It has been awhile since I worked on my Designer Crochet Project series, where I am looking at the crochet (where there is any) in the historical fashion lines of 50 famous fashion designers. I have about ten designers left to complete that project so I’m going to return to it now and start getting it done. Next designer on the list: Roy Halston.
About Fashion Designer Roy Halston
First I’ll turn to my favorite resource: 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know by Simone Werle to refresh my memory about Roy Halston’s work. Halston was born in Iowa in 1932 and started his career as a milliner, opening a hat shop in Chicago in the 1950s and then moving to New York to work in Bergdorf Goodman’s milliner studio. In 1966 he launched his very first fashion collection for Bergdorf Goodman; two years later he branched out on his own. He became well-known in the early 1970s for creating simple, luxurious designs that contrasted with the bold colors of the hipppie style popular at the time (which of course included a lot of the popular crochet of the era!) His work was popular with the “jet set” including Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli and Bianca Jagger. The popularity of his designs went downhill in the 1980s and he passed away in 1990 but before that happened he gained celebrity in his own right, thanks in part to being a forerunner of the kind of branding and licensing that designers commonly do today but didn’t do so much during his time. The Halston brand continues with other designers working under the company name. Fun fact: Sarah Jessica Parker worked briefly as the brand’s chief creative officer.
Roy Halston Crochet
Although Halston was known a bit for being anti-hippie that doesn’t mean that he didn’t include crochet in his work, which is great because it shows different styles of crochet from that era. Indeed, crochet did come into some of his designs as well as into the Halston brand under other later designers. And in fact there’s some that is arguably hippie style. Halston doesn’t have a lot of crochet, but it peeks through.
This vintage Halston crochet sweater was sold on Etsy by Moderra
And this vintage Halston crochet sweater is available for sale on Etsy from AutumnsChild
The Sche Report says that this is a Halston International crochet vest that was found at a store called Reliquary here in San Francisco. I love this vest!
Halston Worn With Other Crochet
I love this outfit over at Elle where a Halston cape is layered over a Furstenberg lace crochet dress
Other Halston Fashions
These may not be crochet, but they’re certainly cute:
I’m a huge fan of asymmetrical and high-low dresses and enjoy this bold Halston brand dress currently for sale through Neiman Marcus.
I love these cute cropped Halston pants for sale through Beso (disclosure: an affiliate link)
I also like this colorblock Halston dress, also found on Beso
This one is labeled as Halston crochet but it doesn’t look like true crochet to me. Cute though. Via Cassis Collection.
In doing my research for this post I came across an old eBay post for this 1973 vintage magazine that says on the front that it includes “A McCall’s Exclusive: Patterns by Halston:
This same issue includes some crochet swimsuits.
I don’t think they have anything to do with Halston but it’s a fun find!