Halston engages in artsy conversations online

RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 11/12/2012, 12:41 p.m.

Halston, the iconic design house, just launched its newest digital content series, "Artists' Conversations." Living both on Facebook and the company website, "Artists' Conversations" takes consumers into the lives and works of culturally relevant artists, stylists and musicians from around the country, ranging across all mediums and styles. Each month, Halston will sit down with a different influential artist to learn about his/her upcoming exhibitions, sources of inspirations and views on art.

Roy Halston Frowick was a creator of luxury American fashion in the '70s whose groundbreaking designs still influence and inspire folks today. Founded in the 1960s, the Halston label took the fashion industry by storm. Known for his innovation in millinery, Halston used his signature materials of jersey, cashmere and suede to reinvent the jumpsuit, the shirtdress and the classic caftan, permanently leaving his mark on fashion.

Halston's designs became emblematic of the Studio 54 era and the 1970s in general. Newsweek named him "the premier fashion designer in America." This AmNews fashion editor recalls breast-feeding her infant baby girl Naomi White at one of his shows while at the same time top model Alva Chin walked down the runway, holding her own newborn daughter in her arms. It was during the time when working women in New York began taking their children to work.

His strong connection to pop culture was evident in his friends and clients, who included Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and Anjelica Huston. Halston went on to create one of the best-selling fragrances of all times in his signature teardrop-shaped perfume bottle designed by Elsa Peretti. Halston created strong codes that are quintessential to the brand even to this day. His legacy lives on as a new team of innovators continues to evolve the Halston brand.

For this inaugural episode, the focus is on celebrated artist Deborah Kass, who gives an exclusive interview and sneak peek of her exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, "Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After." The museum's retrospective highlights 30 years of her work, from her earlier landscapes to the recent series "Feel Food Paintings for Feel Bad Times." For more information, visit www.warhol.org.

Kass was mentioned in last month's Vanity Fair, and she is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's current exhibition "Regarding Warhol: 60 Artists, 50 Years."