This New Netflix Series Is Every Fashion Lover’s Dream

May 18, 2021 at 06:00AM

Ten minutes into Halston, Netflix’s latest must-watch series, I knew I was going to love it. The ‘70s fashion! The New York backdrop! Ewan McGregor in a patent trench coat! I was long overdue an escapist TV fashion moment (The Queen’s Gambit feels like a long time ago), and this well and truly satisfied that craving. Set in New York in the 1970s and ’80s, the series centres around the life and era-defining work of fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, aka Halston, who is played by Ewan McGregor, and his struggle to steer his eponymous fashion empire. 

The real Halston with friend Liza Minnelli

Costume designer Jeriana San Juan has done an incredible job at capturing the high-octane glamour and sensuality that is at the heart of not only Halston’s designs but also the decade itself. As a ’70s fashion fan, I found it to be a real visual treat. From the sequin-clad costumes of Halston’s close friend Liza Minnelli and the nonchalant tailoring of model Elsa Peretti to the liquid silk of the brand’s runway gowns and the aviator-sunglasses-and-patent-coat cool of Halston himself. It’s honestly the chicest thing on TV right now. 

A snapshot from one of Halston’s original runway shows, February 1978

I’m only halfway through the series, but I can safely say that this is a must-watch show for any fashion fan. And yes, I’ve already spent an evening furiously searching for vintage Halston dresses. So to whet your appetite and give you a little preview of the fabulous style that dominates the series, I’ve put together a few of my favourite ensembles. Scroll down to see more. (Don’t worry: no spoilers.) Enjoy!

With their wide-leg trousers and even bigger sunnies, Halston’s entourage is just too cool for words. 

A snapshot of Liza Minnelli, played by Krysta Rodriguez, performing at one of Halston’s fashion shows. 

Elsa Peretti, played by Rebecca Dayan, was a model and muse to Halston and has one of the best wardrobes of the series. 

Okay, I literally want this outfit in my size. Thanks.

Ultrasuede was one of Halston’s biggest fabric innovations and was a huge success with the New York fashion crowd. 

Classic yet pulled-together. Another suitably chic look from the designer. 

Elsa Peretti modelling one of the designer’s earliest dress designs for potential investors. 

Another dramatic tie-dye look, which could happily be worn in 2021. 

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Author Joy Montgomery | Whowhatwear
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