DESIGNER: Marios Schwab's debut collection for the houseINSPIRATION: 1970's Halston TOP LOOKS: Canary yellow knit cape mini dress; Green single sleeve jersey pants-jumper; Taupe molded wool mini-dress with geometric shaping; Off-white single long sleeve gowns; black velvet cut-out cocktail dress; Red sleeveless cocktail dress and gown
ACCESSORIES: Platform sandals with puffy straps and open-front knee-high and ankle boots; modern jewellery like poured metal in the form of Bluetooth-like ear pieces, liquid metal belts, rings and bracelets
The mirrored obelisks were a reference to the space age 1970's when Halston was king, and to the vanity of the era. One model lay down on a reflective bed and stared transfixed with her own reflection.
The clothes were modern (in a 1970's way) too. There was a pure colour palette of Crayola yellow, green, red, grey, mauve, teal, taupe and ivory. And shapes were softly draped but direct and graphic-in keeping with the original Halston's legacy.
There were long sleeve gowns and jumpers, but with one sleeve only. There were Courreges-esque abbreviated bubble shifts, wide straps that wrap around in panels, fur sleeves and skirts, all in monochrome. Halston is a house of great stature - an American legend - but its enigmatic and signature simplicity has been aped with very little contemporary success.
This is by far the best iteration we have seen of the designer's vision in the decade we have been watching. Maybe it takes an Englishman to get iconic American right?