Fashion: Boogie Nights Are Back

Halston, onetime prince of American fashion, gets revived by a Duke

Roy Frowick Halston was the first fashion superstar, a huge personality who was the embodiment of '70s glamour, excess and hyperactive nightlife, the dresser of such gorgeous creatures as Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Lauren Bacall and Jacqueline Kennedy (he even created her pink pillbox hat). But as a designer, he was all minimalist chic. His simple, elegant lines, his use of sensual, clinging fabrics like jersey and cashmere and practical ones like Ultrasuede and his disavowal of the extraneous made him the quintessential American designer. But a businessman he was not. Long before he died in 1990, at the age of...

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