Updated: May 27
HALSTON is a docudrama about iconic, legendary fashion designer Roy Halston, portrayed by Ewan McGregor. It began right after HALSTON created Jackie O’s pink, pillbox hat that everyone wanted to wear and continued his story until his death in 1990.
It was obvious from the start that HALSTON was a genius when it came to wrapping a women’s body in fabric, but because of his stubborn, obtuse, narcissistic nature, he drove not only his business but his personal life, into the ground.
HALSTON was lucky to be surrounded by two other extremely talented and creative members of his team. (Elsa Peretti played by Rebecca Dayan and Joe Eula portrayed by David Pittu) Together, they were a force to be reckoned with until silly in-house fighting made them leave. HALSTON was difficult to get along with, and his cocaine habit beside his sexual exploits and being a regular at Studio 54 did not bring him peace or lasting success.
This series also showcased several people HALSTON called his lifelong friends. Most notably was Martha Graham and the divine Liza Minnelli played by Krysta Rodriguez who nailed every aspect of LIZA WITH A Z quirkiness.
HALSTON is entertaining and fascinating. My only complaint is I wanted the writers to peel back even more layers, so we could better understand his choices and his ultimate downfall. It is available to stream on Netflix