Marie Mazelis made the famed Ernest Hemingway quote “We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in” the formula for her fall Halston Heritage collection. The concept of being “broken” — or, more properly speaking, “broken down” — was represented via angular cuts and folds that lent a deconstructed air to everything from go-to black miniskirts to a shattered-glass print slipdress. The “light,” meanwhile, came by applying metal hardware piping on slinky tops and dresses; using shiny fabrics, such as metallic jerseys and satins; and draping straps or strappy chain details across open-backed, column gowns.

 

But the real novelty for this Halston Heritage collection was the emphasis on daywear, along with an expansion into shoes. “We wanted to treat daywear in a luxurious way. It had to relate to our eveningwear,” Mazelis said. The results: shiny-surfaced button-up shirts, turtlenecks featuring cutout shoulders and backs, and textured boyfriend coats ideal for throwing over, say, a jumpsuit or one of those slinky slipdresses. “We’ve been very successful with eveningwear already, and this is the perfect opportunity to bridge it into day and reach that customer,” the designer added.

 

Clearly, this fall Mazelis is looking to let in the light — and a new client base as well.

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