the mouths of those who knew the man best. Frédéric Tcheng, a great documentarian of fashion luminaries like Valentino, Diana Vreeland, and Raf Simons, takes an unconventional approach to the bio-doc by creating a narrative (starring Tavi Gevinson, a fashion icon of a different generation) through which to frame the story of this enigmatic designer, which allows Tcheng to delve deeper into this comprehensive exploration of the designer’s rise, fall, and enduring influence.