Fashion is a beautiful and difficult industry. Succeeding as a designer is a true delight, but if you don't know how to digest it properly, it can end in the greatest of failures. This was precisely what happened to Roy Halston, a master of couture who marked a before and after in the fashion of the 70s. Below we will discover the most interesting anecdotes of the series, but be careful, without spoilers.
The return of Ewan Mcgregor
In the series we will be able to see how Halston rises to stardom in the world of fashion thanks to his ingenuity and perseverance, thus becoming one of the favorite designers of the celebrities of the 70s and 80s. It shows the happiest moments of his life and also the most unfortunate through Ewan McGregor, an actor who reincarnates the designer. There is action, crying, joy, emotion and despair. Whether you like fashion or not, you can't stop watching this series!
Ryan Murphy's Bet
The American series was released last May 14 on Netflix and has 5 episodes of approximately 50 minutes each. It is a drama based on a book by Steven Gaines which reveals the raucous life that Roy Halston led from beginning to end. It was thanks to the persistence of SharrWhite, creator of the series, and RyanMurphy, producer, that the adaptation of the designer's life saw the light of day on the big platform. For those of you who can't locate him, Ryan Murphy is a successful screenwriter, writer, and film and television producer who has produced audiovisual works such as Glee and American Horror Story. Having these references from its creators, are you going to miss it?
In addition to sensational direction and production, the cast of the series is no wonder. Ewan McGregor, multifaceted artist who is the protagonist of cinematic masterpieces such as Star Wars, The Impossible or Moulin Rouge gives life to Roy Halston. It is said that the actor prepared the role with dedication and learned about fashion, sewing and design to embody the character. Krista Rodríguez is a famous singer, dancer and actress who succeeded in works such as The Virginity Hit and Quantico and in the series she plays the charismatic Hollywood artist Liza Minnelli, who was Halston's best friend to the end of her days.
We will also see William Pullman, American actor and director who starred in films such as The independence day and The Sinner giving life to the philanthropist businessman David Mahoney. We will also find in the series the young actress Rebecca Davan, recognized for her role in Vampires everywhere, who plays the character of Elsa Peretti, an important designer of jewels from big houses like Tiffany's, and also a Halston model in his early years as a designer.
Who was Roy Halston
The protagonist of the series had a life full of success, creativity, recognition, selfishness, greed, failure and despair. Roy Halston was an innovative, creative and quirky designer who came to the fashion industry in the 1960s to completely revolutionize it. He grew up in Iowa, United States, and in his early teens he moved to Chicago with his family, where he began designing hats, studying art, and working as a decorator. He was a handsome and stylish man who struggled to find a foothold in an industry that would turn his life upside down.
In the series you can see how his beginnings in the world of design were and his ambition to always seek perfection. His ingenious and agile mind combined with his audacity and greed to achieve the construction of true works of art. He quickly became at the rhythm of the city and his creations were recognized by great stylists, magazines and photographers. After his initial success, he moved to New York and opened his first store there. It didn't take long for the designer's muses and models to knock on his door when he moved to the city. It was in the Big Apple that he also began to attract famous and successful women like Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore one of his hats at a public event in 1961.
Halston quickly became one of the world's most renowned fashion designers, dressing women of the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Bianca Jagger. Fame and success quickly overtook him and parties, drugs, sex and greed began to lead his life into a maze from which he could not escape. The popularity made Halston forget values such as love and respect and fill the rest of his days with anger and selfishness.
Finally, the rhythm of his life affected his health and at the age of 56 he was diagnosed with AIDS, thus being forced to retire from the world of fashion and cancel his activity at night in New York. At the age of 58, he died of lung cancer caused by his illness.
A fashion production where style is the protagonist
The series embodies Halston's more raucous and glamorous aesthetic of the '70s. It was he who established shirt dresses tied at the waist, cashmere jumpers, clean-cut trousers and structured jackets made of the highest quality materials. His favorite colors were red, black and beige, also giving sporadic touches of color to his clothes with electric blue and fuchsia. Throughout the entire series we will be able to see this color palette through its most famous designs. Below we see Halston's Ultrasuede dress, one of his most iconic pieces.
The first few episodes of the series recreate some of Halston's most iconic sketches, and the costumes worn by the entire cast are a true work of art. Just to appreciate the fall of the series' dresses, the wide-brimmed hats worn by its characters and the fur coats that we can see in their parades, it is worth swallowing all its chapters. The wardrobe manager for Halston is the young designer Jeriana San Juan, who worked her ass off finding original pieces of Halston's clothing all over the United States. She searched second-hand stores, online auctions and private stores and finally managed to find unique and special garments that became the protagonists of the series. The clothing of the series reminds us that fashions always come back and allows us to appreciate a vintage aesthetic that is very appetizing in the middle of 2021.
If you're a fashion lover and haven't heard of Halston yet, you know where to find it! The 5 chapters of it will make you enter the 70s of a New York full of fame, success and lust at the hands of the most famous designer of the time. Don't miss it, you'll have fun!
Frequently Asked Questions about the Halston Series
Who is Halston?
Roy Halston was the first American designer to rise to fame in the 1970s. She revolutionized the fashion industry with her shirt dresses, wide-brimmed hats and halter neck dresses. In addition, he was the king of nightlife at the time in New York.
How many episodes does the series have?
The series is made up of 5 chapters of approximately 50 minutes each and you can find it on Netflix.
How did Halston die?
The designer's quick success led him to become part of a life full of fun but also unhealthy habits. Drugs, alcohol and his bad routines made him diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 56, the disease that would end his life two years later.