Saturday, 12 November 2011

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston - Screening at One Aldwych

"He was everything the 70s was"

I was so happy to be invited to a Handpicked Media exclusive screening at the beautiful One Aldwych hotel last week. The reason I was so excited was that we were watching 'Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston', a documentary about the extraordinary life and career of the 70s most prominent and infamous designer, Halston. I've long proclaimed my love of the ultra glamorous designer and his work, and after a resurgence lead by Sarah Jessica Parker in the last few years, a new generation are learning about the amazing legend that is Halston.

The documentary includes some in-depth and entertaining interviews about Halston, his empire, his social life and time at Studio 54, all with people that knew him well, including life-long friend Liza Minnelli, his most famous 'Halstonette' models, including Anjelica Huston, and industry experts, like Diane von Furstenburg.

No one represented the glamour, style and excess of the 70's quite like legendary designer Halston and in this new documentary, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, filmmaker Whitney Sudler -Smith takes us on a fabulous fun-and-fact filled journey through his life and times.

Halston was also emperor of another world, namely New York City nightlife, and the fabled Studio 54 was where he held court, surrounding himself with the likes of Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli and Truman Capote. Every night was a party, full of dancing, drinking and drugging.

Ultrasuede combines archival footage and an array of interviews with various witnesses and survivors of Halston's empire including, his best friend Liza Minnelli, two of his leading models, Anjelica Huston and Pat Cleveland; fellow designers Dianne von Furstenberg, Stephen Burrows, Naeem Khan and Ralph Rucci; musicians Billy Joel and Nile Rogers (both of whom used "Halston" as a lyric in hit songs); journalists Bob Colacello and Glenn O'Brien (of Andy Warhol's Interview), Jim Moore of GQ, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times, Amy Fine Collins of Vanity Fair, and Andre Leon Talley of Vogue, among others.

Thanks again Handpicked Media and One Aldwych. This documentary is a must for any fashion fan and the gorgeous and luxurious One Aldwych hotel is most definitely worth a visit.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is out in the UK on DVD now.


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