Getting up close and personal with the clothes is the goal of most designer presentations. Not so Halston’s, staged in a crammed, hangar-like warehouse space. Reviving the fabled, if perpetually troubled, label under owner Harvey Weinstein (and new chief creative officer Sarah Jessica Parker) is now the daunting task of Marios Schwab. The Londoner took his color cues from late ’70s thriller The Eyes Of Laura Mars and sought inspiration in the “fluidity of mercury”—hence the draping. The dress-heavy collection featured gray, taupe and luscious jewel tones, some embellished with fur or Swarovski crystals. While pretty enough, especially one geometric shell-like dress, many of the pieces left something to be desired, like discounted party frocks in the junior’s department.

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