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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Desperately seeking vintage

For the past couple of months I have been working an on-going piece about the revival of the Ossie Clark label. The Observer today looks not only at the revival of Ossie Clark but his American counterpart, Halston.

While tycoon Marc Worth, founder of fashion information business WGSN, has funded the Ossie Clark London revival which kicks off on 11 February with a show at London's Serpentine Gallery, the team behind Halston is far more glitzy. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Company (TWC) bought the brand in a deal with private equity firm Hilco Consumer Capital, and Tamara Mellon, founder of the Jimmy Choo shoe empire, will oversee the relaunch, which starts with a show in New York on 4 February. Mellon will be helped by, among others, Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe, who has dressed actresses including Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz. Jude Law is rumoured to be playing Halston in a forthcoming biopic produced by the company.
Halston with party girls
She goes on to explain why two defunct labels should be revived:
Sienna Miller in vintage Ossie Clark
The A-list interest in two labels from a bygone era is due to fashion's obsession with vintage clothing. Auction houses report sale prices of designer vintage have more than quadrupled in the past five years, and stores as diverse as high-street favourite Topshop and London's designer emporium Dover Street Market do a roaring trade in vintage clothing. Steven Philip, co-owner of London's top vintage boutique Rellik, said: 'Both labels spanned culture in a way that nothing has since. It's difficult to find another label that is associated with celebrities, clubs and music. Halston and Ossie conquered all three.' That affiliation endures today because stars who epitomise those values wear the labels. Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Jennifer Anniston are regularly photographed in vintage clothes from these designers.

I don't know much about Halston, but having examined several Ossie Clark originals in the Islington atelier, what is evident is that they were designed by a man who knew something about the shape of a woman's body.


Phyllis said...

Halston started out as a milliner in the Bergdorf Goddman custom hat studio, and I believe he invented Jackie Kennedy's famous pillbox. In the 70's he really embodied a pared down American chic. His Vogue patterns are always highly sought after on Ebay.

Sandra said...

Ditto on what Phyllis said. Additionally, Halston wass allegedly discovered by Lilly Dache. He was really known for his us of jersey and ultrasuede. Only Halston could've made ultrasuede chic.

Frankie said...

Mmmm,I've heard a rumour that Rachel Zoe will be heading the revival of Halston.Can anyone confirm this?