Before we could enter the Halston Fall 2011 presentation in West Chelsea on Tuesday, we had to wait outside. In a line. In the bitter cold. All the anticipation seemed to set the stage for something spectacular, but the fall collection felt more like pretty clothes on pretty women. Not that there is anything wrong with that formula, and the design house has undeniably mastered the art of the lovely jersey dress, but we would have liked to see something a little more unexpected from designer Marios Schwab. Inspired by city nights and the many moods of a woman, the collection yielded several stand out pieces for sure - the chiffon one-shoulder gown with an exposed crystal bra, a sequin dress in a subtle melon color, and a deep cashmere racerback halter dress come to mind. Working mostly in ivory, olive, black, and chocolate, the designer used draping techniques to create movement with jersey and chiffon while sensual details, like plunging backs and deep keyhole cutouts, added a touch of drama. Some of the pieces must have been a nod to the seventies heyday of Halston, but truth be told, it spurred more of a desire to hit the famed Chelsea Hotel a few blocks away than to invest in a shimmering one-sleeve gown or form-fitting jumpsuit.
Inspired by city nights and the many moods of a woman, the collection yielded several stand out pieces for sure.