February 5, 2008 / 12:15 AM / 10 years ago

Halston revival wows Liza Minnelli in New York

NEW YORK, Feb 4 (Reuters Life!) - The Halston clothing line popular among the disco crowd of the 1970s is back.

Liza Minnelli performs before the start of the men's final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York, September 9, 2007. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

With simple clothes, the Halston revival collection at New York Fashion Week for the fall season struck just the right note with one customer who wore his original designs in the 1970s at the famed Studio 54 nightclub — Liza Minnelli.

The actress and singer was in the front row for Monday’s show of designer Marco Zanini’s first collection for Halston.

“I loved the colors, the way it moved, very sensual,” Minnelli said in an interview. “The materials dance with you.”

The collection had everything from evening wear — a chocolate cashmere and silk sleeveless turtleneck dress stood out — to blazers, trousers, skirts, blouses and cardigans.

Minnelli said Halston, who died in 1990, knew what women wanted to wear.

“He put us on the map — an American designer,” she said. “You need clothes you can pack — like 87 outfits in one bag!”

The show marked the return of Halston to New York runways after a long absence and a series of ownership changes since the designer Roy Halston Frowick sold his name 25 years ago.

Zanini said that when he created the styles, he didn’t have any specific woman in mind.

“This is for a self-confident woman,” Zanini said. “I used the best cashmere, jersey, silk and wool, chiffon from France — the top of the fashion world — the highest of the high end.”

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein is among the investors who recently bought the label and gave Tamara Mellon, an owner and the founder of Jimmy Choo, the credit for pushing to reestablish the Halston label.

“When Tamara showed me the archive, I fell in love with it, much like a movie library,” Weinstein said.

Mellon said she became interested in bringing back the brand because she owns “a lot of vintage Halston pieces.”

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