NEW YORK — It may be without a designer, but Halston is moving full speed ahead, with new in-store environments at Harrods, exclusive Hong Kong distribution through Lane Crawford and a retrospective to be unveiled at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco in October.
Despite recent news of creative director Marco Zanini’s departure, the developments could be seen as a signal of the continued commitment of its owners, The Weinstein Co. and Hilco Consumer Capital LLC, to revive the iconic label. Tonight, Halston is celebrating a new partnership with Lane Crawford, which launched the collection in Asia in an exclusive for the fall season. Guests at the cocktail reception at Lane Crawford will see an extensive display of the Zanini-designed collection in the Hong Kong store’s main atrium.
On Friday, meanwhile, Halston will arrive at Harrods in London with a 300-square-foot accessories shop-in-shop on the main-floor Room of Luxury department. The shop, which is operated by Harrods, is located near the likes of Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and Chloé.
Harrods also plans to add a full ready-to-wear shop in its International Designers Room department next spring. Halston had an exclusive partnership with Selfridges in London for fall, resulting in an 800-square-foot Halston shop, which opened in June.
“It’s the launch of the brand within Harrods, and the accessories shop just happens to open first, because we had a one-season deal with Selfridges,” explained Bonnie Takhar, president and chief executive officer of Halston, adding the rtw shop that opens at Harrods will double-expose some of the Halston accessories and shoes.
Takhar said more in-store boutiques are in the pipeline, though she wouldn’t disclose specifics. “We are planning to open one in Dubai and in Russia,” she said, adding that the plan is to open more such environments in the future.
The fall relaunch season, designed by Zanini, is being sold worldwide at 70 distribution points in 20 countries.
In the U.S., the fall season of Halston is being sold at four Neiman Marcus doors, in addition to several specialty stores including Ikram in Chicago and Jeffrey New York. To celebrate the new direction, Halston has worked with Stéphane Houy-Towner, a research associate at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to put together a small retrospective of the brand, which will be unveiled at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco on Oct. 16. That same day, a private luncheon and evening cocktail reception will take place at the store.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)