Capture Fashion by Amanda Del Duca

Ultra Suede

By Amanda Del Duca

Last week I went on a date with Rachael to see Ultra Suede: In Search of Halston, the recent documentary on American designer, Halston.

The viewing was at Soho Beach House and there was a pretty amazing Q&A afterward with film’s director, Whitney Smith, and fashion designer, Naeem Khan.

I really enjoyed the film and getting a chance to look back on such an influencer in modern fashion. I encourage anyone to see Ultra Suede if for nothing more than the incredible eye candy. Covering everything luxe in the 70s, aka everything Halston; the pill-box hat, metallics, accordion pleats, orchids, Studio 54, Liza Minnelli – glamour.

As much of a good time I had going to the movie and dressing up in a little Halston of my own, I can’t help but feel saddened by the tragic legacy Halston left behind. He deserves more credit. The lack of recognition is especially apparent with the 70s revival going on in current fashion. I can’t even look at Marc Jacobs S/S2011 line without thinking – no, no, that’s HALSTON.

Mixed in with the ultimately tragic story of Halston were light parts that really push you to see  and remember the good times. Smith interviewed Halston’s friends, collaborators, muses and business partners – all who spoke of the late designer with careful consideration. Leaving me to feel both love and frustration for Halston’s legacy.

 My personal highlight? Watching interviewer/director Whitney Smith get a verbal werkout from Andre Leon Talley. Amazingness. xx

Caped Halston Heritage dress, available at Jessie Boutique. Shoes, Steve Madden.

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