The Halston brand has signified unpretentious, “wearable” American chic fashion for over sixty years. Success in Chicago in the early 1950s as a hat maker led Roy Halston Frowick to move to New York and work for prominent milliner Lilly Daché. When the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore one of his pillbox hats in 1961, Halston became instantly famous. In the mid-1960s, he branched out into clothing and opened the first Halston Boutique inside of Bergdorf Goodman’s, and in1968 he opened an independent salon on Madison Avenue. Throughout the 1970s socialites and Hollywood glitterati wore Halston creations. He expanded his line to include menswear, bedding, accessories, luggage, and fragrances, and launched a collection for JC Penny in the mid 1980s. In 2010 Sarah Jessica Parker joined the company as president and chief creative officer of Halston Heritage, reviving classic Halston designs.
The Halston brand continues to progress, most recently teaming with the Humane Society, and mentoring Otis College of Art and Design students to design for sustainability and re-define luxury in faux. Here is a gallery of pics from the Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, held in Beverly Hills on May 5, 2013, showcasing the student designs created during the 2012-13 mentorship with Halston and Humane Society.