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Legendary 1970s label Halston held its Fall 2010 presentation last night at Stage 37 in a cavernous, empty warehouse space with the models positioned around fierce mirrored stalagtites that jutted up from the ground. The girls were wrapped in satins, chiffons, cashmere, velvet and fur in powdery shades of gray, "petrol blue" and blush set against moments of bright green, red and mustard yellow. The clothes gave a sleek 1970s silhouette that was complemented by the models' long, straight center-parted hair, updated with sexy cut-outs and a linear shape that made it look very modern and very, very Halston.

Somehow, designer Marios Schwab managed to keep the house's jersey dresses fitted close to the body, with tiny, perfectly draped pieces that formed crossed cut-outs across the bodice and stayed perfectly in place without bunching or shifting, a technical feat that frankly amazed us. It looks effortless and unfussy, as though it just happened on its own, but fabric just doesn't do that without some serious technique behind it. We would be surprised if any fast-fashion chain were able to knock off that kind of craftsmanship.

Jacqueline Rabun handled the jewelry, and turned out a series of cloud-inspired swooping silver bracelets, rings and solo ear cuffs. The shoes in particular stood out, apparently inspired by geisha sandals and architectural lines. Slit-front boots in cracked leather or suede wrapped back onto the leg with little straps at the knee and ankle, and towering platform sandals were wrapped in chains or thick padded tubes of suede. The collection was inspired by the movie The Eyes of Laura Mars, a 1978 fashion thriller starring Faye Dunaway that is definitely getting a place on our Netflix queue.
· All Fashion Week Fall 2010 Coverage [Racked NY]

Stage 37

508 W. 37th St., New York NY