July 4, 2009


With 4th of July upon us you can feel the excitement of summer in the air.

Barbecues,picnics,and fireworks are essential and hot summer weather means even hotter summer fashion!

So, in honor of celebrating all things American..
We're delighted to highlight one of the most influential American designers,
Roy Halston Frowick, aka Halston.

Born in Iowa and raised in Indiana,Halston began his career as a milliner.
He moved to NYC in 1957 and worked his way up to co-designer at millinery Lilly Daché before moving on to head milliner at Bergdorf Goodman.

One of his major notable moments came when he designed the pillbox hat that Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband’s presidential inauguration.

In 1968 he launched his eponymous womenswear label.
He was widely known for
unique and comfortable styles like caftans,tunics,and for popularizing the ultrasuede shirtdress.

His success quickly transformed him into a trendsetting icon of the ‘70’s and a fixture on the Studio 54 scene.
All of the disco mamas and celebrities of the era wore his creations including Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston, and Lauren Bacall.

Despite his status as fashion royalty he also was one of the first designers to offer accessible high fashion to women of all income levels with his revolutionary licensing agreement with
JC Penney.

Although it was said to have been the catalyst for the demise of his career it was equal parts controversy and an accomplishment for a designer of the time.

And so we hail this man who was once dubbed as "The premier fashion designer of all America."

Next time you’re browsing in a vintage or thrift store and you come across
a Halston piece,know you’ve come upon a piece of American history.

Champagne wishes for a Safe & Happy 4th to all..

Big Red lipstick kisses..

~Fetish Fanny

images courtesy of life.com and steppinoutliza.blogspot.com

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