There was a cool, no-holds-barred glamour to the first solo runway outing from designer Michael Halpern, who presented his Halpern collection in a bare-bones store space Saturday evening.
The New York-born, London-based designer — whose collection has already been picked up by Bergdorf Goodman, Browns, and Matchesfashion.com — sent out glitter-drenched, striking silhouettes. Halpern said he was channeling the “hardcore luster” of the Seventies, name checking Cher and her go-to guy Bob Mackie among his inspirations.
There were catsuits a-plenty, with sweeping bell bottom pants and high necks. One came in emerald and silver sequins; another in textured stripes of black, silver, and gold sequins. Adding to the collection’s sense of drama were the structured garments sheltering Halpern’s sparkly fair, such as a duck-egg blue bustier with a sweeping train, or a pink bolero jacket with aggressively peaked shoulders.
This was an assured, striking debut.