Halston Womenswear A/W11

Marios Schwab takes the helm at the iconic label with refined details in olive greens and deep violet

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London favourite Marios Schwab once again travelled to NYC to present his latest outing for Brit legends Halston. In a West Side presentation, the Austrian/Greek put is models standing on pedestals in the shape of a triangle, giving one row each to white, black and Asian models, hence giving the audience a visual treat in every way possible. Because the clothes looked good as well. Focused on an gorgeous olive green and ivory, we saw jump suits with shawl collars, floor-length dresses, leather trench coats and a great hooded coat that resembled a boxer's pre-match robe. A trio of fluorescent sequin dresses added glamour and there was even a bikini top adorned in fine stones. With a few mint green and purple touches, Schwab managed to further the Halston heritage by adding his own stylistically refined details, and everyone left happy.

Dazed Digital: How do you feel about doing a presentation instead of a show?
Marios Schwab:
It's still new to me but I like the presentation way of doing it, people can go along side the models to see the garments and the textures up close.

DD: Tell me a bit about the collection, what was the starting point...
Marios Schwab:
This season it was very much about the attitude and I wanted a have a whisper of seductiveness and that's what's so essential to me about Halston. That's the Halston women to me, seductive and like a temptress. 

DD: Tell me about the silhutte...
Marios Schwab:
I want to concentrate on shapes that resemble the original Halston but kind of have a different twist, using new fabrics. I want it to be sleek and tailored.

DD: The first three models in the triangle are all fluorescent, is that part of the modernisation of Halston?
Marios Schwab: Yeah, it was about taking the glow of the night and transforming it into modern day wear.

DD: What about the casting and the way they are lined up? You have rows of black models, row of white models and one with just Asian models...
Marios Schwab: It's just a visual thing, I like to section it in colours - it's not about where they are from...

DD: Do you have a favourite piece in the collection?
Marios Schwab:
I like the fluorescent pieces, but I also like the tailored ones because they are cool day wear pieces...

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